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    • Copyright North Pulaski Farms LLC 2009 all rights reserved Locally Grown Certified Organic Vegetables Kelly Carney North Pulaski Farms was started in November of 2008 to provide the highest quality certified organic produce to central Arkansas. The farm is located in the northern most part of Pulaski county and grows specialty crops using high tunnel green houses. The farm was awarded its organic certification in the summer of 2009.
    • Copyright North Pulaski Farms LLC 2009 all rights reserved Locally Grown Certified Organic Vegetables 2009 Goals Build Farm Organic Certification Grow 50,000 lbs Gross $50,000
    • Copyright North Pulaski Farms LLC 2009 all rights reserved Locally Grown Certified Organic Vegetables Leverage Technology Reduce & Recruit HR Multiple Information Sources ( www.attra.org,www.uaex.edu ) Interactive market aware Website Google Search “tractor SITE:www.craigslist.org” Google Calendar Service to document farm work. Keep it Simple Stupid (KISS)
    • Copyright North Pulaski Farms LLC 2009 all rights reserved Locally Grown Certified Organic Vegetables Farm practices for organic certification Keep labels, receipts and if possible empty containers of all inputs: Seeds, Fertilizers, any Pesticides, Herbicides and any other input. Document work and key events (input/output dates). Track Sales by item by market by date (ex. Sumer Squash 240lb@$2 for CAFM on 7/4) Follow the NOP and other good business practices. If you are 100% organic, then you have less to do.
    • Copyright North Pulaski Farms LLC 2009 all rights reserved Locally Grown Certified Organic Vegetables Organic Certification Process – Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. $100 for Farms up to 300 Acres + T & E Send Application and Fee, Complete and Pass inspection and soil tests. Awarded Certification
    • Copyright North Pulaski Farms LLC 2009 all rights reserved Locally Grown Certified Organic Vegetables 2009 Goals Build Farm - Complete Organic Certification - Complete Grow 50,000 lbs – Incomplete (-29,000 lbs) Gross $50,000 - Incomplete (-$32,000)
    • Copyright North Pulaski Farms LLC 2009 all rights reserved Locally Grown Certified Organic Vegetables 2009 Lessons Learned No Better group of Peers to work with. Stay on top of insects, they damage and spread diseases. Neem Oil & BT are a good defense but stopping them early is critical. Picking Bush Green Beans Sucks Less is More; less variety, more distribution High Tunnels are hot, but mitigate water issues
    • Copyright North Pulaski Farms LLC 2009 all rights reserved Locally Grown Certified Organic Vegetables 2010 Goals Organic Re-Certification Grow 50,000 lbs Gross $50,000