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Invest in Agricultural Enterprise

October 14th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Community Affairs - (Comments Off on Invest in Agricultural Enterprise)

Agricultural Enterprise Opportunities

NorthSlopeFarm, West Amwell NJ, USA

October 14, 2010

A challenge for agricultural enterprise is capitalization.

 To provide an incentive for Farmers to invest themselves in regenerative, environmentally sensitive, quality production of locally valuable products and services,

Those with access to “underutilized” capital can invest it,

In Agricultural Enterprise !!

North Slope Farm is developing a public format to track the evolution of “small scale agricultural enterprise”.  The base data being the information shared on this web site and through our Training Program about the basic operation of North Slope Farm.

 We will track our new enterprises under the Category – Special Projects – Poultry.

 Agricultural Enterprises currently listed:

  • Poultry – Field Birds

 How North Slope Farm can help you invest in Agricultural Enterprise:

  • Shop from Local Farmers!!  Join us at Farmers Markets!!
  • Ideally North Slope Farm hopes to establish its Trainees in positions of responsibility, managing valuable resources to regeneratively produce products and services for local communities.  Each Trainee has their own hopes and desires but most will be challenged by available capital to invest in long term plans and effort.  To encourage investment by outside parties – sympathetic to the real challenges of doing good – North Slope Farm can serve to partner with Trainees, active and graduated, and individuals or groups from the community who would like to actively invest in Agricultural Enterprise.
  • To discuss agricultural investment opportunities email – northslopefarm@comcast.net ; subject Agricultural Enterprise

Crops Available October 2011

October 7th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Crops Available Now - (Comments Off on Crops Available October 2011)

Crops Available Now from North Slope Farm

Updated October 19, 2011

 Markets – 

North Slope Farms own;

Eggs – free range, organic feed, full outdoor access

Salad Mix

Arugula

Tat soi

Beets

Carrots

Garlic

Scallions

Limited quantities of:

Kale

Swiss Chard

Peppers

Tomatoes

Eggplant

Radishes

Speciality Herbs 

 

Fruit Products from Solebury Orchards, PA (not organic)

Honey Crisp Apples

Apple Cider

Apple Juice

Applesauce

Apple Butter

Peach Butter

 

Products from Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms

Shitake

Oyster

Crimini

Portabella

Maitake

Special Projects

September 28th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Special Projects - (Comments Off on Special Projects)

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Special Projects are how we allow for interests and opportunities that fall outside our set practices.  Individual trainees can design their own special projects or like with our Poultry Project, the farm manager might define a production effort as a special project until it proves itself over time.  Winter Production and ‘TableTop Greens’ are other examples of this.

Planting

September 28th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Planting - (Comments Off on Planting)

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Planting is one of the most rewarding tasks at North Slope Farm.  It is a major step that takes the seedling from the Greenhouse element to the Crop Care element.  Many steps lead up to a successful planting, and then the job has just begun.  Cover those soil blocks you planters!!!

Infrastructure

September 28th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Infrastructure - (Comments Off on Infrastructure)

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Infrastructure is another element that is tied into all the others.  Nothing would happen without the infrastructure the 1. ties us all together and 2. allows us the energy and resources to feed production systems.  The time we all spend talking about how investments in Infrastructure can be designed to feed agricultural systems is what will lead to sustainable societies.

Handling

September 28th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Handling - (Comments Off on Handling)

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The difference between a fresh product and an excellent fresh product is Handling.  The niche that local agriculture can fill is to produce quality products close to the market, THEN handle them professionally and their customers will be back each week!  Here in lies the greatest challenge for small scale operations – washing, cooling, packaging and distribution.  To handle these issues professionally takes investment in infrastructure, expense that only pays off with large scale production.

Greenhouse

September 28th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Greenhouse - (Comments Off on Greenhouse)

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Greenhouses are here to stay, and in our urban state, it seems likely that the future will include a greater and greater percentage of production in controlled climates.  Detail oriented managers will find great success in the greenhouse.  It is definately less forgiving than the outside environment.  Our greenhouses provide us with the opportunity to produce our seedlings, provide winter shelter for livestock, increasingly we are looking to increase winter production and generally a nice place to be on a sunny December day!

Equipment

September 28th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Equipment - (Comments Off on Equipment)

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We have a number of tractors and small engine driven implements like a ‘walk behind’ mower and rototiller.  The second year of Training is when we introduce our workers to these power tools.  As workers develop their skill and interest they are encouraged to “be the one the gets the job done!”  Equipment at North Slope Farm has never been our greatest strength but we strive to provide trainees with multiple opportunities to experience the power, danger and effectiveness of the combustion engine and its ‘Power Take Off.”

Crop Care

September 28th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Crop Care - (Comments Off on Crop Care)

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Crop Care is always on the Task List.  There is always some way we can care for our crops.  Weeding is one of those tasks that we hope to outgrow but still invest many worker hours, especially on closely spaced crops like carrots and salad mix.  This element also includes irrigation, trellising, mulching and pest control.

Compost

September 28th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Composting - (Comments Off on Compost)

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Compost is a critical component of our Organic Management System.  We add compost to the soil to counterbalance the damage done to soil structure by tillage.  Our observation of soil structure at North Slope Farm is that even soil with an organic matter content of 5%, regularly tilled soil does not have strong bonds.  Our permanent raised beds have around 8% organic matter and they do show significantly improved soil structure despite regular tillage.