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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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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Avoiding Pests on Your Farm: EP34

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 Elisabeth Hodgdon the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension to talk about managing pests on your farm.

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Show Notes/Chapters

4:15 Crop Rotation

7:18 Exclusion

10:45 Mass Trapping

16:31 Resistant Varieties

19:37 Potato Scab

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 Lab

Biocontrol resources from the NY State Integrated Pest Management Program

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

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MaterMacc’s Smaller Vegetable Planters from Market Farm Implement: EP33

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 from Market Farm Implement to talk about the MaterMacc vegetable seed planter.

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

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Improving Handwashing Stations: EP32

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 share a resource we put together on improving handwash stations. 

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Show Notes/Chapters

0:56 Introduction

1:55 Key Design Features

3:47 CDC Steps to handwashing

5:32 Mobile cart

10:00 Wooden Framed Unit

All the links, photos and resources from this episode can be found on our blog at go.uvm.edu/handwashingstation

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DIY Motorized Root Washer for $200: EP31

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 John Hirsch of Clearfield Farm (clearfieldfarmvt.com) to talk about building a root washer out of a cheap cement mixer.

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1:38 Picking carrots

4:43 A walkthrough and demo of the machine

11:05 Conclusions and final thoughts

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MaterMacc Precision Planters from Market Farm Implement: EP30

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 from Market Farm Implement to talk about MaterMacc Precision Planters.

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

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