Eli and Genesis dig into how they’ve managed a black rot infestation in their brassica crops, as well as how they weathered an herbicide drift incident by marketing with honesty and integrity. We take a look at the details of winter production in their operation, including the highs and lows of mobile high tunnels, their design for caterpillar tunnels and how those fit into their rotation, and how four-season production fits into their business and marketing plans.
We also make an honest evaluation of starting a farm where the food scene was not fully developed, and how that worked for them; and take a similarly honest look at starting a family on the farm, and how they’ve made that work.
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Quotes from the Show
[Eli] You know, we've only been in the neighborhood for five years, and I always say, "We don't go to church or the bar so how do we meet anybody?" Because, we're just working all the time.
[Genesis] We live on the farm. [Eli] Which is great, because you know work's right out the back door. But it's also hard because work's right out the back door.
[Genesis] I would say that the growth of our family has definitely dictated the growth of the business.
Eli mentioned their registration with DriftWatch, a voluntary communication tool that enables crop producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work together to protect specialty crops and apiaries through use of mapping programs.