Using Weed Mat to Decrease Labor: EP44

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with  Kaisa Jarrell of The Green Wagon Farm (https://www.thegreenwagonfarm.com/) to talk about using weed mat to save time weeding.

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Rimol, Ledgewood & Beiler Greenhouse Structures: EP43

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Phoenix O’Brein of Hallbrook Farm (http://hallbrookfarm.com)  to talk about the greenhouse structures on his farm.

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Show Notes/Chapters

1:59 What structures have you invested in?
6:08 Installation recommendations
9:19 Benefits of  double poly
10:25 Portable scaffolding trick
11:58 Having a tunnel on a concrete slab

Ledgewood Greenhouses

Beiler Greenhouse Kits

Rimol Greenhouse Systems

Photos from Hall Brook Farm

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The Story of Market Farm Implement: EP42

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Dave Moore from Market Farm Implement to talk about how his company got started and where it might be going.

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Contact Market Farm Implement

Market Farm Implement
Friedens, PA
(814) 443-1931

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Sales to Move Product: EP41

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Kaisa Jarrell of The Green Wagon Farm (thegreenwagonfarm.com) to talk about wording your signage to move products.

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The Perfecta Field Cultivator : EP40

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Pheonix O’Brien of Hall Brook Farm (http://hallbrookfarm.com)  to talk about how he uses the Perfect Field Cultivator on his farm.

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The Scooter Seat for Greenhouse Ergonomics and Efficiency: EP39

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Kaisa Jarrell of The Green Wagon Farm (www.thegreenwagonfarm.com) to talk about the scooter seat.

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Equipment Discussed

The “rolling garden tractor seat” – Google Search

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Harvesting Lettuce Efficiently: EP38

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Phoenix O’Brien of Hall Brook Farm (http://hallbrookfarm.com)  to talk about harvesting lettuce efficiently on his farm.

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Q&A About Pest Control with Elisabeth Hodgdon: EP37

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this week’s episode I continue the conversation with Elisabeth talking about pest control practices. In Episode 34 she shared practical methods of integrated pest management. In this episode we have a bit more of a back and forth conversation doing some Q&A related to pest control on vegetable farms. 

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Show Notes

1:49 Educating Yourself on Pest Life-cycle

2:43 The Number 1 Tip Growers Should Implement  

5:21 Effectiveness of Physical Traps

8:02 Beneficial Insects

12:46 Costs of Biological Controls

16:08 What Bugs Look Scarier Looking than they Really are?

18:56 Bugs To Look Out for!

Further Resources

Lists of disease resistant vegetable varieties (various crops), by Meg McGrath, Cornell University

Mass trapping striped cucumber beetles, research and how-to instructions from Jaime Piñero (currently at UMass Extension):

Perimeter trap cropping for yellow and green summer squash, by Jude Boucher (formerly of UConn Extension)

Organic management of swede midge (PDF) by Elisabeth Hodgdon (Cornell University)

How to use banker plant systems (PDF) from the UVM Entomology Research LabBiocontrol resources from the NY State Integrated Pest Management Program

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Website: https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/northcountry_veggies/

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The Water Wheel Transplanter: EP36

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Kaisa Jarrell of The Green Wagon Farm (www.thegreenwagonfarm.com) to talk about the water wheel transplanter.

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Equipment Discussed

Rainflow Water Wheel Transplanters

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How to: Precool Your Vegetables: Ep35

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Chris Callahan of UVM Extension to talk about precooling your vegetable crops.

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Show Notes/Chapters

1:57 What is Precooling

4:12 Benefits of Precooling

6:30 Equipment Needs

8:54 Infiltration Concerns 

11:29 Costs of Equipment

13:56 Financial Gains from Precooling

15:45 Chris’s Favorite Precooling Tool

19:09 Heat Transfer

Resources related to precooling

Forced Air Cooling on the Farm

Forced Air Cooling: Field Trial Results

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