Watch as Farmers Grow
Header

Stewardship Guild Mission

January 8th, 2011 | Posted by miker in Administration | Training - (Comments Off on Stewardship Guild Mission)

Stewardship Guild Established 2006 Mission The Goals of the Stewardship Guild are: To define and test concepts of Stewardship To define and promote stewardship of Valuable Resources To train individuals in Stewardship practices To support Stewardship Activities Stewardship: Active involvement in basic community affairs with the intent to identify valuable resources and promote strategies to … Read more

Position Descriptions – 2011

January 4th, 2011 | Posted by miker in Training - (Comments Off on Position Descriptions – 2011)

Position Descriptions – 1/2011, MikeR North Slope Farm Opportunities for the 2011 Season. Please note, there are two categories of workers at North Slope Farm.  1) Stewardship Guild – Trainee: First Season: Participation in, and Introductions to, core Farm Activities, as directed by Farm Manager. Value: $3,000 (funded by StewardshipGuild.org), for 9 month season. Minimum … Read more

Equipment – Special Focus

October 19th, 2010 | Posted by steven in Equipment | Training - (Comments Off on Equipment – Special Focus)

Equipment – Special Focus  10/19/2010  Summary        My focus this year was equipment. The first task I had was to make a list and identify every piece of equipment on the farm. My list will need to be modified and added to because as the season rolled on more equipment emerged out of overgrown grass and … Read more

Planting

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

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)

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 … Read more

Handling

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

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 … Read more

Greenhouse

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

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 … Read more

Equipment

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

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 … Read more

Crop Care

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

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 … Read more

Compost

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

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 … Read more

no