We dig into the development of Yolo Press’ crop mix and markets, and how they developed to accommodate farmer labor and to provide a good living for Mike and Diane. Mike provides all of the production labor on the farm, so we discuss the hows and the whys of making that work, as well as the economics of the farm business and value-added products.
Mike is also the author of the recently published Fruitful Labor: The Ecology, Economy and Practice of a Family Farm.
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Quotes from the Show
You can do great things with class three soil over a period of decades, but that's a heartbreaking way to farm.
Just because I've got a pocket full of money, is not enough motivation for me to be stuck in traffic on Interstate 80.
Typically we're setting our prices on the low end of the spectrum, because we're concerned about who our customer base is, and because we're not particularly ambitious to be wealthy.
Over the years, I keep lowering my expectations and lower and lower and lower until almost anything that works out is a bonus.
Mike’s book, Fruitful Labor, is a thoughtful and worthwhile read.
Mike mentioned the customized potato planter he bought from US Small Farm Equipment Co. to plant his tulip bulbs.
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