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…)

Develop a marketing strategy to target the right customers

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

“Marketing strategy is about solving the customer’s problems, not yours,” Matt LeRoux said.
Photo by Catie Joyce-Bulay

by Catie Joyce-Bulay

“I like to think of it as ‘the smell of the flower will draw in the bee,’” said Matt LeRoux, describing the importance of creating an identity for your farm business. (more…)