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Pennsylvania Conference Recap

I was recently in PA for an all day conference on winter growing, season extension, wholesale, and food safety. I presented three times and we also heard from Cathie, a local grower and a Bill, representative from Wegmans supermarket who was talking about the great oportunities for growers of all sizes to sell to the wegmans family of stores.

My first talk was a standard winter growing and greens production.

Second talk was on Field systems and season extension. I have fun doing this talk as I get to discuss equipment, and show beautiful pictures of vegetables.

The last talk for the day was on Farm Planning, Wholesale markets, Food safety, and washing and packing. This was a lot of new material for me, and is the talk which took the most work. It went very well though.

There was signifigant interest in our annual bed strawberry system. Here’s the link to the slideshow that I have done on this.

Another question was the source of our supplies. Here’s the link to our resources page.

http://michael-kilpatrick.com/resources/

A grower also had a question on the bags that we use for our wholesale lettuce mix. They are from Uline, link here.

If you are a grower near a Wegmans, and they have stores in Western NY, PA, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and the Carolinas, you should look into sales oportunites through them. They are a very farm friendly company, and have employees whose sole job is to travel seek out new farms to sell to them. Definately worth a call or email.

Many thanks to Beth at the Blair Conservation District for organizing this event!

 

 

Mowing Straw

Mowing straw in one of our Granville Fields

This is a short clip of mowing down the straw and vetch in one of our fields. We plant between 25-30 acres of rye/vetch a year, most of it is baled although some we flail down into the growing fields for organic matter.  Although we had an unusually warm and dry spring, the rye did quite well.  In fact, in some places, it is per 6 ft high, which caused binding in the mower. We had to slow the ground speed and speed up the RPM’s to cut it properly. The tractor is a 125 HP John DEERE with a 9 FT New Holland mower on the back.

Video Here

Cover Crop

Feeding our Soil at KFF

Cover Crop

Rye and Vetch cover crop

Solar lignified carbon sequestration fertilization.

 

Yes, it’s a mouthful. And yes, it’s what we do here at KFF with our cover crops. Cover crops, which are crops that are grown to feed, protect and cover the soil, play an integral role here in our strategy to bring you the best food possible. Continue reading