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Farm production

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An Overview of Kilpatrick Family Farm and how we farm. Check out more info http://michael-kilpatrick.com/

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Farm production

  1. 1. Large-Scale vegetable Production Michael Kilpatrick Kilpatrick Family Farm
  2. 2. Brief History started in 2004, rototiller and strong backs 2005, first tractor, Super C and first high tunnel 2006, first year of CSA, 10 members 2009, 130 members at 4 markets 2011, home delivery in the albany area with 24 shares
  3. 3. KFF’s Mission Provide the best produce possible to our customers at a fair price Provide a good income for the farmer - and good life- we need to love what we do Provide a fair wage to employees
  4. 4. 12-15 acres in vegetables
  5. 5. 25-30 Acres in Cover Crop
  6. 6. 8 full time employees
  7. 7. 1/3rd acre of Tunnels
  8. 8. 3 Summer Markets
  9. 9. 2 winter markets
  10. 10. over 30 crops for the Christmas market 9 greens Lettuce Mix Mesclun Mix Spinach baby spinach Arugula Kale Swiss chard braising mix bunched turnips
  11. 11. 250 member Freechoice, Year-round CSA
  12. 12. Income $475,000+ Farmer’s Market Wholesale CSA
  13. 13. Equipment
  14. 14. Mulches
  15. 15. Why Mulch? • ADDS ORGANIC MATTER! • stops erosion • reduces water requirements • keeps workers and produce clean during harvesting • Keeps worms happy
  16. 16. Rowcover
  17. 17. Our Different Tunnels High Tunnels Transplant House Hoophouse Mini tunnels
  18. 18. Haygrove
  19. 19. Post-Harvest Michael Kilpatrick Kilpatrick Family Farm
  20. 20. harvest utensils
  21. 21. Barrel washer from Grindstone Farm www.grindstonefarm.com
  22. 22. Mulched Crops • • • • Artichoke Alliums Brassicas Celeriac • • Cucurbits • Swiss chard Solanaceous crops
  23. 23. Tomato culture • All are grafted • Maxifort Rootstock • Geronimo, Big Beef, Rebelski • Great White, German Johnson, Black Prince, Cherokee Purple, Indigo rose
  24. 24. Strawberries • Annual bed system- plant fall, harvest spring, till under • Variety Chandler • Buy in tips, propagate ourselves, plant in September
  25. 25. Succession plantings • Squash and cucumbers • beans • lettuce and greens • radishes • beets, carrots • herbs
  26. 26. Carrots • Weed control is critical, a mixture of stale bedding, flame weeding and mechanical cultivation is key • Bolero, Nelson, Rainbow and Yellow Sun are preferred varieties • Watch fall carrots for alternaria and spray with copper
  27. 27. fmc carrot and beet harvester
  28. 28. Want More? Join our team! Intern, apprentice, or just come work for us!!!
  29. 29. Connect with us! @kilpatrickfarm Michael Kilpatrick www.michael-kilpatrick.com www.kilpatrickfamilyfarm.com

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