Ray tells the story of his farm from its start as a mixed vegetable and livestock operation in 2010 to its current focus on specialty salad greens, baby root vegetables, and tomatoes on a small scale. We discuss the never-ending vicious cycle of failures Ray encountered in the beginning years of the farm, and how the life-threatening illness of a young child resulted in Rose Creek Farm’s transition from a failing operation into a thriving, joyful, vegetable production machine.
Ray also provides insights into the challenges and opportunities of farming in the south – including a fantastic tutorial on summer lettuce production in that challenging climate. We also dig into how Ray leveraged an intensive education to make his farming transition, and the large and small practical changes that make it possible for Rose Creek Farms to gross big dollars on a small acreage.
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Quotes from the Show
I felt like I had to have so much land in cultivation because I was having so much crop loss failures that I had to grow twice as much just to make up for all the losses.
Just because you're in the house on the computer emailing, you're not being with your family.
If you want to enjoy life on a farm get rid of all your weeds.
If a farmer isn't looking for his next sale it's just a matter of time before he's going to go out of business.
Paper pot transplanters are available from Small Farm Works.