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…)