While Amanda has been full time on the farm since its start in 2010, 2017 was Ryan’s first year with farming as his only job. We talk about the challenges he encountered while making the transition, and what he plans to do differently in 2018.
Creek Shore Farms is highly mechanized for a farm of its scale, and Ryan shares where and how he’s made choices about mechanizing, and how he’s taken advantage of farming two properties as a way to organize what crops are raised using what methods. Ryan shares his adventures with two-wheeled Planet Junior cultivating tractors and how they revolutionized weed control at Creek Shore Farms.
We also dig into Creek Shore’s focus on winter vegetables, including cropping practices, hoophouse adventures, and their storage, washing, and packing facility.
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Quotes from the Show
A little bit of debt is okay if it’s well thought out and based in the right spot.
After a while, you’re not that young, new farm anymore, and you really need to let people know you’re established and that you’re here to stay.
For us, farming isn’t a career. It’s who we are.