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"2018-05-19 00:00:07"
5 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY ON YOUR FARM BESIDES FARMING
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"2018-05-17 01:44:23"
What's different this year than last.
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"2018-05-15 01:14:53"
How I Grow Tomatoes - Classroom session (Audio fixed)
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"2018-05-15 00:17:59"
How I Grow Tomatoes - Classroom session
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"2018-05-13 18:56:16"
Small & Debt Free
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"2018-05-12 00:00:00"
This is crazy!!!
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"2018-05-10 00:00:00"
An Exciting New Implement for the BCS!!!
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"2018-05-07 00:00:01"
This is my favorite App!
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"2018-05-05 00:00:06"
I'm sad to leave this plot, but that's not the full story!
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"2018-05-02 23:48:03"
Moving Tunnels and Kids Playing
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"2018-05-01 00:12:34"
Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm
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"2018-04-28 00:00:01"
It's on!!!
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"2018-04-26 00:00:02"
You won't believe what I did to my front yard!
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"2018-04-24 00:00:01"
Season Extension in the Desert
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"2018-04-21 00:00:00"
Drip Irrigation in the Desert
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"2018-04-19 00:00:02"
Crop Rotation and Pest Management
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"2018-04-17 00:00:00"
Bed Prep and Transplanting with the Paper Pot Transplanter
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"2018-04-14 00:00:03"
Seeding Flats with the Paper Pot Drop Seeder
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"2018-04-12 00:00:05"
The Basics of the BCS (Recap)
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"2018-04-10 00:00:04"
Mulching Beds with a Flail Mower
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"2018-04-09 00:00:00"
Three Uses for a Power Harrow
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"2018-04-07 00:00:00"
Shaping Beds with a Rotary Plow
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"2018-04-05 00:00:01"
Breaking Ground with a Rotary Plow
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"2018-04-03 00:00:03"
Three crops that have given us the strongest start to the season ever!
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"2018-03-31 00:00:06"
Breaking Ground with a Tiller
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"2018-03-28 00:00:01"
Want a better greenhouse than mine?
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"2018-03-22 00:00:01"
UNEXPECTEDLY, Our Farm is Getting Even Smaller!
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"2018-03-16 00:00:02"
Is Spring Finally Here?
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"2018-03-13 00:00:00"
Urban Farm Partnering with Housing Developers
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"2018-03-09 01:00:01"
What happens at my 5-day workshops?
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"2018-03-06 01:00:01"
Modular Post Harvest Infrastructure
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"2018-03-02 01:00:01"
I love these caterpillar tunnels!
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"2018-02-27 01:00:00"
This PIsses Me Right Off!
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"2018-02-23 00:31:29"
Supplemental Lighting
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"2018-02-20 01:00:00"
How The Changing Day Lengths Affect Growing Cycles
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"2018-02-17 01:00:03"
What's the optimal temperature for your greenhouse?
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"2018-02-14 23:48:48"
Removing the Hulls from Sunflower Shoots
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"2018-02-13 01:00:00"
Accounting & Bookkeeping for Farmers
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"2018-02-09 21:30:00"
$3.75 an hour to start! Sound fair?
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"2018-02-07 22:02:51"
We Just 5X Our Microgreens Harvesting Speed!
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"2018-02-05 23:51:14"
What's a good starting wage?
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"2018-02-01 17:44:47"
THREE THINGS THAT HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED MY LIFE!!!
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"2018-01-31 02:00:01"
WHAT'S THE NET PROFIT???
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"2018-01-27 02:00:01"
My Early Crop Strategies For 2018
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"2018-01-23 02:00:03"
How To Wash Microgreen Flats
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"2018-01-21 01:00:00"
How to grow Fava Bean Microgreens.
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"2018-01-18 01:00:00"
THIS MICROGREENS HARVESTER CAN CUT 400 FLATS AN HOUR!!!
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"2018-01-16 02:31:57"
GROWING 2000 POUNDS OF MICROGREENS PER WEEK!!!
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"2018-01-13 01:00:01"
Growing Greens In The Desert Heat!
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"2018-01-09 01:00:07"
Branding and Marketing with Steadfast Farm
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"2018-01-06 01:00:00"
How our tunnels are holding up in the snow
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"2018-01-03 01:00:02"
Huge Microgreens Production In The Dead of Winter (also, how to sterilize seed)
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"2017-12-27 01:00:01"
Five Reasons Non-Profit Farms Fail
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"2017-12-23 01:00:05"
Real Wealth - The Eight Forms of Capital
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"2017-12-20 01:00:01"
How To Calculate Your Compost Needs
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"2017-12-18 01:00:00"
My Favourite Pastime (besides my family)
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"2017-12-16 01:00:01"
Freezing Out The Greenhouse
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"2017-12-14 01:00:00"
Growing Specialty Crops For Chefs - 5 Things to Consider
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"2017-12-12 02:42:46"
Common Questions About Microgreens
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"2017-12-09 01:00:01"
EXPEDITING OUR MICROGREENS!
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"2017-12-05 01:00:03"
New farm and winter update
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"2017-12-02 01:00:01"
A Tour of Farmers Friend LLC
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"2017-11-28 02:00:01"
Do small farmers need crop insurance?
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"2017-11-25 02:00:00"
Can our field crops make it until Christmas?
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"2017-11-24 02:00:01"
How we saved our frozen lettuce.
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"2017-11-22 02:00:00"
HOW I BOOTSTRAPPED MY FARM ON $7000!
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"2017-11-21 01:05:24"
Where's The Best Place to Start A Farm?
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"2017-11-19 19:30:01"
Diversified, Regenerative and Profitable Farm in Sweden
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"2017-11-18 01:00:00"
Big Announcement from Curtis Stone & JM Fortier
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"2017-11-16 01:00:03"
Evaluating Potential Farm Land
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"2017-11-14 01:00:01"
Warm weather returns, but did our crops survive the snow?
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"2017-11-13 01:00:01"
Duped at the Farmers Market!
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"2017-11-11 01:00:00"
From Lawn to Farm - Spokane Farm & Food Expo keynote 2017
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"2017-11-10 01:00:00"
ANALYZING INPUT COSTS | Fertilizer, Compost & Water
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"2017-11-08 01:00:00"
WINTER CAME EARLY | ASSESSING THE DAMAGE
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"2017-11-07 01:00:01"
The 5 Elements to make $100k on a Quarter Acre
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"2017-11-06 01:00:01"
Collards, Chard & Kale
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"2017-11-04 00:00:00"
Sketchy but needed greenhouse repairs
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"2017-11-02 00:00:05"
Don't take the bait! Value your time!
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"2017-10-31 00:00:00"
HOW TO GROW, SELL & HARVEST BEETS
\\songs okay we're gonna we're gonna talk of peace now and ... beats are a little bit easier to grow them carrots harvesting certainly easier some of these these are Sony's appear fought transplant I think it's all it's all paper part transmitter so that thing went the pick apart transplant or if you have to really time your harvest and this is what happens if you don't you get let you get the lanky beats that are constructed in the space of the paper chain and then he is not an ideal product when your signed the shops in my experience they're very particular with the kind of beat they want then I'm gonna try to find the perfect for you while he's still mad ... we have one set that buys a lot it is the same good that's fine like arm but do not 600 pounds of carrots Tom Thumb site 6060 pounds of carrots every other week they wait they actually they like that they actually want love is that they want to slice it is they want to have more slice again cut is right we're about 2 weeks behind on this purchase we we we we get the wet tomatoes here before the Kabataan we've we just we just never got to it so we like bin laden that we know can sell this to lease one guy but in general you know it needs to be a good 2 weeks then we played her for high end restaurants that is what you want for a beat just like a little bit bigger than if it's between a ping pong ball on a golf ball the top in restaurants that's what they want and so you think you can get that in a in a couple different ways if you want it fast CDM at a slightly wider density so that you don't do anything harvesting can work and you get already at once and then it can all come out so you can you can crop out the bed and then plots enough in most cases that's that's ideal you'll have a lower yield though like if you were to have a bed I don't know what the exact yielded be but if you had a bed that was all perfect beats decides they have to be about a quarter inch apart your yield wouldn't really be that significant but you get out faster so there's you know there's pros and cons ... but I find if you want a big yield of beats you thin harvest them so I I direct C. beats with the earthly cedar it's the only thing I use that I use the earthly for spinach and and beats the only thing I use those that for and for golden beats all direct seed 3 rows per 30 ends bed for red beets I can direct seed for rose per 30 inch bed and I essentially do a thin harvest so I look at a band like this and I'll come in and what I do is all work my way down and all harvest what I needed to leave it in piles along the ground so all this do a little bit and you you can check it out so I'm looking for like that's that's good so I'm gonna leave some of it some of them in there these beats are actually good because that's what the paper part but they haven't been in here long enough that they're getting that elongated stretched out look so I'm coming in so I'm innocent move back animal to put him in like the least amount of piles as possible so I left the pick up at the end because I can't put a toad in here right that's that's the problem so that's why I'm doing this but you know once you get used to this you can go pretty quick and I'm just using my hands to move the the ideal candidates around and if you just notice what it is my hand there's I was pulling out of a cluster and I use my left hand to hold the ones down that I didn't want and I'm pulling what I want to keep it in the soil you pull it out it's not gonna go back or at least not gonna go back in the way you want then you got a particularly with the paper part you got to be careful about that because you start ripping out the chains are gonna start ripping out of the crops here you pull the odd one out here and there but that's that's okay so I was working my way down right and so what's what we're gonna see if I work my way down the hall 0 foot bed we're probably gonna see a few of piles every few feet and then once I get once I finish that bed then I come and get my tote and all this pack those up so it depends on how you're going to market them to some chefs with restaurants they want to be the green on there too they want like essentially they want dots but I find for the most part people are cool with just like straight up talked because they they do store better when it's completely talked but my preference in the post harvest is the top I'm in the post harvest I find that they don't the greens don't care very well as ... when we go to do Radisson turnip still see that they tear really easy and it's and it's it's fast to do in the field my ideal way to do this is to get the beats like this and then I basically get these in the totes in big piles facing the same way and then when I go into the post harvest I leave them on the table this way and I have a pair of scissors and I'm just I can take bunches like this at a time and I can discuss nips absence of substance that and then compost the greens and then keep the keep the beat I find it actually is better for storage to cut it plot opposed to when I terror I still a bit of that that's the first thing to rot if you're gonna sit on that for a month that's the first thing the rot and you're gonna get mold that builds up around the top and then it's going to soften the whole beat and that it's garbage so that's that's on doing it yeah I mean typically we sell hours that the Holy that that that's what the one large heads want ... but you know Emily what with gold beef because duh there's no cold feet available in that this even with like Cisco needs me to add a bigger aggregators so and the and the day they'll take anything as long as gone but they would preferred the whole gay can usually for something yeah that's that's true if the lead the leaf is nice like believes tastes like Swiss chard yet so when you get into the foodie type restaurants though like the whole thing because I use the whole thing not so much a carrot tops like not a lot of people use carrot tops some kinda like hardcore hippy Jews cafes might use the greens like use the whole carrot but that's that's not very common and we're only getting $5 a pound per per per piece so you know if you can talk for the greens to that's that says that that's more that's right more than I for the work with the parents to go along with the peace and other recross or are they kind of different carcinoma in the cooler yeah little bits of yeah more lasting ... you know I I know one thing that some growers do to sit on beets and carrots for a long time in the winter is they throw water on the floor to increase the humidity in in their in their cooler they've ever done that experiment I I I haven't because usually you know we don't have issue with with that opinion out sit on him long enough to even yeah I mean I I I think that this this when we will sit on the longer but typically we see no cares for a week and that their discount yeah how long would it be for a come back and revisit that rope ever every week I really don't as opposed to what I like about Nixon has and the the way I doing is more less the same I I haven't done with the paper part yet but I can see this is working as long as you get about quick like this this is perfect for this set of golden beats is a perfect candidate and if you got what was coming walk up and and take your hands and look through and see what I'm talking about but this is a perfect candidate were based on coming through and I'm gonna harvest at least one quarter of what's there and so I might harvest not bad for a month and then on the last picking it'll be really easy just crop it out pretty great yet when he said there are 3 crops 2 weeks after the transplanted cells okay civics here when you see what I'm when you see feeds typically when they first determining what you wanted me to read later yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah that's right and then what did you put in here ... can't score one on on on this end of the bed so I'm going to every field guides on the east and the bad is smart when it was transplanted with a specific time period like Hey would wish them 1000 bill Maher no I didn't pay or whatever so we ought to quit a good question over here about ... storing them like with the greens and how long so you can kind of fake it in a way what I used to do when I was mostly due in restaurants is I would harvest the log in make so we keep the top songs like it's some of the farmers market they go in like a week over a week's worth of the good going to 2 weeks to see essay basically and then I would sound the restaurants with the tops if the talk to be the first to rot so what what what we would do is we could sit on like 2 weeks beats at once and then if the talks started to go then we would talk to him and then save the beats and just sell bag beats later at the market or put those in our C. essay or sell them to shops at a lower price so you can kind of like you can kinda cheated and get the best of both worlds and then just do the topping later to get first first prioritize the premium price with the greens and then go to the top beat afterwards timing and hard hitting gave with like how long is too long to have them but yet but it really depends like if it's in the spring you know it's not long but going in this time I mean you could ... you could ride the so for offered for probably till December and it's because of the weather and that's right as days of winter shorter and cold night time temperatures are coming down things just don't cost us you know that's one thing that's really cool about farming on the shoulder seasons in the winter is that extra time release like relieves a lot of stress on the farm because you're not sort of against up on the field so quick where is here in the south and in the summertime what across ready it's ready and have to be out doesn't matter if you're selling that on a Monday or a Friday or the weekend when that crops ready it's coming out doesn't matter what day it is that's why good cold storage is important and protocols to when you harvest are really important those things become more amplified in in the summertime then than they are on the shoulder season so the summer you gotta go when things are ready they're out and they're in the cooler but now this time of year like it's middle a daytime and we can harvest 2 months ago forget about it we'd be out here dying dying right it would be out here yeah yeah we'd be in the AC yeah yeah so that that's more less beats in a nutshell //
"2017-10-29 00:00:00"
Green City Acres - Fall Update
\\we had a number of she well I've been the new guy who has been with us for a month have been putting all this stuff together so today I'm going to show you some of the projects that they've been working on and Sabah he's actually on his way back to Montreal which is where he's originally from and he's gonna be heading over to John Martin's farm that Tetley from the cut the top to work with them next year so pre exciting stuff there and ... let's start with explaining what this is all about so this grow wall is from a company called vicinity and I've had this wall for a while in fact I had a different incarnation of it in my nursery and we had that their last winter and part of the spring ceased it kept was kept up all summer with finally took it down and amalgamated it with all of this so this isn't entirely done we still that's more pop the put in there but it's mostly done at least finish enough that I can explain to you how this whole thing works so in each of these funny cities there's these aluminum rocks upholding all this then there these grow pots and in that part is a little a stock of soil right now we got Basil in there and I'm not sure that the baby was going to work I'm kind of skeptical we should've we should've planted it earlier ... you know we're going into fall now and I don't know how well that Basil hill the hold as the night's get cold I mean we do have heat in this greenhouse but it's not that significant so it's an experiment but you know what if the Basil doesn't work or try something else in there but mainly it'll be early next spring that will be able to load this up with some kind of crop and so how deftly tried Basil again early spring I could probably have started in transplants say early March get in here maybe mid March Maria can you started late February getting him in March and be picking by April of the really cool to give us a really extended bagel season but it raises others holding work so we got these aluminum rackswitch these pots are connected to and then we've got a Polly to mean line along the top and then we got these little drip emitters in here that go in each pot and when you turn this on it all just drips through and the neat thing about the socks is that this the water Chyna absorbs around them so it gets into the soil really well and it drips through each one eventually just dripping down at the bottom and right now it's just dripping on the ground which I don't like actually how we're going to we're going to fix that because I don't want and it and access of water going on my ground in here into the winter it's probably it's it's going to how to much down here so what we're asking to do is run a rain gutter type thing along the bottom of this to catch all that water and will run it like a one or 2 degree slope and it'll run all the way down here and will this have some kinda catchment down there some kind of ... been that will re circulate the water back to the irrigation and so the that's originally how this thing worked it's just that I didn't have when I got my original system it was a lot smaller and so I had these diesel is an attachment to the bottom of it would connect to a 3 thoughts then you have this little filter pump type thing that pumps the water back through and recirculated so that's what we're going to do to hear yeah this that way the water doesn't he can collecting down on the ... the bottom there so now that we're going back into winter but we keep production going around here on our farm we brought all the post harvest infrastructure not all of it but basically what we need back into this greenhouse so in the winter this is like ... farming spaceship where we've got production happening with our maker greens and nursery still got some paper pot transponder spinach to go out into a caterpillar tunnel but they brought the walk in cooler back in here and then the ... green's dry and it was sure so the screen actually stays here we have a different one outside we brought one of the spinners back in here who were doing less product so we only need one wears in the summer too is really needed to the amount of volume that we have going and then we brought the Butler back in here for washing the greens and then leave we keep this this ... drop this ... washing table in here with a better one outside but we've got all the stuff back in here and then we brought all the packing stuff all the bags the scales everything that we're doing on a on a weekly basis is all back in here our computer with printer for printing invoices and labels that's all back in here what's happening on the farm right now too is that our days to maturity for a micro greens are now longer than they were in the summer quite significantly longer so we change our planting schedule and ... one of my students that was here for our August workshop stuck around for a little while so he paid for the workshop and he has stuck around for the month and been has been helping us on the farm he actually helped us change some things in the my current operation so Saba is from Montreal originally and he does my careens a little my careens business in Montreal as well an indoor operation so he's been a real help with ... keeping this under wraps and getting this production little more dial then he's a staged car production fourth which is really helpful instead of us just planting everything on one day we've been kind of staging certain crops on certain days and so on and so forth to adjust to their days maturity so they all arrive at the same data harvest so gonna find him and introduce you guys still all right there is Hey there hello you too data whose you tomorrow C. 7 speaks French section not your native language so no it's not I was born and raised in Iran and ... I immigrated to Canada ... when it was 1617 and I've been living in all of it all over Canada for the last 10000000 here you've been living in Montreal for awhile ... for years now it's funny because when a person I mean this is what what Sabbah told me is that when a person isn't when their native language isn't English they'll pick up the oxen to wherever they are and when I first met him because I live in Montreal for many years when I first met him I was like you know you sound like a real Montreal are because it's got like this friend she I you slash English accent do you just pick that up because that was your native language I guess I'm pretty sure if I if I were to move to England or Zealand or Australia I would have picked up the accent right right it's like my it's not my mother tongue so yeah yeah so get adapted to the US that's right new environment so how is it been here you know you I thought she'd been gone for a lot of the time you've been here yeah been in and out it was actually nice that he was gone and what this means that he doesn't yet so you you've been working of mark and ... yeah it's it's been a great ... journey actually ... a month 0.5 or so including the 2 weeks I was here during the workshop yeah we got it we were able to get a few things done before ... the winter we gets too cold including this says it all yeah and ... we put a lot of cat totals up ... insert farmers find stuff here and then ... deformities just pumping green so ... were business as usual you know harvesting planting packing stuff ... pretty much every week yeah totally and ... you were running the maker in the business for awhile in Montreal hi well not initially like ... this I've been doing this for the last 4 years ... I remember back in 2013 ... I I'm in a really good job in Montreal ... I was working as a technical trainer for a manufacturer of world class sound engineering equipment and that he was to a lot of people was a dream job because I live my job was to basically play around with the really cool range of sound gear and then teach people how to use it here and there to make it even better I can with my boss and I would be more productive working from home so ... he let me do that and then from there ... everything started just getting interesting because I had a lot of free time on hand and then ... I started watching like documentaries and reading books ... and I kind of started educating myself about this ... main global issues like about food health climate change economic crisis and stuff like that so and I thought to myself will ... I really would have I really want to be part of it's I don't really feel like being part of the problem and I want to do something about it so ... then I looked at my skills and I was like world I don't really have heart skills that I could teach you how to ... who makes a record a live jazz band at a concert or at a festival using a really high tech gear but I wouldn't be able to grow any plans to eat door feed myself so sounding a similar story doesn't it it does and I'm not yeah yeah we had we certainly how that in Coleman so anyway ... that's I I think I just at some point I remember ... Gandhi's famous quote that says ... if you want to if you want to see change be the change yourself so I kind of have to let that sink in and ... and think about what I wanted to do and then on the thought that I would start with food because I believe that ... if you want to make any change you can change ... with the food yet that you put in your body so I basically started ... reducing my meat consumption ... I'm by no means a vegetarian or vegan but ... there a couple things that I started doing it and it wasn't enough for me so I kind of decided to ... try growing my some of my own food and then ... I looked at my contacts though and the environment that it wasn't so I realize that while I lived in a relief dance populated area like Montreal and ... we don't really have front yards our backyards to grow food on ... and ... the cold climate doesn't change ... that doesn't ... help our situation either so I said okay in maybe I should look into indoor crops and ... in order for this to work properly and how flat constant supply of food ... I basically have to find something that I could go indoors ... something that didn't take too much space or too much time to to grow and ... I wanted to grow something with ... high a nutritional value and something that I could just get started with not spending too much money like for building infrastructure and stuff like that so ... the the answer was micro greens because they're super easy to grow and they take like 232 to 3 weeks to ... harvest and they're the most nutritious cross that you can never eat so and you can kind of start with less and hung a box in your kitchen counter on a shelf kind of at home so it is sort of from there and then I kind of ... in 2 weeks I was just ... eating my own ... first got microphones in my salad and then from there just to call if I started going for my friends my colleagues and ... some ... restaurants around my neighborhood and that was when I think you have just launched your book okay and I heard about it I have never watched any of your videos and I just heard about I was in looking cool he's coming too much also let's go and meet him and that's where we met yet so yeah we met I'd that was like was that the 1 where so much and was there yeah yeah yeah so I didn't talk in Montreal and and that's when I met Saba and then it was like the next year we connected a vote my the workshop comes ari yeah exactly and then you came here and spent sometime with us and that is a pretty much it so what's so now yearly so it's not a subject she last night here we're having a little party forum overt Rogers place Rogers in the pouring cocktails and ... and having a having a good time and then you're going tomorrow back to Montreal and then what's next well I had to let go of that job because I got it too busy growing for restaurants and that kind of CS a program weeks leave bags of microphones and stuff like clients and ... and that's basically what I ended up doing ... before coming here so right cocaine at all okay I don't have time for this anymore I get to dive ... you know head first both feet in and just do this ... as my full time job yet and so after here the plan is to go on Jonathan's form ... in Hemmingford Quebec yeah and they're hopefully I can ... join their team and ... create some value there and ... take it from there and see ... I'm still looking for a piece of land to be able to start my own Michael farm but yeah I'm kind of I think I'm gonna life main focus is going to be on call in a very ... farming side like growing with the ... crops for chefs income and and making connections certain restaurants and ... kind of ... snatching that part of the markets whatever I will be here but you know you still got yet another excite year of just learning in figuring stuff Latin the I'm super excited for that what some of the what some of the big stuff you learned while you've been here whether it was in my workshop Perot you even that you've been at the farm I think the work flow that's that's one of the most important things and I think if you if you can kind of dial your work flow and kind of be aware of how much time you're actually spending to to do a particular task ... you can optimize your time and tasks ... really really well and I think the biggest takeaway from working here for awhile ... was to kind of zoom out of my own body and kind of watch myself do things and come to tie myself to kind of try improving every every single task that I was doing and kind of get things faster don specie de things that you don't really like to do around the farm and so we can get into like building stuff and do all the exciting things and it just comes out if you guys want to check some of the stuff out Sabah makes is great Instagram videos and all make sure to share his Instagram in the ... in the bottom of the YouTube video here check it is you can follow him you know he'll be on another adventure epic jams farm and you'll see a whole new series of of other stuff then there's a lot of ... I try to oppose a lot of ... pictures of their food that I actually make for myself my friend over with my order for my friends with the things that I go myself ... this is just to give you a simple idea of that it's actually not that difficult or complicated to start going some of our own food and how did you know kind of ... have in our daily meals great so you can live a really healthy diets and live like kings you know I need fresh year round a farmers like kings exactly exactly so that's awesome so I'll make sure you guys those of you who are and call back might want to connect the Saba all ... on his Instagram below and if you guys wanna check them you can do that but we got a party get ready to to go to the ... yeah I'm gonna head over to Rogers played with you guys later so much for giving this opportunity to to be here at all yeah fantastic my pleasure alright //
"2017-10-27 19:21:45"
INSIDE a legal marijuana GROW OPERATION!
