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More than a special occasion

2020-05-27T13:59:08-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower, Grower West|

Watching for trends in color selections pays off. “Everyone wants peach, cream and blues,” Beth Syphers (right) said.
Photo courtesy of Crowley House Flower Farm & Studio

by Sally Colby

There’s no doubt Beth Syphers’s early years influenced what she’s doing today. “Growing up, we had amazing, beautiful flowers with a lot of different landscape specimens that bloomed year-round,” said Beth. (more…)

Should growers be concerned about the Asian giant hornet?

2020-05-29T13:58:00-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower, Grower West|

The Asian giant hornet
Photo courtesy of Allan Smith-Pardo, Invasive Hornets, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

by Courtney Llewellyn

If you were to pay attention solely to the sensationalized news reports, you might think America was about to be overrun by so-called “murder hornets.” In reality, Asian giant hornets (AGHs) are not necessarily a threat – yet. (more…)

Every pot has a lid

2020-05-27T13:48:47-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower, Grower Midwest|

With an assortment of unique containers at hand, John Boyer makes each flower presentation special.
Photo courtesy of Honey Haven Farm

by Sally Colby

John Boyer grew up on a dairy farm and continued to milk cows as an adult. Although the dairy enterprise ended 18 years ago, Boyer continues to farm Honey Haven Farm in Ashland, Ohio. (more…)

Growing greens year round

2020-05-27T13:35:03-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower East|

Mecks grow a variety of hydroponic crops year round, including red and green Bibb lettuce, romaine lettuce, red and green leaf lettuce, a lettuce medley, arugula, basil, dill, watercress and bok choy.
Photo by Sally Colby

by Sally Colby

A nice, clean head of lettuce appeals to just about everyone, and hydroponic growing is one of the best ways to produce that lettuce. (more…)

Lessons learned from agritourism

2020-05-27T13:17:15-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower, Grower East|

Fencing around the apple orchard keeps deer out and prevents visitors from pulling over on the side of the road and entering at will.
Photo courtesy of Stanton’s Fuera Farm & Market

by Katie Navarra

When Tim Stanton of Stanton’s Fuera Farms & Market decided to quit the dairy business, he wasn’t ready to give up farming entirely. (more…)

CSAs talk planning & organization

2020-05-27T13:12:39-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Community supported agriculture (CSA) programs have become another means for producers to bring income to the farm as well as lock in markets and a revenue stream. Garrett Ziegler, MSU Extension Community Food Systems Educator, recently spoke on the topic as part of the MSU Extension Beginning Farmer webinar series. (more…)