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Mechanizing Small-scale Farms
Monday, July 11
8:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Nicole D’Agata
Painted Tulip LLC
www.paintedtulipvt.com

Your farm has grown. It’s no longer cost effective nor efficient to use human labor for all
Field work. Where do you go from here?

I will explore different options to help you mechanize your farm, from small- to mid-sized equipment; from hand-run equipment like the paper chain planting system to different-sized tractor options.

The Painted Tulip Flower Farm is one and half acre cut flower farm in Vermont, which began with all human labor. Over the years I have slowly mechanized to make farming easier and more efficient. My farm is no-till, through which I have built up my soil from gravel to soil with good humate levels. I still use people to weed and plant.

I look forward to share options and answering questions.

Zoom instructions will be emailed to members on the day of the event. A recording of this session will be archived in Members Only. 

Crop Planning and Succession
Monday, October 10
8:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Jeanie McKewan

Whether you are growing for markets, grocery stores, floral designers, or your farmstand, you want a bright mix of flowers all season long. In an attempt to demystify succession planting, Jeanie McKewan, former owner of Brightflower Farm, will take you through the steps of planning your crop to make sure you have all the flowers you need and want throughout the season.

Zoom instructions will be emailed to members on the day of the event. A recording of this session will be archived in Members Only. 

PREVIOUS 2022 PRESENTATIONS:

Building a Profitable Farm on Limited Land
Monday, June 13
8:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Fawn Rueckert
Sego Lily Flower Farm
www.segolilyflowerfarm.com

Sometimes our dreams are bigger than the land we can access. We can still build profitable and fulfilling farm businesses on small properties. Fawn Rueckert of Sego Lily Flower Farm, a micro farm in the intermountain West, will be sharing what she’s learned about finding opportunities to grow on limited land.

A recording of this session has been archived in Members Only. 

Irrigation Basics and Complications
Monday, May 9
8:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Jennifer Kinney
Piscasaw Gardens
www.piscasaw.com

Piscasaw Gardens has cultivated field-grown cut flowers for over 12 years. They employed dripline irrigation on 3 acres for 10 years, and 2 years ago made the switch to overhead irrigation on 5 acres. Owner Jenny Kinney will share the details of their successes and failures, while offering technical and general suggestions. Higher-end irrigation systems will be discussed, but Jenny will emphasize budget-friendly ways to get those precious flowers watered!

A recording of this session has been archived in Members Only. 

Perennial Favorites for Cut Flowers and Foliage
Monday, April 11
8:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Lyndsay Biehl
Wildroot Flower Co.
www.wildrootflowerco.com

Join Lyndsay as she shares how and why you should be investing in your farm for the long game with perennials. She will share unique ways to incorporate perennials to help reduce labor costs and increase your bottom line. And, of course, she will share her favorite perennials for cut flower and foliage production.

A recording of this session has been archived in Members Only. 

Beyond Dahlias: scaling up for profitability
Monday, March 14
8:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Frank and Pamela Arnosky
www.texascolor.com

Frank and Pamela have been growing field and greenhouse cut flowers for nearly 30 years. We have experience growing over 75 different varieties of flowers from seed to sale and have explored all aspects of marketing from farmer’s markets to grocery stores and currently run a wildly successful on-farm market. Post-harvest handling is a passion of ours, and we have worked hard to learn the best ways to harvest and handle specialty cut flowers in a climate as wild as Texas. We have an unbridled enthusiasm for what we do, and for many years have shared our experiences in columns, articles, conference presentations and farm tours. And we are still learning something new every day.

A recording of this session has been archived in Members Only. 

The Basics of Growing in High Tunnels
Monday, February 21
8:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Laura Beth Resnick, Butterbee Farm
www.butterbeefarm.com

High tunnels provide crucial season extension for those pesky spring and fall holidays. Butterbee Farm uses unheated hoophouses to provide blooms for Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving in Zone 7a. Join Butterbee Farm for a close look at their systems for growing in unheated high tunnels, from choosing what to grow to bed preparation. Other topics covered will include pest management, salt buildup, fertility, and crop rotation.

A recording of this session has been archived in Members Only. 

 

 

Labor Management
Monday, January 10
8:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Mike and Polly Hutchison, Robin Hollow Farm
www.robinhollowfarm.com

In 2022, labor quality and quantity is more important than ever.  Join Polly and Mike Hutchison as they share the ins and outs of hiring, training and promoting employees in a farm setting.  Mike and Polly have been hiring and training farm staff for over 30 years.  At Robin Hollow Farm, they have developed effective systems for hiring and managing employees and they look forward to sharing with all of you!

A recording of this session has been archived in Members Only.