\\super excited about today's interview I'm on my way up to a place called dosa which is a fully legal unlicensed marijuana grow operation right here in Kalona started by a guy named Trent kitsch who's a bit of a serial entrepreneur you know what high school together we weren't really close friends in high school or anything but we had a lot of same friends been in the same circle of friends were of the same age and ... trends got interesting story and he started a company called sax a number of years ago which is that a a sort of an athletic men's underwear company did really well at that and he started a few other things since then now he's running does and what they're trying to do is de stigmatize marijuana now it's not fully legal in Canada yet even but there are certain licenses that are out there for medicinal use but we are expecting it to be fully legal I just next coming year so in 2018 it's expected to be that but it's interesting because in Canada there's been a culture of cannabis for a long time so even how you got some places in the United States where it's fully legal you don't have the culture of it in the same way as we do in Canada so it'll be really easy to see what happens over the next couple years but I'm gonna head up there with Roger and we gonna talk to Trent and check out what this facility is all about alright so being with us so excited to be here in my first do you and everything you do man I'm a totally thank you so I want to give my you're best known for yeah yeah you crushed it was sad yeah at the men's underwear company I invented back in 2007 yeah socks underwear too humbling story but it's a very successful product and ... to all the entrepreneurs out there you know Stephanie possible believe in yourself you can do is go for it just go for it so you got so you've got a track record of men are not being an entrepreneur what you know what was it that what you wondered why did you want to do this well I've kind of wanted to do this since like watching my sister her friends use cannabis since I was like 12 yeah but ... I think it's just you know up do you think this come around once every 0 years yeah cannabis is been illegally in our country since 1923 yeah and so this is a huge opportunity and also I'm so authentically from the culture being from the Okanagan as well that ... rich agriculture and environmental you know valley that we live in yeah so I think it's a really natural fit for us and then also I really like creating high quality products yeah there's an opportunity kind of in a bi partisan lines and so cannabis is right for all of those things right now it's an exciting engine in the amount of growth that's happening yeah you know that's not a pun rate is is that then the economics of it I I we we we we chatted at that last CSE meeting yeah and they were saying by 2020 cannabis is going to exceed alcohol market capitalization in Canada yeah well there's ... ... estimated $6000000000 market coming up in non medicinal cannabis and then there's medicinal cannabis on top of that they don't exist so the market opportunity is definitely large and I think a lot of people maybe are getting into it just because of the money for the money which isn't cool yeah it's always a shallow way you you're gonna you're not gonna see through the struggles if you're only in it for the cash yeah what we're really in it too ... stigma kill cannabis you know bring information and education out as well as ... bring a really great product out and try to increase the general ... community of cannabis yeah so guy bring some to it yeah great flowering great attitudes and yeah and did talk talk with someone like the branding stuff you guys are looking at doing is you're really it almost looks like taking the best branding of the yoga culture yeah and put it together with sort of the cannabis culture well you know that's interesting see that we're gonna be doing some research with ... ... universities I believe ... on on yoga and how cannabis and yoga work together yeah that's part of our brand but also I think it's really ... again just being that okay noggin appellation higher end product not a you know by any means unreachable but a premium product yet and treating it like that we do with like its winds or ... a winery you know that you have different varietals and this is for you yes is what we did to make it this way deftly treating it like a brand because you know customers on have a consistent experience yet so we're really excited to do that and I think we're gonna have people you know hopefully coming back for second and third times that's what it's all about men of yeah customers that's the model and that the premium model to right now because if you're going for the bottom dollar you know it's a race to the bottom cranking out crappy product and it's like the one time purchase model we're going for that premium yeah I wouldn't wear craft cannabis or not an assembly line can about like craft cannabis yeah Graf beer yeah yeah yeah I like that I like the brand yeah so we're definitely hand trimmed to you know and we are not just put it in the cheapest bottle in there you know worse label that we can you know not supporting cast members are giving them the yeah so is a lot to come how we are different if we feel they were that we really care about the our and we're really gonna right at the bulls Sir yeah he pens when those doors open yeah and how are you finding those regulatory and and right now well does challenges I am as you know on been yeah absolutely so you know she that the it's really change in the world so yeah I know it may be Mustafa I want to or everyone wants it he's everybody into I'm the grow the she you know we in the world yadda is you know in a beach and let Jim buying and and in all the singer yeah but it's we have very good stuff forward and balls and the you know community evolves around it it's well it's neat to that were in the open on it's a a place for you guys to be it's almost serendipity because we've had that culture I'm here for a long time ago we were talking earlier about how you know Washington state it's legal yeah but to light up a joint at a party is very taboo where is here people been doing that for 20 years so it's almost like a perfect storm what you guys have going on yeah and I think it's really about a community embracing it you know and people embracing it and there is our job is to create really good products and educate people about the harms and the benefits yeah and then let adult sovereign people make decisions exactly so that's what we're doing right on that so we're gonna check out some bugs yeah so let's let you do it great coincide alright what's next and now it's a rubber gloves okay and then the inside in summer angle it yeah yeah so this is the actually the facility and the it's you know what's called a British Columbia so we we certainly it also 0 a year and then we drove for different here right now then a few sure we're going to where we alone Sir and we'll have our own you so we're excited about that do you agree we are so the light so if you all you the lights are different great you see all the controls that we have you know we can relative humidity troll all statements the rooms there go you're all so well you can tell by the what is on 3 for this very here and they sure we've got corporate card very tall yeah say this and then see so we have a he 2 very a range of ridiculous so you know a lot of no this there first time I would always people ... no midrange here Laurie know how much goes and I would recommend you know 30 300 milligrams our thing but it definitely people in their lives the way is people it is way so that part of it a little bit sure you I know your own employees we didn't working out yeah so more like what's all this trend normalizer this is all the things which fertilizer number 10 different rooms so here in a lot maybe so here we like to do things a little bit we have and that's a lot of no this it's long gets mowed once a week one of the of the month this is you know I more this is this we will well well so you know they were does all the flour you know it when we this then this hold around so and then the we'll move well or you well right now is not this is hard drive this he knows yeah I will leave for OSHA below fall //
"2017-10-27 00:00:00"
Farming in an Intentional Community
\\I just wrapped up a 5 day workshop here in the summertime and I mean an intentional community here and some of you may not know what that is but it's basically a so many people who got together to find a diesel and a place to live where they that all share Allie is here is that people are certainly Christian but it's 0 it out alone together this is where for a number of years now and I'm gonna talk ray about what far in an attempt a community is all about what it's meant over the last 2 years so we just wrapped up this 5 day workshop pretty intense the crazy man how do you want I really do I I think there is so much value information ... they was just yeah it was it was incredible yeah yeah yeah I think that's great no one has great what one thing that was really cool for me being here I I because I've been here before but not had spent this much time here is just the community you guys have here yeah yeah so cool so this this is ... a full on intentional community try and that that gets thrown around a lot those words get thrown around a lot but like this one there's really some special going on here flaky it's ... I mean everybody soon nice it's amazing and you know what what's what's it like farming in a place like this yeah it is it is and you know there's a it's it's I I think it's great that are you know in the beginning was deathly ... there's that he's had some challenges mainly just because here is a new thing yeah we touched the new fares the excitement and then there's the the grinding of like Hey houses in a row of practically yeah and so you know there's a lot you know you have this you know you're working and you have your neighbors come by and you know interrupt you pick up a gun time to get home for dinner yeah arrest like I don't have 30 minutes to chat you know your right brain so there's that aspect but you know really I mean you know touch visits home yeah and so you know you have you had the same thing you know where you are at home and that stuff you could you know it's it's part of it yeah right but ... there is nothing perfect by anything brain cell but in general you know we love it ... yet us is home we've we've strongly considered other other areas closer to our markets because it makes no business sense again it's home quality of life Holly of life you know and yes you know I do think driving 2:00 hours one way is with the most inefficient thing we do is farming but wanted to get out you know and so and yeah it's great I'm you know here you know our our children have friends here to get to play with ever to get safe you you say you see kids just your kids might be off over there playing to some of the neighbors on but you you have no continue nails rice that's right around yeah you know no lock lock locks the car I mean it says you know it's out in the middle of nowhere can it it really is a is a safe place and it's a great place to raise a family ... yeah it's we we love it people here are our family to us you know how how big is this entire area of the city so I I mean I think the actual community is about 85 acres and so you know I think there is it may be you know the homes are probably sit down about 20 acres I think we have like 28 as a pastor maybe another or 2030 of past of woods fan and we had some other miscellaneous cut common grounds in here you know it's kind of all mixed up so it's great we don't have upon the corner we have a nice here if I can't find the canteen here we got you know passers for cows and horses woods and trails to walk in and you know the kind of area where everyone lives and then the farms collect in the middle of it right now to raise like houses down on each side okay so yeah it's it's it's it's it's been quite the experience and journey but I've were really great yeah really are how did how did it all start when hotly so and I think Terry is the backstory of this communion but also how other things like shared infrastructure and buildings how does that work out on just like a practical sense with people yeah I'm so that that's a and a great question it it's it's it's changed over the years and yet the the way it started was basically back in the early days August 25 years ago it actually start out with those this ... this lady and she started a a birth ministry in Florida there is actually illegal so she's kind of do it under the in the black market basically that we're industries and raising duh birthing chill yeah says hostile home home delivery okay right at you midwife right yeah Zac yeah midwife can't sell a lot of people wanted to opt out of our current medical system here to him in the end the U. S. yeah and so she was helping people do that but I'm in it that you know the charter kind of cracking down on some things and they just went you know what it's it's it's time to move by the time they decide to move up here to Tennessee they had you know the people that they would help found they just start to get together they started me then and I took his homes and ... it really you know that the purpose of them again to get informing the base gets church was not it was not intentional just like happened by accident rates it wouldn't come out the go ahead we will have a community let us let let's sort of all the rules or the guidelines will do this and this is just like happened whom you know and so and were you know and we're still thinking that to this day I mean you know 25 years in the making and you know we're not we're not claim to have it all figured out and it's not perfect there's lots of problems me were all people yeah right so we all have opinions of course we all had honestly you know we don't always believe that these acts same thing yeah but we have respect for another we all love one another we we care for one another we watch out yeah someone has in the world where there to ... to to habitat route that's I've found it's been amazing years have people been so helpful for us and you know Katie's walking around here and and and they they might recognize me and now he's living here for but then they see Katie is a stranger and I just like immediately try to help her like showing up at our and our plays given us stuff like it's it's incredible yeah so how hunter things like the calm instructors how he sees it paid for their like you just pull your money into a fund or some yeah because there's some the way it works is basically not everyone who has has homes you know we we pay rent yeah and so that rent money goes to like you know that that the land maiden aunts o'hara building maintenance it'll go to like you know roads yeah ... you know if there's a leak you know there's money for that level we have a guy who actually works here who does Lanman itself he gets paid come to that hand how that works threat is one guy in charge of all that so he decides what gets what he knows and he basically owns the land and he was one the founders arrangement here and before it was kind of you know we got you a lot of different ... changes and you know over the years ... you know if it's a lot things have evolved yeah and I think really right now it's the best ever been just because there's there's there's a lot more ... perceptive I'm more stability like how things are done is like we are absurd fear and ... yes said since we're gonna get all and one thing I was curious about 2 is ... you have a farm in here yeah basically the community base we decide here use this land right there really excite you as a farm and it totally and so are members of the community getting food free of officer so what would that the way we we do it is my wife sends out like a ... email list once a week and then a they base placed our order and then you know we fill it and then they come down walk in cooler and just going walking coup they grabbed their you know their names on the bag I grab and go home yeah yeah so you know it's like in their backyard yeah you know awesome you know who they must love that yeah I mean not everyone does it but for for the people who really want you know cover good local food it's like in the backyard here sometime you know yeah and so it when we first got started there were just when it wasn't being used and I said Hey as long as you're gonna take it the soil and you know make it better than the way you found it yeah go for guilt Lawrence so yeah we we've been worth were very very very blessed well yeah so so we we had an awesome week and that we we decide we're gonna do it again that's right so we're gonna be back again it'll be next week the third week of October yet so next year next year so 2018 all the back here into the same thing again thirtieth October will list those tickets maybe by January something I'm able to get up early bird we we sold this one out and turn people away and we turned we turned a lot of people away so we figure that down south here there's a lot of people that are interested in this kind of information so we're gonna we're gonna do it again and there's a chance we have a confirmed harbor saying if there's a chance we might do to back to back yeah we'll see how that first one sells out and then we'll go from there it's right thank you having us right here in Manitoba //
"2017-10-26 00:00:08"
HOW TO GROW ORGANIC CARROTS
\\first crop is carrots what I'll do is I'm gonna talk about how I do carrots and then rail talk what he how he does carrots could you get 2 different situations on opposite ends of the continent so they'll offer some different context for you guys so carrots are they can be a relatively high value crop for me they can only be high value for human the summer because if I plant them in the spring they take 76 to 80 days to grow so that doesn't meet my criteria of what's a fast crop I want 60 days or less so he gets 60 there's a lot of IBM in the summer starting in like late may or early June they can be a 16 a crop and I can do a few plantings up until my last planting which would be the first or second week of August that's enough to get a 60 day crop to hold into winter and then be harvesting that crop all through the winter like what I have now if you my my you tube this week is all is all pre loaded so I got videos coming out today Wednesday and Friday and sat and Sunday you I think one in one of my videos there I'm gonna show you my greenhouses my caterpillar tunnels with what's what I've got for you parents going on so you'll see the check it out what what's happening there in the winter but so cats can be high value crop for me if they weren't I probably wouldn't grow them on my farm with the size that it is but there's one thing I learned this year which is the best way I've ever grown carrots like 0 percent germination total game changer for me was putting a fresh inch of called post on the bed and then direct seeding right into the into the bed from there 0 percent germination even in the dead of summer where as when I was due in soil prep like that's private it up and planted into the soil it was always spotty weather was pelted see it or not I I'm not using pedal palette to see it anymore I'm just use and Ross seed my 2 favorite carrot righties are mocha man Nelson ... mocha I'm is a good overwintered cared and a and a decent earlier carrot Nelson is a really good carrot for the hot summer and I grow carrots a little bit bigger than ray I'm not getting 10 Bucks a pound I get to 50 to 4 Bucks a pound but I guess I grow a medium size carrot basically big enough that the corps in the care it is it really big like if you're selling to restaurants they if if you want a high price which is in my opinion from my experiences $4 a pound then you gotta have a cordless care so it it can't really be much thicker than your thumb and it's got a snap in break really easy so the so and so I do that by getting out of the ground quick so I'm trying targeting the younger care that the advantage of that is that means that I'm I can do by younger carrot at a higher price per pound I can planted a higher density and I can get it out of the ground faster so by planting more and get it out quicker I'm I'm getting a better yield at a better price in a shorter time frame so that's like that's perfect that those 3 things that are almost the basic principle to to everything that makes my my crops profitable so what what I'm doing is a nicely I'll I'll I'll do the bed prep like a shallow cultivation of what we're gonna do all that if you haven't seen it yet and then we just finished with a nice layer of finished compost not much different than what they have back over there by the packing shed if you haven't seen it you can just see a fresh pile of brought in compost there we finish that leave it on just rake it in the place so that it sits on the bed and then I'm direct seeding right into that and I'm getting 100 percent germination right now we're yielding 300 pounds per 0 foot dead that's with no tops that's just talked carrot 3 pounds of 4 Bucks so I do 50 foot beds are given 150 pounds honest on a 50 foot bed at 4 Bucks a pound that 600 Bucks from one crop keep in mind that all plants 3 other crops after that right so it in my book when I talk about the high rotation beds and I say and a 50 foot bed I can get $1600 that's part of it but if I'm getting deals like that I'll go over that 1600 Bucks per bed sometimes I'm into the 3500 even $4000 range per bed if I can get it dialed in perfect and that's what some that initial prep is all about if you want perfect crops yeah I might spend a little bit more money because you know that might be on 100 foot bed if I were to come here put finished call post on here that might be $20 a compost for 20 Bucks on a $600 crop yield is insignificant because the alternative is really patchy germination and they've had it here so Reyes had it sorry what you talk about what you're doing now to plant play cares what's working yeah okay so I'm saying things that we've always had a major problem with with with too many carrots but a really heavy years been just terrible to what what we found is our dream you know we played a little later than you because our falls a little warmer longer yet but so typically will will will seat carrots ... you know middle late July maybe August 1 cut staggers and it just so will get so hot so dry human I don't for whatever reason which is always had really bad germination and I think a lot had to do with our soil that that that top habits of soil would dry out if it dries out even a little bit which is not it for us doesn't Germany so what were a few things we did this year is we actually print this whole plot and heart did ... series Edward hopper almost a month and I get so hot hole care packages here like this the care beds when you come here ... would tell you that this whole system is all done here and we also really to try 7 different things so we kind of wanted to have a comparison as far as the actual field so what we did this year is ... you're basically they went to bed this every week to help cut a staggering so what we did is you know we'd pepper bad brought forget amend it probably will not put any knock you down ... because what what and who I can see here I think we actually had too much nitrogen down on the previous crops which was greens and our top story just way way way too big yet tops are big roots are small you have too much imagine so yeah you know it happened though were make a call okay make sure the previous crop that have as much nitrogen bomb so what we did is you're pregnant we we had the sold really nice and we got that 4 row pinpoint cedar and we kind of came through here and use that cedar we would water this for 2:00 hours and then we would talk it immediately me what I'd like maybe like an hour to Thailand tried out a little just a little bit and then the kids are generating about 45 days just ordered 5 days that's bass normally very tonight and now so that that's what the white side up there was one week it was really really hot and what we did is we actually have the sprinklers on timers to help cool off the actual types so if you're really really hot you're concerned about it just you overhead irrigation again ... and it does seem like a lot but if you have the market for carrots and you really like growing them you know all these little steps help make for successful care germination so this whole and expand which is to figure out can we and improve our termination and so what we found is we had perfect termination it was just too much it way too much and so we are I wish our germination was 50 percent about what's here what would know that was but what we're half bean is he is so much boil it in the past 23 weeks are lighthearted humidity was really high and so it's just part of what happened really major disease in our greens so mind you we were really only aiming to sell baby care so it's gonna work out for us ... so again it's is this year ... there's another major up armored in Memphis that was ... but by billionaire they end up you know Moore had really hard time growing crop because you know ... how Mrs sets would farm does not ID you know money is not going to make you successful it's it's really having a good plan so what happened is you know we don't realize but also and we were the only cared barber in town in Memphis so now we're just we're we're get a lot of orders again justice here does it mean we get 10 but that's what people are happy to pay it because no one else is growing at so it not convict this works out back he'll want tops anymore ... so what we'll do is we'll base you've got a crop all out that they're small other not all perfect and we're just gonna top it cleaner baguette that put a walking tour and was sore for a month and just basically as a quarter's cut man would just pull the orders and is there any storage that's what's great about carrot so for us in north it more northern clients even even Virginia where you get a winter that's that's what you want that's the great thing about carrots is the storage so that if you suffer for me what what I've got a whole I got a 2000 square foot area block that's all care it's going into winter so what I do is I work around the weather saga caterpillar tunnels over it now so they've established a drawn themselves without the tunnels and we just put the tunnels on last week now that's going to keep them alive going into winter so if I get down to like minus 10 Celsius which is probably 0 to 5°F I can't go to harvest those in that whether it's too cold but what I'll do is all wait for a sunny day and if I'm not watering the crop in the winter which is you don't need the water in the winter if if it's if it's you know anywhere near freezing you're not water anymore so what what happens is that they can't stay in the ground that she stayed dry so what's really happening these are not growing anymore it's too cold there's more less dormant in sitting there the ground is effectively acting like a storage facility for you so I wait for a warm window of whether and then I just so it might be for me above just above freezing outside but if it's sunny I or even on a cloudy day the capital tunnels be warm like that you could you could take your sweater off and it's warm I can actually go in and fork out carrots and all harvest if I I look at the forecast and I go okay I got a warm window here I'm gonna going harvest myself a month's worth the carrots now and seize the opportunity and that I might sit on those carrots till Christmas and then maybe a little after Christmas I get another window I can go ahead and harvest more and storm that's that's what that's how we'll do it it's not like in the summer you just come out harvest whatever you want and what whenever you need it it's gotta be you gotta choose windows of time and it's this.principle there is almost the same with a lot of the winter stuff we do if it's the spin spinach or let us in the winter and it's in cold frames or or I need to greenhouses we're just waiting for windows of opportunity that's the best time to harvest because they even spinach can sit for a couple weeks I mean I wouldn't sell it if it was 2 weeks old but I would sell it if it was a week old because I can harvest a bunch when the weather's off opportune and then and then sell it throughout the week yes I again a lot this is context you know and now that we know we can have the whole generation thing figured out will actually back down a bit on arrests maybe we'll go down to 44 rests com yeah so what I saw what I do with care desire to go 7 rows on a 30 inch bed and I there's the compost I use the Jiang cedar I use of the roller on the jangled ax Y. 24 and I put down 7 rows and again I'm targeting a baby care so I'm not I'm not expecting a full size carrot like this I'm targeting something like that stuffing yearling carrot with my thumb tops and that's what I'm that's what I'm looking to do so yeah different context ray mightn't that density might not work in that in a in a day and ... drop or a hot humid climate but for myself do you guys this book cannot be similar like hot dry that docking were great wind up when you're waiting for a sunny day to harvest in the winter months ... for storage wise are you still put it in your in your cooler if it stands you know below freezing can you just leave that out cover it around 00 we 0 what you put on the ground no once I pull it out it's got to go on the cooler its got to be stable temperature like give you store it in a in a in a shed or something like that and you're getting down below freezing your getting up that stresses the crop and it'll it'll it'll spoil yeah you gotta have a stable temperature to store it you cut the top restoring them how do you actually store them in the ground for me you know what yeah we're going to do way to do it in a second but I just want is there any other questions about no top but in the market no god no farmers markets great questions that they will not buy carrots unless it's has tops so we're currently really not pushing bottom we'd we'd have one guy who's actually pick up some crap as some have had a market little bit but it's it's it's very little so yeah farmer's market I mean every farmers much different eras there are I I she moved when I was still doing markets I move more cats in bags really is here yeah and my I'm on the west coast and so everybody's concerned about nutritional density and so good care to not of the same nutritional density when the greens are on they lose it by the day the green soak up the next day the nutrients from the care right because the guy that the top is what sort of synthesizing the top is what it's going the route is storage for the top as well so the longer you keep talk and that's why I don't understand what people want tops like it's okay get if you VW rabbit Sir if you'd use the tops but as far as the carrot nutrient density goes it's lower with tops on so I actually moved more of them in bags because my community are really like health hippies and they they want that stuff thousands of all the game but that so here's here's the deal here's a deal yeah yeah there's a deal of talk so too is keeping the tops on your carrots is a hassle to wash them it's like 4 times as long to watch care to talk because you have to it you have to bun you have to manage each bundle to wash somewhere is when you're doing loose carrots you can throw them on the Washington about I just bring him down and you move up quick so I our our carrot washing time is like 4 times greater since we stopped on budget and actually find it's faster in the field it's also faster to sort them you know if you're doing bunches often you're you're punching him in the field and if you're not bunch them in the field it's even more of a hassle because you point always cared greens and then you're handling all that you're taking the post harvest and then you're you're sorting them unbundling begin the greens get all tangled up it's very time consuming and labor some so I I'm not offended doing tops but you know sometimes it does command a higher price that makes sense we found both yeah sure yeah so if they're clarification question when you're selling your carrots you prepare your bad like we've seen down there and then you see them yet and you're covering them with a tarp or a a fabric with wet weather but the actual I. white black silage tarp okay with with the white side facing up and if they if they see outdoor temperature exceeds whatever your watering 9 arteries yeah okay right Indian you're covering your prepared vase with a fresh layer of compost yet and is that fair heavyweight layer or is it just that its water good I mean carrots all he's actually one thing I forgot to mention in fact just this question what we do when it's really hot is I do the compost as I said see right into it I roller shade cloth on it right on the soil because water goes through it and then I water it as normal that gives me the best when it's really hot know that because of the convoys on its own like I did I did a couple trials were as calm as though she cough and then some with and when it wasn't scorching hot the ones without the shade cloth to just as good but when it was in August and we get 110 Fahrenheit in our summers up 210 so at that time like those weeks the shade cloth was a must it outperformed the beds without compost so with the show without the shade cloth or it is there any difference in laying the safe up on the ground versus keeping it off the ground if you're doing it just for germination I like it right on the soil directly on the crop because you get in the very least amount of evaporation and you're holding that moisture because it's a 2 fold thing they're good good finished Arabic compost will hold moisture better than anything else but then the shade cloth on top of that is also preventing the win from drying it out moving back and forth or the sun beating right down on it so that does 2 things really really make it yeah and what they can to back covering your soul for Canada you get a really heavy rain stuck on washing your seeds out all the useless over I tell you that the fax originates was exporting that's crazy so what you have to do is get the ticket like you got to be careful because if you left out if he left on a day longer in a hot yeah right you know Tennessee summer forget about it Doug turned a much when you're first yeah no sprout up years take cover off yeah I was really Presley told me that the summer because I like that's ballsy man like I I would be scared to do that that I'd miss the opportunity but I mean if you got if you're walking your field every day or twice today you just make sure your stop for check in those steps and then once and they're good uncover a justice oyster and that area is it is it never dries out and you know can't listen I mean we we we we try to keep automatic timers but things happen you know ... you know what what time you know a cow got out and bust of water pipe in there was a geyser and so if you're gone for the day you know that's it in with carriers like we only have you know in some cases you only have one week window and if you miss it yeah you're you're gonna sell its sweet time with with with with carrots you really only have a short window where like you I go like arugula baby kale I've watched plan though yeah next day yeah ... parents are really finicky the thing with any clay soil to is that what happens is when it dries out it concretes yeah and you get that cracking on the top yeah like that's like when you talk what that Midwest dust bowl from over telogen that's what happens and that's where carrots will just fail like they won't Germany through that as soon as you get that crossed over a dozen journey so I guess that's the idea here with ray on the tarp is that you keep in the moisture on the top in the soil soft citizens of can't break through you can take that off and that's all might get a big cross the on the top but they've broken through and no bill they'll be resilient they got their tap root down they'll grow through it but they won't break through in the germination and then that our medic says so you know again at that point I'm looking for the first sign of hegemony to see so once I see it pop through a few it's go it is it's uncovered and I have the automatic water between 2 to 4 times a day so it it's so that we'd never dries out and yeah yeah you know it again moves up this it will talk with its more with legislator but I I I have you know ideal times and in cycles create you have to watch the weather is like in August was actually cooler for us in September and so to be watching your Webb and the farmer the first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning is check the weather like I mean sometimes places like work what someplace in British Columbia or island you're better off sticking your head out of the window the check on the forecast because if forecastle change so fast but the point being is like you always got to be looking ahead so like you know we all have the smartphones now you know that is my most used be secure on the farm believe it or not values that more than anything else I got different apps on here I'll talk more about it later on the workshop but I wake up in the morning I look at the one we forecast I look at the one we forecast twice a day because I want to know how to think ahead and are on the production on the farm I'm always think in 3 weeks ahead bed and when I go look at my field and I'm thinking about what I'm going to harvest the woman a plan I think 3 weeks ahead especially with the harvest when we go into the greens we'll talk about it a bit more but I'm going like okay I'm harvest in this this week I'm gonna heart is that the next week on the harvest that the third week and then I'm gonna have a second thought on that in the fourth week I'm always thinking ahead and I'm making notes about what I can expect so that's it for the other than the prerogative crop deal this will now we'll talk about the harvesting and aim become more questions ... so goes through in plain weeding right whether terminate gal get picked up good question if we like okay let's let's talk about that that's a great question a lot of organic farmers especially the big ones but you know it is the big one will big ones are all doing this like bar none if you can't grow organic carrots the flaming of what they're doing is there doing their bed prep and then they're planting their carrots this is often with tillage farms then they're going what they could even do is put a glass jar on one of the roses on the bed and then with that they planted and then when that when the carrots Germany on that glass jar flame with the whole bed then the next day the carrots pop up because what did you think the jar will germinate a day or 2 before the other care so that's actually an Eliot Coleman thing he said that but Elliott Elliott can still came from the school that were telling beds constantly so a lot of the new market gardeners are always telling they're doing shallow cultivation so that that's strategy you know still be used if you're really worried about weeds you can you can do it you can do it all like you can crap but the tarp especially new farm you're gonna have a new farm you're gonna have a year of really bad we pressure so combining that with your silage tarp strategy here still see bad all that kind of stuff that's just going to add an extra level of of weed management so you can you can do your bad breath I I thought you can prep your bed wait till the weeds go if you wanna be really hard core flame we'd at then plant your carrots and then come back on day 6 and flame weeded again or you might do a combination of race thing put the tarp down pull it off when the weeds germinating flame it you know there's a variety of ways you can do it but that's just another layer of complexity but also weed management any more questions on on this work because it would do some harvesting of these so if you got birthday WTO of hope that he will yell it out better yeah it can be stronger but that's over Washington so depending on your soil conditions sometimes you can just pull carrots out of the ground I think ray ray has been saying that because they're carrots are really small and the relatively shallow there can just pull mode but I find it that if if I start tearing greens off see like this yeah it's kind of I'm not gonna do it because I'm losing crop so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna work a section of bad at a time I'm gonna come in and I'm just going to loosen a couple rows like this so we listened to soil now these can just come out really easy right and then that way you know I can be a bit faster but it wears your keys in a mo was a lieutenant you got to be a little slower you don't break off the green so I like to move fast and so I'm just gonna time a teaser that stuff and if we're doing these without talks then I'm gonna come over here and I was on a break go like this yeah not if you want to get the top off the route you what what you're saying and also you what happens when you do that I used to do in this way actually it just depends on your customer depends the product you want so if you want to do the bunch and twisted so some chefs actually one inch of green on there and if that's what if that's what they want then what you send works then you can go like this and you know some of them you get that and some chefs want a bit agreeing on the top it just depends ... you know what you said IT might work with these 2 particular care to these cats the greens come off a little easier than mine but you what you say when a few workers there's a reason why a car from the side not like up the road just because I watched it just I'm just now is going to work here not so that's just just so I'm not stepping on anything I may add you mean you could do it this way but I don't want to step on my bed yeah so that's why I'm coming at it from the side in here away you don't mess with your band yeah exactly you work all that hard to do so topside darted to go bad it really doesn't say anything about the care of itself well that's the thing that's why I don't like I saw these in grocery stores in bags and that's why I don't want to talk to the talks are so raw it is if it is then the customer doesn't want but the carrot still okay the carrots okay but it's it does kind of aesthetics that that business that you're going to see that but I mean like I said what the some shops like they want that right you know and then and then when they finished out on a plate bill does have a little bit of green on there but they want a freshly they're not gonna sit on those carrots for weeks sure where that might happen in the grocery store //
"2017-10-24 19:00:00"
MARKET GARDENING 101 - Why 30 inch beds?
