Success in Adding Hemp to a Diversified Vegetable and Berry Farm: EP11

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 integrating CBD hemp as an additional crop to his already diversified farm.

Show Notes/Chapters

2:03 Why grow hemp?
5:41 Cultural practices
8:25 Varieties
10:19 How did it grow?
12:07 Transplant & Harvest DAtes
13:17 Did you sell it?
14:16 Customers perceptions of hemp
16:05 Are you going to grow it again?
16:56 A tip for success

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DIY Cat Tunnels and Use in The Winter: EP10

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 (https://www.1000stonefarm.com/) to talk about their use of caterpillar tunnels, how they built them, and their experiences past the shoulder seasons.

Show Notes

2:02 How are you utilizing Cat Tunnels?
6:21 Built or bought? Built.
– Growing peas inside
– Early greens
11:09 Cost vs. benefits of home built
– Durability
– Use in the winter
– Have 20’ Between tunnels
13:23 Winter Use
15:33 How to make a 200’ tunnel
18:37 Weed management between bows
19:40 Crop rotation or not?
13:04 How did you learn about them?
– They first learned about Cat Tunnels from Fair Share Farm on Instagram

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Greenhouse Sensors on the Cheap: EP09

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 remote temperature monitoring on the cheap.

Show Notes

1:47 What sensors are you using and why?
4:39 Where did you get them, and what did they cost?
– $30/sensor + $13/yr
La Crosse Technology
7:48 Precision isn’t always needed!
8:42 Works for both greenhouses and coolers!
10:27 What happens when they fail to read? They send you a text message alert!

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The Jang JP5 Seeder: EP08

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 Evan Perkins and Heidi Choate of Small Axe Farm (https://smallaxefarm.com/) to talk about the Jang 5 row seeder.

Show Notes

1:52 What are the benefits of the JP5?
3:38 Reasons to upgrade into one
5:57 Potential improvements
7:29 Cost of the seeder
7:56 Savings & payoff time
11:26 Crops in addition to greens
13:20 How easy is it to use?
14:10 Considerations before purchase

Purchase Location: Paperpot Co

The JP5 Seeder

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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.

Photo Gallery

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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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