John from goes on a field trip to Shelburne Farms in Shelburne Vermont to share with you how the market gardening is making the best long term investment in the soil for the least expensive cost.
In this episode, John will give you a tour of Shelburne farms and what they are growing. You will learn one of the best non-edible crops to grow to increase your revenue if you are a market garden. You will also learn how to extend your growing season and the #1 investment you should make if you live in the NorthEast. He will also share some of the growing techniques they use to grow food successfully in VT.
You will learn about the Brix Refractometer and how to use it to check the quality of your produce. You will also discover the brix of a tomato at this farm to let you know the quality of the produce they are growing.
Next, he will also share with you some of the bagged fertilizer products they are using as a minority input in their farming. He will also show the major inputs they are using to fertilize their farm including home-made compost made from a variety of sources.
You will also learn about some of the vegetables they are growing through the colder months in the North East United States. John will also how they protect there baby plants from pests quickly and easily.
Finally, John will interview the farm manager, Josh about the fertility program that is being used on this commercial production farm. You will discover the two-prong approach Josh uses to build fertility with cheap and local resources to build fertility on the farm. You will also discover some of the benefits of using rock dust on a commercial scale.
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