\\first of all 30 is bad the primary reason that market gardeners are doing a 30 inch bed is from one ergonomics it's easy to manage by hand it's easy to walk across the field so there's there's an advantage there with access to get in and out fast but really what it's a boat is consolidating the crop down to let space so you use last land right so in row crop farming where you see row dead space row dead space and it's a tractor running not you eat here you're wasting your land but you're also creating more space for weeds so that the the real idea behind a 30 inch bed is less unusable land and more usable land less space for weeds also less space for erosion so when we get heavy rains in here the only erosion that's really happening is in the walkways and that's not that's not so important to our production but also we're creating a a little little many micro climates where we've got shade on the soil and so we encourage biology in the bed we're not walking on the bed so we're not contacting the soil it's just it's just for for many purposes it creates better soil then candidate and a market garden were not using big tractors typically we're using hand tools so it's just it's just contacting the space another thing that's really great about it is you use less materials on 30 inch beds so when it comes to season extension not the biggest part of it is if you've got more crops compacted into less space you need less greenhouse space any last row covers you need less insect netting you need a lesson irrigation you're using a year using less of everything because your crops are more consolidated so that that's the main idea there and you know if if if I fit perfectly scenario yet more open land just to do beds in 10 block areas is great because you can have a field that can get cropped out near the same time and like what I was saying in the greenhouse you can let the tarps do the work so we're going to talk specifically about ... silage tarp which we've got lots of over there raise he's not actively on the farm we got some coverage the beds here so the idea here is that we're not going to just crop out something tell it and planted again because now gonna bring up more weed seeds and we're gonna put more weed seeds that fly in underground to come out up at a later time so that's the idea behind not consistently Rhoda telling we pull a tarp rate over the over these crops once are harvested and just let them die they get smothered out from the lack of sunlight but there is also a high humid and hot environment in there which flushes out we'd so by using these tarps were consistently bettering our soil for for biology because we're not road until it consistently but we're also flushing out weeds and you actually find when you pull a tarp off you're gonna see all the worms and bugs come to the top it actually I don't like I don't make the claim that it increases biology because I don't know that for a fact but I do know when I pull those tops off there's a lot of activity there so that's a good thing in the car for a moment about pathways landscape because versus wood chips versus yeah thing yeah so what ray's got going on is a perfect example of that in it who this what a what I would do is when you've got a break in your blocks wood chips are a good thing I I generally like to start with some landscape fabric down and then I might put chips over just because weeds will make their way through ... if you've got access to chip in you can put down new chips every year then that's actually that's even better than you don't have to worry about the fabrics what they've got on these beds walks is a perimeter of landscape fabric all the way around that was my suggestion to them and the reason for that is so that creeping weeds are arrayed on the edge of your of your blocks and your bed because what will happen is over here you're gonna have Bermuda grass and other weeds creeping in and your your edges are always going to be more weedy than everything else and then those weeds are gonna keep making their way in so if you can immediately set up a perimeter around your blocks you just gonna reduce your weed pressure over time and it just keeps it clean it look it looks tidy things are clearly defined and you know if it were me this well this is what John mark 10 does at his farm is he has silage tarps on both ends of his box so his Bacchus 1010 beds wide which is which is probably depending how your walkway with that could be anywhere between 50 and 80 feet you can have a silage tarp on this side into silence took on that side so that when this block is cropped out you just pull those 2 Tarzan and then that sets for a month then you're on to the next block and a month later you pull those talks back do shallow cultivation and soil amendment and then plant again and you're just gonna keep working out weeds that way so that's like almost ideal scenario //
"2017-10-23 16:00:01"
RUNAWAY GOLF CART WITH A CRAZY AMISH GUY!!
\\run away gone crazy others not really obvious I don't play one on you guys in here with Doug from Doug and Stacy off great some you guys are familiar with Doug I'm sure many you are he's a awesome off greater homesteader not really Amish but if he's here down in summer Tennessee came out to the workshop we've been hanging out did some videos together his channel and ... husband also pardon of really soaking up the information and we're the reason why come down is are we do a thing on our channel call field trip Friday so a lot of people that are interested in this homesteading and you're all grown food movement always wanna know like how can I make money and do what I love to do so we always try to find the stories of ways people can actually implement meant systems ought to help them to make money on the homestead so they can get out of the 9 to 5 job get on that cubicle and then ... limit intentional life and do what they love you yeah I mean for for me ... I got into a commercial parking first and now I'm getting more into the homes that you're coming from the homestead front and I mean I've been dreaming about what you guys are doing yeah that's what I wanted to do forever yeah you guys are you guys 11 off grid growing your own food got animals that we have some sheep it do it do it do it at all I mean are you see and how much of the stuff for you see and that you do at home like here is there are there some parallels that to what's going on here yeah he like mall suitable ... massive like compost piles I see on the manure piles ... you know that's a very intensive gardening we really don't do that because we're really just grow food for ourselves we can even much are nutrient dense foods possible ... but we haven't really thought about like getting into a market type situation but that's the beauty of it if we ever wanted to the systems are in place teachers like Curtis about other guys are open source in their information thought so you guys on the other side of the camera can get this information and run with it and that's and that's all things gaming Doug and I both YouTubers anywhere out there sharing content and and one thing that we we've been talking about a lot is that we need to get you guys in 2 sharing what you're doing to get that get more people into this because you know in the U. to space you've got guys like Roman Atwood in case he needs that you might be great YouTubers yeah but the things they're doing and are kind of just garbage crap that doesn't really make the world any better and you know we're thinking that it's it's like really important that you guys share your content to get it out in the space get let's inspire kids to do this right yet you guys would ... take you know like that that that like you said the kids like Roman Atwood has a lot of younger people watching his videos and they're all into the Twitter the Instagram Facebook and the share every video and he's got if it's on his video just think if you guys invest a little bit of time even if you don't like that stuff FOR agree with that ... you could do it just to help promote the message and them people could be a lot better off get this information just like you enjoy watching and learning the information other people can be reached by some of don't even know that it's out there yeah so that you don't and you know so much of it is like sharing the learning how much of that has banned like when you guys started how much like are you documenting your failures are you kind of showing the whole process yeah I think that's one of the compliments we get our channels that we do show the failure so like we put in the rays bad's the first year they were a total failure we share that we put in the wood chips you know with so the first year was a total failure we share that and we also have a lot of successes the raised beds we got turned around on their like very up on it right now our greenhouse you know just everything if so if you're watching someone and they're only showing you successes there's a red flag for you because there's plenty of failures that come along with every success there's there's often like far more failures Cooper probably like 10 to one and that's the thing like people ask me you know how did you get so good at doing that stuff it's like well I probably failed thousands of times and I've kept refining and I just never gave up so I mean it's kind of a this column called action you guys to like do this stuff share it make it known share your failures share your successes but we live in a sweet live in a world today with social media and flogging and you too can suffer people are sharing experience that since the world and so get it out there get the content out to people and and you can share what you're doing now they are talking to someone earlier ray who actually is hosting the event and we were talking about how you know the amount of time that it would take you guys just 10 years ago to learn the information that's available at your fingertips right now you know you could gobble up like 10 or 15 years just getting books and learning in starting the stuff for right now you can just like go to you to type in any kind of search out that you were to learn about and there are videos about it so take advantage of the information but also you know go the extra step hit the share button you know share with your friends and out try to broaden what the people that are actually learning this information so we can help make a difference one video at a time that's right get out there and ... no I I'm gonna going back to it slightly different opposition but you know what what it what do you guys up to these days me you're you're you're walking every day goes up every day that's crazy I'm not I'm not quite every day what Sally what's next on the horizon you just got that that fair in ... was in Virginia yeah was a Virginia where the homesteaders of America conference I'll actually leave here and then on Friday we go to Topeka Kansas firm last Mother Earth news fair which you bet a lot of those yeah ... there were no more to be down at the tiny house jamboree in Texas at the end of the month and then we'll be at layman's outside I'm off grid like non electric store to a really cool store in kindred Ohio for a 2 day meet greet just opt for people to watch our channel or maybe some of you guys are watching this video you like Hey that guy looks pretty cool armor go check them out FSO out yet but this year we kinda dedicated to get not mean people that watch our channel you'll get some face time with them because you guys watch these videos but you never really know like are the the real deal so we like to come out shake your hands listen to your stories ... and meet new people too so that's awesome stuff so I mean you guys got thought I'm gonna put the foot all dug stuff in there we he did a video with me I'm gonna share that video in here check that video I have subscribed in there check out his channel if you're in the home studying these guys are doing amazing stuff and their share in the failures and successes just like I am so you don't get out there find information but again share it and get this stuff out in the in the in the space will actually stumbled across his videos and then learned about in writing his book we actually started our gardening we went into this process we never farm garden never lived any of this life that we were total city rats and live in them neo in the city have a big house and all the big bills and so we got out there we built a log cabin in 90 days from scratch with no experience and then I actually got a team of Belgians and I was plowing and discontent harrowing a 10000 square foot garden with just me and my wife so then we would stink about aum aging in place and putting in these up processes are on our land that would help us get older without as much work so that we've ditch that we've changed our gardening methods were you know do the rays back as the back to Eden ... probably implement some of this stuff which is really cool because even though we don't market garden there's a lot of great ideas here so where you can get the most out of your produce and I find that very good a rewarding you know yeah and I I look forward to seeing your channel you certain implement some of the half and and seeing how it comes along yet so that was a big motivator for me is like your videos in your book and then you know we started talking and hanging out through the ... YouTube space and a developed a friendship and stuff but I really enjoyed while listening to the people that are here like this is like 40 people so yeah and others share their stories a lot of it is underlying thing that you're sick of the rat race they wanna grow their own food anyone up provide nutrient dense food for other people I think that's a great testimony to what you're doing yeah and it makes it worth it I mean he comes all the way from Canada to Arizona to New Zealand to Tennessee help teach you guys the systems that he's put in place and all of his trial and error you guys are able to reap and dog you know benefit from that so I think that's awesome then one of the things I really enjoy to is that all we're here listening to raise success story because he started off you know had all the animals he was gonna do the homestead thing got overwhelmed and they had to start trying to figure out how to read laser focus what he wanted to do that could bring a profit and also he cured his daughter OB who had cancer through food because a lot of food is medicine not medicine because food so I think that's really a good powerful message to and I just to hear how we went from maybe 10 or 20000 or $30000 now I think you said this series RD made 101 in which you have more than last year yet and we're just going to fall which he says is busiest time of the year yeah so I think a lot of the stories that I'm here and at home his workshop is that people see this on you tube in that question that right notice that yet all right this guy really make 6 figures you know selling Brooke salad greens right but when they come here they see the systems in place in the get their hands dirty in there they're teaching hot upstart the bad thing you know how to roll out the tarps and the systems that work in the different ways to harvest and how long each thing takes I mean yet when they see all that stuff they can really start really put their mind around and they're like wow this is great so I think that's awesome the work that you're doing and I appreciate you are invite me down so we can do this field trip Friday for the people on our channel to help them learn how to make money for their homestead that's so you know the work you do is important I mean we put these videos up as you 2 creators and we never really know yet but we're changing lives one video time that's it and and you know you please do the same you guys and you know what I wanna say some 2 about just like collaborative the people like Doug I connected just over the phone a number of months so it is like early summer we connected just as you traverse reaching out to other people and you know one thing that's so important in in in your in your arc of your career path or your path in life is reaching out to other people who are on a similar path to you because you once you start putting your minds together people that on a similar path and you have a vested interest in each other's success you can really laser focus and it's kind of like if you have ever read the book thinking grow rich I talk about this idea of masterminding and really what that is is is collaborating with individuals and sharing ideas and sharing in each other's desire to but to see you all be success right and so you guys are all going to have other people in your space it might not be Duggar I but it might be somebody else that's kind of out your same place because you're you're gonna have like 3 kinds of people you're gonna have people that are ahead of you people out your space at your level and if you look behind you it's real importance runs over this 3 kinds of people like you wanna have mentors we also want to have people in your peer group and you also want help people you help and not so great about sharing the content is getting up there is you can help other people but then you have other people that reach out to you and say Hey we're doing similar things let's get together and see how we can help each other out love that stuff yet so I'm gonna leave all the links to Doug's channel guys check him out there doing awesome stuff and I'm sure I'll be hanging out again soon I appreciate my attendant out again you guys he's put on a great service for you guys if you can ever make it one of the shows ... I would highly recommend it's a wealth of information I was running around with no books and had to get a big it's really it's really a good time and know everyone here's been super hospitable so don't forget to check him out on Facebook Instagram Twitter alright Facebook via yeah I'm on their own yeah I'm on there alright pizza //
"2017-10-21 00:00:02"
Finally, A Better Poly Low Tunnel!
\\finally put together at Pali low tunnel that I like this is a little bit different from what I've done in the past only in that my ridge row is made with strapping and so tied down clan so every call those and what I've done is I've got re bar with hoops ... 18 inch rebar with a hoop on each end and I got a strapping running around the troop after that to make a nice tight ridge as well as keep it tight for moving from from the the hoops moving and usually what happens with these is the first hoop kinda collapses in on the weight of the Polly Esther's she wants to get rain especially snow but rain comes and then it pulls it and then it collapses and then it becomes sort of a domino effect after that I I it's I so so for all for the low tar helpful as an addendum to my book roughly when we do the neck date to the hold up to hear I //
"2017-10-19 00:00:01"
NEW ZEALAND HERE WE COME!!!
\\all it is a honors as you guys are getting ready for summer were preparing for winter appear putting up caterpillar tunnels Platynota greenhouses and getting ready for snow wind and ice it's a perfect time for me to come back down there and teach you guys all about small profitable market gardening now I'm doing 3 different types of workshops this year on 2 different farms first to I'm gonna be back at Roebuck farm it's my third annual visit there and I'm doing a one day workshop and a 2 day workshop now the first workshop at Roebuck farm is January 11 it's a one day totally in the field workshop dedicated to all the infrastructure and tools and equipment that we use at green seekers here so we're going to be touring greenhouses post harvest infrastructure the walk in coolers the way all the stuff that we use as well as Dennis tools that we second workshop at Robert far to date J. thirteenth and 14 it's an it back production X. workshop so we're gonna be looking at all the the structure but we're also gonna spend a lot of time I feel straighten all the techniques that we use so making stale seat how're turning adds over how we're getting the multiple rotations that we do out of our beds to get the maximum out of production sorghum harvest product off the field take it through the post harvest washing spinning drew packing you gonna see how all that plays out this workshop I would recommend that you have to have at least some experience market gardening or a really firm grasp on the tools and concepts that I use on my farm or that I wrote about in my book the urban farmer Roebuck farm is in tearing Achille in a beautiful country setting relatively close to new Plymouth but Judy Roebuck has been raising sheep and farming bio intensively for a number of years and it's really cool the farm because there's a lot of diverse city of things to check out Jodie's using holistic land managed techniques with his sheep running pasture around the farm and he's got a seed saving bio intensive garden there as well and then the market garden which is where we're going to be spending most of our time but it's a rule really cool setting because there's a lot of interesting things going on there that you can check out which conserves inspiration as a better context for what's possible in New Zealand now the third workshop is January 16 through nineteenth intends this is that pracharak a permaculture and this is a really interesting market garden that is so similar to what we do here green city acres it's small scale it's a quarter acre it's very intensive and very profitable they're growing micro greens salad greens baby root vegetables tomatoes hard pruned pretty much everything that I do on my farm they're doing here Packer raca and even iota have been absolutely crushing at market gardening their son restaurants there delivering farmers markets are doing a lot of similar things to what I'm doing so this 40 workshop is a bit more diversified in the sense that there's a lot of stuff in the field but we also have a classroom setting where we can talk about management marketing business administration things like this that we would necessarily need to talk about in the field so I got a bit more of a diversity of content in this workshop so for this workshop we've got on site camping and we've got a classroom settings of the classroom is Russia gonna be having our lunches everyday and the campaign is by the river close of the farm so gonna have a lot of time to mingle and hang out and I get to hear what you guys are up to and how I can help you guys crush it at your farms at home sickened by tickets for this workshop on my website goes urban farmer.co slash course tickets it's all there I really hope to see you guys down there talk to later //
"2017-10-17 00:00:00"
CURTIS STONE STILL MAKES STUPID MISTAKES!
\\but a lot of exciting stuff happening on the farm today do a lot of work in the nursery I got some citrus and I'm gonna pot up we're doing a ton of more stuff in the paper but transplanted and later on I'm gonna tell you about the dumbest mistake I've made in a long time stay tuned for I you sitting in our what does our crops coming along very well going is mostly they were selling all the less gotta go to bed of arugula that's on over there in the what you see in these pa is Basil it's going to be part of a vertical grow wall that most of the entire wall of this greenhouse so that's the northern side facing the south which is here and we needed to get the Basil in these parts because a bit it's been sitting on the plugs a little too long and so right now the guys are putting that into what the parts that are of excellent amount on the wall so we still out of frame this in but at the moment we're just getting the Basil of the plugs then into what these grow parts are not because of followed my vlogs over particularly last winter going into this spring you would have seen me talk about this grow wall and we had it in the nursery were actually taking it down and combining that with what this company called vicinity has sent to us and we're going to mount up here and so this is this is how this thing works it's a really brilliant system there is ... upon what is this this plastic mount that essentially it has these hooks on the back in at mount cities aluminum tracks that are one meter long or 3 feet in them out like this and they they stuck together like this and ... that sense of how it works there's a there's a bag in it that holds the soil and it's sort of a felt type material and the irrigation drips through this little hole on the top and it's kind of neat because what happens is the water goes around the bag and so it sort of evenly distributes it in the pot and so each of these little pots get an equal amount of the water at least from what I've seen so I've had so far very impressed by this product ... we're going to you know really put to the test and scale it up and put it on the wall of the screen house here we've got some some engineering concerns here ... were hoping that the weight isn't too much what we've calculated is that I'll show you over here so we're going to be ... putting bolting in to our steel mounts here 22 by fours running along and then we're gonna have these aluminum tracks running down this way with the pots attached to it so we've calculated that with soil and water on lake and having that soil water there's going to be almost 300 pounds of weight on each post so it's a little concerning that that might be too much on the screen house these posts are concrete into the ground so I'm hoping that it's okay we're going to mount up part of it first and just kind of leave it for a couple days and see how it does and this kind of monitor it ... leave the steel strong is very thick steel this greenhouse has been the second season of the screen has been doing great so I'm hoping that well actually able to hold the weights of this of all these parts if it isn't we're gonna figure something else out on how to mount ETN right now these guys using soil from that we've had in paw has grown tomatoes and Basil but to call those we put some guy green fertilizer and then they fill in the spots here with soil mankind and Basil in the pause it ntune adventure nursery work in here right now the guys are do you know bunch of spinach and paper pots so we're going to do some experimenting this year of seeing how far we can push late crops in the ground so where starting spinach in paper chains right now so they're 2 inch paper chains memories in the 6 mil plate which is done in about 3 or 4 seeds Purcell which is perfect because I like a fixed and when I seeds spinach in the ground so I think it's going to be close as I can possibly get to what it would be with direct seeding saw to see the advantage to doing this now the nursery is that I can leave it in here 2 weeks get a good amount of foliage on their and then put it out in the ground under the caterpillar tunnel so these are going to going to bed so that aren't even prepped at work pushing the arugula and those beds as far as we can we're going to get one more cut from some of these beds and then we'll pull it out turn those beds over and then put these paper pop trance planters of spinach in there and so it's just a you've seen how much more extra production we can get in the season by by employing that technique because to do that by hand wouldn't wouldn't really be worth it in my opinion to to ... seed.densely I greens crop like spinach would take a logger labor and it's just and that's never been considered but now at the paper what transpired here we can do that this is the first succession so when we do spinach at 5 rows we actually need 6 flats of paper chain of paper parts for 1 bed sets 150 foot better 6 what's right now we've got available nursery space so we can afford the use of the real estate results in here that long but so this is gonna be the next next succession that I can replace some of the arugula beds that we have under caterpillar tunnels right now and right now I'm planting some new citrus trees these were sent to me by David green skate gardens in Toronto at that she thought he was the first regionally contact me if I use to California because he's talking about citrus but so is in Ontario and apparently these are some cold hardy citrus varieties super excited about this is the finger line and it I've had this before it is it's it's almost shaped like a like if he and okra a piece of okra and you squeeze it and it looks like caviar that comes out it's it's a clear transparent looks like caviar but it tastes like lime and so that's that's a finger line so I'm just putting these up email these to me in box that mention this in a blog Cup weeks ago this coming getting round of planting these now and I'm gonna put them in some bigger pots so just putting these guys up and we'll see how they do the thought is filled with normal soil moisture I farm mix with some called post and some 444 guy agreed picks it up recall here but not in the whole and then over my roots are in there mild 3 Joel that's a New Zealand lemonade fairly all these are very cold hardy so I mean I'm not gonna put them outside if you've made here over the winter but it's kinda neat to know that there's more cold tolerant citrus varieties that worth experimenting with in Canada this one 's a page Mandarin so it's a I guess that's a type of porn to Mandarin or this last one is called gold nugget I'm assuming that's another orange as well so I've got the finger lime a New Zealand lemonade page Mandarin horns and then our gold nugget actually maybe it's 11 to could be goals his gold yellow orange because of some leftover pot and soil and going to finished with on the surface what 11 yeah yeah yeah yeah right we made such stupid mistake is totally my fault and when we put these up in the spring we had tunnels don't come bets now the covering for reason being for I'm covering for now posted 5 is that I'm going in winter we're gonna have snow and when these are stretched out to 5 the ends come in pretty sharp and it's you know it's I'm fairly uncomfortable the heart is on the end bets so that won't handle snow pack for well this more surface area so when we have the mat for dads such you with our narrow walkways we only have tenants walkways there's no it's it's quite a a sharp angle it looks from where you're looking right now you Lear looking at the bent or the angle posts on the end so it looks like it's not a sharp slow but it is and ... anyways they're really stupid mistake I made is I cut the Polly when I had these covering 5 bets so now we've put them before the book that the the bows of the greenhouse are higher off the ground and hear how the Polly short so we stretch the palio here and put it up and we're like 0 were about 45 feet short from rehab net Polly reach the ground so really really dumb rookie mistake on my part but the cake is a mistake to make and I'm sure in the city you guys so that you don't make the same mistake so what we're going to fix this problem is the fortunate thing is that we've got channel lock on all of these ends and what we can do is take some scrap Polly which we have a lot of and put it down will will take a piece will take a piece of Polly put it here and then take the other Polish in the greenhouse over top of it and then channel lock them together so they'll be overlain each other channel lock like this and then the the Polly that's coming from the greenhouse will overlap the one that's that's funny and so the water would run off it this way I'm pretty sure that a work as a fix but yeah I really really rookie mistake nothing I wanna meant what to say is so going into winter were looking really good we've got packed up production on all of these beds in this is the same for all of our greenhouses and I said this earlier today with our spinach that we're doing a paper in the paper pot transplant her I am night my hypothesis is that with a combination of good season extension techniques Clinton the rate crops in the ground at the right time and using the paper what transplant or I think I can get one to 2 more crops per bed per season so right now on average in our high rotation areas we get for a bit for crops per bed per season so that's all quick growing crops right that long season crop in there would be cis carrots but I only do them in the summer and they end up being a 60 day crop so we're getting for bed before crops per bed per season I think what the paper part transplant or at the beginning and the end of the season I can get another 2 crops by this wave or one to 2 by doing this so we're gonna harvest this better care it's here for example very shortly you know within the next 2 weeks or so we start some more spinach in the paper but transponder now get that spinach up almost emerged like what these new beds that are coming up here look like and then get that on the ground so then I'm not going to see that this winter but I will see it early next spring all have that spinach all be harvesting that's been it's right probably early March and then I can go pepperpot transplant or another crop in there like say arugula and then get that going really quickly you know the neat thing about the paper what transponder that I've seen this season is that you can transplant crops you normally would transplant like sure you could technically go and hand transplant densely planted greens like arugula but so much labor input and time isn't going to that that it really becomes a negative cost benefit analysis so the paper pot we can now consider that because even still so the spinach beds for example 5 rows on a 30 inch bed we use 6 paper chains to do that so this paper chains because with 3 Bucks a piece sets $18 and paper chains to do a 50 foot better spinach that that a spinach will be cut let's say at the very least twice so we'll get about 100 pounds of spinach off that bed so even if you're selling not at a really low price like 4 to $6 a pound you're still getting you know 400 to $600 a crop at $18 material cost for that crop it's very negligible so it'll be really interesting to see how much further we can push our season by using the paper what transponder transplant crops that we never would have before with a lot of good season extension like caterpillar tunnels so all probably leave this for the guys to take care of I'm gonna be packing my bags and headed down the rose creek farms in Sylmar Tennessee without a sold out workshop it's gonna be super exciting I'm stoked because the weather is still balmy summer weather down there so it'll be nice to get into these chills and a little blast this summer before we wrap up the season so that's it for today guys talks I //
"2017-10-16 00:00:01"
A Grocery Store That Only Sells Local
\\Tim introduce you guys to chef Giulio and the one big table cooperative grocery store that I'm a member of and I also sell the product you know I want to try to introduce you guys to cool business models that are doing innovative things within the system will agriculture realm and this is one on because they're buying from sustainable local farmers so been head down here and introduce you guys to ship Giulio and the one big table grocery store the the I hello to ship Julia from when the table is if they want to come go and pick what we do is a small because the whole group we represent them the right to buyers for build lots of local kanaga look of the whole region we were no one saw that you can and they saw so somewhere though people you'll find small made the there was full of them our health it's such a favorite product ... so I would always make king of ... ingredients that are truly unique ... because of some of the past executive well you don't anywhere else in the war and did you get this far that is ... date from looking these is to digest but you are not paying now that at the core idea behind one victim or a stick the more a phone and the equation that we follow poll by the ... pro might bring in a whole song your kitchen then you're going to be able to create beauty food ... every day ... I don't know personal favorite right now is that I agree who were big based on ... that work directly where's see it all over Canada traditionally took his idea of dry goods ... last year crops that if they were so so distinctly better I've a lot of wheat grain lately and what they're able to provide these ... I I I paid the same dish this happens to pay so much better because of the quality of the green and they did the difference at our table I've up personally working restroom for many years than their initial their realization of it was simple shop here in the cargo by living everyday don their war when it to creating a market for local cultivating that very sticky support in a you know that the ... creation of back creameries farmers but at the end of the day I pursue will go toward extra maybe once or twice a week if that ... actually but probably even less and what we realize that real 60 change Vince when you're able to support local everyday so we wanted to create a spot where you can bring local your Chen 7 days a week ... no question asked everybody needs a little chocolate in their life even better if its local ... character locally made okay source being super clever favors it was a pleasure to unwrap one of his fire close your eyes and see what the favorite word favorite that 01 more product to showcase Vancouver I thought company it so it's amazing when you use any great aunts you're going to use in every dish ... had so much fairer there's so many layers there going to be able to out do your cooking because of the simple ingredients both so I really good example of ... sure it's it's more expensive you know some things we say local is more expensive but because of the quality because of the depth of flavor or you're gonna tend to use a lot less so you know if you're making a choice whereby I freezer here full of ... while more organic ... incredibly ethical farm a little not from my cloning Armstrong some would say the best becoming about early and a variety of products that it continues to stand there and our our quality that ... you know eh believers I think we're looking at it ... got 1440 simple street dumdum Cologne out will be 7 days a week 11 to 7 Monday through Friday ... and ... posted 5 on suffering Sunday what we do is not only grocery but we have a small cafe on premises that is to create a bit of an inspiration how to use some of the ingredients that we carry we do catering side for offices on your as well if you wanna follow us on Facebook we do our best to keep everybody in the new Facebook one the table ... and ... what they will see it from our website I I I //
"2017-10-14 00:00:01"
Tunnels are everywhere now!
