Moving to improve

2021-03-31T15:04:45-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower Midwest|

Jordan Clasen started his farming venture in Johnston, Iowa, with 5,000 garlic cloves on a quarter acre. Photo courtesy of Grade A Gardens

by Sally Colby

Managing the produce department at a local specialty grocery co-op and café gave Jordan Clasen an appreciation for local food. Working with farmers who were selling to the co-op, (more…)

What it takes to farm and market cooperatively

2021-03-31T15:01:33-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower East|

Mohamed Abukar, Jabril Abdi, Seynab Ali and Batula Ismail are Somali refugees who created a farming co-op in Maine. Photo courtesy of the Cooperative Development Institute

by Catie Joyce-Bulay

In many ways, New Roots Cooperative Farm in Lewiston is like most small farms in Maine. Its CSA makes up the largest part of farm revenue, (more…)

Coming full circle

2021-03-31T14:58:24-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower West|

Ken Michael fights back against the short growing season in Idaho by utilizing four high tunnels. Photos courtesy of Teton Full Circle Farm

by Sally Colby

Although they took a roundabout way to end up where they are, Ken Michael and Erika Eschholz brought their Teton Full Circle Farm (more…)

Filling a blank slate

2021-03-31T14:54:11-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower East|

Andrew Rodgers uses a small tractor to help when it’s time to harvest his carrots. Photo courtesy of Clark Farm

by Sally Colby

Sometimes timing is everything. Andrew Rodgers had been successfully managing an organic farm, but that farm was slated for development. (more…)

Grant to help blueberry growers monitor weather and diseases

2021-03-31T14:43:30-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower East|

Research assistant Caleb Slemmons helps to set up one of a network of weather stations used to monitor conditions to help blueberry growers across Maine. Photo courtesy of University of Maine

by Enrico Villamaino

The University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology was recently endowed with a grant from the USDA to enable pomologists to research (more…)

Michigan grape growers, gain knowledge

2021-04-01T11:36:03-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower Midwest|

The Erinium mite trial, which took place at two vineyard sites on Old Mission Peninsula in 2020, had both sites treated at bud swell. Photo courtesy of Isaacs Lab/MSU

by Courtney Llewellyn

Grapes can be finicky. As a crop, they require somewhat specific conditions to grow to the best of their ability, and even then, all (more…)

Tarping for weed management

2021-03-31T14:37:00-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Sally Colby

Organic farmers will say that weed management is one of their biggest challenges. A variety of weed management methods are acceptable for organic certification – some more effective than others. Many organic farmers use cover crops to add organic matter and keep weeds down, and if managed properly, cover crops can eliminate the need for tillage. (more…)