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Country Folks Grower is a business to business publication offering coast to coast coverage through three regional editions.

Each monthly issue covers all facets of growing and marketing fresh market and ornamental crops.

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Growing berries in the Garden of Eve

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht of Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market in Riverhead, NY, recently profiled her operation during “Growing, Maintaining and Marketing a Successful Organic U-Pick Berry Operation” as part of the recent virtual NOFA-NY conference.

Kaplan-Walbrecht said she’s learned much about succeeding in growing berries at her 50-acre farm, which she started in 2001. She sells through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, three farmers markets and seasonally […]

Learning from unique U-picks

by Courtney Llewellyn

One of the easiest ways to bring more visitors to your farm and buying more of your produce is to let those visitors pick it themselves. U-pick operations allow customers to spend time […]

Help needed: Green industry struggles with spring staffing

by Gail March Yerke

It seems like there are “Help Wanted” signs everywhere you go these days. There are more job openings than there are people fit for those jobs. Whatever the cause, it’s definitely wreaking havoc with small businesses everywhere, especially those that heavily rely on seasonal help.

The most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Job Openings and Labor Turnover Report shows 11.5 million job openings in our country. […]

Keeping it clean

by Sally Colby

Emptying a greenhouse is just the start of a thorough disinfection process. Cleaning and sanitizing prior to the next crop is essential, but managing crops to prevent disease is also vital for greenhouse cleanliness.

Dr. Ann Chase, Chase Agricultural Consulting, said an integrated disease management program that includes consistent and thorough sanitation is the first line of defense against disease, and growers who ignore sanitation face a losing battle. […]