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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...

ON-FARM COMPOSTING

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Is it worth the effort to make your own compost on a small-scale farm? If you decide that it’s not, what do you do with your old crop residue?  Most would agree that it’s often not feasible to create enough compost to meet all the fertility needs of your farm, especially on a small piece of land. This is especially true for those trying to increase the organic matter in their soil, or for...

BUILDING BEDS WITH THE DEEP COMPOST MULCH SYSTEM

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After exploring what the deep compost mulch system is, looking at the pros and cons, and how to source your compost, it’s time to get into the details of building deep compost beds from start to finish. The ideal progression of steps is as follows: 1. Leveling the Ground & Ensuring Good Drainage2. Test & Amend the Soil3. Preparing Soil with Silage TarpsOccultationWater Before...

THE DEEP COMPOST MULCH SYSTEM

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Deep Compost Mulch: A No-Till Approach The deep compost mulch system has been most used and promoted by many well-known farmers in the no-till farming space. Jesse Frost of Rough Draft Farmstead and the No-Till Podcast, Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Farm in Sweden (author of Regenerative Agriculture), and Josh Sattin of Sattin Hill Farm have all provided fantastic models of successfully...

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