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2nd Year Focus Introduction: Greenhouse

May 17th, 2013 | Posted by Beau Young in Greenhouse - (Comments Off on 2nd Year Focus Introduction: Greenhouse)

Intent:  As my second year focus I chose the Greenhouse Element because it seems to me that it is the foundation of everything that springs forth during the farm season and therefore the management thereof is essential to an efficient and productive year. While there is an obvious standard operating procedure for greenhouse duties, my … Read more

Frost Damage to Tender Tomato Plants

May 16th, 2013 | Posted by miker in Crop Care - (Comments Off on Frost Damage to Tender Tomato Plants)

West Amwell, NJ Certified Organic Farm Field Report, MikeR May 16, 2013 Frost Damage to Tomato Plant Four ‘Field Beds’, about 400 Tomato Seedlings succumbed to mortal tissue damage due to freezing temperatures. Lesson:  If planting tender crops before all risk of Frost is past – Agricultural Fabric / “Remay” must be utilized or at … Read more

3rd Year Focus Introduction: Crop Care

May 15th, 2013 | Posted by Kyle in Crop Care | Training - (Comments Off on 3rd Year Focus Introduction: Crop Care)

  Introduction to Crop Care KG 5/15/2013 Intent- Crop Care, especially weeding, is something that always seems to fall by wayside when the farm’s other priorities become more pressing. My intention in taking on this element in my third year is to be an advocate for our crops; trying to prioritize care where and when … Read more

Third Year Introduction

May 15th, 2013 | Posted by RR in Training - (Comments Off on Third Year Introduction)

  Introduction to 3rd Year Focus RR 5/15/13 Intent- My second year was spent focusing on greenhouse production. I found that it took a lot of time to manage and that I needing more training in other elements of the operation. So, this year, instead of focusing on one particular element, I want to be … Read more

Introduction to Second Year Focus

May 15th, 2013 | Posted by toddh in Administration | Training - (Comments Off on Introduction to Second Year Focus)

Introduction to Administration Written by Todd 5 /15/2013 Intent:               Of all the key elements that North Slope farm is broken down into, Administration, is the one that I am drawn to the least. That is why I have taken the opportunity to make it my second year focus. It is my intention to gain … Read more

Greenhouse 2012 Summary

March 21st, 2013 | Posted by RR in Greenhouse - (Comments Off on Greenhouse 2012 Summary)

Greenhouse 2012 Summary Heated Greenhouse This structure held all our seedling successions for the farm and for sale. There was very bad aphid infestation, noticed in late March, and became full-blown a month later.  An OMRI-approved insecticidal soap, M-Pede, was bought and used according to the directions (except we found the hard way that certain … Read more

Special Focus – Irrigation 2012

March 21st, 2013 | Posted by toddh in Crop Care - (Comments Off on Special Focus – Irrigation 2012)

Special Focus – Irrigation 2012 Todd Posted March 21st 2013 Irrigation is yet another integral part of our farm operation. Unless there is a good rain fall, irrigation management is a daily task that follows a flexible weekly rotation based on areas of highest priority. The farm is divided into blocks that reflect the maximum … Read more

Second Year Summary: Planting Focus

February 25th, 2013 | Posted by Kyle in Planting | Training - (Comments Off on Second Year Summary: Planting Focus)

Prepared by KG on 2/25/2013 Second Year Element Summary – Planting 2012 In our second year at NSF, as part of the training program, interns are encouraged to choose a work element as a focus for the season. I chose planting because I wanted to get a thorough understanding of what is ultimately the main … Read more

Food Safety Upgrades in 2012

January 24th, 2013 | Posted by miker in Handling - (Comments Off on Food Safety Upgrades in 2012)

Food Safety Upgrades in 2012 Farm Manager MikeR completed a 3 hour NJ Department of Agriculture “Third Party Audit Training” course, organized by NOFA-NJ.  The take home message was; “Easily Accessible Hand Washing Station with Disposable Hand Towels” Basically there are alot of bacteria (etc) in the world that can make us sick, and most … Read more

Equipment Purchased in 2012

January 24th, 2013 | Posted by miker in Equipment - (Comments Off on Equipment Purchased in 2012)

Equipment Purchased in 2012 The following items are significant additions to the Equipment of North Slope Farm’s Training Program and basic production systems.  The Cultivating Tractor has a three point hitch which finally allows us to utilize our Williams Tool Bar for close crop cultivating. The Earth and Turf Multi Spreader has proven to be … Read more