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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

Administration

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

Farm Manager, Mike Rassweiler seeks to keep the Administration simple and accessable.  Primary data collection is all pen and paper, transfered to summary format at the end of the season.  Administration is the back drop for all other activities, the better we do here, the better our business will be.

Greens and Beans/Carrot Soup

September 16th, 2010 | Posted by Casey in Product Information - (Comments Off on Greens and Beans/Carrot Soup)

The “Greens and Beans” page was created as a space to share nutrition information and recipe ideas for the bounty of life giving plants foods that we grow and make available to our community.  It is for individuals who  are interested in cooking and eating with the seasons.  An Unexpected Reaction To Carrot Soup It … Read more

NOFA-NJ Twilight Meeting

September 9th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on NOFA-NJ Twilight Meeting)

NOFA-NJ Twilight meeting at North Slope Farm . Tuesday, October 26th at 5 pm. At ‘The Farmhouse’ at North Slope Farm, 1701 Route 579, 08530 located on corner of Route 579 (b/w Routes 518 and 31) and Rock Road East. Twilight Meeting to focus on a few of New Jerseys ‘New Agricultural Enterprises, featuring their operators, … Read more

NOFA Summer Conference 2010

September 1st, 2010 | Posted by steven in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on NOFA Summer Conference 2010)

The NOFAsummer conference in Amherst, MA was inspiring. We started the journey with a three hour field salad harvest at 6am with our friend Ryan, who used to work at Cherry Grove Organic Farm. After the harvest we began the drive up to the summer conference. We arrived just in time to make a two … Read more

Tomato Fight – September 12, 2010

August 26th, 2010 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Tomato Fight – September 12, 2010)

Tomato Fight – words have so many meanings… Our intent is Fun, Celebration and Sharing – space, time… Our 4th annual, the Tomato Fight began many thousands of years ago, September 12, 2010 will be one more in the history of tomato pickers, family and friends, around the world. Party starting at 6 pm – Tomato … Read more

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