Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February news

News from a grower growing growers
Wow, it has been a cold start to 2015!  It may be hard to think about growing food while we struggle with snow, ice and below 0 temperatures, but now is the time for developing your strategic plan for success. We are still enjoying the fruits of last year's storage, freezing and canning, with even a few fresh things still being harvested.
I took this picture today of the river that flows through our farm.  Three days ago our morning temperature was minus 21*F, the coldest I have ever experienced.  It warmed up to a balmy 7* by four in the afternoon.
We have two new high tunnels under construction this winter to increase our ability to meet off-season demand for produce.  A wonderful aspect of this project is that it has not cost us a dime to build these! We qualified for a grant from NRCS to put these up.  To see if grants are available in your area, see this link.  These two tunnels will add over 2,000 additional square feet of indoor growing area to the five high tunnels we already have, enabling us to meet the growing customer demand for winter veggies.

Free instructional webinar!

A free webinar is now available on our website to assist you with taking the first step to prepare your soil for optimum production. "Optimizing the Base Saturation of Soil" is now free and you can download from this link. Scroll down the page to see other, free presentations. This recorded webinar covers a portion of what is contained in our DVD series, "Food Grower's Guidelines; An Expert's View" and also our On-Farm Training Classes.  We still have room for you in our March and April sessions!  Click here for more information about learning at our farm.
Despite the frozen landscape outside, our propagation house is full of candidates for a great spring harvest.  These will be planted in high tunnels and low tunnels to offer some protection from residual freezing weather through March and will begin finding their way to tables in early April.  Pushing our planting schedule will allow us to get 5 crop cycles under cover and 3 outdoors this year.  That has the effect of making our 3 acres of growing area as productive as 10 to 15 acres.
Audio recordings of the Adventist Agriculture Association Conference held last November are now available on AudioVerse. The entire conference is available here.  There is some great information here presented in three tracks from a number of experienced growers; Home Gardening, Institutional Farming, and Market Farming. Get to know more about us with this one.
Only five opportunities left in 2015 to get training at Berea Gardens that will teach you how to grow the most nutritious, abundant and healthy crops possible.  Whether you are a home gardener or a professional market farmer, what you can learn here will prepare you for success. Learn more.
Hope you all have a wonderful start to your gardening season!
Bob, Lynnita and Jordyn
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