\\we've almost got the entire farm in tunnels right now we've got caterpillar tunnels //
"2017-10-13 00:00:03"
DIEGO FOOTER TAKES OVER MY VLOG
\\my name's Diego and I'm gonna take over Curtis stone's von today really go through those gates and I'm sure some of my thoughts on what Curtis is doing throughout the day and documented stay tuned for that coming up in this one to give you a little background on who I am and why Curtis is allowing me to do this here's the backstory I McCurry's way back in 2013 before I started the first permaculture voices conference chorus is going to be one of the speakers there I had him down for that I interviewed him we became friends really quick we kept talking eventually we did a podcast recorded over 70 separate podcast so it's and I'm just stating constant contact with the member since organizing workshops with them now doing paper pop.co so we will work in a business sense or also really good friends a lot of what I've seen curry's do over the last few years has been a big evolution on his farm animatronic point out some of those evolutions that I've seen since I've known him because a lot has changed in the last 4 years for example the crop right here on my left the salad no the land is that he's growing right behind me when I first met him he wasn't growing as he was just going to mixed greens now you pretty much only grows salad over when it comes to let his crops given the yield given the reliability given how much a leaf it produces that's why he goes that route along with a lot of other market gardeners so today it's an inside look at what he's doing through my eyes and I'll share it with you with on a little tips tricks and things I've just learned from Curtis over the years when it comes to Curtis is far more of the big evolutions that I've seen over the years with him is infrastructure from portable infrastructure to semi Perm permanent infrastructure like this caterpillar tunnel in the background to permanent infrastructure like is to greenhouses in the backyard he's evolved along the way as farms groaned as his experimented with new technologies in your actual gonna see a lot of those different forms of infrastructure today this first examples a caterpillar tunnel he just started using these earlier this year he got an equal March timeframe in the advantage of this over a poly low tunnel witchy replacing what you'll see put up later in this video is this can cover up to 5 beds they can be 50 feet long 100 feet long and you get a lot more room on this you can actually work under this that makes harvesting greens a lot easier verses Apollo tunnel we have to pull back the poly each time you want to harvest but it's all appropriate place appropriate time in terms of your business in usage if you can justify the cost of buying this meeting can you sell enough product under it to make this purchase makes sense this makes sense but if you're someone just starting out you don't have a lot of money to invest a poly low times a quick easy cheap way to start you can make your own poly low tunnel frames just out of thick wire they get from places like tractor supply company and then just cover it with an aggregate bond or a greenhouse plastic these caterpillar tunnels are a little more sophisticated they take a little bit more time to put up by as Curtis how long this took up to put up any send one person could do it in about an hour with some help to put on the poly but it's not where you start oftentimes starting with something simpler easier like a poly little tunnel is a better place to start when it comes to infrastructure on the farm just like the caterpillar tunnel that I'm standing on your a lot of people I think have trouble relief reconciling the costs they stumble over the cost this thing cost 1200 Bucks I can afford 1200 Bucks on that ... that's now with 1200 Bucks each dismantling plastic where they look at a Jiang cedar and say 500 Bucks for that is it worth it and the answer is it all depends it's always a trade off it's money versus time money versus convenience money verses wear and tear on your body money verses allowing you to grow crops later during the year or control we'd pressure like you're seeing in here the big advantage of this cat a pillar tunnel is you can protect up to 5 beds of crops that allow you to push your season longer both at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year it helps keep some weed pressure out if you do have a lot of weed we'd seen blowing and and it gives you like a comfortable environment to work on your harvesting under here is easy so if you're going to put something in like this and you figure it cost let's say $1000 would you have to do is start to look at this and say if I spend $1000 on this product how much is that going to allow me to produce in return meaning if I didn't have this product I would be allowed to produce X. amount of crops I maybe I have to stop by October 1 because it's getting too cold but if I switch to a caterpillar tunnel I can extend my production into December what's the difference in that production does that justify the cost of putting this in what would you be better going with the cheaper option like a poly low tunnel and then you look at the options of a poly low tunnel verses a caterpillar tone you start comparing those with the poly motel you might only cover 2 beds at a time this you're covering force of this you're putting up one structure verses Apollo tell you need really 2.5 structures to cover the 5 beds here so that's more time to set up the poly locals verses one set up of the caterpillar Taner you look at your harvest time under here you can harvest right under here no problem standing under here it's comfortable even on the edges not a problem at all with the poly low tunnel United on the stand under it they might only be 30 inches high you get the peel back the plastic and then if you think about every time we do a harvest under that poly low total you're peeling back the plastic Everytime the hardest thing to put in the play back on top you have to do that every single time how much is that time works so you have that time is this insulate your crops better than Apollo tunnel maybe maybe not I mean conceivably you could even put poly little tunnels under here and like a row cover like Agroha on if you want some heavy duty cover for a really cold climate there's a lot of option alley that this gives you so when you do look at infrastructure think about not just the price what are you getting for that price in terms of advantages does allow you to produce more crop doesn't allow you to produce a better crop doesn't allow you to produce a crop for a longer period of time does it save wear and tear does it add to convenience isn't a time saver is a labor saver you gotta look at all these things and the other thing you think about is it a one use piece of infrastructure meaning could use this poly low tunnel for anything else on the farm or are you just stuck with one use a greenhouse you can use for multiple things you could germinate your seeds under it you can grow crops under it with you know certain equipment like aging cedar all you're gonna do on that is seed but it does have interchangeable seed played so you can do multiple types of seed so you gotta look at it usage of a lot of these tools when it comes to farm tools just like those kitchen tools that you see a lot of times on infomercials them one specific use all they do is pick olives and that's all you can do with it you're probably better off not buying it multi use equipment think of the multiple advantages of it and go with that what I want to do now is get out of that caterpillar tunnel will go into the back part of choruses property will take a look at a permanent peace and infrastructure then utilizing on his farm now and that's a greenhouse when it comes to Curtis's farm here's another piece of permanent infrastructure that wasn't here when I first met him this is his high tunnel he built this earlier in 2 years ago if you follow this blog for a long time you'd see the construction of that is older videos on that but this used to be a more semi permanent la load time only was it was a cheaper version but it's what he started within the point I want to emphasize here when it comes to the poly little Thomas which will see later today the cat or tunnel which I was just in in this more permanent greenhouse is you don't need to start here you don't need to start with the high tide or something really permit start with what you can start with what works start with where you're at and focus on getting good at growing first jul salads and always says do one thing really well too many people get lost in the technology and they forget the basic principles of what's actually happening here it's important and know how to grow lettuce well to sell lettuce well into that repeatedly throughout the season with changing data links with changing temperatures there's a lot of skill there people get lost in that they forget that there's a lot of key that first year work to really learn use what infrastructure he can at the beginning invest what you can at the beginning obviously more money better equipment will make it easier but it can also make you forget about those basic principles of just rolling well in selling that product so the key here just start do something well upgrade as you can that's what Curtis is done throughout the years and now we're gonna go back to one of his other plots and we'll see how he started out in one way they go on and you can start with season extension that's with poly low Thomas so what's a goal for it today so we're going to put it low tunnels in here and ... low tunnels are thing that I've kinda stop doing because caterpillar tunnels have become so much better however in this context I don't really want to put caterpillar tunnels in this way that I don't think the neighbors in like in fact I know one neighbor particulars on like it but I can do low tunnel so I still have a time and place for low tunnels also if output caterpillars house up here they would cast shade on this tunnel because this is the self so we're gonna put low tunnels up on these beds are gonna put 5 in total that are gonna cover 10 beds and we believe these products that's because they're almost cropped up and so the goal is based is push these crops in the winter but these aren't over winter crops for sale on a push him in bill harvest and probably at some point in December I might even take these long tunnels off for some it is never put these types of tunnels up before any advice tips I get them right ... ... yeah if you feel hard ground like I am here it's really rocky if you just bring them with you you can likely to get somewhere take one just focus on getting one side and so that you can just have a bunch with you get one and go back with another next when because he's tried it push the other end of it in you're going to drop all these extra hooves that said I would be okay what's been your best strategy for keeping the plastic down well we'll see what I meant to ... the sand bags the rollbacks these clips and I also used to give the plastics so all it is a great ritual by putting a re bar in the ground then the rough rope around these actions the caterpillar tells really right here nice tight tunnel Hollywood titles are now up on to the sections each covering 2 beds pure water with these hoops are here's a closer look at the news you just 10 foot lengths of half inch E. N. T. 2 thing this is the stuff that you find at home depot Lowes or other comparable stores and what Curtis did is he actually made a Bender to ban these in the shade himself if you're looking to buy these is probably runs somewhere around 2 to $3 apiece he has 9 on each bed so you're looking at around let's call it 20 Bucks in E. N. T. tubing per bad overall if you want to learn more about these 1 great resource is Curtis's books in his book on page 152 he's got a whole charge itemizing out the costs involved here in in general what you're looking at for a 25 foot bed is a total cost per tunnel of $70 that $70 to cover 2 beds so $35 to cover each individual bad itself that includes the 2 being the re bar the rope involves the greenhouse plastic nice thing about that is what you buy it should last a long time if you take good care of it and store it well so for a minor investment this is pretty cheap if you think about this compared to the caterpillar tunnel which we saw earlier the caterpillar tunnel could calm her 5 total beds each 1 of these tunnels covers 2 beds so we would need 2.5 of the use to equal 1 caterpillar turn a 150 foot caterpillar tunnel let's call it $1000 2.5 of these is going around you about $200 you save $800 going this method but like I said before there's a lot of trade offs please make it a little harder to harvest under but they're cheap they're quick they're easy they're easy to store their easy to put out and like Curtis alluded to in a neighborhood like this they might not want this big huge caterpillar tunnel on but they might be okay with these little poly load tunnels a couple keys that I know when you are making these make sure you cut your plastic right don't forget this is a part here so just because of the tubing itself is 10 feet you're gonna need to cut it a little wider to cover a little area on the ground I need side we can put your sandbags on and also even in this bed is 50 feet long we need to cut it longer than 50 feet Huskers how long action on the probably something like 60 feet to cover the and piece on each and that calms down because you wind close listen you're not having this open to the elements 1 big area where I see farmers potentially struggling in their first year is just this right here ants involves the time a year it's just turned October now the weather's cooling off the days are getting shorter and as a result you have to adapt your first year in the farming if you've never grown crops this time a year before it might throw you for a little bit of a loop 1 thing Curtis is set on the podcast before your first year work to learn not to earn and that's key when it comes to season extension and seasonality of crops this time a year you're really gonna have to experiment for the first few years probably to get it down Pat Wendy at the Germany your crops when you have to get on the ground to make it work in your climate when you put the season extension equipment on when can you leave it off all these little things are nuances that you're only gonna find for experience so while you 2 jails like this are Curtis is Booker jams Booker other people can give you a guide you really have to figure it out because there's no one universal out there given the differences in biomes throughout the country and throughout the world what that have learned over the years of talking to farmers both experienced farmers like jam like Curtis in people just starting out her first year of farming can be symbolized by the radish what's so special about the radish it's a quick growing crop you can see this and have a harvest in say 30 days it's quick to grow when you're starting a new business one thing that can be really tough is putting a lot of money and putting a lot of working and not seeing returns come back if you use the radish example we think about starting your farm based business trying have something about that form the can generate cash flow relatively quickly that's going to give you a big boost for all the work that you're putting in when you can see that cash flow coming in and maybe more importantly it's going to show the other people involved in your life parents partners that this is actually working and it's not just the big money trap I've seen a lot in one thing that can destroy a lot of relationships is that business when that business doesn't work one way to help smooth that over make it a little easier and make that pill easier to swallow is get some cash flow going early you can look at quick growing crops like radishes salad greens were relatively quickly that's the great thing about vantage when you're just starting out you can turn crops from soil into something you can sell very quickly and if you're doing micrograms it can be even faster so think about that from both the mental standpoint and working it out with all the people involved in your life the quicker you can show some positive results the better so think about that when you're starting out one thing that I've always been impressed with about courteous and I think it's one reason we've really bonded as much as we have is Curtis is not afraid to go out there and try stuff and shoot for the moon and fail a when he fails shooting for the moon he fails above a lot of people's heads so many people have solos the energy of the soul afraid to take a risk that when they fail it's just another thing a lot of times if you shoot for the moon if you try to do big things change your life changed people's lives other people's lives even if it doesn't work you still end up accomplishing great things if you shoot for the absolute extreme the biggest things if it doesn't work out odds are you still done better than most people will do if you think about if you're watching this channel maybe haven't started a farm how long if you had that idea about starting a farm how long he sat on that idea a lot of people it's forever in they regret it when they died what do you gonna do are you gonna move Reagan they can go on this are you just gonna sit there thinking about it if you fall with Curtis model the whole method is just start that's what Curtis is done he's trying to change his life he's trying to help a lot of other people through channels like this on you too if you can mimic one thing that Chris dies this would be it go after your dreams start keep grinding for them and came to fail above people's heads because if you do that I guarantee your life will be better as a result of it because you'll do that thing that you always wanted to do and there's no regretting it the biggest regret is getting to the end your life and realize damn I wish I had done that but it's too late now truthfully on a scale of one to 10 to the outside you know you'd be doing this job ... not that excited about it now now busy 5 put enough pilots and wasn't here today yeah but it's it's it's not it's not a perfect system it's like it's ... it works but it's they are a pain in the ass because for example I'm gonna have to water in about a week and I would have to come in here and water that's or open it all up and turn on the sprinklers but that's a houseful because then all of the plastic that you pull aside get soaking wet and covered him up at the house that's where the water does with the with the nozzle and just like stand in one or 2 places the disk on a sprinkle on so that's okay but yeah it's and like wind they don't do they don't they don't do nearly as well and wind as the caterpillar tells see the harvest under here how long does it take to pull up all the plastic to allow you access to get the harvest yet so that's also the other thing it's a pain in the ass is ... it doesn't take long to put the pasta got you know people plus the guy that might take me a minute or 2 to go and do that bad but it's the hardest thing that takes time so I harvest it's just the house will be glad to move him around each tunnel so for each group and it's it's kind of tricky especially with the greens harvester Salona coming harvest of spinach that that group is going right to the edge right so that's kind of a tear running into it kind but if we don't want to you know like some of all thought the move the who bought all taken over the grill figuratively it's yeah way yeah exactly but it's one of the price of the pain I showing people your book for 70 Bucks a bad it's way get started and get going that's exactly yeah that's that's the key it's it's a cheap and easy way to get the ceiling extension and no one thing about these those that do not work well on snow I've pretty much come to that conclusion now you get a light dusting of snow here and there that's one thing but if you get significant snow like 6 inches or more it's not gonna work it's a mess which issue going on right now behind me is choruses washing off because most of us in politics is covered in theory he's got a spring in March otherwise it's gonna make an absolute mess news just telling you this is one of the most deceptively dirty jobs on the farm you spread not all this colleagues got I've done it when you're not at my age skinny covered on one interesting note that Curtis also just blind when it comes to Hollywood is this training time for I alluded to earlier in the video I'm saving my these powers are not Archie to make gonna call somewhere out in terms of time voice in a cost the labor in the case of hollow tunnel buy the materials by takes kind of a mob labor to put him out okay that against the other end of this from infrastructure the high tech expensive legal but you go there once once it's up you never have to put any labor for time into it ever again for the most part so whatever you're doing something on the farm big about that equation it's not just that it's cheap in terms of money it's gonna cost you somewhere are you okay making that money for whatever it is tradeoff otherwise if you are careful you may find yourself stuck spending on a time that when he's separately dirty jobs that he is installing the power leads Paul a little project is done for today on pause as a whole total you probably see the rest of this project coming up in a future video right here and Curtis is flawed we're we're leaving it right now it's just plastic stretched out over the poly no tunnels weighted down with sandbags criticism even get some strapping to do the ridge pole affected with the right way that better way going forward that's why we're on pause here today now it's time for me to get going head back to Chriss farm I gotta get back to the U. S. thanks for watching this one today if you want to follow more of what I'm doing and check out my videos and YouTube subscribe and link below you can also see the various podcast that I do in the private link to those below by do 3 different podcasts one on permaculture one on my stock one and this style of small scale that edge this is my view of what I've seen today the actual process of putting up these tunnels and I shared so my thoughts of what I think is makers really successful on some things that he does really well I hope it made an impact thanks so much in this everybody and everybody thanks for watching this one everybody appreciated until next time have fun with it all //
"2017-10-11 00:00:03"
10 Farmers You Should Be Paying Attention To
\\Hey guys you're joining me in my living room I have a child video in my or got Diego footer here with me today and we're going to do a little bit of it some of you are how to most of you are many of you earlier with our we demand a little over 2 and there's so don so Donald a lot at so it's only with that we're gonna bring today and so Diego's gonna run this but what we're gonna though are you really think you guys should be yeah they're doing really cool stuff innovating yeah 10 different farmers that maybe having unique up you might not heard of before but they're doing something help you he wears that was painted 2 on look many of them were are other ways to came up with this via because they've interviewed Mars amazing the stories out there in the P. very unique things there to help as so reach by table that were go over one of them general take away today with my friends Connor creek all right now cursing your New York City is doing some really innovative moving by Gary goes in every 5 he goes into whether it's in a one with the pilot high rat AG a really good it of solving is there in June day and I over have I always try the way in not mimic which all into I get into this straight up because yeah that's it we're proud is mostly can I would say out of but we have they are invaders this that is a you know you've always got a fine your own you've always got a 5 makes it what you so good and then the call for awhile and yeah they are they're they're going for the reasons they crush are very simple things sure they have some great green utilize some really cool tech I like that if there but they're doing some you know how creek troll if you want to send any farmer in the world if you nemesis our our he let we'd get out of control it's gonna big issue and one thing Connors just I'm really well is troll that to do all this control run for and really aways no what a waste and a lot of the one tool troll and said the I'm the one that works there enemy prop exactly yeah very very impressed we go on to the next fun dancing number 2 okay so mom the first time my list and or importance we start okay let's pick 5 and now Richard Perkins if you guys don't know who Richard Perkins is Ridgedale permaculture he is he's a youtuber so all definitely have a link to his stuff in my channel I want to give a big shout out to him I think he's really pushing the boundary of what this whole regedit of agriculture space is and sometimes I find these words kind of nebulous like there what does that actually mean ... but Richard is has got a very diverse defied farm he's raising animals he's got a market garden on there he's in a very unique climate you know he's in a cold climate in northern Sweden short season so they're really pushing the boundary on what you can do in this small window of time and ... I I find this stuff very engaging he he's make can he's doing stuff that not a lot of people have done you know a lot of people in the permaculture spaces you and I both know talk the talk when it comes to all the they did the tenants of permaculture whether that be you know building topsoil having closed loop systems all that kinda stuff he's doing it and he's actually making money on this farm he's making this a profitable enterprise and I think that's worth watching for sure I mean the fact that he is a YouTube channel with a really great content on that long form videos that's a good grade in and of itself in this guy's a go getter I've interviewed 70 plus people and livestock 110 in the bed space 250 and a permaculture space his podcast ID with him is most popular one I've ever done and he is in it's for good reason because his accomplishments in terms of what he's done on his land in Sweden in such a short period of time is absolutely amazing you're talkin livestock vantage the processing on farm they're doing layers they have rotational grazing I mean it is a closed loop he does a lot with holistic management he's traveled around to different areas of France to look at things like Iran pan and some of the techniques that they're doing there he'd utilize a lot of stuff that you're using if you want someone who's actually getting results in this space mixing vads save livestock mixing permaculture in regenerative bag together in a way that works in the business sense he saw me do it and he's doing it under this foundation of like what I do has to pay it has to work he's a nice guy overall teaches a lot of classes I'm going to do some more interviews with him coming up this winner but yet he somebody he's great he's got a great book to we can put the link to the apelo check it out if you are more my number 2 number 3 overall is evident Chandor the culinary Gardner he's going in Asheville North Carolina he started on 8000 square feet move that up to an acre and he's a chef turn farmer so he has a really unique perspective on farming and he approaches his farm design the crops he grows neutralizing his experience as a chef to grow crops that chefs want when he does something that's I was a little bit risky that not everybody can do effectively as he grows really unique Cropsey micro edible flowers stuff like catcher going you know that you probably don't even know what it is very unique needs crops in each cultivars of tomatoes because he's able to go into a shaft know how they're utilizing food know how they're building a man you know how their rotating menu really talk to them in a way that gets them interested enough food and it's kind of Aussie speculate on what varieties they're gonna want in the future grow those out trial on and then he can at least presented in a way that he thinks chefs are gonna want me is like a lot alone knew exes in terms of how he presents his food shafts to make it really appealing to them he some have had on the podcast Borneo's really fascinated by him just from this approach of growing specifically for shafts which you select the shows we you grew more mainstream stuff versus the new stuff well there were there was a period of time and I don't I don't know Evan stuff but I I can I can relate to a lot of what you're what you're talking about here is ... in my third and fourth year farming we started doing a lot in NY sh stuff and I and I see that I think the place that I fell short over the years I didn't quite understand it as much as some like Evan might and that's you know that's you know that's another example we talked about it to be a bit at the beginning but of finding your your new nation this using some sort of template to get started and then figuring out this like perfect little niece that fits into this demand and if you're in the right city no place like actual North Carolina is a very trendy and hip city this sounds like something perfect enough in space well that's it I ask you also I think we've gotten some emails you know we've heard from people national in the past it'll talk about it's really try to mark and how I can beat Nashville my CS a you know there's 100 other CSA's out there how do you compete with them here's one way to compete you sell to a different market or you serve a market that somebody else is selling to better by giving them exactly what they want presenting it in ways they want growing at the size they want being able to explain to them about what it is in working with them having that to a conversation to say you know what could you use how could you work this into a ditch how did it go and that's one thing you found working with restaurants was having that constant communication going with chefs it's not enough just to drop it off and say see you next week you gotta have a feedback well for sure and and and the fact there that he knows the language the culinary language that is worth so much and that's something that I think I understood a decent amount for a period of time when I did that but it's always changing and that's where if you don't really have a strong foundation of the understanding of culinary if you don't stay up to date with it you can get left behind because food trends change really quickly very fast single again if you want to survive in this like Connor like as in like Richard Perkins anybody else you know finalists one thing and realizes what they may be doing today isn't going to be doing what they're going to be a year from now it's a constant change with that will change it up who's you know for my number 4 is or R. number 4 is Jeremy Mueller down ... Excelsior farm and again we have all these links down below support these people they're not all YouTubers Jeremy I follow on Instagram this guy is but Hey I I over use the word crash in it but it's hard not to use it with a dude like Jerry Miller ... he's doing a slightly different style market gardening then say my self or John Martin force here doing he's doing 30 inch beds but he uses a tractor to do everything and he's doing a lot of tillage but what he's doing is he has I think it's a quarter to a half of his farm in the stale sea bed at any given time so that's how he prevents weeds and if you look at the skies Instagram like his his clean everything on his farm is clean and I had an interesting experience the Jeremy because I went down there 2 I was I was doing a talk at a Mother Earth news fair couple years ago down in Albany Oregon so he's around Eugene or somewhere around there and ... I would pop in one to make a you tube video within the content was horrible so I never use that because him and I would just deacon out all the time but the thing that was really interesting in that time is he was going through this total transition that he that he got a curve ball he had he was a C. S. a farmer for a number of years growing a multitude of vads as any CS a farmer would do and he was just completely shocked in his going forward in his season but he didn't even get a fraction of the CSA silence that he was expecting so he all of a sudden was looking in his greenhouse and he had all this nursery stock in Russia is kinda hard to make video content with because frankly the farm looked like shit at the time because he had all these dead nurseries talking he what I got it I gotta figure something else out because my wife actually and I are going to make any money at his wife's knees actually they've got a young daughter and so he basically paradigm changes business plan and went on is gonna do full greens and sell the grocery stores and so he's doing clam shells 5 outs climb shells and they're doing he's I I talked to him in the summer he was doing he was up to 1100 pounds of greens a week and this is more less a 2 person operation it's more lets his wife and himself they've got some help with the post harvest and a bit in the harvest but he more less does all himself he's modified AGP 3 so the Jiang 3 receiver he's modified to put 5 heads in it and so he's doing he's doing all this 30 inch beds 2 passes a 5 on it and I love what he's doing because he's got a little gap in between those 5 rows so that the greens harvester and fits in perfectly so he does to cuts his greens harvester within that 18 inches of the fire rose cuts it many goes and cuts the other one Anne's companies 0 foot beds and they are just cranking out so much product it's unbelievable that up that such a small crew can produce so much so I get a real kick out of following their Instagram and see what they're up to and the I have yet to do a video Jeremy I will soon he's a very innovative farmer but you know amazing stuff yeah and I've never interviewed him either so maybe that's to come in the future he's one of those people you you look out with what he posts a little bit on you until the little bit of what you post on Instagram you can tell he's a tanker he's always looking for different ways to do stuff and that's a very unique mindset because again going back to something I talked about the beginning I think a lot of people just say okay I go this route I used this template I use this tool and he's looking how to modify tools how to use things in different ways to make it work for his situation is a one person operation one person plus a wife that is also taking care of a kid you know you gotta find ways to make things more efficient and he's somebody who I've seen you know really do that on Instagram with what he's doing and the fact that he had just change up this market it just goes to show this is the reality of what it's like when you get in this business is that you do you can't always get what you want and sometimes you just how where you end up as a result of the limits in your situation let myself for example the only reason I'm really in urban farmer is because I couldn't afford the bile and I didn't think that there was other options for me that's how I got into this still here today because it still works but we often end up in places that we don't expect because of unforeseen for circumstances one thing I just want to touch on a bit too is is ... you know the one thing that I find really impressive as production is he's using a small tractor you know in a market garden space so normally farms like 30 inch beds are using tractors for bed prep Jeremy is then the way as far as laid out is a little bit more conducive to that and it's simply because he's short staffed and they it's a small crew I imagine that making pretty good money on that kind of production but he's doing a lot of diligence so this is the thing where you know a lot of people in this space trash talk tillage but I think it's all about what's right for the context and you can still build good soil with tillage you know Elliot Coleman has been doing that for 30 plus years so it's not like I'm the market gardeners that are rooted telling their bets are causing the dust bowl in the mid in the Midwest well that's it I mean another guy who I think will come up later on this list band hard men he's farming in Indiana he's going down half an acre and I interviewed him I asked him are you taking your Kubota with you to your half an acre farm yes years because he uses a tail on the back of that in a bad shaper it just makes his job easier just comes down to what's going to work for you and your ideology your labor you know the resources you have there's no perfect situation don't just think you have to do with the B. C. S. where you have to do it no till there's other options out there yeah and it's just it's just practical and and really the way these guys are managing their weeds is you have to have enough land so that you can still see bad and so that's the one thing that we're tillage doesn't really work for us on my farm so much because if our roto till my dad's every rotation I would have a weed pandemonium but Jeremy and I'm not exactly sure how Ben does about I know Jeremy what he does is he'll till and a bunch of previous crops and then he'll prep those beds re fertilize them compost them whatever and then they'll sit under a tarp for almost a month and so then all those weeds are just gonna grow and burn off he uncovers that tarp then that's his neck succession so that's how they're doing that kind of thing yeah and then is doing it on a much more constant rotation scale because what he's doing is stealing is farm down from the current size which I think is about an acre going down at half an acre in urban situation in there trying to scale down 2 and half an acre while keeping gross sales the same so a lot of different approaches yeah next year one of my number 3 on the list this is number 5 overall we're gonna go from 70 going 1100 pounds greens on the west coast is something going 1200 pounds of greens in the Midwest and it's Sean it Vitruvian farms now there's a teammate Vitruvian Sean's one of the people I've interviewed in the past there in Madison Wisconsin doing some really interesting stuff there farming on about 5 acres and they started this farm month after they got a college much college buddies start a farm when I was out at the bar drinking they were starting a farm in New York crushing it now doing a ton of stuff selling 30 plus restaurants in Madison Wisconsin 1200 pounds of greens a week and one interesting thing they're doing is they're using appropriate technology equipment to do that they've used to harvest our greens harvest Terry harvest out of their bags that's the big you know push style with the conveyor belt that's how they make it work on their farm and they will be moving up to using it or to mac which is like a drivable thing that you can harvest on because they're kinda thought was what you cross over that 0 pound mark you can start to justify this equipment for the amount of greens your processing because otherwise you doing it by hand that's going to take forever there's a lot of wear and tear they've also implemented a lot of really cool technology on the post harvest processing side so like a full on lettuce washer line this is not just a greens mom learn a spinner it's like you dump the lettuce and it flows down along system where there's some vortexes and paddles to get it fully clean they also have a permaculture aspect to their farm and I'll say that your Richard Perkins like good way like they're much more value orientated than a richer Perkins is but they also have pigs pastured poultry they're growing mushrooms and honey and they're making this work in a way that is profitable this is not some idealistic homestead they know what the gripe driver their businesses it's restaurant sales it's screens they focus their and they kind of add these other enterprises on to supplement that both in terms of their story what they're doing in the match their ideology in terms of how they're going into this I'm always interested in these these kinds of farms and I'm interested in a sort of cautionary skeptical way because I love the idea of the truly diverse ified farm it's just from a management standpoint it's incredibly difficult to manage because there's so many if you don't you can't with these kinds of enterprises it's really difficult to high of one person who is the owner and they've got their hands and feet in every enterprise that's really difficult because there's so much going on this summer nuanced each level or or or part of the farm and so it really seems like you need to have a person who is not their thing in that operation and that's where the partnerships coming to play right exactly they have 3 people at the top like the partners who owned the farm and I think they have the largest staff under them but I'm with you the divide and conquer you know of that job creation in and of itself is a single person enterprise if somebody out there was going to say I'm gonna go half acre of vantage your style jam style and I'm gonna Ryan say batches of 600 broilers at a time I'd say you're insane it's not gonna work they're probably both gonna fail you either do the pastor poultry will allow or the value really well if you want Hampel those combined under the same umbrella the same farm eating multiple people to do that because they are too full time jobs otherwise something's gonna lack you're gonna have we need your hand poor quality crops you're gonna have to cut corners somewhere you just can't spread yourself that then that's a big danger like comes a farming is trying to take on too much now absolutely so down to my number 3 our number 6 we mentioned them before but Ben Hartman the lean farmer fantastic book he's got a new one coming out recently which is an addendum to this book I've got a copy of it I checked that it's amazing stuff one thing I like about the band you know similar to Jeremy Mueller is that band is just constantly innovating he's constantly tinkering with new things and and and trying to make everything perfect he really pays a lot of attention to detail ... Diego and I are really have him put transponders many guys know Ben has contributed