Kittredge Farm systems include hoop houses with cloches, a ground-insulated greenhouse in construction, permanent raised beds, and comprehensive nutrition program with drip tape irrigation from a stream and foliar sprays. This workshop will include discussion on converting a run-down dairy farm into a profitable small-scale greens, vegetables, and meat operation. In 2012, this farm grossed $30,000+, using one third of an acre, with labor inputs of roughly 20hrs/week in 9 months – it’s first year of commercial operation. This workshop will uncover the low barriers to entering the greens market, using simple and inexpensive infrastructure to produce a high quality final product; cover sewing and harvesting; preventing pests and diseases; and wholesale marketing along with a farm tour exploring our progress towards self-reliance.
This is one in a series of workshops on winter growing. To view additional offerings, click here.
Workshops will be held partly outside, partly indoors, and partly in the greenhouse. Be prepared for cold temperatures, and dress in layers. Bring a camera, notebook, warm clothes, snacks for yourself, and boots that can get wet.
The cost of all workshops is $30, with discounts for NOFA membership ($5) and early registration (14 days before the workshop) ($5).
Pre-registration is required unless arranged by phone with the organizer, Ben Grosscup, cell: 413-658-5374.
Cancellations will be honored and refunds issued (except $8 processing fee) with notice made within 10 or more days of the workshop. After that, you may designate someone else to attend in your stead, but refunds will not be available.
Carpooling is encouraged, and on your registration form, you’ll have the opportunity to be connected with other registrants in your local area who also want to carpool to the workshop.
For more information, contact Ben Grosscup, Education Events Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-658-5374.