What is a bed foot? A bed foot is a one foot long slice in your growing bed. I like thinking in bed feet rather than square feet because it lays a clear framework for thinking about your fields. Right off the bat you don’t have to worry whether your numbers include your paths or … More Bed Feet should be your BFF
Here’s a September picture of Celosia. Freshly cut from the field just before the frost. The first black fat seeds had just started to appear on the combs and plumes. The plants were now spread out on tarps in the greenhouse. If you pay too much attention to watching the seed ripen, the excitement can … More On the edge of Celosia delirium
The tarp’s been pulled over the mustard. And with that, the past is hidden for awhile. Your dreams can wander. To crop planning, sure, if you must. But also to recuperation, rejuvenation and a little rumination. Welcome back Winter. Hope you all had a Happy Solstice.
What is a weed? Weeds are those plants you don’t want growing in your garden. Even if last year, you really wanted those plants to be thriving in that very same spot.This is extra true for seed growers. One year ,you do everything you can to get the biggest fattest arugula seeds.But you can never … More Crop Rotation For Seed Growers
And as is the way of all things, calendula time is over And yet, there are all those seeds
This one is dedicated to Reid Allaway who set up our fleet with quick hitches and made swapping implements a much more pleasant experience!
Am I the only one who likes to start the day with a bowl of chopped sugarloaf? What we call “early breakfast” in our house. A little something to tide you you over until the whole family is up and we can fry up some eggs. (Sugarloaf is my favourite of all the Radicchio clan. … More Early Farmer Breakfast
The title of this book says it all. It’s a manual to help your Plan Your Crop Rotation. It’s got tons of information and some beautiful tables of the rotations on a number of top notch vegetable farms. This book is solid but I’m a bit hesitant to recommend it if you’re new to crop … More Book Review: Crop Rotation On Organic Farms
There are always a lot of unknowns when you start a farm. And that wasn’t any different for us when we started La Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol in the fall of 2004. We were 5 people aged 23-26 year old filled with ideas but no conception yet of what we really wanted down the road. We … More So many unknowns