In 2014, Liz was farming a little over seven acres of ground in central Missouri, and selling her certified organic produce through a CSA, farmers market, and to restaurants and grocery stores. In her fifth year of running her farm, Liz reflects on the challenges and rewards of running a business, managing employees, and doing all of the other stuff that isn’t farming, but is absolutely integral to it.
We dig into some post-harvest handling, talk about winter production, and discuss how her two-year-old has changed life on her farm. Liz also shares her experience becoming part of her very conventional rural neighborhood.
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Quotes from the Show
You have to be so organized. Otherwise, half your day's gonna be spent running errands to get something that you forgot to get when you were in town last.
The paperwork and the record keeping that being organic requires makes me a better farmer flat out, like, no questions asked. It's very, very, very important to me that for the first few months, I work side-by-side with my interns and whoever is here on the farm.
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High Tunnel Program with the NRCS