an immense amount of content to the paper what transponder I've heard that he's making his bets go 44 feet there to accommodate the 264 pots in the chicken a paper chain part so you know he's fully he's fully switched over in his new book he's even got an entire chapter on the paper part transmitter he's doing all kinds of cool stuff with it and I love everything that Ben has done in farming because I find it's it's that that lean concept is borrowed from I think it's more from industry is no that's when I came out a Toyota is all but the lean farming in this is applicable to any farm a garden or any business out there like you could read this and get inspired by because it's lean in a really interesting way and I think you could even applied to live routing waste out of your life because that's what you're trying to do in all this as the lean concept if it's not adding to value that is contributing to waste so you're trying to minimize waste that could be energy exertion that could be monetary ways it could be producing a better crop in your customers are willing to pay for it could be over production and Ben is someone who's continuing to involve this I know from interviewing hemi's got a lot on the fly he's continuing to experiment so if you want to kind of see the cutting edge that's what I think is going on blind people on this list you can pay attention and see how people are you know forging their own path like this is well beyond the path that the Elliot Coleman's labio you can set the foundation even J. M. and now you have new people taking the next step to move this forward and Ben is one person doing it like I have a hard time finding some I think if you read this book if it didn't save you money on your farm our in your business next year I absolutely and ... I I watch his stuff easily Ben does have a you tube channel doesn't post a ton of stuff but he's got one and ... near he does speaking gigs here and I'm gonna be down with him in Memphis Tennessee at ... at rose creek farm in December I believe you're going to be there to an early summer gasoline farming so yeah anyway so that's been our men Weitzel stick in the Midwest here we're going from Indiana to Iowa to farmer Jenny quiet here she is in her second year of farming she's farming and a third of an acre in the mornings Iowa it Dogpatch urban gardens you had the shirt on here earlier she's a student of occurred as I've interviewed her to she's done a great job and what I really think is unique about her is her approach to which she's marketing her product because she started out when doing the commodified CSAR a salad subscription modeled after fair share farm way to see estimates just salad basing greedy and should not getting the rue the day and all the other things and then she ended up opening an on farm stand that she sold a product from this became a bit of a local grocery store so she now aggregates products from other producers they could be value added jellies and jams the could be meat and cheese created this hard around community I know that was one of her big missions is to try and cultivate a sense of community in our neighborhood and she's really feel the need sh by providing this on farm grocery store and that's really where I think she sees a lot of growth on her farm is now I'm surely going the amount of land she's farming or the crops but it's growing what her grocery store can offer on site having advanced they're doing different things and the cool thing about what she's doing is not a lot of people think well you got to be young and single and note not committed to do this she started this farm coming out of education choose a high school science teacher and she's done it with 3 kids under 6 yeah that's a lot of work so it's a mom doing this making it a goal that I love which is doing in the direction she's taking this unique way to sell product is really cool yeah and it's it's another example of things you know she had that vision of she wanted to have this thing in her life but she did know exactly what it was going to be it's so cool to watch the stories I've been following Jenny she's in my online course I we have a Facebook group I've been following her for I think she's been in there for 2 years she by watching her struggle out the beginning and asking questions that are very rudimentary questions then going to be the person that's answering questions totally crushing it and doing something that is it just farming she's not she's she's she's she's running a business enterprise that can go in all kinds of different ways and that's going to be really good for her going forward as a mother because who knows she's gonna want to be out in the field home advantage day in and day out are pulling weeds what gives away the scale you know you can always hire somebody to run the grocery store and it doesn't require you to be there you can aggregate more products from other local producers which is something a lot of people are really interested in supporting that sense of community and here's somebody that didn't have this in their plan when they started out like she happened upon this realized it was a good idea and it was working and she's continued to grow in this grocery store might be a big driver of our farm going forward so just goes to show you might have it all planned out mapped out at the beginning but along the way you find a better in different way and go that route exactly super cool story so my number 4 is my buddy ray Tyler I'm to be down at his place and you know lesson learned 10 days or so and raise story even reviewed ray I mean this is personal story with his family is incredible but what he I had to overcome to get to where he is on as his farm is I don't want to say it's a miracle because that would demean the work that he put in he grinded out but the cool thing about ray is that you know he basically is an example of how stripping down all the baggage and just focusing on what you know is going to work and running with that and he did that he had pigs E. until you pass a poultry like use doing some pastor poetry so he's the anti Vitruvian or anti Richard Perkins he's gone from doing at all to specialize in and so this is what's cool and it's a certain kind of neat about this lesson the diversity of people on it is that you know raised on the opposite he's he's how to budget stuff he started out super diversified and through a number of consulting sessions of me I basically said to him like look this is clearly not working you need to pick one thing that you like doing and go without and he decided that it was bad upon the advice of his wife you know they were like okay let's go with the valves and so here was a guy who is doing more land use and more land than he is now scaling down to focus on the things that are profitable that he thought he could sell and just crank it and now I mean that farm 2 years ago was so weedy that the big they could even grow some things because the grass and overthrow the prop so quick but now 2 years of still see betting you know proper tarp usage time is cross properly you're not far now it's clean everything is clean the production is tight they're moving huge amounts of product 2 restaurants in Memphis it's it's an amazing story and you know I fall ray on Instagram would suggest all you guys do the same yeah I mean the story is what really intrigues me about Remy his productions Grady does a really good job going summer greens in the hot humid south and that's one side of it but the thing that I'm most interested in a line these farmers is their story that's why do the podcast that I do and historians is great again it shows you don't have to come from this place of a farming family are starting with all these advantages hidden at a high school education he was working a mole in my job at a molding company during the housing boom in 2008 housing boom crash that job ended up you know there and living the American dream spending a bunch of money find themselves in credit card debt need to dig out of the hole started this farm kind of on a whim along the way as doctor gets cancer on she almost dies in the process she is fine now but he's just made a really good goal that he's a great guy you know he's doing a whole bunch with his nonprofit small farms for big change trying to implement a lot of change in bring education to that part of the south where there isn't a lot of progressive vegetable farming happening so on many sides from an inspirational side and the family side the social side of things he's doing great things to the actual production side in the end the sale sign I would say you know and all I'm fine I certainly been inspired by ray's park for from their farm on where they go that where the sars where they've gone now but you know for me on a personal level being a family guy myself now every time I see ray and go down there I just get so excited about what they've got going on in the ballots that they've attained with their family they have 5 kids and that's not an easy feat and you know they've got this incredible equilibrium with their lifestyle they home school their kids if if for for myself super inspiring yeah one thing ray I think does that can be hard for people to do is kind of admit when he doesn't know what to do next or when he needs help he's brought you in to help with consulting knowing that his existing thing wasn't working is brought Michael Kilpatrick down to help with post harvest processing and that's a key if you're going to see is he in this space sometimes you gotta say like I don't know the answer here I'm having trouble hearing out I need to get an outside opinion somebody please tell me raised on a job with that absolutely sin our little back out to the west coast just north of me in Ojai California it's Max backer he's a protege of Chris throw the great Michael green grow out of Vancouver Max's some you started in a really interesting way he actually bought his Michael greens business often somebody locally and then at the same time he started by selling the number to produce from another farmers farm he went to that number that other farmer who's just composting on these number twos and he said Hey can I take this this is still sellable can I sell it now split the money with you that farmer said al yeah otherwise this is just going to compost so he took that leverage did now we as an online store that has about 3 and a plus customers in it he's doing 0 orders a week that's $135000 gross sales in an online store a year that's about 25 percent profit to him he aggregates from 15 different farmers in the area he's farming off read on about a career there he's grown 80 flats a micros away ... I know from talking to me utilize your poor technique that you talk about your Polynice is making that work at that so again it's just somebody who's doing it completely differently not the model this online store using farming go to make like it's not a CS say it's not really online store it's kind of a hybrid of the 2 have a podcast of Max talking about it but it just goes to show here's a way you can get started maybe that's behind someone else's business maybe its use in somebody's number to produce to sell maybe it's aggregating he's done Amal I nontraditional way to get started I love I love that kind of stuff and I love the the online the aspect to it because I think that's going to become more and more important as this whole space goes forward especially knowing that Amazon is purchase whole foods is going to be some big moves made there I think farmers are gonna need to stay up to date with technology and the new ways of distributing food and farming go as part of that and that those those systems in this sort of enterprise zine entrepreneur who is able to think fast and dude do an unconventional business model if they see a demand Brian he's actually looking at some unique models for farm delivery they kind of modeling liver type situation are like Amazon does in the states where the higher independent drivers to use their vehicles to deliver product he may think why can't deliver 100 hours a week I don't have the box trucker that the screener Amanda do it well the answer might be you don't need the sprinter van the box truck or the time you can potentially hire somebody in in mover like system gonna take some work but if you can figure that out if you can sell more product then your pain those drivers to deliver it that's a win win and you don't have to do the driving yeah that's this whole sharing economy in de centralization is I think is the biggest trend of the century and we're gonna see what we were at the tip of the iceberg where that's going to go that's a whole lot of stuff out there if you can borrow from other industries network with other farms that's a way to kinda compete against some of these bigger entities fluid so for our last one yeah I'm speaking of borrowing from other industries this farmer in particular I just discovered randomly and I honestly I don't know much about his name is Sean McClendon and he is he's organic but it's well it's what I call conventional because very tractor based farming it's very mainstream almost you know Central Valley California style big farming huge acreage there's nothing really it's it's court completely different from all the other 9 growers we've mentioned completely different the reason I find it interesting to follow farms like this is that they are still using a lot of the cutting edge of technology down as it pertains to in the field so this guy is use in big tractors big rose you know snot intensive lot of tillage but I'm looking at the implement season attracted one of his latest videos on his Instagram it's got this robotic implement that actually do it it moves around the crop and has lasers that sense is where the crop is in it it cultivates around the crop Kennedy it even avoids the drip line so it's stuff like this that I find we we we also we need to step the date with the stuff because I think it's good is gonna come a time soon where somebody's gonna crack that not on how to take the best aspects of conventional large scale industrial agriculture and scale them down whether it be through robotics or something else to the small farm where we were we're talking where one person and say ... a BCS style machine that maybe looks like R. 2 D. 2 that can go over the the beds and do a lot of the work that we can do by hand I think a lot of people look at that is sort of a dystopian way to create unemployment the way I look at it is no it's just the way to scale up organic food to get in the mouths of more people for cheaper yeah I mean these guys are paying for these $0 John your tractors implements you know would change you find in the sofa like they're making money doing this so there's a method here there's a process you know the fascinating aspect I find about big farms and I talk to Brian base of Bear Creek organics about this is what are they doing a harvester product you know how they get this out of the field like there's certain techniques that they're doing in the harvesting process how they're growing that those vegetables when they pull it out and how they're cleaning it then I think can scale down there's no technology there it's really just a process or a methodology of how they go about it I think the natural instinct is to just say all that's a tractor that's on this tillage you know we're better than that but really are we all better than that I mean we're all trying to grow food here everybody struggling at all levels why not look at with the best people are doing it the biggest and best level and with the most land and see if there's something there that could help you because there probably is still with that there's 10 farmers that you should probably pay attention to it can learn a lot about what a common themes they're doing things in many ways adapting figuring things out on the fly you know really innovating and simplifying process is down in the cool thing about a lot of what these farmers are doing is making them successful it's not a silly behind in the tool are buying a piece of equipment it's really just systems processes to make it all possible and love they say it giving shout out to all these guys and Jenny for what they're doing and be sure to check out the links below to follow on can learn a lot and hopefully if these videos popular we can do another one like this and highlight some more good farmers out there absolutely thanks for watching guys all leave a link to Diego channel make sure to subscribe to him and we'll see you later //
"2017-10-10 00:00:04"
I'VE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR THIS!!
\\super super pumped today because I've got the new farmers friend pyro eater when we demo in this out showing you guys what this thing is all about I have been talking to Jonathan a farmer's friend for probably over a year about making a flame leader because frankly what's out there isn't very good and the one that I have I've been using it for years I can't stand it it's awkward it's into pieces it's it's awkward to put in the truck it's awkward to move around the field I don't like having a propane tank on my back pack people think I'm a terrorist it's crazy this thing all in one easy to maneuver and I'm going to flame we might greenhouse which is perfect conditions for for weeding right now because I've caught tiny little weeds everywhere I prepared these beds a little over 2 weeks ago and I've been heavily water in them ever since keep in the greenhouse totally closed up creating lots of humidity and heat the Germany all these weeds so this is a perfect time to read this greenhouse and a perfect time to try this tool let's get into it let's talk about some of the features on this thing first thing worth pointing out that I love is how the handlebars are offset so you can hold it with 2 hands and walk down your I'll that's really handy you could also flip this around so you could when you put this together you could turn this this way and have it off that's on the left side does it doesn't matter the other thing that's really great and practical is the wheels can move in and out so I've got these extended about a couple inches out but it wouldn't be hard at all to just loosen the bolts and bring them out another 3 or 4 inches I imagine just by looking at this would be easy to straddle a 3 foot bed and potentially even a 4 foot bed so that's really good so you got some option alley there ... that would also be handy if you had beds that were hill higher in someplace like some people have beds are right on the ground in my case I mostly have that but then in this case here about some beds at a slightly held up so having the wheels out a bit further to give me lots of play and so that I'm not rubbing my wheels up against the edge my bed that's that's great another thing that's fantastic about it is that the propane tank is mounted on the machine I love that because as I said in the intro I can't stand wearing that propane tank it's I feel sketchy it it just feels dangerous that cable between the handle on the other thing and the backpack will get hooked on things sometimes and that's very dangerous obviously so they've they finally figured that out what's great about it too as far as the tank goes is it simply mounted on here you just use bungee cables I like that because it's easy on easy off I got a smaller tank on here but you could have pretty much any size propane tank on here they also have another mount if you want to have 2 tanks so if you've got a big farm and you're in your flame within thousands of feet a day then you can mount up to tanks no problem there at all so there's a lot of options on this thing all all all explains when the features in the front in a second but I really like this I like how your your propane on and off is right there that super handy easy to control because I can turn it turn it up to get started in and crank it up when I'm when I'm running when I'm running it I've got full flame going on you know standard stuff here your pressure yeah increase and decrease they even have a dial on here that shows how much pressure get out of the tank that might be useful for you if you were to find what's the sweet spot and you want to know what that sweet spot is and then you can just tell your staff that okay we're gonna run this at 15 PSII or or whatever the situation is there the wheels themselves are great they're just they're non inflatable wheels and that's nice because then they're going to last you a lifetime there simple design relatively ... lightweight this tool is very easy to maneuver it's easy to turn around with it and I I like that it's actually not even that heavy to lift up I was loading this in my truck earlier by myself and it's totally fine the last thing to point out is is what I I love about this is that you can change the angle of the way here torches are set which is really great depending on you know what kind of situation you're in depending on how high your off the bed and how low you off the bed I like that but then today it you can just adjust things by moving the machine so that makes it easy there that's what all men appointed right now let's just try it and then we'll talk about it after that's part sweet very very impressed holy crap is it ever hard do inflaming like this in a who I worked up quite a sweat there you know one thing that's all roast me the walls because board there in a little bit slower and a lot sure that your curling over that was the duration early no over it's really all you tool so stop tools you yield salute no that so //
"2017-10-09 00:00:01"
Jean Martin Fortier's Epic Post Harvest Station
\\James gonna give us a little tour of his post harvest area and this area has changed I've seen this change over the last couple years different now than there was when you started out yeah I wanted to show that this court uses simple thing that made a lot of change here because when we're harvesting were harvesting for different markets and so there's one MasterCard disclosed but then when people are watching it's written on the floor let's say you're doing a masculine you're bringing that many cases to this bar code that many cases about American now NDOT market we're going right now insults it's it's a pity comes from being harvested watch to being stored directly on the bright pallets that saves us a lot of time it's really simple he may have been invented nothing here but for us this board as you know speed up the operation so much because it used to be that would bring everything inside and then we would sort everything out on the right boxes when we're making the sea is a woman brings up to market now assorted exactly when we harvest decides that this is a pretty top and washing station and I knew it might be a turn off for a lot of people ... know that are familiar foot minor work work work work here and I think it's a fan but you know we've invested a lot of our effort time and money in this washing station because of the workload here on the farm his washing the legends so we're here and again this is a $20000 a week Connacht's that is that we're clearing out of this farm and so the washing station reflects so I was in the all other ... yeah for sinners going a little syrup thing one second slayer this is for washing revenge I'm assuming or doesn't see this is the roof ... don't care offering yet Carrington barrel watcher for the routes that we do have fall mankind we have to was decisions for guns mainly uses high pressure guns to really have a through a lot of torque that's that's really important to keep everything clean and so we have 2 of the stations everything is so I and so you go to so the ball and then you start the ... those are kind so it's quite versatility so everything's on the Peter because it's the strike people when somebody's on the because they and some water was Peters so I mean people that but realistic what we do here this is this is a so somebody that huge and there's some things here yeah go home that's why you have or so these are the so the so we'll put here paper never forget that and then all the orders of their so they're behind us both in the villages from then we sort of everything so we have all the carrots for all check and then you know my work will see okay this much but she seems to 5 months put in there he goes down then we do the 20 to 5 retro this way tell us about the children here the harvest is but but very much fills like I've always no the cold room should a lot of air flow I want to be work and it was built that way there's a Dore so here can we can roll everything so these are all more ex he volume of produce that right no need to racket 4 were just rolling using the real really and it's been used for me rolling every instead of moving them around fourty soon so these are kind of made a lot //
"2017-10-06 16:00:01"
What's in Jean-Martin's Tool Shed?
\\shit so these are all the tools that we use on the farm to cultivate do the bad press ... there's one wall behind tractor missing this is out in the fields ... a lot of new stuff that I've been testing and trial me for the last 23 years learn and a lot of stuff that is there but we don't actually use anymore the shoveling hose I think we've used 2 or 3 times this summer and we've replaced them with all sorts of different employments put that out there ... double we'll hose and ... there's also be too bad cats flex time leader back there that's really awesome ... we've kind of moved away from the cedar to be more efficient and replace it with the triple gang she see her because it seats 5 times faster and we have a lot of you know here on the farm think I've told you this before but there's no there's 450 permit that's all 0 feet long in the woods time to seeds is there's a lot of them to to do so we want to be efficient at its next to that what else service would also make sure love this this also this for me was a big big change our because we actually end up doing a lot of spring on the farm were straying compost tea or spring for against mildew amber spring see we and sometimes we sprayed by pesticides and we used to do everything with a backpack sprayer which is fine but this is at least 10 times stir to do the same things and it's an inexpensive ... calm their you know very what's the word very like you can find it anywhere because the common common that's what I was also ... go to changing Jr and ... yeah 21 of school around the world who would you say that what was the tools he said you don't use anymore the what holds the the shovel homes yeah with all that showing those posts business poster poster up we're just not you know use them anyway well we've we've rarely just don't need to still need to act as a stealthy betting they'll see dating but also because we use but ... flex times here yeah if I find one than the ... the tactic will who should buy this it's just didn't allow us to really zoom down and cultivate on the road my so so we we did use a violent those peas are from 2 that cats it's a little company in Vermont so it's a wire ho ... but what's great about it is that there's 3 functions to it there's the you know if 5 inch is it not 5 it's like 3 of Korea think but you also have one inch or you can have really the single wiry interesting so it has a theory of it on him and it's quality maybe you can replace those if they break shot of his love is really different it's really light I like them a lot fixing this company does really cool stuff we also have a ruler did learn from them that we use on the farm yes that's right here closer so what is the role of a forum we financial good no no it's fine we use the roller Diller tomorrow or rules both like ways and sideways and so we used to do this with the rake 30 inch rate which is fine no problem with that but this goes a lot faster than you can easily adjusted and so we can do for rose 6 inch on the row 3 year olds 12 was on the rose and then we just roll it out and then you really clearly speed see the spacings when were transplanted well so this is again too bad cats really cool will company and ... really satisfied with those you know all through all I'm I'm getting a log tool in trying on testing them that's part of my work here on the farms to figure out I don't want to see better ways but just more efficient ways to do the same thing and ... thoughts I'm talking about that let's check what what about this big roller I saw this year instead of the when I was like that's a big bank number some tools okay so this was because I was I was looking for a roller deployer I don't fault okay of it's a lot of explanation but these are water wheels that you would find on a mechanical transplanted from rain for okay so these go on a bigger tractor and on transplanting machine they're filled with water and as it rolls it if put it punches a hole and then it filled the hole with water and then the transplant goes into them and the whole set of for this this way of doing things is to create a whole a square hole where the plant just drops in and then you're not pressing against it it's just like you're dropping this evening's inside the holes and I wanted to do this on the farm here but unfortunately because I don't have the weight of the tractor pressing down on the holes were never cut a deep enough for clear enough to really just put the transplant and not touch it and so anyway it's quite heavy as it is so to put water in it or more weight was just kinda Korver some so it's kind of ... an experiment I'm putting on the side and we went pretty much with us much lighter Diller and we're just transplanting ... you know faster that way pardon the plastic mulch lair workout I remember I tried that with you a couple years ago in your class and there at your home farm what about that thing he studies a lot last time we tried this was again like you said just you and I the largest on you could modify my ... I just I'm not relying a lot on black plastic beyond the farm we use a lot a landscape fabric you can reuse that ... so I hadn't played if I also have another one from Joel at her tools that is connected this one here it's connected to me ... the PCS walk behind track them and Joe was really cool to give it to me so that I could try but I haven't had a trial that yet and they promised him I would so it's on my bucket list but I don't know I like landscape fabric perhaps more and ... so that's okay could have done so this other one as it is in the junk yard but this is music on the tools that I not using a lot of like this red dragon flame we was not my liking not using it ... the flame leader I like to use but I don't use it all the time so it's because I'm not so yeah that's the tool that's a tall cool and more to come later //
"2017-10-04 16:00:03"
Greenhouse Heating Systems & Cucumbers - Jean-Martin Fortier
\\James does some pretty cool stuff in these greenhouses we have these tubes and ... it's an interesting way of heating greenhouses apparently it's not that uncommon yeah it's pretty common in the greenhouse industry neither heating tubes they're connected to the ... the furnace in the back in what they do is that the diffuse the heat on all of the bed and in the bottom of the plants where you know there's a lot of moles to conform so it heats the bottom where he wanted the roots and it just you know people rise and so will go up but also win the heaters are not on the the tubes are running hair and so it's always creating like circulation of air at the bottom of the plants and so slick pretty ... common sense way to heat ... your tomato plants and zombies are inexpensive you know plastic tubes there's whole better size you know the holes are further up out of the product that the beginning and then closer together at the end so that the whole he gets diffused the invariably and then it's just about connecting this to your furnace would would gutters and whatever so was that the first year with this the heating to bestow me slash here within half them ... perhaps of the in the blacks here we did I we were getting a lot of problems with mildew ... still older of it but you know this temperature control is really what helps with mildew and all of the final problem even having tomatoes and so try to defuse it I've had enough of it and not have excess moisture so we worked a lot on our openings here making sure that we're measuring temperatures opening the fence at the right time could be made in the and ... yeah it's a lot of work in this greenhouse but a lot of a lot of income also comes out of it yeah very cool so the next thing jam is gonna show us is his cucumber greenhouse and how he grows cucumbers and really pushed the season but has cuddle plants and incredible yields so these are cucumbers because I think they're in their twelfth week so they've been cranking alive no one week after transplanted they've started to produce and we're doing the umbrella style of trance scene where does the first hand will come up all the way to the top bar and then it's coming down so that's the main head here okay and when it's when it started to come up here we we tied it so then we left 123 4 nodes and we left the fruit and the notes and maybe produce shoots that were also coming down so you basically when we do cucumbers we we keep one note at a 2 but when we when they reached the bar we left the notes and then they started new has coming down so there's 4 heads coming down close the main head in when the main head reaches 6 note we cut the head off and then all the energy goes into these guys women the plaque keeps on producing and that's how we're able to go for many many weeks with the same plants now the trick is to keep them healthy with spider mites is a problem here downy mildew is another one and so working with temperatures working with beneficial insects this is what we're doing here pats the at this farm so so that I I understand correctly so you don't really start picking the fruit until the one sector hang down is that the idea no we when we when we work up the plant okay we're gonna we're gonna so the plants coming from the bottom we keep one through added to through the other we remove we remove the fruit and so that makes it so that the plant will sustain you because if if the plan gets overburdened by too many fruits it stop it stops producing also to keep it it equilibrium we do that all the way to the bar here and then we keep the 4 notes that burden become heads also like I just explained in so it's tracing but it's also working the plant every week ... we need to come here twice a week to prune and make sure that the flag is is growing with the dress and plus we harvest every day so we're in those green houses a lot and that's a lot of work but high risk high reward but we get a lot of income from those ... cucumber points and what kind of cucumber are you looking to get your growing use vertically to get a straight yeah if you come on everything they've been harvested today so I don't have some that are okay but these are a English dog cucumbers ... the variety that we like is ... but it's not surprise it's another one and still remember it right now yeah and we also do some ... so you know someone that then the ... short let me start too cumbersome and this this is kept you know is the bar in the cult of our review of these are really pro pro it fixed and I think we generate more cash with the Lebanese cucumbers than with the English docu covers what do you sell one cucumber for though we sell them 50 cents each the little one yeah and these give these guys are 3 Bucks 3 Bucks a busy English cucumbers but I don't have one but I can show you in in the in the harvesting room via a casualty from here there's also why because of the mysterious so but I wanted something on the Mister gore it's about 3 so the ministers are there because of spider mites spider mites when it's too dry they come in and they just come to multiply so if you keep it if you keep the relative humidity you know quite high especially when it's sunny outside it kind of keeps them in check also we have the ministers for that and we also introduce beneficial insects that will you know go in peace the spider mites and I'm losing you see but you know this is we're just following the game plan that we have so we're not going to revising this these are methods proven methods of greenhouse production and it's just a making the Stephanie //
"2017-10-03 17:43:04"
Important News & A Very Special Guest
\\it's that time of year again we are putting the caterpillar tunnels back up and got the tunnel back up my front yard just for a few weeks to extend these crops that the last little bit out of them and I have got my buddy Diego food are here today visiting me he's here with me for part of the week and we are working on stuff for paper pot.co but the reason I wanted to address you guys today and I want to tell you some important news is Selmer Tennessee the 5 day workshop there is now officially sold out it's done we cut we cut these workshops at 35 people because you know we want people to have good experience on a farm his love so can you want people to bond to each other we want people to really absorb everything that we've got to offer so the rose creek farm summer Tennessee sold out and I probably will be back there next year I imagine I've got a great relationship with those folks down there ray Tyler one of my best proteges I would say who's really taken these techniques and just ran with it and it's been very successful so I'm still to be done in Tennessee and about 10 days super stoked can't wait to see all you guys and ... crush it down at rose creek so the next place I'm gonna be in the U. S. is actually in November with my good buddy Joe Martin 48 you guys watch my channel you know who he is we are gonna be down in Spokane Washington at the farm food expo November 3 and fourth were doing event together we're gonna be doing queue in a were on a panel and we hang up and if you bring in Roger with me the tomato king he's coming down with me so that'll be fun for us and then the next day I have planned in the U. S. is way over in February 26 to March 2 at steadfast farm in queen creek Arizona that is that the form of Eric Stoltz that's my next 5 day workshop and that is going to be an awesome workshop because that farm is crushing it and if you like what I do with mark gardening if you like what John Martin 40 doesn't market gardening you're gonna wanna come to this one if you missed the one at cellmark this is gonna be your next opportunity it's actually not that far away it's still down south you know plane flights within the U. S. pretty cheap so come down and have a great experience there as well so come January I'm going to be heading back to New Zealand very very excited I'm going to be on 2 farms this year any back at Roebuck farm got a one day workshop which is sort of a one day intensive covering infastructure tools and some of the techniques that we use to do we do on our farm and so the interesting thing about this workshop is it's different than what I've done with one day workshops for it's all in the field and it's basically showing you everything you need to do to set up a market garden and Jody Roebuck has been taking all of my information and I've been helping him get his farm set up to what it is today so coming to that workshop you're basically gonna be getting a tour of what it's like here at my farm of course in a different place and a slightly different context but Jodie's use and all the tools he's got all the infrastructure he's got all the systems in place to run a commercial profitable small farms that that's that works on January 11 the next one we're gonna do is a 2 day workshop at Jodie's farm and it's going to be specific to production techniques so it's all in the field and it's all about things that we use in the field so succession planting ... cropland mean how we do all the post harvest stuff processing vegetables harvesting plant team prepping bads stale seed betting everything we do in the field that's at this 2 day workshop is dedicated for then I'm gonna be out another farm which is called Tacca rock a permaculture if you guys have seen my video crushing on a quarter acre it's one of my more popular videos check them out this is gonna be my 4 day workshop which is basically like my 5 day workshop but in 4 days on their farm and these guys are crushing it quarter acre $80000 a year in sales revenue micro greens all the field production I do all the tools all the techniques you're gonna see what a week of production looks like it's basically the same as the 5 day workshop as I do hear it at my farm so that's gonna be a really exciting one and tickets are already on sale for all this stuff and they're already selling so I imagine these are gonna sell it pretty quick so if it's anything like what happened that rose creek in summer you want to get on a pretty soon we got early bird tickets up now check those out so now get knees caterpillar tunnels back up all around the home base so just like we had in the spring were put means backups but today is not so much a farm day for me it's work on other stuff ... work on some of the business stuff that I do and I got my my good buddy Diego footer here and him and I are going to be produces some content together and ... we'll keep you guys posted review and some it's videos yeah a lot of different videos look at the paper by transplant or do a lot with that you know I've been up here a year 0.5 so be interesting to see what's going on in your farm this is also a time of year I think been up here before in that's right as he came in the summer and the king of the winter one team in the winter came the summer and this is the shoulder season when they're on less daylight hours it's cool outside right yeah from C. our breath and some is yeah yeah like 3 degrees right now 30 was at 38 Fahrenheit or something like that yeah and one thing I am 7 C. N. from being up not being here in 18 months is a lot of things have changed on the farm that's what they are just talking about the video I shooting is how might you adapt new greenhouse caterpillar tunnels different crops you're not growing tomatoes next year via a lot of stuff changing on the farm totally totally so you guys can expect some stuff with Diego and I I'm gonna leave a subscribe button at the end of this video to his channel and stay tuned for more stuff with dig on I see later //
"2017-10-02 16:00:04"
What's JM using a tractor for?
