Category Archives: production information

What does the 2012 Census of Agriculture have to do with me?

It’s no secret that farming can be an isolating and difficult vocation at certain times. A farmer’s typical daily duties might include keeping up with the weeds, caring for sick animals, moving chickens, fulfilling wholesale orders, rushing to the farmers’ … Continue reading

Posted in Facts & Figures, Farm labor and human resources, Financial Mgmt, Land access, Marketing, production information, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Scaling up, The USDA Farm Bill

Ten Thoughts about Employees

Editor’s Note: This week’s post is from guest blogger Chris Blanchard, an organic farmer and farm consultant based in Iowa. Through Flying Rutabaga Works, Chris offers consulting to organic and small-scale farmers on effectiveness and productivity, marketing, business planning and development, … Continue reading

Posted in Farm labor and human resources, Leadership, production information, Quality of Life, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Scaling up

Drip Irrigation Resources

Drip irrigation systems can save enormous amounts of water, thereby reducing wear and tear on pumping components and reducing energy inputs and cost.  This article from Penn State Extension points to potential water savings of 50% compared to overhead sprinkler … Continue reading

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“Summer School” for Beginning Farmers

Summer is here, and if you’re an aspiring or new farmer, it’s a great time to learn from experienced producers around Vermont. Thanks to the organizing efforts of several farming organizations and networks — and farmers’ generosity with their time … Continue reading

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Primer on Plant Disease…

Every season has its challenges, but 2013 may go down in the Vermont record books for weather extremes. The dry spring, followed by ongoing heavy rains, high temps, and crazy humidity has left plants (and quite a few growers!) stressed. Here are useful links to more information about plant diseases that are emerging in our region. Continue reading

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