Steven digs into how he has developed a large, efficient farm without any infrastructure. At Balsam Gardens, the crew field packs all of the crops, and Steven explains how they do this in a way that has helped them pass their GAPs audit while maintaining good quality. We also discuss Balsam Gardens’ plasticulture system, including how they manage weeds between the plastic-covered beds. And, Steven shares how they have worked to structure their crops and their labor pool to maximize their efficiency.
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Quotes from the Show
The food safety stuff has been like a tidal wave over the past few years, where buyers are really requiring it in a big way around here. The buyers themselves are getting stricter and stricter.