\\I think doctors are really good for hauling stuff I compost is one of them and so since we have so many beds here permit that's and we apply that probably 150 I'm posting here here on this farm so we use these old tractors it's an old Ford I think it's to and it has a 4 feet center to center clearance so it can struggle on the bed and then we put simply a low ... box in the back where that's where the combos goes so goes into the back and there's one guy driving the tractor on the bed and then the other one is kinda just kinda scooping the compost out of it in the back laying the compost pile onto the beds and you know that's through a lot faster than carrying wheel barrels around and that's why we have a tractor on this but that's all these lawyers lint off of yeah there's we don't cultivate a lot so we do you tractor for that we don't plows we don't need a tractor for that we need to worker beds too much we have a Harrow that's you know would work on this tractor anyways swords yeah tractors they do have ... we do have a purpose and they they can be useful but this is my reason for you know bitching against tractors all these years is because I've what I've seen is that the tractor becomes the system and that's where it becomes problematic if the tractor is just one of the tool in your system and it's a next inexpensive tractor that's like $1000 track 3 then it's it has usefulness in purple this but as long as it does it doesn't become the focus of the whole production system I think that's where you can you can really missing leaders //
"2017-10-01 16:00:04"
What's He Brewing In There? - Jean-Martin Fortier
\\leann they are creating a whole ton of it's pretty amazing looking around here looking at my so it's not the same thing to talk about what they're doing with this stuff and it's a you asked me about the part of the one of it never brewing composti we're going to start to do it's here on the bar is it making a difference king whatever yeah but we're doing it the right way to bring this for weeks we have material that was we also have what's the word no microscopes we were pretty much in line with what life how look for now it does make sure that you know the multiplication of the microbial life is really where it needs so we're checking on the particulars of Michael spoke so we can start to do this all the green enormous so many Gil locks with bill laws with there's a lot posted in rifle so it but we just want to get real that because there's an ex do this any material here the going they were looking into this my father yeah so yeah yeah you're the growth of the who feel like so so it all has to do with living soil what we also do chip we're trying create soil but really really fine create the until it so a lot of experiments going that way yeah //
"2017-09-30 16:00:04"
$20,000 / Week Selling Nutrient Dense Veggies - Jean-Martin Fortier
\\I mean Hemmingford Quebec Pat let firm the capital's top this is the newer farm of John Martin Fortier the one that he doesn't live on and I'm going to to around here for a little while and make a series of videos with jam talking about some specific things that they're doing on this farm this so much interesting stuff going on here and it's really hard to show it all in one go some in a split it up so that ... the contents a bit more focused and the ... it's gonna be shorter more concise but we're gonna have we gonna tour James farmer can look at some specific things I've taken a lot of the questions that people have had about JM to me on my channel and I'm gonna try to address them are gonna talk what his rant meal would ship techniques that they're doing here we're going to look at some specific crop stuff some things they're doing their we're gonna check out his tool //
"2017-09-29 17:58:35"
The Market Gardener at Home - Jean-Martin Fortier
\\I got a very special guest actually I'm I guess you guys know this guy guys lots of I have a special guest in my farm yeah nobody Curtis came all the way from Cologne our families are hanging out for the weekend and poured out the weekend it's the week is the wheels like that we can also work or we're not we're not at home so physically and Curtis came down and it's the hardest sever been in Quebec crazy 2 weeks of super hot weather just before in the in the fall and so we're gonna have like an awesome ... winter possums were prepared via like awesome isn't going to warm thank awesome as in all the crops that ... they're all well established because it was a warm winter and yeah a warm fall yeah so everything is super well established for the winter yeah exactly so we're at your home farm and a lot of people ask me why are you so they they assume that since you're out the new farm you live from the cut top that you're not here anymore knew that you're here you live here I live here so what has sorry I leave my little paradise every day you know I always kind of feel I'm excited to go to the other farmer was kind of fuel data because you know we built everything here ourselves everything lanzado everything does everything every plant every whatever it was temporary ... but got more than my wife she runs it he's been running it for 3 years now and Jesus Jesus crushing it she's she keeps it like really simple all of the experimental stuff that I used to do is not happening anymore so she's not spending any money she goes with what works she just does do that does that ... simple and she's just she says that ever ever since I left the farm it's been it's been much so much easier home and then it is if you if you walk around really looks good it feels good yeah vegetables are nice in our end of season she has 625 weeks left and then she has what how many months you take all she takes 4 months off for months off yeah then she does all kinds of she was traveling and then was a Corsica lost or yeah this is this year she's going with ... women in Africa to teach and learn will both ... you know market gardening in Africa what it was like a little supercool yeah so people probably asking how well how come we're not hearing this from motilin ... sh that shit is Wednesday then she's delivering the CSA now that's right and then she stops at 730 in Montreal Montreal is the big city around farms like an hour drive and then she stays in Montreal she usually goes out goes for a few drinks whatever and then she sleeps in the van and then the serfs in the morning because there's a river rave in Montreal as that Galician can now yeah so lose so intends wife surfs in the machine can now it's like river surfing it's pretty cool I've seen that way here yeah they lost it's it's pretty amazing so you don't you know we've been doing this for so long Curtis that for us you know growing veggies is still this still super important we sit but it needs to be you know which 1 more stuff around so that we're happy yes you have a lifestyle in yeah so she'll go she'll them down and then boom she goes she she goes there she goes to a nice restaurant or something and then she searched the morning she's back here by 9930 yeah and to study that makes her weak yeah like she's looking forward to that moment then well then you're taking care of the kids and I'm taking your the kind you take care of us tonight jams looking dinner tonight to the kids closes in the chicken and you know we have an awesome place to really blessed and I feel I feel fortunate ... yeah we're gonna cook we're gonna barbecue together yeah and ... it's gonna be on tomorrow's show you the far more in detail the interns were the sleep the sign on the whole thing yeah then we're also going to go to some gets it done and see what's going on there yeah lots of exciting stuff happening lots of exciting stuff happening well it's just to much to see it's just another in similar level of production yeah it's more about feeding people than having a lifestyle there yet but ... it's cranking it's cranking and so I mean people gonna ask but here I got some good shots around here what's going on now right I mean just like just for some farm stuff the people gonna ask we got some cover crops going things a tarpon so everything that's been harvest all the beds that are free now they're being that planting cover crops for the winter and there is 5 weeks left of produce to harvest from the fields and then she can then we're done done no no pushing in the winter no more than just wants to have the time off and it's been like that pretty much ever since we've started we've always been looking for to that time so now she's emptying the gardens of what's there yeah and just putting cover crops yeah and less premature and what's that mix it looks like he is their vet should arise in our hits P. and notes and ... fetch and rye those of the red the vets in the rye will outgrow all winter yeah l'oreal stopped survive yeah survive the winter and that's what she's going to start to do now for other crops that will cover crops that were planted 2 weeks earlier and now it was peas and ... peas and peas inotes because it's gonna just kind of went to kill winter kill in this country the malts and protect the beds yet and that could that keeps this prevents often eroding in the precipitation this is the thirteenth season on the farm from the permit beds and quality is still there productivity is still there there heartworms are more than ever yeah and it's just yeah it's just a testimonial of of being sustainable over time casa alright well you got the cooking to do yeah Zorro ... we'll see you guys later co P. set //
"2017-09-26 16:00:06"
A sad but exciting day!
\\selfie model nnst nice after he opens all heavy your tears today is yeah Toby he's yeah last day have a little party forum later on and ... today's video we're gonna choose you to Toby Saudi doing right now Toby they found us base of lettuce yeah the latest how has the season been and great really really great and awesome thought learned a lot yeah you invite and then of course Roger yeah yeah what some what he doing next what's up right after this so it's 7 so tonight our goodbye goodbye because if I do now yeah and then I'm heading to Dallas Texas tomorrow morning and I'm going to see long who was at the first workshop in June yeah and some yeah he wants to get the project going man 17 M. found in Dallas and yeah it's asking me for advice and I'm going to hang on close with 2 days and then next week I'm heading home to Germany we're looking forward to see my family see my friends and I went to visit back home are going to see Davis he was also if the first workshop in June and see operating 11 found here in Brussels Belgium which is just to all us right away leaving when I'm back home in Germany so what is it is found and then I'm going to see one German go she was in there video earlier she was at the second workshop she's working on the farm in my book so Germany yeah and I'm going to the parliament and she organizes and you can yeah bush's she stepped in and saved up overnight thing event because there from small fonts must but the north American market got me movements and I don't mean to give a short presentation about make spirit sequences yeah follow let me visit yeah what's been some of the biggest takeaway 3 year this season one of the biggest things that you've learned so portion of the London itself out of the book so it's really annoying mean your your resource here bogus pausing for get an idea but to really lengkap get it to learn about it you just have to be on the farm and you just have to be in the daily operations something very bad and how it's being washing baking and this is just really good will fall lost the farm for the farm workers yeah yeah my my biggest takeaways days ago just when I'm here like I see it good to reapply for me as a farmer and this is like my god no well and like with a lot of quality of life being able to travel to see other bombs to follow my patient paid to make money with it it's great yeah the Tobin I actually met him in New Zealand at Roebuck farm last and he attended my 4 day workshop there so it does actually gone through one of 3 of my workshops and ... yeah first one a robot and then you know he's been here all season so you've got the full upon experience the full on experience so I'm heading back to New Zealand in January of this little one and Katie my wife and ... always going to be back out robot farms and Toby is actually going to be my assistant for those workshops so he's going to be iRobot farm helping Jody get things set up for those forces but then I'm actually gonna take Toby with me to the 4 day workshop so that one and not that Pakuranga in Tennessee Zealand so many you guys our plan to come out of thinking about it you're gonna have to agree to train green city your stuff there showing you what it's all about so tell me what came out of doing all the workshops in like you know so the people that you met connected with and yeah great great connections it's been great to be here in Canada for 6 months meet the people that go to workshops here and just seeing everyone being super excited being simply being here city to be here seeing your firm senior in real life going on you too and then the relationships is just I mean I said before I'm going to tell us now it's from the workshop I have to have a few things standing up in Germany and it's all from the workshops so it's just really to see those connections have been made here they will last me over the next year as and yeah it's great it's really great networking and you talked about before about how important it was to see actually see the production yeah could you you'd you'd watched videos and stuff and but to actually see it just ready to get to see the production to see the daily operations so to see and a lot of times it's not so yeah people are you looking for the answer but it's not the answer so the days so like they'll always different hit the fan yes and that it's we have to just them always adjust to the schedule so some customers on the clothing he wants more beds and that's a very and seeing the production and going out okay this customer how we have to have published a few more radishes and we going though and this is just all this daily stuff and that you can see on you 2 years to begin to do it console everything on you to her and it's the great value that I get out of here just see it's just no reason to free goes just all come calm and steady yeah and to grades great quality from Agustin market city Jesse goes not so fast so he and Betty goes all like good the constant pace very steady just steady like just all being focused and steady working and just from task to task to task and no one CM being late to work because at the one time us in and just being tied in the afternoon he says maybe going steady enough yeah it's really was great to work with him for so long go Deutschland it will bonded unfit come to hook //
"2017-09-25 16:00:02"
Why I don't do BACK TO EDEN Gardening
\\today I want to talk to you guys about something that is so common in the U. 2 comments that I had make a video about it it's probably one of the most common questions I get back didn't Curtis back dean is the way why are you doing it that way okay well there's a lot of reasons actually and after seen Justin roads new video with Paul go chair I believe you prance lost them ... with back to Eden key I I was inspired to make the video because I saw it I understood it more I kind of understood it awhile ago but seen it and seen Paul talk about it made a lot more sense to me so she's a lot of a lot of ones to go through and why it doesn't make sense in a commercial or or market gardening context but first I just want to say I got 2 shirts you guys now lottery Questlove people asking about green seekers tee shirts urban farmer.co by apparel shirts are in there lots of options check it out so back to back to even now who has a lot of reasons why it doesn't make sense so for one okay one thing about back to Eden is that well let me actually explain the principles as I understand them to you and then cut it go through why does it make sense in my contacts so I again I will link to Justin's video at the end of this check it out but ... so the whole concept is just layer wood chips on the soil and that keeps the moisture in the soil microbes it you know it functions like a force for essentially need you know builds up humanness and and builds up soil ball would you not rota telling here not dehydrating a soil and killing the bacteria and good bugs in it totally makes sense but there's so many reasons why would be hard to do on a commercial level because the money resources time would take all kind of go through a bunch of reasons why that would be so first of all the density issue when you look at Paul's garden look how far things are spaced apart look at my bets okay so in this 14 foot wide tunnel I have for 30 inch beds with 4 rows each why did this greenhouse with back to Eden methods I'd probably have 5 single rows of cropped so there wouldn't be a Lotta yield their this I've got you know let's say I could fit 5 or 6 of his Rosen here I got 16 Rosen here for bed so and hell of a lot more production in a lot less space one of the one of the biggest reasons that will be very challenging about the back even method on a commercial standpoint is that woodchips aren't really a good medium to plant crops in too quickly not to say that they aren't like you can certainly transplant crops into them and and they would do well because you would need to water them I get that but he can do that by hand and you do that by hand you're gonna do it in single rose okay so how many times you gonna go up and down and up and down and up and down its transit time takes a lot more in 30 instead we're planting for rose at a time in fact we're using the paper part transplanted to do that now we do not minutes so pay right transmitter wouldn't work in thick wood chips it would if they were really decomposed after awhile it could potentially work but I think would be really challenging that you know that chips would ... ripped the paper basically so difficult there but really what it comes down to there's transit time is you're going back and forth and back and forth so if you're harvesting in your heart was the role of lettuce or spinach or whatever you've got you can harvest out walked down the row and then go down the next row and so on and so forth if your heart is seen on a 30 inch bed with 4 rows of crops your harvesting for out once you moving back another thing that's really impractical about it and I get you know how people say no weeds with backed in this layer on malts their milk mulch no weeds totally get it makes a lot of sense and would it would save you time with leading but how long does it take you to set up a plot with wood chips and how long does it take to you can plant in those wood chips because I I've I've tried this I've tried to plant which is for I've been to many guards I've been hundreds of arms around the world and there seem to be doing this on a commercial level that aside woodchips we need to be somewhat decompose in order for them to be usable or less you unless you get it or you just got a plan really deep so you lay down a tunnel with let's say we do this whole plot this this fought his boat 2500 square feet in total usable production area so how long would it take me to to lay down and spread those which ships little little while and then those which have very very dry on the service for awhile once they start to decompose they get better and better and that's why you know it does make sense from a soil building standpoint but so so we really the chips in me dry on the top and so can you direct seed into that no no not right away I mean maybe you could over time again but it would take a lot of time to do that so you're the amount of the one of time it takes to plant and get things in the ground is gonna take way longer because you have to plant things deep so that they have access to some either mineral soil or soil or moisture right soon the talk if it's just a bunch chips it's gonna be dead dry and nothing's gonna grow in there right away so that pretty much eliminates doing anything like direct seeded high density greens which are a very profitable crop meaning that you can only use that land in certain ways and so you know the basic thing here the basic principle here is that in back to Eden gardening you would need 456 times as much land to get even close to the amount of production that we get out of our land so another reason why it doesn't make sense I'm kind of ties into the fact you need more land but you need more season extension stuff right so 1 count if 150 foot caterpillar tunnel here that costs a boat 500 to $600 to for a materials and build can cover for 30 inch beds at 16 rose a crop so if I'm doing back to Eden and only get 5 or 6 road rows of crop in there 5 let's just say 5 to 18 times less 3 times less crop in there with the same cost of season extension so it's not just season extension its irrigation if you've got it made maybe Paul doesn't so maybe he wins on that one but it's it insect netting or any type of season extension whether it be greenhouse Polly low tunnels with agar Bonner remake cloth or any of that kind of season extension stuff you're gonna use for any use 3 to at least 3 times as much so you're losing on cost in there so really all this comes down to is context it's what's the context and in in Paul's contacts he's a homesteader anyone's grows own food to eat and share with his family and friends great that makes perfect sense that's a that's a perfect reason to do that kind of thing but to form for production and to make a living off it it just doesn't make any practical sense like it in it were really loses is the harvesting like well and planted the planting and harvesting you can't streamline and so you dedicate so much more time and labor to that and that's one thing that so different about our farm is that we can do 100 grand a year in sales on a quarter acre of land with 2 people working full time now to do it in the back to Eden way you would need a lot more stuff for you just a lot more time one or the other perhaps both to have all that spread out cropped it takes so much longer to plant so much longer to harvest you know he did it with machines that can make a lot of sense but I don't think using machine harvesting like tractor harvesting is really the whole point of the that even things I don't think that's that's gonna work there Paul this comes down to context it's all a boat context and so many people I think that there is one thing it's like this is the one thing this this is the way to do that this is the way to do that is the way to garden is the way to ... but political system more this is the way this is the best diet or this is the best way to live your life for this is the best religion or whatever it is I call this a monoculture mindset I don't know if it's an innate human thing that we do but people are always looking for that one thing and then they see that one thing you know it's like born again people who are born again is a really get obsessed with it and I've been there I've been there where I've found something that really excited me and I want to share with everybody and let everybody know but the thing is that's not how nature works there is no mono culture in nature and I think we don't all live in the same place we don't all have the same culture we don't all live under the same economic or political circumstances were all different and and there's many different ways to do the same thing and that's really what all this comes down to is the back to Eden garden method is fantastic for homesteading and situations like that pollen and I'm sure that lots you that live in those situations and that's great but to run a commercial farm even a small scale market garden story just doesn't make sense either way I've wanted to share those thoughts with you guys again one of the most common questions I get check of the teachers on the website talk to later thinking cucumbers spoke Hey //
"2017-09-21 16:46:38"
My Favourite Crop to Grow That I Don't Farm
\\today I want to share with you guys my favorite vegetable to grow that I don't grow for the farm I had worked for the farm but I no longer do and the reason for that really just comes and economics it it really just follows my 5 CV our crop value rating principles if you don't know what those are please check them out have done a lot of videos on them Morath are furthest plot in our farm network where she don't even use this plot for the farm any longer I we changed it this year now our enemies in this plot for a garden that's shared amongst a few of our of our friends are going to share the work that I'm just gonna finish it up some things I had planted here throughout the season for our for the family and I want to talk to you guys today a vote my favorite thing to grow that I don't go for the farm and as bush beans so I'm here Arsene pushed fans and I just pulled out of the ground and pull clumps of them off of the harvest that way my back is straight and I just find it a lot easier to do now this is across that I I used to grow on the farm number of years ago having grown that's probably for 5 years but the reason I don't grow because primarily it's very time consuming to harvest but also the price per pound is not great now you can you can grow a higher value bean for restaurant markets say yeah we see if I can find one here that would be I've been around this size would be suitable you can Celebi like that for around $4 a pound but at that price point and that size they are the yield really goes down because you're spending a lot of time to harvest something that doesn't we very much so that the primary reason I don't go there for the farming longer they're not about crop as far as days to maturity you know in the summertime if you transplant them they can be out of the ground in 60 days so that's not bad it's ... around the same as carrots but ... again it's the work in the time to harvest them is very very time consuming but I love to eat them and I prefer to grow a nice size bean like this for canning and pickling and that's exactly what my wife and I are gonna be doing today so I'm just here listening to an audio work and picking beans and it's funny I'm listening to the book 7 habits of highly effective people it is a part anyway talks about how improving yourself is kind of like a farm in the sense that you need to constantly have a succession you have to constantly put things into practice in order to make them work you can't just cram for a test and then do all the one time and hope to get a yield it's like a farm have to keep planting or they have a constant succession and I like that I like the sort of truisms it's one thing that I really love about farming or just growing food is the fact that it's so relatable to the world and that you reap what you sow what you put in is what you get out I love that and I think it's a it's a great thing to teach kids and one thing that I'm really hoping I can park on my daughter she groans but yeah I just thought I would share this with you guys these ... these beings were actually transplanted with the paperwork transplant your so they go 6 I go 6 inch centers so that's 4 rows in a bed and there are 6 inches apart so I use the 6 inch chain pops transcended the is and that you have this great I mean I've already harvested one toke so far that's about 30 pounds I imagine already harvested half of this bed weeks ago think all in all I get about 8200 pounds out of this this is about a 40 foot bed so it's a great yield and if you're leaving them to get to this size especially you're gonna get a higher yield some bush mean varieties you can actually they're kind of cut income again like like some greens you can pick them and then though you'll get a second picking ... but I find the ... a second picking is it's a lot less and so if you're stiff your tight for land so you want to keep the production going it's generally speaking not worth the second pick and this is why a lot of growers will do ... climbing beans so this this variety is called jade with one night he came from Johnny's I believe and it does have a really good you know that I like the beam itself is so nice Dick beam really good for canning preserving and that's a little bit of most of these I love steamed green beans from my favorite sons of bitches but for some we're going to be heckling most of these guys were not really all these in time for them to hold their their shelf life story preserving throughout my video on beans because enjoyed it talk to you later //
"2017-09-19 15:58:40"
A Visit from the Rhodes Family
\\n't this morning these guys are appearing these beds and we're going to put a caterpillar tunnel up here and the Rhodes family Justin roads his wife Rebecca and her 4 kids are coming over and help us put this tunnel up when you put in the work and the plan here is ... sinking into the winter so we're gonna put a caterpillar tunnel here that covers these 4 beds and then we're going to going to replant these 2 beds here and put a poli low tunnel on we're going to put those 2 beds on draft because we have tons of drip irrigation stuff kicking around here that we were using in the spring and then this tunnel will be an overhead like we have done in the past I've been videos on that and will be cutting in to the irrigation that's already here so what ought to be doing is basically turning off the zones here so that these overhead sprinklers won't be water in here any longer it'll all be on there the drip of the 2 beds there and then the overhead that's in this kind of political here and will eventually put day caterpillar tunnel on these beds but we're gonna wait vis he's got a little ways to go and I don't wanna put a caterpillar tunnel here yet because the middle school reminder geisha because I have 6 beds here are planted I don't have that kind of look on the color cover for beds and so this bed will be empty once that's cropped out they'll cover from this bed here over here but still it's still got describe but I want to shave this out so I'm gonna leave it I suppose we could stretch it to 5 beds and maybe that will will do that or something but we'll see in the winter by going into the snow fall I don't want to have I caterpillar tunnel covering 5 beds it's too stretched out it'll because they could potentially cause snow collapse once the snow comes and it won shit up my papers yet so we're not gonna put that tunnel here just yet so we're just waiting on the Rhodes family to get here and we're just getting started at least doing the they're heavy work of have been in the Reba posts to get this caterpillar tunnel of these guys in the morning where are the hot one of our plots go blocks away putting getting caterpillar tunnels up ready there so this week we're going to ... with all of our extra time going to be putting caterpillar tunnels up where ever we need them that's going to be at least 3 plots here the one down the street and then the one across the highway that has all the carrots we got some special guests arriving now I think they're all still a little bit sick we'll see if we can put him to work how you guys doing yeah maybe they're making better exercise so much warmer it is back here alright let's wind more sunshine Khan and feel free to look around guys deserve our home our homestead farm the 17 again he doesn't seem that's why don't I just came by yesterday he has on me to give you a little tour okay caught around if you want to feel really warm really warm this greenhouse what about the one warm up is the place to do it this witness greenhouse his warm all winter long there it tastes pitifully piece that we're not convinced the money once a trial we'll try yeah I need green eyes my life yet you need greens got each of grains that's what we learn from you we need to be doing this for no winner yeah you can do you can grow your ... fought go check out our towards absolutely absolutely share with all its all good on it carries the but it's good yeah that's what we're gonna do you know if you guys wanna help us the hoops that these guys are planned some lettuce with that that that may provide trance after the soil is a bit chunky so it's not it's not going as well as it normally does what marks they can go out and making a go at it still better faster than funded by hand yeah a better plan give a lot from this body it's just it's a it's a thing you pull apart cuddling accordion then you fill it with soil it does have a holding that stretches into the field with this world that you put this a normal flat no the fact that this are messy compost area well yeah I just don't put in the videos that much exactly after how yeah this is like the the one that military on the farm it's like dear dear gays and that we don't know what else to do if Messi compost look at the video we can't do that for our check totally yet and we could you know all the goodness yes he looked all those bugs in there yeah and no one now I mean you know those little pill bugs so you want that's so I feel very different and feel better lose that earning was a breakthrough via and I felt a lot better thank you for asking hopefully ... no one else's is feeling better too politically getting his strength back we're not 100 percent yeah but this is our probably have the digging in the dirt time not get enough good bacteria adding enough this yeah her her yeah yeah nnova help us put it this greenhouse it's really easy as a mark until we are going to pull out these blows no we're gonna put them on his own remarks and we'll see how quickly the 3 house goes up you said we're turns that's and it means superheated products in that case with me oh yeah you know greasy just good job yeah . there you go well we've just been hanging relax and because of a breakage still sniffling and the much our day they help the you guys he has tomorrow get the road where does it have beau back to Eden yes heat that back to him it's probably my number one comment that people like Curtis why are you not doing so it is different I don't know put in wood chips on my dad's would make a lot of sense that if it's more homestead moralistic homesteader yeah not a market for yeah exactly okay guys was awesome to see you thank you thought good luck on the roads yes you are coughing hopefully I'm not cut ahead we've made any physical contact that is so we're gonna talk all right pool who live we're seeing a bite of the Rhodes family with the phone waved goodbye harlot yeah so yeah you know yeah I know it feels weird to not hug but but but it's probably smart yeah you don't want this no yeah I believe only yeah ... life happens man it's crazy life happens but I know if someone was like I hope this is legal I taste in your mouth no look for me you have been anywhere yeah but I yeah I'll give you guys that want to come by we would love to do yeah there's so many fun things we can do there's so many great things around here and I was looking for a guy like that how I hope we are it would've been fun yeah but yeah only when our what your whistle learn that kind of slough we want to come back for her here experiencia here exotically homeless yeah yeah within the movie well yeah sprinkle the chicken and then dozen roses from folk chickens nice fantastic hunters sticker stank you merely guys see our I take care guys really so that was the Rhodes family sad to see them go I wish they could a stay longer but I have a feeling they will be back I'm gonna leave the link to the video the Justin did about me up in here check that one out it's amazing honestly I couldn't have that he made a of a better video than I ever could have made it I'm so impressed and so thankful for them to coming here and hang out with us and spend the time and the kids to help us put up this greenhouse jego Justin stuff awesome youtuber tons great content have a good day guys see later //
"2017-09-18 15:58:30"
HOW TO Align your Beds and Greenhouses
\\here at one of my high rotation plus it has greenhouses and I want to answer a common question and that is why do you choose to //
"2017-09-15 16:08:40"
My 5 Most Profitable Winter Crops
