Growing Organically for Wholesale Markets
Growing Organically for Wholesale Markets started out as support videos for farmers in the organic growers group, a great way to ease farmers into an organic certification.
The videos now cover such a wide range of topics that conventional and even beginning growers will find them to be useful.
Each video in the series will be accompanied by a blog that will provide links and documents to help you through your first year growing organically.
“Another thing that we grow personally is heirloom tomatoes, 10lb box, conventionally you get $13-$15/box and organically, you get $26-$32/box.” Logan Hobbs. Hello Farmers! Are you currently growing produce for Wholesale markets? Or, should I ask, are you interested...read more
“If you care about your farm and you care about your farms success in the long run, building soil organic matter and soil nutrition is the most important crucial thing to do for the health of your operation.” Jason Von Kundra. As part of the Appalachian Harvest...read more
“If this were bare soil and I spread chicken litter on here, a lot of the nutrients would’ve been lost…” Richard Moyer. In this week’s episode, we talk with Richard Moyer in Russell County Virginia about some of the cover crops he uses and their benefits. In our...read more
“We do it, because honestly, it just makes it so much easier.” Roger Garrett. In our corresponding video, I caught up with Roger Garrett in Scott County Virginia, to explain the importance of using these tools when growing for wholesale markets. Roger started out by...read more
“…Knowing your crop as far as the ones that are most sensitive to the weeds and being prepared to take care of them is important.” Richard Moyer. Weed management is a big part of growing organically. Crop rotation, laying down black plastic mulch, transplanting, and...read more
“…We hooked up the last of five drip lines here. So we’re standing around talking and it’s running, watering all the lines at once. So it allows you to move on to something else a little more productive.” Neal Reid. Water can end up being a big expense for your...read more
“The black plastic will warm the soil somewhat, it holds the moisture in. The plants, or fruit and/or vegetables, will all stay cleaner because there’s no dirt or mud splashing back up on them. Probably helps with disease some, and the big thing, especially with this...read more
“You will want to transplant after the first true leaves have grown.” Tamara McNaughton. Transplants are when you plant an individual seed into a seed bed cell and then transplant the growing plant into the ground about a month or so later. Only a few crops in the...read more
“You have this little ecosystem that you’ve created inside itself, so if something bad starts on one side of the greenhouse, it’s going to be bad on the other side of the greenhouse tomorrow.” Robin Robbins. There’s a lot that can happen in your greenhouse after you...read more
“Looks like I used about 6oz of seed…to sow about 100 square feet of a fairly dense corn planting here in about 10 minutes.” Neal Reid. In our corresponding video, we join Tamara McNaughton of TNT Farm N Greenhouse and Neal Reid of Spring Ridge Farm, to discuss...read more
“The Appalachian ecosystem is one of the most diverse in the world and so naturally, we have great soil, enough rain year round and mild enough seasons that we can grow a huge variety of things.” Richard Moyer. As we talked about in previous videos/blogs crop rotation...read more
“We spray to prevent disease and pests.” Roger Garrett. In our corresponding video, I join Roger Garrett of Robbins Family Farm in Scott County Virginia to discuss the available inputs for organic growers to manage pests and disease. In our previous episode/blog about...read more
“There’s a pretty one, perfect size to it, perfect shape, got that little bit of orange…” Deana Haines. Deana is describing the acorn squash she grew this year for the Organic Growers Group. In our corresponding video, we join Deana Haines in Scott County Virginia....read more
“This is a good fruit as far as pollination goes…if you look at the spot you’re still at a fifty cent piece…but because of the size of the squash…it would be a number 2.” Scott Jerrell. We talked about grading a little bit in our pervious episode/blog and will discuss...read more
“In preparation for next year, don’t forget to remove your plastic and work to rebuild your soil.” Derrick Von Kundra. For our last episode/blog, I wanted to take some time to discuss lessons learned from this year, and how to prepare for next year. If you’re reading...read more