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Starting on March 22nd at Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth, MA, Derek Christianson will host a season long, three workshop series focused on growing vegetables for health, quality and profit.

Explore large scale organic weed management principles and practices that can be used for growing organic vegetable crops in the New England climate. See extensive images of Red Fire Farm fields to illustrate management strategies and equipment that can help effectively manage weeds.

Aaron Englander has developed a large body of knowledge regarding Korean Natural Farming. KNF looks very holistically at the entire farm system, including the people in it, and uses inputs that are generally close at hand and relatively inexpensive.

Cover crops have long been used to “catch” nutrients and carry them forward to the next growing season.

This workshop will lay out the primary challenges of four season greenhouse systems as well as outline strategies for developing a practical model to suite the diversified farm. We will discuss innovations, crop selections, and techniques to improve the ecological and economic viability of this system throughout the seasons.

Good recordkeeping strategies help me analyze the economic and ecological successes of our farm. Participants will first determine WHICH RECORDS are important to keep and then work on concrete strategies for HOW to keep them.

This workshop explores the fabrication and use of home-crafted, low-tunnel greenhouses for crop protection in the backyard garden or micro-farm. We’ll compare various materials and building strategies including wire, wooden slats, PVC pipe and steel conduit.

Without a clearly imagined and articulated vision, your farm/business is adrift in a stormy sea. Learn how to build a compelling vision that attracts people and resources. This is a practical workshop where you will work on creating your future. For people starting or changing course in developing a farm, business, or non-profit enterprise.

Brookfield Farm has been running as a CSA for 26 years. I will go over how we manage member data, set pricing, and organize the mix and match distribution at our 525-share CSA operation.

The better farmer you are on paper, the better your harvests will be. This participant-driven workshop will dig deep into successful crop planning strategies for determining planting size, succession timing, variety selection and other factors that affect harvests. Come ready to participate, as this will be an open discussion.

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