\\we are approaching winter very quickly and a lot of questions I'm getting are asking about what to grow in the winter what works best and how can you keep making money during the winter months when there's not as much production coming off the field so that's exactly what I'm talking about today 5 crops and they don't necessarily all crops that I grow anymore but the crops have a lot experience of growing and it's kind of based on love the farmers that I know and what they do during the winter so and look at these 5 cross talk with some of the techniques and things that we can do to keep production up during the winter and keep the money coming in que Hannah goes in these 5 crops first and I'll talk more about their nuances and how you can market them so number one I find overall the hundreds of farms I visited throw the world particularly ones that have winters so it is important understand that we're not talking with the tropics here we're talking about climax that have winters number one a spinach that is the best money making crops I've seen and my all the years of farming that I've had it is the most consistent crop used by the most amount of farmers during the winter and delivers the most consistent results it can it's also relatively high value crop it can handle really cold weather very well better than most of the crops that I know of spinach is absolutely number one number 2 would be green kale so green fairly kale others had to kill work too and I'm not talking about baby kale I'm talking about big Calif the kind I have in my garden big stocks the whole idea with the with the kale is it you want to have it well established you don't have big plans for you going to winter and those that Cale can even be under snow I've harvest Kaelin's no if you don't believe me go back to my videos last winter I did exactly that number 3 is carrots so carrots are necessarily a crop that grows during the winter and actually all of these don't really grow in the winter per se except for that the next time I talk about ... is really about establishing them but carrots the great thing about them is that they can stay in the ground throughout the winter and they can't if you can keep them covered I've done videos on winter carrots check those out if you haven't seen them but I care it is great because it's all about storing it in the ground if your climate can handle it and if you can you can do it as a storage crop and sit on it for months in a walk in cooler but you can actually store carrots in the ground the best way to do it is to have your last planting date at least whatever the date to maturity is to get to maturity forgets called so for me it's the first or second week of August that's my last planting of carrots and then those carrots mature by mid October will then cover them and what will even go and take the greens off them sometimes and then we put a thermal blanket like a bag of honor remain over top of them and then harvest them throughout the winter seeing keep ... how easily to harvest you gotta be able to pull in on the ground when the ground is thawed that's really important and in my video on which a carrots I get into that further number 4 and this one none of these are necessarily in order of profitability they're just order in order of what I've seen works best so number 4 is Michael greens now to do my careens you got a house of some infrastructure right you don't need to have a super fancy greenhouse like mine but you got to have something and I did micro greens even in the kitchen of this house here during a time rows transitioning I have a simple shelving unit I see detail lots of my book and show the materials that I use but you know just how some micro greens you know how to sell a ton maybe a couple $0 a week it still adds up when you put it together with all these of the crop so my greens are big one I got lots of it doesn't make a greens use the search guy tag only videos accordingly so views the search to find more stuff on my greens and number 5 number 5 is kind of 3 crops well could be a bunch more but it's it's really about having a storage crop so in my third and fourth year of farming we did a lot of storage crops that my favorite storage crop was a storage onion called the red wing onion and we would grow a lot of it to be mature by the early fall pull mall under the ground cure them and red wing is a is an onion that can almost last 2 years in good storage so if you gotta cool darkened dry place to store those onions they can last a really long time but you can also do the same thing with other storage crops like beads can be a decent storage crop onion like any other type of onion but particularly you know that this the thick dry skin ones that can that you can cheer and store like shallots really did well for that in garlic is another good one so with those 5 things so spinach kale carrots so Michael Greene production indoor area and then some kind of storage crop with those 5 crops you've got a lot of options on how and what you can market so that's going to take you through what that process looks like so the thing that's about a fundamental thing that's important understand when you're thinking about a live crop that you want to keep in the grounds at the winter it might be in ... a greenhouse like this it could be in a caterpillar tunnel what could be under Paul illo tunnels it could be under agar Bon doesn't it doesn't matter so much but the thing that's important I understand is that things don't regenerate in the same way in the winter as they do in the summer so this is again assuming that you live in a place that has a relatively cold climate you have a proper winter so spinach these bit the spinach here going into winter I want to have a bunch ready at once and then I want to be harvesting off those assuming that I'm not gonna get a second cut so in the summertime I'm gonna continuously plant things because they're gonna be ready quickly and in the gonna be out of the ground I'm gonna replant them or they're gonna regenerate quickly then I'm gonna second third sometimes fourth cut off them specialist greens like these and so I don't really need to strategically think about how much I need to have in the ground where is in the winter my general rule of thumb is create a budget for yourself on how much you want to harvest per week so you might say I want to I want to harvest 150 foot bed of spinach per week for a certain period and so you might say suffer from mine me for example all go so things really stop growing by the end of November like even if I keep this greenhouse relatively warm and say the caterpillar tunnels will they'll be above freezing during the day things aren't really gonna grow they're gonna I want to get them to maturity and then let them sit there and so I want to think I want to count how many weeks I've got so let's just say December January and and the 2 weeks in February that is 10 weeks where there's nothing's really gonna grow it might very slowly incrementally but let's just bank on not so you might say okay if I want to have if I want to harvest 150 foot bed of spinach for 10 weeks I need to have 10 beds mature fully ready to go by the time it gets really cold so say by you know by that last week of November I wanna have 10 beds in greenhouses accountable tunnels or ever that are fully mature and ready to harvest that I can go on harvest 1 of those beds every week and that you know what you know what might happen is you might be pleasantly surprise that by the time you get to week 8 you might have a second cut on the first that it's been it's harvested but it totally depends on your climate the kind of weather you had there so many variables there but what I do is I bank on not getting the second cut and I budget according to just getting one cut from those bets so it's the same thing for everything that's that's the principle with with carrots it's the same thing okay I want to harvest one bed a week for this period of time K. I need to have this many beds there to get through the season and you might even budget more the case care it's because you might say well there's gonna be periods of time I can't harvest so I might harvest 2 or 3 weeks to carrots at once and then sit on those during that the really really cold months where I know even if those carrots under a caterpillar tunnel I can't go on chisel them out of the ground that's not gonna work sold with carrots might think about it that way Kael same thing how many beds what one house where I can harvest them for a period of time the nice thing about Kael too similar to carrots is that it can store so you might say okay I'm gonna have 10 beds of kale fully mature with big amounts of foliage on them and I might go to harvest 2 weeks at a time just in case you get these really cold snaps because what happens is green Kael's it'll kinda drooped down when it's really cold but as soon as it warms back up it'll come to spruce up again and I find Kael during that time the also is really good shelf life because it's so hardy and it's it's it's it's ... cervi I don't know what the reason is that when we try to explain it but I find that holds well you can harvest Kael it can last 2 weeks so you can kind of look at the forecast and think ahead and that's that's an important thing to mention there too is during the winter time you really got a look at the calendar I mean let's be honest all farmers are looking at the ... there was that none of the counter the forecast all the time and thinking ahead but it's really important to winter because you might go maybe mid January and you say Hey you know what we got a warm week coming up here that might be a good opportunity to go out and harvest a bunch stuff and sit on it for 2 weeks or you might say we got a really cold spell coming up let's get a bunch of stuff on the ground now so that we aren't stock when it's really cold not being able to harvest anything it's really that thinking ahead and looking at the forecast and then choosing times on your calendar to be very precise about what you're gonna do so and you know with the onions it's a different thing you know you pretty much can just plant as much as you want and harvest the mall cure them and it's just something extra to sell so you got like 5 things like that you can fill up a farmer's market table during the winter because even at the micro greens which you haven't talked about too much yet in this video you can have some variety in their so that the I did but I did winter farmers markets for 3 seasons in a row and I had a variety of my careens on my table I had spinach I had bags of kale I even was able to push the salad mixes kind of close to Christmas but then there'd be that really cold period where would have anything that a house of storage onions are some garlic you know you can fill a table out and have a good amount of variety and often for small farms if you're going on some storage crops and some micro greens you might only pursue a farmer's market during that time because you probably don't have enough production or not enough stuff in storage to fill the big restaurant orders or the big grocery stores so you might just say you know what we're gonna do one farmers market a week it's easy in the winter because there's not a lot of process see our post harvest stuff and washing it's like a few products and you got some storage crops and you got your Michael greens in the greenhouse you want to say let's just do a farmer's markets in cash money we can get during the winter and it's it's a relatively easy thing to do worse you know farmers markets in the summer when you got that with your C. essay in your restaurants also can be a lot of work but you might say all at sign up to which our farmers market move this product throughout the winter so regarding the micro greens I've done quite a quite a few videos on migraines even of videos that don't have that title with Michael greens in them I tag them in the video so you search my videos and you put my car greens you get all kinds of stuff on that and I talked a lot about his cross before my 3 biggest ones our sunflower P. shoots and radish shoots down here and so those sometimes you can mix together you can make different types of products with them but if your service in a community that likes local product you can often sell more maker greens in the winter than you do in the summer because of the lack of other fresh products available people get really jazzed up of votes migraines during that period and that's actually a a great time to just scale of that production and star market in the more because there's sort of a hole in the market from other products so hope you guys have found that helpful I'm just trying to think of more ways that I can help you guys get your winter season really strong because winter farming isn't that hard to do it just requires some planning and some and some infrastructure really but it's not it's it's relatively easy work because you're not out there propping beds and planting and doing all the turnover like you are in the main season its communist get a stalker stuff going and harvest on it throughout the winter so who does not help what you want to see most of it this please hit the subscribe button right now and leave your questions and comments below and you have any specific questions you want me to answer first check the search and then leave a comment below in the comment that has the most money like all make my next video on our guys talk till later //
"2017-09-13 18:40:41"
Preparing this greenhouse for winter crops.
\\all right today I am getting this greenhouse ready for winter production so I've just blasted it with the roof that BCS just one pass over this and that was just to grind it up tomato disease so this can take a break tomatoes sure and it was the greens in here if I put a shade cloth on it come summer but what amenities today is basically just form out all these beds and get these ready of some of the stale seedbed most of them for at least 2 weeks so or water the men really well put a tarp on them and ... let all the tomatoes in their germinate and die in the will flame me before we plant crops in here so lot of this will probably spinach for the winter and we might in a put in since Alan over lettuce in there we got a lot of transplants to start but I will plant one or 2 these beds right away with me like a root crops like a turnip for simply because I don't really care if the tomatoes growth through that because they'll come out real quick wants to harvest a crop by plant a crop like that in this greenhouse I can still get it in 30 or so days might might be might be 45 days really but I can still get it before the winter basically and ... so that's what's happening here today I'm the foreman out all these that'll do it manually all I'm gonna level it out with the rake Michael gets more compost bring it in here and then I'll finish the beds with the Telfer once I got them shape dough but there is a few things I wanted to mention today we've got I've got a really cool deal with PCS so if you want to buy BCS machine if you buy through this link that I have on my website you get quite a significant deal so I been working of BCS America for little around a year now going back and forth some new tool ideas with them and they wanted to pass off a deal to my viewers you guys so there's 3 different packages it's called urban farmer packets all have the link below but will also be on the website if you follow that through there's a couple different tiers ... you can basically get what I've got which is the the first tier package BCS 739 what I got here with a ... tiller and a rotary plows essentially what I use and then there's some other levels in there as you go up larger the machine a larger machine with more implements you can check it all out there but did savings are quite significant at the top tier it's just it's about $1000 if you're saving on it so that's the first thing seconding I wanted to mention is paper pot.co we have restocked are Michael green flat sore one inch deep by Corinne flats we sold out really quickly and so every stock we got a lot more of those and so we're just filling backorders now we've been backordered for months the feeling those and we're taking more orders now also got a pot to coat check that out now the thing 2 mornings on images of is a she for things the V. I've got an event coming up in November November 3 and fourth in Spokane with shot my good buddy Joe Martin 48 were gonna be doing some stuff together so that's the farm and food expo come check that out and the fourth thing is I'm going to have T. shirts available really soon they probably won't be ready by the time I put this video up but I'll mention it again this week and I should have that right if you guys and I'll make sure to put the link in my videos and will be up on my website so let's get this thing going so now I'm just going to shape this out with my landscape breaks a bit uneven and then I'm going to manually form these beds out song going to use some old school techniques not to shake them up until there because I might actually make these beds slightly narrower then the 30 inches all see once I measured out exactly but I want to have a little bit wider of a walkway I've kind of pushed it a little too far it's my walk with what's in my greenhouses and I find in the winter it gets a little annoying so when economies of that and just see what we arrive at case appears on figuring this out so this greenhouse exactly 18 feet wide size for 18 times wealthier how many inches so I had about the imperial system but I use it 216 inches so divided by 6 or 6 beds in here means they're gonna be 36 inches center to center so what I could be the edge of the bed to the edge of the walkway so if I want a 12 inch walkway that means are gonna be 24 inch bed so all may come ... making 26 with a 10 inch walkway so so I'm just going to mark out each of the sticks I'm gonna go 26 inches and then another stick for attendance walkway in and 26 finish walkway so and so forth did and and then that should leave me a walkway on the edge of the greenhouse is well okay summit beds are also shaped out there and the reason I held them up like this was I wanted to have them really clearly defined because they are gonna just gonna make their way down like that as you worked as they just keep working their way down but I won't need to reshape the is for at least another year like these will be good all through next season as well and what I'm gonna do now is my typical beginning of the season bed prep though it's not in season but on third down some of my Turkey many or fertilizer speculate on the bed and then put some compost on not gonna put on as much compost as I had as I was over the summer because I don't have that much left so I mean I got a small pile here I got a structure between this renowned on this one so I was gonna try to use half of that pile basically and what's a fertilizer you know these crops are low feeders they don't need a ton of new trance but there was tomatoes in here that would have pulled a lot from this also if we want to rebuild the fertility back up in that soil alright that's it it started to rain so we get out here but these beds ... fully prepped now the next thing I will do is all water the Zen and then all part most of them there's 2 of them wanted to know I might plant with radishes turnips right away but I'm not I'm not into at the moment but term I will do that relatively soon I'm gonna look at my plant in sheets and look at what's going where and decide if that's what I wanted to ... I busted my manifold wells here my tiller caught one of these houses stupid mistake so got Amanda that anyway so I don't know any water tonight which is fine it's like it needs it but that's it for my day guys talk to guys later //
"2017-09-11 18:46:31"
The Evolution of Green City Acres - My Story - Part 3
\\this is part 3 of my story this is the evolution of green city acres and all the big things that I've learned and that of sort of distilled down to get to where I am today so let's go from my first year all the way 2 this is my eighth year farming 7 doing this for 8 years now technically we're just wrapping up our eighth year and the underlying theme for this sort of the moral of the story that I want to drive home to you guys is this idea of the Prado principle and the broad principle in a nutshell go something like this 20 percent of your customers will be 80 percent of your business 20 percent of products will bring you 80 percent revenue 20 percent of things you do on your farm will be 80 percent of the total leverage your effectiveness of the things you do on your farm that the the moralist the point is is that there's always this tiny fraction that delivers the most amount of value and I found even just thinking about the world at large understanding the Prado principle or is that they also called the Prado distribution also explains a lot about the world that also explains a lot of inequality in the world I want to sideline I wanna go there but it turned it makes a lot of sense and if you continue to identify each year one of the things you're doing their effective and one of things you're doing that aren't effective and eliminating or mitigating the things that are effective and doubling down on things are effective you can essentially grow your business so that actually technically growing your business you can become more profitable by doing what's more important and that has been they're the key especially in my last few years that move really driving nothing home has made the biggest difference so going into my second year of farming I kept taking on more land but I did draw some of the plots that were way out of the way so I I'd sort of so and I thought it was a centralized but I was more consolidated into a a close area I still had a lot of writing to do but over the over the 8 years of my farm it's spread out like this and it continuously consolidates down to the point now or most of it is within a few blocks and down so my second year farming I started reading a CSA ... community supported agriculture a box programs and I did a CS save for 2 years after that so I did a CSA all the way up to my for fear of farming and it was one of those things that didn't really pass the the Prado test didn't really deliver that much value but I did it in my second year had a small C. essay about 20 20 members I sold at farmers markets in some parts of the season I sold twice a week so Saturdays and sometimes Wednesday's and then my second season starts on or restaurants and really started to grow that part of the business I started selling to some top chefs in the area and I just I still wasn't saying no enough ... school saying yes to everybody and that was that was given the challenges that I second year by the did about double what it did in the first year so my second year in a row for he was 55000 in gross revenue had a decent size net there is my overhead was very low in there had one full time employee my second and third year farming and ... my third year we grew at a bit more than double it but we went to vote 65 0 at that point we were out of those as around half an acre I'm going into my fourth year farming that's where I made a significant move and I learned a lot of lessons from this move but what happened was I am now committed my farm with a friend of mine's farm who was he was a good friend of mine and they also were farming there a year they started the year after I did we put our operations together and we have not made it to a 2.5 acre farm on 12 different sites we had an 80 member C. essay to farmers markets we had about 15 restaurants that we're signed to it was big we had to post harvest areas one on the other side of town we did at most the CSA and and one of the downtown plus right washed all the greens and did that kinda stuff and it was it was crazy the I guess that the desire to form a partnership as he came for me because I saw my friend John who I really admired and respect us respected I saw him doing okay and I thought you know we're buddies were hanging out at the time were always talking shop when we just put our farms together and I think it was a short sighted decision the fund that the partnership didn't last long at all we realized in may of that year that it wasn't working and ... and that I think it was like late June that year make big conversations of like okay we it's we're gonna dissolve this in the fall that we we have to stick out the season because we don't think of the season then we're all going to be screwed so that was the most difficult season of my life because it wasn't amicable that the friendships were falling apart non at this point now it's all good like we're all friends now and everything but it was views very difficult ... van and we just we just had too much that we did too much it was it was like 80 year more different types of vegetables all the different markets frames all this driving around biking around it was crazy we had you know it we also had took took some serious hits that year 2 we had a in August we had this hail storm that came in and wiped out like most of the farm that that that we had a 2 acre site where we did all the more like long season lower value that tools we did all their tire place got wiped out $30000 a crop damage in half an hour so that that was that was pretty testing in ... it was it was a tough year and so the relationships in the partnerships fell apart but also marked the relationship I was in at the time also fell apart so that fourth year farming was like the the biggest sort of test of my life that I've had this far where everything fell apart at once and sometimes you just have to cut a hit rock bottom to really start from scratch and build yourself back up it's a looking back at it all this stuff I don't know if it happened for a reason but it it it really felt like it did and it was an important turning point in my life and and ... so we dissolve the farming partnership in October that year and then I went on and did a winter farming season with a mild winter that here and I ran a winter CSA ends I did all heroes renting this house at the time I own it now but I was renting it and I didn't have the passes all agree house or any of that infrastructure back there I was packing my greens in my office in the winter it sucked it was it was horrible was a real grind but turn my partner and my relationship at that time fell apart as well and it just wasn't working we weren't happy and all that kinda stuff and you know going into my next year we had planned the CSA and all this stuff and I realize like okay I have to cancel the site to refund about to see is a members their money who was a total nightmare but in the end it where it worked out okay but but really what what I learned in that year is that if you really want to move forward in your life quickly you have to eliminate negative people who live in those those a lot of people in my life at that time ... not say that their negative now but at that time they were very negative in my life was toxic and that relationship is toxic and it had to end and buy it ending I felt like I'd been driving a car my entire life with the E. break slightly on I can kinda like couldn't really get momentum as much momentum as late as I as I discovered that I did house with it that I found and ... it was amazing that year I mean I like totally broke down you know what I would have sales the press but it was it was extremely difficult to deal with that break up and that partnership falling apart worried about money all this kind of stuff and then in my fifth year of Farmington ... I totally crushed it like I'd basically in that winter when I had to make all these split decisions I don't have it cancel this hearsay and it's going to strip down to do things really simple was like okay was going to sell to these you know handful restaurants ... anyone farmers market of the week and that just do greens and just specialize no greens tomatoes like green stuff that you guys are known for in in in the last 2 years my videos when without stuff and it worked really well and so out of all that came my book deal I wrote I wrote a book that I wrote the outline that summer finished reading at the next season but Tom it was it was amazing how all that changed because I eliminated negative people from a life and just kind of strip my life down and made something simple to go ahead and so if you if you if you think about the 8020 thing I kind of apply that to mine my personal life and going into my fifth sixth and seventh year farming I continuously double down on the things that were working in the limited and things that worked and so he was just a continuous refinement and I had actually dropped other plots taken on new ones but my farm is really consolidated consolidated down and you know keep in mind is all that's the only reason I form the way I do in urban plots is because when I started I had no other options I had no way of buying land and just doing a single site if I woulda had those means when I started I would have happily done that and I sed I might do that at some point now I've got the resources to do that so who knows where that kind of thing is going to cause a lot of advantages to being on a single site but I live here now own this house so I am not going anywhere anytime soon but it that evolution might continue to happen in that way and you know as the farm is today of the things that were growing are a they're all in context to what our operation is and they make sense in that context if I was forming in the country and doing something else I might read it differently I might do more types of crops and engage more types of customers but that's not context ran right now and so that was really what it was about was was eliminating this dead weight and it's it's a constant process of refining and refining refining one thing I try to do every year is I looked at my calendar and I look at my my sis and I look at our sales and I analyze everything I go what was what was really easy to do that what was enjoyable to do what delivered returns and then what didn't and so the things that was easy to do deliver good returns and that I enjoy doing let's do more of that stuff and the things that didn't deliver returns things that I don't enjoy doing ... things that were a hassle to do let's mitigate or eliminate those things and so list were constantly doing that you know so if he even in this season here in year 8 things that we tried to be reelected but I tried doing the paper pot transponder I love that it frees up this is almost 100 hours a week but I season well this year we did studies and for the whole season but ... I'd probably saved us at least 50 hours of labor just this season and next year will be even more because we're gonna do more less so I like that I'm gonna keep going with that ... tomatoes this you didn't work out so well for us for a variety of reasons I talk about that its previous videos and and they weren't really selling is great as I had in the past I think our grocery store markets really like her green slick that's our thing is greens and so we're gonna go with that we're gonna we're not actually gonna do tomatoes commercially next year all gross on for myself we're gonna try as we might try season without him and see how it goes now I'm things like ... you deftly market streams like some customers are really low maintenance and some customers are high maintenance the funny thing is about customers I don't know if this is universally true but I found this universally true in my life is that the highest maintenance customers spend the least amount of money in the lowest magnets customers spend the most money money so that's an easy decision there go with that follow the path of least resistance and that's basically my whole approach with all this is I'm gonna follow the path of least resistance many go the way that makes most medicines for our context because I've kinda gone I'm kinda done with the idealism with our farm you know when I started at the very beginning was very idealistic very wide eyed and bushy tailed and I wanted to solve all the world's problems I wanted to everything but I totally burned myself out and just drove myself from the ground and even though I felt like I was pursuing assisting double agricultural system there it wasn't stable for me so that's awesome that's really important here is going to be sustainable for you you gotta make a living at this you have enjoyed this you have to have quality time with your family and with yourself for your friends so that you can come back fresh and actually continue to do it because you don't you're gonna burn out and if you burn out and you quit then nobody wins and you don't even achieve the goals that you want to achieve anyway so on a ham and I've passed the idealism of wanting to solve all the world's food system problems I'm happy to contribute to the solutions but I'm not going to provide all the solutions are going to do what's best 4 means and if it works within my holistic context then that's great and I need to make a living at it first of all so that's that's really where it is and ... it's really about quality of life so she now in an apparent you know my biggest motivation in life is my family and if I can't if I have too much time away for my family because I'm working and I'm always catching up and trying to put out fires and solve problems and things that I did foresee and that's not the thing to work for me anymore so that's kind of where I'm at today I hope you guys found the stuff helpful or inspiring leave your questions and comments below and see you next time //
"2017-09-09 16:05:46"
All The Mistakes I Made in My First Year of Farming - My Story - Part 2
\\today's video is the second part of my story and today I'm going to tell you about all the things that I screwed up ended horribly in my first year and hopefully save you making some of the same state I did so I left off in the last episode I was telling you about how I started my first site and how I got to that site and that I I had sort of this composting program and it was run around clipping compost for people and I've done some bad press up and build a fence around this property and and more less got things ready to go into the next season which was the spring of 2010 so what happened when I did that composition program was kind of interesting actually that was sort of ... an unintended consequence in a good way ... of my actions and what happened was I was you giving these compost these buckets sees ice cream buckets all these people to all my friends to get compost from them and some of them ended up working at restaurants and then they told the shouts of the restaurants but what I was doing and so it was this serendipitous way of meeting chefs in a really interesting way and it worked out really well for me so the first restaurant I ever started selling to us called sturgeon home and the chef there at the time was very keen on what I was doing and why and was a guy who had you know environmental values like I did the timing was was keen to support me and and I started having conversations with him about what kind of things that he wanted in his restaurant like it grow for him that he will use and so that was that my first experience onto a shelf and it didn't take too long even in that season assigned to another restaurants I see the fix cafe which was this was was there discuss what I still sell too today she was buying green Sir me right off the bat and so that kind of got me going with it and I was signed at farmers markets but the thing that I did in my first year won the biggest mistakes I made my first year they said yes to everybody so it didn't take long for people to hear about what I was doing if you were really excited about it like he hears this young guy hell coming use your yard he'll do all the work and he'll give you vegetables every day I had a waiting list that was insane and and I said yes to everybody in my first year I had so many plots and the and the problem was that I had plots everywhere like I clone is a relatively large medium sized town 4180000 people live here and I had plots stretching mobile climbers and at this point I was still doing everything by bike like I started my farm entirely pedal powered it no vehicle that wanted to do the whole thing pedal powered so I did and it was really really tough but the logistical challenge was that I had plots all over the city and I had plots in what's called the self penned knows the area downtown or in Rutland and written as a release further away area have plots of Kayla Roseanne you have to know the geography for that make any sense to you but but they're very spread out and in my first year I was literally spending 10:00 hours a week or more just peddling back and forth because because I was in and then pedal powered I would take buckets of compost from one site and that the couples that I made and then pedal it out to a plot spread that couples go back pedal another load like you is ridiculously inefficient and I was doing things like us ... arose going to get stronger my compost so is buying straw from a guy up the hill in ... in his culinary cult Glenmore and I would go on out violates 14 bales of straw for him the time to put on my bike trailer and who's insane because it away neatly hundreds of pounds and breaking down the road carrying the stuff and I still remember the looks on people's faces how funny it was when they see this yeah I was a little bone rack back then was very very skinny vegan they are vegetarian at least and ... the looks on people's faces were amazing they were just like the in shock because you know you see those old but those pictures of people in like a country like Bangladesh that just pile everything up on their bike to ride around like that that's probably the thought when he saw me but anyway so it was a good use marketing because it really made me stand out and people really ... like a sort of built this hardcore customer base for like your hardcore on the hard core support you because you're so dedicated to your farm and so it worked out really well in that regard but you know the need to say that the operation is very inefficient because our paddling all over the place the other thing that I didn't do so well either as I didn't specialize my plots well enough and I had along the same crops going to different places I've always understood the value of doing a mini mono culture to some degree like my furthest plot away I didn't have greens are I do have like winter squash and onion stuff there but I was still in the inner city areas I was still running around a lot I didn't I didn't do enough careful planning of where I should put things and ... and and that that was costly I mean once the things that I did I did I did some things right in my first year the things that do that the one thing I did really right in my first year as I spent about 6 months finding all the infrastructure that I needed and I didn't have all the best infastructure either but I did buy a walk in cooler right off the bat that was really important and and I'm sure that save me many hours of suffering I did buy a BCS walk behind tractor got a used one for 1000 Bucks got a real good deal on it and ... I had some post harvest infrastructure that wasn't so great now talk that marvels that but so I started with some of the right stuff and ... you know I was able to make some money in my first year farming right if the end of it I grossed $22000 I had a friend of mine one friend of mine who worked with me full time for half of the season she quit on me middle of summer which left me scrambling like crazy and that those times that I was working yeah 20 hours a week I could barely sleep you know is working all the time I barely had energy to feed myself front row so skinny back then too but turn but you know like a grind it out idea I got I got through the season on some things that you know going back to what I said about I said yes to everything so not only did I say yes to everybody who offered me land but I also said yes to every restaurant that talk to me and I said yes 2 people coming to help me on the farm which I felt like I could really need that help but it didn't really make my life easier actually just made it more complicated I said yes to everybody who wanted to just show up and have a tour so you not only was I working all the time with us cause he's showing people the farm and you know I was younger than I was like 30 at the time so I I had energy just really go full throttle but but I hit a major Wall ... one of the things that the is part of the farm went that I did really poorly in my first years I just grew way too many crops like I had you're 3 different types of onions I had shallots ahead garlic I had 4 or 5 different types of potatoes I had like she's 10 or 20 different types of tomatoes I have different types of spinach I had 8 varieties of lettuce I had so many different crops I had mobile ahead Easter egg radish French breakfast radishes black radishes I grew up a water melon radish I drew like so many different types of crops it was hard to be consistent with anything because there's always something new and you know the if maybe there was a way that that I marketed that in some ways it may be chefs liked but it was hard for me to be consistent with things and that's just who contributed me really just burn it out and I was always running around like a chicken with its head cut off always trying to catch up so like I never really had a period until the winter that year where I could stop and just look at things and and really think carefully of a what do next was always just catching up I was either going to places to pull out weeds or fixing stuff that needed to be fixed or is just Jews always a scramble and that's why keeping things simple so important but I didn't keep it simple my first year and ... there was it was extremely difficult just to exist as a human like I had I had barely a social life ... I would try to go and like hang out with my friends on Friday and Saturday nights but I would often like I have 2 beers and I would just pass out because I was so physically exhausted now when they have a duty once drink beer but but I was still like in my sort of party phase from when I lived in Montreal and bringing that Cologne for that year that that the first 2 years I was here it just wasn't sustainable but you know needless to say in my first year I really learned the value ... trying to win all things down and specialize and I didn't really even understand the Prado principle then the rule the 8020 I I just I didn't bare necessity realize that I could make things as complicated as they were and you know they didn't the challenge there too is that there was just some infrastructure didn't have fully set up like for example my post harvesting infrastructure was terrible in my first couple years I was the first your particular as you know every because he's in the bighorn salad spinner Assoc cranking all my greens with that and that is unbelievably exhausting if you're doing a lot of greens and you're doing this day in and day out that's a ton of work ... you know we didn't have the right instruction for harvesting hours have hand harvesting everything there wasn't a quick countries harvester back then either ... in my second year the the the one that Johnny's made came out there was just a blade I think I use that thing for 2 weeks and then I it's actually still mine shafts where I stopped using after week is is garbage but town that they could cut greenhouse and I came out that revolutionize everything but that I didn't get that until my I think my fifth year farming but time yeah who it was the moral of story here is that I took on way too much responsibility I said yes to everybody and I grew way too many different types of crops and Percy and tried to pursue way too many types of customers and so that the shortfalls that I consistently had is that I was over promising and under delivering and you want to the opposite you want under promise and over deliver and I think that's not what I'm gonna leave this one out is that I just took on too much said yes too much you know it's costly falling short and disappointing people and I lost a lot of customers as a result of a ticket I I try to take on new customers and say only I can bring this business but then I couldn't and so it wasn't as a customer so that's really where it was after my first year so in the second video in the next video so she's going to be in the third video of this I'm going to outline all the things that have made my formal lot more successful in the last 7 years after my first year so I've been doing this for 8 years now someone take you guys up to today and some of the biggest takeaways with that we'll see later //
