Roxbury Farm is a 245-acre integrated farming operation, with a hundred acres dedicated to vegetable production for a thousand-member CSA. Jean-Paul shares the details of Roxbury’s green manure rotation, and the details how they use unique crops, careful scheduling, and a summer-fallow period to clean the fields of weeds and pathogens, allowing for more efficient field operations. We also discuss the details of the semi-permanent bed system that complements the soil building cover cropping program.
Jean-Paul’s success as a farmer and his distinctive leadership builds upon the recognition of his skills as a teacher and mentor on organic practices, land stewardship, whole farm planning, and farm business development, and we discuss how he brings this to bear in the ProFarmer training program at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub.
Jean-Paul also shares some of the techniques used at Roxbury Farm to train employees and establish expectations, as well as to help people avoid mistakes and misunderstandings.
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Quotes from the Show
If you look at it from enterprise to enterprise in the sense of like crop enterprises, we are a tiny farm. It's just that we are putting all these small crops enterprises together that form together a pretty large farm.
Our philosophy's always been like if I have clean ground, I have fertile ground.
You try things out and you fail and you succeed sometimes. For every successful cover crop that I've grown,
there's probably a few other ones that didn't work out as well.
Having the resources available here to do the documentation is a huge change compared to working at Roxbury where we were really in the trenches and ultimately we had to make a living from every activity we did every day and so this is a luxury.
There's no way that anyone can manage as diversified a farm as Roxbury by telling everybody every day what to do.
Roxbury Farm has posted their operations manuals online for many years. An amazing resource.
Jean-Paul is the Associate Director of Farm Training at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub’s ProFarmer training program.