We discuss the changes Chris has seen in the organic and local marketplace and labor environment, and how Blue Fox Farm has worked to downsize in response to those changes. Chris shares how he has worked to determine what makes money with a sensible approach to crop budget analysis.
We also dig into how Blue Fox Farm is getting better crops on a smaller piece of land, the economics of scaling up and scaling down, salad mix production, and mechanization and the choices Blue Fox Farm has made around that.
It’s worth noting here that Chris rounds out his involvement with the agricultural community by hosting the Living Soils Symposium each March. The symposium is an interactive conference for farmers, interested in regenerative farming techniques, to exchange knowledge and gain insight in a peer-to-peer environment.
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Quotes from the Show
Farmers are living artists as far as I'm concerned. We're making art on the fly, so we just look at these things and say how can we adapt?
I learned really quickly to just let go of having to have everything be perfect and dialed in.
I think that a lot of people are scared of mechanizing, because they feel that it takes away from the artisanship of this craft. I really feel like when you mechanize, it allows you to spend more time with the most important thing, which is the crops.
If we plant this much more, is it really going to make us that much more money?
That's the art of life, I think: Each person is an individual, so we can use that individuality to really create an awesome farm-based system that is working like no other farm would.
We discussed the custom plates Chris has made for his Earthway Seeder.
Blue Fox Farm uses a Rainflo water wheel transplanter to set out plants.
Chris is owner and head consultant for Blue Fox Agricultural Services, a full-service agricultural supply and consultation company focusing on ecological solutions for the modern farmer.
The next Living Soils Symposium will be held in March, 2018.