Posts Tagged "crop rotation"

2010 Cooperator of the Year!

Today we are excited to share that we will be receiving  the 2010 Cooperator of the Year award given by the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District!   Our nomination came from our local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.  We will receive this award at the next Board of Supervisors annual meeting.  The award is given to those land users who show outstanding commitment to soil and water conservation on their farm.  Our quality and diversity of products have been the keys to our success. We originally began growing organic potatoes in order to satisfy market...

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Sod Season Has Come To An End…

The day after Thanksgiving brought a storm to the Northeast and blanketed us in snow which forced a close to the Sod season for Green Thumb Farms.  The harvester has taken up residence in the shop and will undergo a winter tune up.  We will be dreaming of Spring while we work away and we will keep our fingers crossed for another great season in 2011.  Until then enjoy these photos of lush, green Kentucky bluegrass and keep in mind that Spring is one of the best times to install sod due to cool nights and moist soil conditions.

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Did You Know???

Farm Facts U.S. consumers spend just 10% of their disposable income on food each year. In comparison: Indonesia 55% Philippines 38% China 26% France 15% Japan 14% 98% of U.S. farms are owned by individuals, family partnerships or family corporations.  Just 2% of America’s farms and ranches are owned by non-family corporations.  Most U.S. farm products sold are produced on farms owned by individuals, family partnerships and family corporations (86%) Non family corporations only account for 14% of sales. Today U.S. farmers are the most productive, each farmer produces enough food to feed...

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It is a GREAT day to be on the farm!

Not only is this day’s beauty one for the record books but we also decided to make it the start to our 2010 potato harvest!  Everyone was all smiles as we put the windrower and harvester to work.  This time of year we usually start by digging small sections for specific orders.  It allows us to work out the kinks in the equipment and break the warehouse packaging crew in slowly.  Ahead of our harvester a windrower digs 4 rows of potatoes and deposits them among the 4 rows that the harvester is set up to dig.  This allows the harvester to pick up the a total 8 rows with each pass...

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Bean Crop Looks Amazing!

To all you dry bean lovers out there… This year’s crop is looking divine!  The weather we have had this summer has been perfect for all crops but has produced beautiful bean plants.  Sunshine, warmth and the occasional rain shower have aided in what looks to be a very promising yield.  Last summer it rained so much the bean plants struggled to break through the ground and early cool temperatures made them difficult to harvest.  Keep your fingers crossed that the weather continues to cooperate!  See the beautiful sight for yourself!

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