Using This June to Plan for Next June

2021-05-26T10:31:14-05:00May 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

A few weeks ago I was enjoying a chat in the greenhouse of vegetable-growing friends. In April, everything is lush in the trays and full of possibilities. Conversation turned to June and my friend called it “the Abyss.” The hoopla of Mother’s Day is over, the bedding plants have been sold and they are in a waiting game for the first of summer vegetables. (more…)

Consideration for Optimal Tree Fruit Orchard Fertility

2021-05-26T10:26:51-05:00May 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

When you’re talking tree fruit nutrition, both soil and plant nutrients play important roles. Taking a soil sample analysis and adjusting nutrients accordingly does not translate directly into the optimum nutrient availability for fruit production and quality. Many variables play a role in how and when soil nutrients are made available in the tree, (more…)

Transforming at-home greenhouse growing

2021-05-31T13:36:31-05:00May 28, 2021|Grower|

Winter bok choy harvest, showing a row cover system.

by Courtney Llewellyn

The Transformers toy line began in the mid-1980s. It described the battles of sentient, living robots that could turn into other forms, often animals and vehicles. Transformer greenhouses follow a similar idea (more…)

Adding value to organic

2021-04-29T10:20:48-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower West|

Jesse and Carol Berger and their son Griffin operate Sauk Farm, where they first grew grain before transitioning to orchards.

by Sally Colby

Growing organic fruit adds value to the end product, but the Berger family is taking value-added a step further. Jesse and Carol Berger and their son Griffin operate Sauk Farm in Concrete, WA. (more…)

Building on talents

2021-04-29T10:15:30-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower Midwest|

Farmer Dre is always looking to innovate farm practices. Because of that, despite the challenges of 2020, his farm had its best year yet. Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Orchard & Bakery

by Sally Colby

The difficult, year-round work involved with owning a farm isn’t every family’s dream, but it was for the Gradinarius. (more…)

Aroostook Hops helps keep Maine brewers happy

2021-04-29T10:11:47-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East|

Aroostook Hops was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the state’s ag department. The grant is being used to make a number of infrastructure improvements, including a new harvester and a building to house it. Photo courtesy of Aroostook Hops

by Enrico Villamaino

If nothing else, 2020 gave us all an understandable reason to enjoy a good beer (or possibly several). But for brewers to provide us with good beer, they first need access to high quality hops. (more…)