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Scratch Farm is a 2 acre mixed vegetable farm with an 80 member CSA. We rely on purchased compost and diligent crop rotation to reach desired yields. I will explain our rotation, experiments with tillage reduction, and systems for reducing the amount of work required for two people to make a living on 2 acres.

I’ll discuss common mistakes/problems that occur on small farms regarding labor practices and creative solutions to overcome them. Borrowing heavily from the Conservation Corps Model, Many Hands Farm Corps addresses many small farm labor issues and will be used as an example of ideas that can be proliferated.

Dan Kittredge grew up on a farm in central MA and has continued on his own path, building a profitable business from the ground up. He farms Kittredge Farm in North Brookfield, MA and grows salad greens 40 weeks out of the year.

Dan presented a comprehensive plan for how to grow greens on 1/4 acre, 20-40 weeks out of the year, earning $1,000 a week. The important goals to keep sight of are crop vigor and vitality, which lead to less work and greater profit.

This workshop will cover the subtle and less well understood realities that are foundational to comprehensive understanding of biological systems, including geometry of minerals, quantum coherence, and vibrational communication in cells. Understanding these concepts in relation to our crops can inform more effective, efficient, and cost appropriate management choices.

Greg Maslow, Newton Community Farm’s first farm manager, is now in his 7th season. “Seven years ago I was given the goal of growing 40 grand on an acre,” he said. Today he aims to grow $80,000 on a single acre.

Fukushima farmer

Some Fukushima farmers are considering switching to non-edible crops as a means of maintaining their business

We were prepared to talk our way past a police checkpoint—or play dumb, in my case. But we drove right over the border unaccosted. 13 months after the tsunami, the fields remain strewn with twisted cars and the insides of ravaged houses. Cracked and roofless buildings stand untouched since the earthquake.12 km up the Pacific coast from the still-smoldering Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Minami-Soma was cleaved in two.

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