"2017-09-08 21:46:31"
5 WAYS TO EXTEND YOUR SEASON
\\today I want to talk to you guys a vote different types of season extension that you can use to ease your way into the more expensive infrastructure so talk what's the strategies and different types that you can use to get started so the further I went surfing beginning here one I want to tell you about the first type of season extension I used on my farm is the cheapest and Lois Barry entry not the greatest but it was the cheapest so the first type is he's extension I use a product called agar upon or remain and I use that in it with a combination of what I call my book Polly low tunnels though they weren't Polly but they were low tunnels these groups here cover 230 inch bets and this was the first type of season extension I got into using because it was cheap I read about them in my book and I wasn't even using Paul at the time of using this agribrands product just a white fabric which essentially protects you from frost's it doesn't really generate a lot of extra heat units in there like greenhouse Polly does but it protects you from frost and it's also very cheap but it's semi disposable products are not the biggest fan of that but it stores well because it packs up wears Polly takes up more space so the first type of season extension I got any using was with these hoops this is half inch electoral conduit bent with a Bender I made my own Bender for these out of little chunks of 2 by 4 on a piece of plywood half inch plywood had literally drew a line like a curve and I was a tight band these by using that little jig and these cost a few dollars apiece basically and you can use the votes 7 or 8 on a 50 foot bed with a covering 250 but beds you cover it up with the fabric and then have some way to ... way down those fabrics things like roe bags what you're essentially sand bags with handles on them those were great for holds down a static so the problem with the acrimony the remaining is that it's a cheap product and it rips easy that's why I don't like it you don't really only last a season so using Polly with the low tunnels is a better solution and so using the Polly low tunnels was my second thing that I got into with doing sees extension because it's cheap just like the first one ... but it's not ideal right but it's cheap and it's really more about extending the season at the beginning and the end but it's really difficult to use them if you get a lot of snow in your climate and so I wouldn't advocate that educate planting winter crops under Pawley low tunnels if you're gonna get a lot of snow so the Polly is just using the same things and then using a 6 mil greenhouse calling which is your standard greenhouse Polly and what I would do is I would buy a 20 foot roll 20 foot wide by whatever how over 100 feet you can get and I would split right down the middle to make 210 foot wide chunks and you need about a 10 foot wide chunk to cover 2 beds and in the curvature of this tunnel so I did that for years and it when it worked well ... I different kinds of infrastructure it that I would use to hold the Polly in place a few sort of a combination of using row bags on the ends as well as clips I would use these clips to go on the ends of the of the ... tunnel here and that would come to keep the plastic tight in the middle and I would also use a ridge pull type device basically I'd use a bunch of these 18 inch long re bars with a little hoop on the end and I would hammer those into the and and then tie a rope between them that would be a rich pull to keep the plastic from sagging in I've done other videos on Paula look tunnels you check those ones out the next step up in getting a slightly bit more expensive but have a lot more convenient in season extension is the caterpillar tunnel so I've done videos on caterpillar tunnels as well check those out if you want to see specifically what those are all about but the thing that I like about the caterpillar tunnel is that the movable so it has a lot of the benefits of the Polly low tunnel does its Movil it's relatively cheap to set up and the but it's way better going into winter can handle snow way better than Polly low tones can especially if you're just consolidate it down to 430 inch beds and if your walkways are kinda narrow like mine if you have 18 inch walkways you can probably only use a caterpillar time on the cover 3 beds but I have tenants walkways so I can cover for beds very well and I get a nice straight hoops so all of this last winter or last ... I should say this this early spring was in caterpillar tunnels and it's the primary season extension I'm using to push the season on my other plots so besides the permanent infrastructure that I have so caterpillar tunnels are the next one up so going up the chain if you will the ... the price chain you can get into something that's a bit more permanent or a permanent high tunnel semi permanent this one 's more permit because I'm I own this place and I've got my posts concrete it into the ground but I've done all kinds of different high tunnels in the past and this is something where you want to have you know a semi permanent location is is that this is a challenge for urban farmers for sure but when you get into this type of greenhouse now you can start talking about setting up permanent trellis in systems for tomatoes or how I mean part of it dedicated to a nursery and you can heat it you can have roll up sides you can put in more of the like I said permanent the semi permanent infrastructure and to make sure that you've got a greenhouse of a structure that you can do many things in where's the caterpillar tunnel is more just about pushing the season you can of course turn your caterpillar tunnels into shape tunnels in the summer and that's something that I see growers in the south doing as well Doug talked about this greenhouse specifically many times before and I even took you guys through the process of building this last year I started to build this thing it was timbre October last year and you can go back and watch me put the whole thing together but this is more of a this one is is I would call a permanent greenhouse but I've had various different ... types of this greenhouse in the past that didn't have the things like the fans or the permanent trellis scene or the double wall Polly which this doesn't so that would be your other types of variations if you had more of just a simple Pali tunnel and in fact that's all I did was convert this one from something simple that was a single layer greenhouse Polly to a double layer greenhouse Polly that has heaters and fans and a bull and a blower for the Polly in it where as when it was more minute stripped down state you didn't have that at all so going up the food chain again something that's more that's certainly permanent you've got a a nursery you've got something that is heated year round that has some kind of thermal mass in it like this has a has a climate battery in the ground I've done videos on this screen houses well in fact you can even watch we built this thing with a time lapse this project was a lot of money was put into this way more than I need what into it but I love this greenhouse because it allows us to have our post harvest area moving here into the fall so we'll have our walk in cooler will eventually come here once we get it in mid October and then we do micro greens and all of our nursery stock in a house all winter long we've got fans we've got exhaust fans we've gotten exhaust intake down there and we house a X. 0 walk here in here as well you know it's all rigged up electrical it's insulated this is the highest and greenhouse we have and the reason I wanted to show you these yeah in this order and finish as far as the infrastructure here is to show you the timeline in which I worked up to these things so when I started I started with the Polly low tunnels and that allowed me to go from a may production start to a early April production start because I get Polly low tunnels out on the ground early on and then I could push my season into about November and then I started to use simple green houses like caterpillar tunnels to push the season even into the winter and then once I started employing more semi permanent greenhouse like this it actually allowed me to have crops during the winter because we keep the snow off it was a nice environment to work and so on and so forth and I'm talkin greenhouses that didn't even have heating or a blow or a double double wall Polly like this but I worked my way up to this in the whole idea is that you you just take incremental steps as you do these things the great thing about the Polly low tunnel and it was just it was a nice starting point and it was a low barrier to entry was a cheap thing to to to purchase and it allowed me to push my season about a month on both ends so I can generate more revenue on the farm it's all about his baby steps and if you don't want to take a big loans or you know but Bora Bora money for your family or whatever if you wanna just start small and just incrementally grow each year you can increase your cash flow and then recapitalize that to grow your farm so the one thing I want to finish with and it's what I actually should I started with but there's an even more principled approach to season extension then just the season extension tools and infrastructure that you're using the more principled approach is understanding what grows best at each time of the season and using that to optimize your production so season extension isn't really about it or isn't exclusively about fancy greenhouses or Polly low tunnels it's also about knowing the crops that are optimized to grow best at the time of the year so crops like spinach and arugula and radishes grow very well in the early spring and so it's not about trying to grow Basil or tomatoes at a time when they don't grow were very well it's about growing things it that like the cool weather and just growing more of them when it's cool or getting more rotations out of your beds so the advantage of having season extension in the springtime and they say the fall time is that it allows you to keep more of a consistent level of production so if I plant written so we got a better Rugeley here if I planned that arugula directly in the ground with no type of season extension whether it's Apollo tunnel or caterpillar tunnel in like that I can expect that crop to take almost twice as long to grow as it would in the summer but if I can put season extension on it I can get it close to the date to maturity as it would in the summer so if you understand this you can grow spring weather cool crops okay near spring and fall but pair that was the season extension and essentially get more rotations out of your beds during the cool part of the season so it means that you're just going to get more production and that's really what's important because.allows you to have more cash flow right at the beginning all the way to the end so most farming seasons are going to follow a sort of a bell curve arc of production where the beginning of the season is be going to be very slow with ... very little cash flow into you gonna peak out in the summer and you don't feel the increase your production anytime in there then you wanna taper down is he going to fall if you can use season extension ... infrastructure paired with the right type of crop strategies you can push your soul shoulder season up and every season is going to have somewhat of a bell curve but what you want to achieve is less of a radical bell curve let's say as a farmer who's just focused on 5 months growing growing period you're gonna have this radical bell curve but if you can use some calculated crops with just the right type of infrastructure it you can have more of a a gradual bell curve because if you have if your production is Maxine out in the summer when everybody else has the same crops you're gonna be competing in a saturated market but if you can have production things like greens and baby root vegetables or even micro greens during the late winter early spring when there's not a lot of competition you going to capture more market and that is going to set you up better going into your fall season or going into your preliminary years after that you're going to be establishing yourself in the marketplace and that's really what a proper season extension strategy is all about because about not helpful if you have more questions or comments please leave them below subscribe to the channel if you want to see more stuff like this and check out my website where I got links to all the different types of tools and infrastructure that are used on the farm as well as live events and my only course taught you guys later //
"2017-09-07 15:00:00"
What Drove Me To Start My Farm - My Story - Part 1
\\upon popular request I am finally going to make a video that tells my whole story how I got into all this and kinda how I ended up where I am today I'm gonna do it in 3 parts so the first part I'm gonna talk about what motivated me to get into this and kind of how I got started the second part I'm going to talk about a lot of things I learned in my first year at home the things that he did wrong and then in the third part I'm going to take you through the journey have had bye for farming for 8 years and where they ended up in why I do the things that I do so in this first part it's going to be an introduction to how god and all this but let's go back to where I think the biggest turning point is that when I died and all this stuff so back in 2008 I was a struggling musician try to make my way to make a career for myself as a musician I was more interested in composition I played in a band called the people for audio and I studied music composition in college and was trying to make a career for myself as a film composer and ... and playing in bands to insult like that but it is difficult to make a living as a musician and around to the line I started to realize that because I'd been at it for like 10 years at this point and I was sort of burning out on the whole thing ... my band was falling apart and ... I was you know looking at world events is when the recession started and I was starting to really think about what I was doing my own life and I wasn't really happy with where I was I got I was partying too much or doing drugs and and ... it wasn't a healthy lifestyle and ... I was always obsessed actually very obsessed with sustainability I used to just watch in the last 2 years of my music crowd just watch YouTube videos of bill Mollison even Jeff Lawton and ... watched videos of Michael Reynolds talking earth ships and stuff like that and I was really into that kinda stuff and and I as as all my music career starting to with the route I started to really I think in my mind that this is something that I would want to do and I wasn't even interested in market gardening at that point it was more like homestead in style and I was kind of like how that attitude like screw the system I was going to go off the grid and antithetical thinks that was my of my original motivation and ... so it you know in the winter of 2008 the deep winter it was like the gnarly it's winter I'd ever lived here with freezing rain storms at my door been frozen shut 10 I started to really wake up to how fragile the food system is because there was this 3 day period or had this like crazy freezing rain storm in Montreal so muchos very very cold city in the winter and we get these warm fronts a comment on it and it just rains like AB minus minus 30°C and of the Iranian and all that rain will freeze on contact to the road of telephone poles branches fall down but the city was pandemonium and I remember going to the store there and there was not a lot of trucks coming and so those things missing like it was it was far from Venezuela as this today but but it did make me think about how fragile the food system was and you know it combining that with their to what I thought at the time was going to be this global economic collapse when the dollar would go to 0 and it would be another great depression I was thinking that holy crap now I have no practical skills but I don't I I I can edit in pro tools and I can ... EQ and I can write compositions on my guitar piano but I could not feed myself and I felt very at lake disabled in a way I felt ... I was terrified of it basically and so at that point I drafted a file a 5 year plan and I thought of him to leave Montreal gonna go back out west the medical treatment in front of 5 years so just back up a little bit tree planting has a job that I did for almost 10 years and I put myself through college doing at night and I funded myself to be a working musician in Montreal for all those years because I can go back out to British Columbia work for 2 or 3 months find much trees and make a bunch of money then go back and live off that money so I did that for quite a long time and that she wanted the job that you can if you're good at it you can you make a lot of money can you can ... no I I was able to make $5 a day in my last 3 or 4 years a tree planting and so I can go and make a big chunk of money and a very small print time and go and live what I thought was the dream at that point material ... so anyways nearing the that that the in the winter of of 2008 this is this is a ground I left March 2008 but it is a draft of a 5 year plan and I said I'm a little too funny for 5 more years I'm gonna save I was hoping I could save 20 grand a season that that would have been ambitious but I wanted to save a bunch money and in 5 years I would have money to go and buy significant the slander how the down payment to get a significant piece of land and and do the whole thing but ... going into it this is the first second if you're going to have really burnt out but the what I did was I made this plan and I was going to my plan was to save money and then educate myself done during the winters of all these years and basically just grind it out for 5 years and say from my dream and ... so I went back didn't other season a tree planting move I moved back up less of this points or not I was like sleeping on my mom's kept basically and ... did analyses initially planting and I did a bike tour down the west coast after that season a tree planted so a friend of mine kind inspired me to do this but I loaded up my bike and I rode straight south from climb went on highway 97 that hit the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon went to the coast and then rode straight down all the way to Tijuana and I visited off grid homesteads ... eco villages organic farms all kinds of stuff like that I was wanted to see what people were doing I was within if any are familiar with that and ... and I didn't really learn a ton of boat they really anyone farming to be honest I just saw it we're doing and I was inspired by that but ultimately I was really motivated to do something when I finished that tour that the biggest takeaway a hat on that bike to work is I learned that if you wear your values on your sleeve in the sense that like show that a vulnerability this is who I am take it or leave it you will attract the kind of people that you want to talk to like so if you put by putting yourself out there I've even learned this in you to content put yourself out there you attract people to you who are like minded it's like that old saying if you build it they will come and that was like my biggest takeaway not trip and so not only was I motivated to do something after that I still didn't know what was going to be but I felt very capable to do it because I wrote a by a key on I think was 3000 miles and I felt super motivated so you know as I came back I did another season a tree planting one Marie year and I thought I was gonna do for more but there is no there is no way I was burnt out my body was just physically wrecked I'd carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands at tendonitis in my elbows there's no way that my body is in bill to do another season should find him now is quite burnt out on the whole thing at that point anyways and so I had some money saved ... still tons of student debt and all that but I had some money saved and I us kind of at this deadlock words I don't have been working towards this goal on 2 years into my 5 year plan and I don't know if I'm gonna make it all the way through because I just don't think I'm able to afford land like it's just it doesn't seem like it's practical and I can't do this job anymore and in a way I'd pigeon holed myself for so many years because for so many years I just done tree planting has a day job and work 10 and did as a musician I'd barely worked as a reason to really get paid to do gigs what we did but we did make any money at it and ... I felt like I wanna get to do it and I have nothing I have no skills like Alice Scott freaking out and a friend of mine a good friend of mine who's a few planters well told me about the single spin farming and spin is an acronym for small plot intensive it's ... it's a farming system my sister very much based off spin but as a guy named Wally sites which you created this the spin from the system and I bought his books and I I I I used his system and it got me started with my farm but anyway so I heard about that stuff and I was like this is it designer to do because I can farmer whose backyards I don't need to own land so I thought like that had this amazing solution and so at that point I started looking for lawns to foreman and I was putting the word out to a bunch of my friends and a good friend of mine an old friend of mine said Hey my parents on this piece of land it's right downtown there's a wrench there's renters in the house but they don't they don't use the land around it in fact they spend money to have so many landscape it like most lawns and may team and all that and so he saw an opportunity and what I was doing to find it you know win win agreement with them all farm the land all take care of it I'll give them vegetables each week it's the basis of my my will business still today and I started with that one plus so it was a double locks it in total the the 2 lots combined were half acre there was really only about a quarter a cure or actually even less maybe does what a fifth of an acre of production that I had there is a front yard backyard and in the side lot I built a nursery there and I also rented the garage there and use it as a new era of winter nursery as well as my kind of post harvest areas is hot because it it was but doubts that's why I started so I started developing not plot in the fall of 2009 and ... build the fence and I you know is basically trying to get everything ready 2 farm at this point and so it was it was an exciting time because I have I really felt like I had this solution like I had this had a way of getting to my goals without getting there right away I didn't know if I could make money at it I was hoping I could and ... so I didn't I didn't do any farming per se in the fall but I've I've tracked beds I did some ridiculous things ... booths at work so hard so pointlessly but ... I I simply got that site ready to go going into the next spring one thing I did and not fall which actually worked out really well for me as a as sort of like ... way to grease the wheels but also get to know customers is I started a composting program and so like I was green I know any of this I know how to do any of its houses are reading books watching some YouTube videos which there wasn't much back then ... I was watching John Kohler like a growing your brains are calm I love joins awesome done a video of him he was one of my biggest inspirations when I started and ... so I was like I gotta figure out how to do stuff and saw that all one night just make compost for the winter I had enough money saved up from a tree planting season that I could have I could afford to take the winter off and just study and then have some cash flow to you know get things going the next season and so I started the compost program I gave 5 gallon ice cream Bucks all my friends and save me all your vegetable scraps and once a week all pick them up by bike an accomplice them at the same turned out to be a ton of work and it's been in 2030 hours a week doing this flipping Cobb was picking up compost it was really hard but it's how I got started and it actually created some buzz dives on the radio I was talking to garden clubs because people just interested in what I was doing an accomplice in thing was sort of a vehicle to get the conversation going even though I had no experience farming at that point I was even technically varmints but I got the conversation going and not that build some momentum and hype that really push me well into the next season and I'm gonna end there but in the next video all talk about all the mistakes that I made in my first year farming talk to guys later //
"2017-09-06 18:30:01"
Two crops that didn't make the cut for 2018!
\\sorry guys today I'm going to give you an update on what's going on at the farm what we're planning for the winter and some of the crops were going to eliminate going into next season I mean some big decisions that work easier make but first I wanted to show you what's happening here got about 2 new nursery stuff that is going to be going out in the ground this'll be the last salad Nova that we plant for the season's Elassona let us this is all going to go in the hot house next door once all of the crops that are in there right now are out so it actually begun harvesting all this stuff we've got their first cut of this spinach here these radishes should be ready to harvest possibly this week and will be getting the first cut off that arugula and we got some turnips come along here some more rubella and some more spinach so that lettuce in there will be ready for another 3 weeks and by then I hope in all this stuff will be cleared out here and will be starting to transplant this in here for the winter I've now pulled the shade cloth off the nursery because I wanna get some light in there I'm still not running the functions of the nursery at this point we don't really need them and it's been so cloudy lately a mix of overcast but also smoke as many of you might know if you follow the news at least in British Columbia we've got crazy wild fires this year and it's been really weird like that's been really smoky in there but a lot of filtered light so in the shade nursery here still got the Michael greens and stuff like that happening here but it won't be much longer that these stay in here will be transitioning all of this stuff to the nursery relatively soon it's not cold yet but it's it's no longer really hot and the nights are cooling down a little bit so this greenhouse in the coming back in the play pretty soon some a hop on my bike and go and check up on the guys that wrote that into the plot right now plan team and prepping beds are doing a ton of planting today as we are moving in the fall now we're gonna start planting the larger amounts of stuff because I'm no longer concerned about things going to quickly because as we are getting closer to the fall equinox and even after the fall equinox especially if the fully clocks that day links radically reduce in time and also the nights got colder so I still got almost a month of summer left reckon plant stuff now it'll grow quick little almost get full maturity but then I really started to drop in its in its productivity so in the summertime I need to plan if I if I need steady radishes I need to plan beds of radishes every single week have steady production but as I approached the fall around this time I can start planting multiple beds of things and I can just continuously harvest off them for periods of time because I'm not going to get mature too quickly however if I use greenhouses I can mimic that to some degree and we're gonna be putting catapult tunnels backup of the plots in a minute go around to check things out and show you guys what we're gonna do just checking up on the plot here and these guys are just pulling out an old crop and getting to these beds ready to plant and right now it's really important for us to think about where the crops are gonna go because the tunnels are gonna go in here and so it'll be the same situation as it was in the springtime we had 2 tunnels with a bed between them so they'll be these 4 bed Boehringer 4 beds this time not 5 because of the snow so these 4 beds will be a tunnel these 2 beds here gonna go silent over and this is actually what gets the most amount of light on this plot because we have this shed here on the south side there will be quite a shadow with cast along here so anything goes in this town is probably gonna go better than the tunnel next to it so I want to put more of the longer term crops in it that I can have more cuts here so that would be the salad over and ... I'm not sure what will replace this arugula or if it will be replaced at all this arugula that's in here now might just go into the winter that's actually most likely this arugula will be cropped out and then that will be replanted but that that will be empty without a tunnel saw trotted up put put something in there that sort of sacrificial ... maybe it'll be a spinach crop because it's not gonna be covered and spinach can handle cold very well so that will most likely go to spinach afterwards and then we're gonna have that that's gonna be a space and then the other stuff tunnel that will cover these 4 beds will go here and right now we got these 2 empty beds that are gonna have a tunnel and we're gonna put radishes in there because they'll be ready by the end of the month and then they'll be out and then maybe I'll sprinkle a cover crop on their something if I have time just to leave it for the winter but one thing I was doing when I was here was just sort of assessing all of this and I came in and looked under this this means that many here and saw some really nice size turned up so I'm really just text messages text message of one of my ... aggregator customers who buys pretty much most of these from us and let him know he next week about a lot of this these are the kind of things it was doing on a constant basis on the farm should appear at our flagship flawed and things are really starting to stand out production is slowing down this is fairly typical for this time of year however there was one mistake I made this season that would ... what it meant we weren't so short on greens right now like right now we're like ridiculously short on lettuce and that that the mistake I made if I didn't see it enough in July so because that Croft is basically a 6 week crop from seed to harvest like 3 weeks and flats 3 weeks on the ground for a cut I didn't plant enough in July to have enough ready for now so we're short fortunately what we're doing is we're beefing up our salad mix with sunflower shoots and that's a great thing about ... make agreements or at least sunflower seeds in particular is that they yield a lot per flat and there we grow real quickly like they're still at about 8 days so we just started tripling the amount of flats are doing to beef up our salad Nixon and were offering a product called shoots and leaves which is what we which is our sort our winter salad mix anyways because we have less production on the field we be fed up with stuff from the nursery but things are are cleaning out here we got 2 beds to plant and so as I'm here right now I'm making notes on my phone and with my app Wunderlist as to what I'm gonna have the guys plant so it's still doing that kind of delegation on my farm regularly this greenhouse is completely cleaned out and this one is is getting there still some tomatoes in there though not very much very insignificant if you watch my video last week about our tomatoes you know we had a really really bad tomato season and I've pretty much pinpointed that leaves my hypothesis of the 2 major factors after further discussions thinking about it more looking at the comments in the video and really analyze it also talking to other growers is it was a combination of mostly 2 things high water table specially here because this is really close to the lake we had a very high water table for most of the season it's gone down a bit now and we didn't just variegation time so we should of scale back our irrigation times here to house and the smoke the sky is really cloudy right now barely any that's actually clouds is mostly just smoke not if it was later in the day you look really read right now still mourning time and those 2 things I think were the primary cause of too much moisture in here ... airflow is an issue in his greenhouse because they're totally open ended in the sides a rolled up and not attributed to some of the disease that we got in the soil but we decided to make to really big moves that I've never done before in our farm is continuing to specialize even more so next year it's crazy to say we're not going to grow tomatoes and we're not even though carrots we're gonna go further specialized and see how it goes in were almost gonna be specialize in tightly in green swell greens radishes and turnips and my careens select 3 categories of cross with we were not going to grow tomatoes for production I will do a row or 2 of tomatoes in one of the greenhouse probably the one at my house just so I can have some for ourselves and a share of Roger land and our friends and then I can also demonstrate tomato production in our workshops but we're gonna cut tomatoes and carrots from the farm it's a big move and really what it's about here is just doubling down on the parade of principle is like what's working what isn't let's cut things that aren't working great and double down on things that aren't so we've we haven't met our our ... demand for greens at all we were short many times in the summer still and if we would have more beds introduction for greens then that would have been an issue so we can keep these tunnels up and what we've made will do tomatoes again the season after we'll see he never know and ... will keep you going all summer I will put an overhead irrigation in these that we have actually here's a here's one of them kicking around right here there's our microstructures so those are go back up in here and in the summertime next shareholders put a shake some shade cloth over these and they'll be great for growing greens all summer long and so that's the plan that's we're gonna cut out yeah I'm gonna go check up on the other plot and see what's going on there just came to one of our high rotation plots that's almost entirely winter and fall carrots at the moment and again carrots are going to be crop that we don't grow for Elise grocery store production we found that our margin just wasn't working we were charging we're selling ... one come back for $2.50 and did labor it takes to make to put that back together and sorting this was an economical so will continue to grow carrots for restaurants but not very much because at restaurants we get a better price and we can do in a box so the numbers work out and really what that comes down to is this that the customer negotiate stores not gonna pay more than $4 a pound for a bag even of organic carrots so it's just it's just that the price point doesn't work but grocery stores or restaurants are willing to pay a good price for a quality baby carrot and so that's really what it comes down to so we're going to entirely eliminate it but we are going to reduce it by at least half and so that will be quite considerable so we got this does plots almost all carrot saw this explained you guys what's going to happen here with the tunnel so these 2 bed the carrots it's kind of medium here we need to have it we need ... will cover our Connell from here certain this but I'm on