Project planning for post-harvest efficiency, profitability, food safety

2019-09-03T11:04:47-05:00September 3, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Katie Navarra

The efficient flow of wash-pack zones is a post-harvest necessity. On Aug. 1, the University of Vermont (UVM) and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Eastern New York (CCEENY) invited local producers to discuss post-harvest handling challenges and considerations when planning wash-pack zones. Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, NY, hosted the event and offered a walk-through of their post-harvest process. (more…)

Salad subscriptions and urban farmstays

2019-09-03T10:59:52-05:00September 3, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Enrico Villamaino

For some time, the USDA has noted with trepidation that the age of the average American farmer is creeping upward; it currently stands at 58 years old. While this trend may paint a worrying picture for the future of American farming, a newer trend is emerging that may save the nation’s agricultural workforce in the years to come – the arrival of the Millennial farmer. (more…)

Cultivate’19 convenes in Columbus

2019-08-02T12:49:56-05:00August 2, 2019|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest|

Attendees connect with the Grimes Seed Company sales team about their latest varieties and newest products.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Many growers like to think in terms of size, be that length of rows, the square footage of hoop houses – or the eight acres of trade show at the annual gathering sponsored by AmericanHort in Ohio. This year’s iteration was Cultivate’19. (more…)

A pumpkin patch and so much more

2019-08-02T11:59:55-05:00August 2, 2019|Grower, Grower Midwest|

High school sweethearts Teresa and Terry Lorensen stand in front of a selection of Bloom Pumpkin Patch’s pre-picked pumpkin products.

by Enrico Villamaino

Farmers are slaves to their seasons. They have to fit an entire year’s worth of work into a time period that is, more often than not, considerably less than a calendar year. If you ask a farmer about her season, you’ll likely get a very wordy and thoughtful answer. (more…)