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Powerpoint program supplement to Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group 2011 Conference mini-course, with record-keeping and crop planning formats.

Powerpoint program supplement to Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group 2011 Conference mini-course, with record-keeping and crop planning formats.

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    • Planning Vegetable, Fruit, and Flower Production for Weekly Markets
    • … or how do we get from here…..
    • …… to there??
    • Winter time’s a good time to put on our best thinking caps
    • something’s going on in this office—with a pencil
    • … someone is going over garden maps..
    • and last year’s greenhouse journal…
    • to come up with a plan for an even better year in 2011….
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    • Keeping good records is key to crop planning Farm maps Greenhouse log Market log Harvest log CSA log
    • Garden Section map created using text boxes. Each box represents a 4’ wide planting bed; because of slope and contour on this site, beds range from 50’ to 275’ long. All beds have been measured, with length displayed on map for planning purposes. Beds are numbered from bottom to top of hill. On flat ground, standard bed length is preferable. FARM MAPS
    • A Section B Section C Section D Section Etc .
    • Blank maps (showing any over-wintering crops) are assembled into a 3-ring binder at the beginning of the season to use in the office or field for recording plantings. At the end of the season the working copies are transferred to computer format
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    • It’s easy to loose track of varieties planted if the notebook’s not in the field
    • Hoophouses get their own maps
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    • May 31--- Lo: 43 Hi: 76 Overcast and drizzly. Crew worked on setting out the end of the blue ageratum in the Z section, lettuce planting in D section, basil in E section. Lilies planted in the greenhouse. Harvested sunflowers, lilies in early a.m. to put in cooler for Sat. market. Ryan off to Blues festival in Helena for 3 days. Alana arrived to volunteer for the next week.     June 1--- Lo: 43 Hi: 76 Overcast and drizzly. Crew worked on setting out the end of the blue ageratum in the Z section, lettuce planting in D section, basil in E section. Lilies planted in the greenhouse. Harvested sunflowers, lilies in early a.m. to put in cooler for Sat. market. Ryan off to Blues festival in Helena for 3 days. Alana arrived to volunteer for the next week.   May 31--- Lo: 43 Hi: 76 Overcast and drizzly. Crew worked on setting out the end of the blue ageratum in the Z section, lettuce planting in D section, basil in E section. Lilies planted in the greenhouse. Harvested sunflowers, lilies in early a.m. to put in cooler for Sat. market. Ryan off to Blues festival in Helena for 3 days. Alana arrived to volunteer for the next week.    May 31  sunny   blue ageratum  no good!   Garden Journal: the daily discipline Includes date, max-min temps, weather, activities (writing legibly will affect how useful it is later…) Best to use a bound composition book that will not lose pages.
    • Greenhouse Journal: muy importante!
    • Greenhouse Journal Composition notebook with lined columns for data entry. Carried to the greenhouse to record all greenhouse activities. Write it down before you leave!
    • Greenhouse Journal: Indoor bulb planting data pulled from original journal entries for planning purposes
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    • Harvest Log 2010     Date: Monday May 19   ---------------------------------------------------------------- Item ****** Pieces, Bunches, Lbs, containers ****** ----------------------------------------------------------------   5 lugs strawberries ~5lb ea 30 bu chervil, y section 45 bu spinach, hoophouse 25 lb salad mix 36 bu green garlic, 3/bu  30 bu kale, x section glads 12 tall buckets lilies 7 tall buckets ageratum 5 1g buckets   CSA boxes (x28) : 1 pt strawberries 1 bu baby leeks (Marty) .5 lb salad mix 1 bu white turnips (Marty) 1 bu green garlic 1 bu kale .5 lb spinach 1 bu chervil  
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    • Flower harvest recorded by # buckets and container size
    • CSA box packing
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    • Harvest Log 2010     Date: Monday May 19   ---------------------------------------------------------------- Item ****** Pieces, Bunches, Lbs, containers ****** ----------------------------------------------------------------   5 lugs strawberries ~5lb ea 30 bu chervil, y section 45 bu spinach, hoophouse 25 lb salad mix 36 bu green garlic, 3/bu  30 bu kale, x section glads 12 tall buckets lilies 7 tall buckets ageratum 5 1g buckets   CSA boxes (x28) : 1 pt strawberries 1 bu baby leeks (Marty) .5 lb salad mix 1 bu white turnips (Marty) 1 bu green garlic 1 bu kale .5 lb spinach 1 bu chervil  
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    • Market log needs to record what is taken to market and how much is sold
    • Market Log 2011   Date:________________ Special Orders for Today: Total Receipts_________ ___________________ Starting Cash_________ ____________________ Net Receipts__________ ____________________ 5% TuTh/ 7.5%Sat Commission____________ ____________________ Employee Payments______ ____________________ Meals________________ ____________________ Weather______________     Special Orders for Future Markets: Date needed who what telephone ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Town List: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    • MARKET LOG 2011 (back side) ITEMS TAKEN TO MARKET TODAY   QUANTITY/SIZE ITEM PRICE UNSOLD TOTAL ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     ITEMS SEEN AT MARKET TODAY WE SHOULD GROW: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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    • Gathering the data and making a plan
    • First step: Collecting greenhouse and field transplanting information into a useful format—here, flowers, vegetables, and bulbs have been separated out from greenhouse journal records Flowers 2010
    • Vegetable Greenhouse Record 2010
    • Greenhouse Bulb record 2010
    • Planning Worksheet for current season
    • Partial worksheet with crop list and planting dates/amounts from previous year
    • Flower worksheet with added target greenhouse/transplant dates and amount
    • (go to crop planning and data spreadsheets Dripping Springs Garden Examples)
    • Example: hoophouse planning with map and worksheet
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    • Completed hoophouse worksheet sorted by greenhouse date
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    • Planning for CSA and other markets
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    • (go to active planting formulas spreadsheet)
    • May 20 ‘ Chandler’ strawberries ‘ Encore’ lettuce mix (various colors and types) Lettuce heads, either Romaine or Greenleaf Green garlic (immature garlic whose greens and bulbs may be sauteed) Spinach from the hoophouse (giant bunches for steaming, sautee, or salad) Baby leeks (from Marty’s Totally) White turnips (from Marty Totally) Kale Chervil   May 27 ‘ Waldemann’s’ green leaf lettuce ‘ Encore’ lettuce mix- last week for salad mix until fall Leeks, from Marty’s Totally ‘ Easter Egg’ radishes Shiitake mushrooms ‘ Chandler’ strawberries CSA BASKET CONTENTS Shallots, from Marty’s Totally 2010 Summer savory, dried   June 3 ‘ New Red Fire’ and ‘Winter Density’ lettuces ‘ Chandler’ strawberries Leeks from Marty’s Totally Onions from Marty White turnips from Marty Italian/curly parsley Kale Green garlic  
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