Posts Tagged "sustainable agriculture"

5 Brilliant Ways to Go Native

I was staring off into space during a quiet moment at a recent trade show. A woman appeared, laden with bags, and addressed me with a smile.  We chatted for a moment, and I invited her to have a seat.  As she settled herself into the chair, she said, “I’m of no use to you.” Well now…that was an odd thing to say.  “Yes you are,” I answered.  “You are keeping me company!” “What I mean,” she said, “is that I don’t buy sod.  I’m of no use to your company.  I’m just taking up space here in your booth!” She was quick to admit that she had laid sod before and didn’t much enjoy it.  She was a...

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Then and Now, 50 Years of Growth- Planting

As a fairly new member of the Thibodeau Family and Green Thumb Farms I haven’t had the privilege of seeing this farm’s progression over the years. This summer marks my 3rd anniversary at the farm and the 50th Anniversary for the company. This led me to dig into the farm’s history a little to see how much it has changed over the years. Since we are wrapping up our planting season I thought it would be appropriate to start with the planting operation. When Green Thumb Farms began farming in 1965 we started with around 75 acres, all of which were potatoes grown for Frito Lay. This year we will...

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No-Till Farming!

No-till farming is a way for a farmer to plant a crop and control weeds without turning the soil.  Traditional plowing is effective at weed control but reduces a farms’ long- term productivity by exposing rich top soil containing organic matter to the surface and breaking up clods that naturally turn into soil.  This organic matter makes soil more nutritious for plants and it holds onto water ensuring proper hydration.  With no-till farming the valuable top soil is less exposed to run-off as well as wind erosion. No-till is new to Green Thumb Farms.  This past winter we purchased a...

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Seed Has Arrived!

Regardless of the fact that snow still covers the ground Spring has arrived at Green Thumb Farms.  Seed potatoes started arriving bright and early Monday morning!  Seed potatoes are grown on land that is certified specifically for growing seed.  Each load of seed comes with a certificate that ensures the seed has been tested and certified.  Seed is tested for certain types of disease and insects.  It is important to plant certified seed so that we can prevent the spread of diseases and insects that can destroy an entire crop.  Before we take delivery of our seed we have to disinfect all of...

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Papas Aplastadas (Crushed Potatoes)

Yield: Makes 4 servings Ingredients 15  small red potatoes, unpeeled 4  bacon slices, chopped 1  cup  chopped green bell pepper 3  garlic cloves, minced 3  tablespoons  olive oil 1 1/2  teaspoons  ground cumin 1/2  teaspoon  salt 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper 3/4  cup  chopped green onion 1/2  cup  shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1/2  cup  shredded Monterey Jack cheese Preparation Boil potatoes in lightly salted water 15 minutes or until tender; drain and cool slightly. Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving drippings...

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