Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens farms ninety acres of vegetables – with three under cover, and an additional 130 acres in hay and cover crops, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, with sales through a CSA and farm stores, as well as through wholesale markets. Pete shares his strategies for extending the season with roots and greens storage, in addition to winter growing. We also get into Pete’s efforts to develop new weed control strategies on his large-scale farm to help mitigate risk with a changing climate, managing employees and projects, and scaling equipment for your operation.
Osborne Seed Company: Founded by seed professionals and dedicated to serving professional growers of all scales, Osborne Seed provides quality seeds, excellent customer service, and a fantastic selection.
Harnois TunnelPro multi-bay high tunnels are similar to the more popular Haygrove tunnels, but made to withstand more wind. I’m a big fan of Harnois greenhouses and tunnels, as is Pete.
Pete uses a Lely Tine Weeder, but wants to experiment with the Einbock. The main difference is that the tines on the Einbock can all be adjusted at once; on larger units, individual sections also float free.
I made mention of a great book, the E-Myth Revisited, which goes deep into the structure of entrepreneurs and management in a growing, developing business.