Key Automated Infrastructure for Raising A Small Flock of Layer Chickens for Fertility: EP07

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 Kyle Doda and Betsy Simpson of 1000 Stone Farm Farm (https://www.1000stonefarm.com/) about automated infrastructure to raise a small flock of laying hens.

Show Notes

1:41 Managing chickens for fertility
6:04 Cost for the automatic door
6:52 Reliability of the solar door
8:57 Eliminating pets with a flashing light
12:42 Fencing
15:44 Management in winter
19:21 Ordering fence online
19:37 Chickens for fertility

Roll out Nesting boxes used: From Stromburgs Chickens
Kyle’s Source for electric poultry netting & automatic chicken door & heated watering bucket: Premiere 1 Supplies

A hen standing in front of the automatic door and a blinking LED light (at night) for pest deterrent
See Kyle point out a few key pieces of equipment used for raising his chickens.

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Bringing Strawberries to Market Late Into the Fall: EP06

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 Silas Doyle-Burr of Last Resort Farm (lastresortfarm.com) about bringing strawberries to market as late as October and even into November in Vermont.

Show Notes

2:25 Experience With Late Season Berries
3:16 Customer Relations
6:27 More than Strawberries
7:31 Making the Decision to Grow Day Neutrals
9:25 Continued Production Practices?
18:38 Varieties
21:12 Season Extension

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Walk-in Coolers and Climate Controlled Rooms: EP05

The Ag Engineering podcasts shares a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. This episode chats with Silas Doyle-Burr of Last Resort Farm (lastresortfarm.com) about his 5 walk-in climate controlled rooms.

Show Notes

Silas installed five custom build rooms in his renovated dairy barn to create different climate cones for vegetable storage or germination chambers, some notes from the episode are listed here.

  • VECS, The installer he used for his cooler monitoring and controls.
  • Silas used trusscore, a corrugated PVC plant in his wash/pack space. See this and more on our blog post go.uvm.edu/smoothnclean
  • Follow Last resort farm on instagram
Watched a walk though of the coolers at Last Resort Farm.

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Stories of Success and Challenge at Footprint Farm: EP04

The Ag Engineering podcasts chats with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to share the tools, tips, and techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. This episode chat’s with Taylor and Jake of Footprint Farm (footprintfarmvt.com) shares both stories of success and challenge on their farm. We also loop back on a follow-up question relating to labor needs to set-up Cat tunnels.

Taylor and Jake Mendell of Footprint Farm on The Ag Engineering Podcast!

Show Notes

1:58 Story of Success
5:37 Story of Challenge
7:34 2nd Story of Challenge
8:49 Lessons from Podcasts
10:40 Cat Tunnel Bonus Question

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Forming Habits to Create a Sustainable Farm: EP03

The Ag Engineering podcasts chats with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to share the tools, tips, and techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. This episode The Ag Engineering podcast captures chats with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to share the tools, tips, and techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. This episode is a conversation with Taylor and Jake of Footprint Farm (footprintfarmvt.com) on forming habits that create a sustainable farm business. Taylor started a blog to share her experiences and practices as well as an Instagram account dedicated to sharing how she copes with the stress and challenges of this career.

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Managing Multiple Sales Channels – CSA, Chefs and Caterers: EP02

The Ag Engineering podcast captures chats with farmers to share the tools, tips, and techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. This episode is a conversation with Taylor and Jake of Footprint Farm (footprintfarmvt.com) about how they manage multiple sales channels. From CSA members to chefs and caterers they each require a different kind of communication. Thanks for listening.

Show Notes

  • Harvie – A CSA management program that works well for many.
  • Airtable – A cloud-based database program that Taylor prefers to use for her CSA management. 

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Love ’em or Hate ’em – Caterpillar Tunnels: EP01

In this episode we talk with Taylor and Jake of Footprint Farm (footprintfarmvt.com) where we discuss their viewpoint on cat tunnels now that they’ve used them for several years. 

Show Notes

  • Some Farms like them and do them well, others not so much!
  • The NRCS High tunnel grant enabled quick upgrades from these cheap structures to nicer infrastructure
  • Leave 3-4 feet of extra plastic width-wise to not end up too short on the edges
  • Cheap clamps work well for keeping the sides scrunched up
  • Rolling (scrunching) the plastic up underneath helps water during rain events bead off the plastic rather than pulling down the sides
  • PVC is too soft for Vermont wind, using EMT came out ahead
  • End walls are worth the effort to build to ease getting in and out of the tunnel

Sources for Cat tunnels:
Farmer’s Friend
Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Considering a cat tunnel? Here is another post from Boostrap farmer to check out. HIGH TUNNEL VS CATERPILLAR TUNNEL: WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

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The Ag Engineering Podcast – Sample Episode: EP0

Hi there, I’m Andy! The host and the face behind the podcast.

Hello friends and farmers!

I am excited to share a new idea and am looking for your feedback and support! Today, I am releasing Episode 0 of the UVM Extension Ag Engineering Podcast! This is a short form audio segment on tools, tips, and techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm.

This is a trial episode to introduce the idea, and give you a feel for what to expect. It is 5 minutes in duration, but I expect future episodes will be 10-20 minute interviews with farmers talking about a specific piece of equipment or farming practice that has changed their farm for the better.

Have a listen, and let me know what you think! If you want to hear more or have a topic idea I’d love to hear it. You can either e-mail me at andrew.chamberlin@uvm.edu.

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