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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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
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
Bob Gregory is the Executive Director of Berea Gardens Agriculture Centerwhere he teaches classes in sustainable agriculture and manages a diversified vegan organic farm. He has more than 35 years of agricultural background in farm management and has worked as a certified crop consultant with extensive experience from coast to coast throughout North and South America. Berea Gardens Agriculture Centerprovides information and educational resources for Christian agricultural efforts around the world.