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Tips Tricks for Building Permanent Raised Beds with a Rotary Plow

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In the market gardening world, permanent raised beds generally refer to beds that are raised 4-6” above the pathways, creating a mound. The mound is then leveled off to create a nice “tabletop” surface for planting crops, typically 30” wide. Pathways are often 18” wide. The 18” width is not only for the convenience of allowing a comfortable space for harvest totes and wheelbarrows, but it also...

DIY Tray Filling Station: An Ergonomic & Efficient design!

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When doing a task on the farm that can require long hours and repetitive motions, it’s essential to factor in the toll it will take on your body, and also how you can eliminate unnecessary steps or movements in your system. When designing my nursery space back at Winding Road Farms in Petaluma, California, I made it a personal goal to think of a more ergonomic and efficient system for filling...

Vermicompost: A Practical Guide On Worm-POwered Compost

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How to Use Worm-Powered Composting for Improved Soil Health, Stronger Seedlings & Higher Yields on the Farm Simplifying the Journey to Soil Health We all want healthy living soil to make our job easier as farmers. Living soil makes it easier to grow plants that are more resilient to pest and disease pressure and produce high yields of beautiful food that sells. But managing soil health can...

Building a Nursery GREENHOUSE Out of a Caterpillar Tunnel

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When you are leasing land, or on a tighter budget, constructing an adequate nursery space can be a challenging prospect. While a beautiful high tunnel with cement floors, a drainage system, permanent plumbing, polycarbonate end walls, and automated heating and cooling systems would be IDEAL, it’s often not within reach–at least when starting out.  When I was faced with this dilemma at the...

Driving Online Sales Through Networking – Dan & Hilary Papuchis – Carrot Cashflow Episode 20

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary When you’re a new farm business selling a niche product, the first place you’ll probably think to sell to would be at a farmer’s market. There’s no doubt that farmer’s markets area great way to network with potential customers and other growers in your area. But if you have a full-time job while raising a family, and you don’t want to...

Selling Online with Local Line – Cole Jones – Carrot Cashflow Episode 19

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary If you’re a farmer thinking tacking on an online store to your current farm business model, how do you choose which selling platform to go with? What features do you want to see? What questions should you ask, and what kind of post-purchase customer support do they provide? In this episode of Carrot Cashflow, Founder and CEO of Local...

Building Systems for Efficiency – Robert Arnold – Carrot Cashflow Episode 18

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary In recent years, there has been a steady increase of younger people interested in local food. And in this digital age, that same younger demographic is used to purchasing what they need online, straight from the comforts of their home. That said, why should purchasing nutritious, local food be any different? In this episode of Carrot...

Selling Online First – Lesley Dennis – Carrot Cashflow Episode 17

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary When you’re first building out your customer base, many farmers will tell you to start selling at the farmer’s market to let people know you’re there and to build connections before you consider starting selling online. But no one said you could start by doing just the opposite. In this episode of Carrot Cashflow, we’re talking to Lesley...

Branding to Match You, Your Product, and Your Customers – Sam Bellavance – Carrot Cashflow Episode 16

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary If you’re a farmer who can’t set your own prices, it can be disheartening—especially when you know just how much time, effort, and money it takes to put out those products. As heartbreaking as it sounds, that was the reality that many dairy farmers in the US faced. Because of that reality, many dairy farmers tried to either add or...

Tying Up A CSA Share with an On-Farm Project – Jeamette Lock – Carrot Cashflow Episode 15

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary When you’re a small farm, what’s a good way to incentivize your local community to support you and what you’re doing? How about tying up a CSA share with a project you want to do on the farm? In this episode of Carrot Cashflow, we’re talking to farmer Jeamette Lock of Pack River Farm in Sandpoint, Idaho to talk about how their community...

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