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Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
Coates    Harvest  Presentation
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  • 1. Harvesting for Profit A “Small” Scale Vegetable Harvest System Kent and Ruth Coates Nature’s Route Farm 785 Route 16 Point de Bute, NB E4L 2P1 (506) 536-3562 [email_address] http://naturesroutefarm.ca
  • 2. <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Needs Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Our System similar to “Lean” = reduce waste </li></ul><ul><li>Picking Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>Nature’s Route Farm Outline
  • 3. Nature’s Route Farm Background <ul><li>Farming Full Time for 2 Years (Mechanical Engineer) </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CSA (52 week) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Farmer’s Market </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Growing Business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tripled in 2 nd Year and will Double in 3 rd Year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started with 1.2 Acres  4+ Acres planned for 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  • 4. Nature’s Route Farm Needs Assessment <ul><li>Identify YOUR Requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From the Consumer’s Perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From a Resource Perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our Farm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fresh (hour old) produce with minimized packaging - HIGHEST QUALITY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One Person, Minimal Infrastructure, Fast, Safe, Quality (harder as you get more employees) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How OLD is your produce when you sell it? </li></ul>
  • 5. Nature’s Route Farm Our System <ul><li>1. Get Organized – Pick Just the Right Stuff!!! </li></ul>White Board
  • 6. Nature’s Route Farm Our System <ul><li>Get Organized – Pick Just the Right Stuff!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – QA in field </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time of Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handling </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Nature’s Route Farm Our System <ul><li>Get Organized – Pick Just the Right Stuff!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – QA in field - time of day – weather - handling </li></ul><ul><li>Food Safety – Segregation, Constantly Mindful </li></ul><ul><li>-Have a Plan </li></ul>
  • 8. Nature’s Route Farm Our System <ul><li>Get Organized – Pick Just the Right Stuff!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – QA in field - time of day – weather - handling </li></ul><ul><li>Food Safety – Segregation, Constantly Mindful </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Vegetable Stand – Pack and GO!!! </li></ul>
  • 9. Nature’s Route Farm Our System <ul><li>Get Organized – Pick Just the Right Stuff!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – QA in field - time of day – weather - handling </li></ul><ul><li>Food Safety – Segregation, Constantly Mindful </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Vegetable Stand – Pack and GO!!! </li></ul><ul><li>No Packaging – sell produce “bulk” – find a way to make it fast </li></ul>
  • 10. Nature’s Route Farm Our System <ul><li>Get Organized – Pick Just the Right Stuff!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – QA in field - time of day – weather - handling </li></ul><ul><li>Food Safety – Segregation, Constantly Mindful </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Vegetable Stand – Pack and GO!!! </li></ul><ul><li>No Packaging – sell produce “bulk” – find a way to make it fast </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly Improve </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Remove Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize – use $ as a guide </li></ul><ul><li>-“Just in Time” </li></ul>
  • 11. Nature’s Route Farm Picking System <ul><li>Lettuce </li></ul>
  • 12. Nature’s Route Farm Picking System <ul><li>Carrots/Beets/Parsnips </li></ul>We top our Carrots now (100cm stem)
  • 13. Nature’s Route Farm Picking System <ul><li>Potatoes </li></ul>
  • 14. Nature’s Route Farm Picking System <ul><li>Dried Beans – think twice… </li></ul>
  • 15. Nature’s Route Farm Eggs <ul><li>Mobile Coops (aspiration and reality) </li></ul><ul><li>Nesting Boxes </li></ul>
  • 16. Nature’s Route Farm Picking System <ul><li>Everything Else (no pictures) </li></ul><ul><li>Corn </li></ul><ul><li>Broccoli </li></ul><ul><li>Beans (green) </li></ul><ul><li>Onions </li></ul><ul><li>Swiss Chard </li></ul><ul><li>Vines (cucumber/squash/pumpkin) </li></ul><ul><li>Storage Vegetables (root crops) </li></ul><ul><li>Picking Schedule </li></ul>
  • 17. Discussion

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