2 rules at Phoenix Gardens: nothing goes to waste & if you breathe you work.
Work backwards, start at the end
Where will you sell?
Look for gaps in what is being sold and if there is a market for it. Ex: Horseradish, asparagus, artichoke
Divide revenue goal by square footage available for production for square foot gardening.
Soil is always your most important factor and requires ongoing maintenance. They combine no till and sheet composting.
Mobile chicken coop frames are crucial for using the birds to fertilize and eat weeds on raised beds; add hay before placing chickens in area to make poop decay more consistently.
If you have to kill use as much as possible in animals, trees (for raised beds, mulch), and other resources.
If you can’t grow in the ground then grow on top of it. (Sounds familiar from the Urban Farming workshop)
Research swales and water catching concepts if you’re dealing with slopes.
As farmers we have a responsibility to continue genetic diversity and build seed banks.
Try different methods like planting into hay bales if you can’t get part of your land ready in time. They act as small compost piles and break down as the plants finish growing.
Maximize your vertical space!
Scavenge and reclaim materials or buy creatively. For low tunnels they use regular painter plastic instead of more expensive landscape cloth or Ag plastics.
Tired of getting your soil tested for planting crops and receiving no feedback on your nitrogen levels? Use CERES-N to enter your inputs (cover crops, weather, fertilizers, etc) to see how much nitrogen you already have in your soil and determine what you need. You can also tailor graphs about your soil.
The website is still under construction so email them if you find a glitch. Pghartel@uga.edu or email@example.com
“Marketing is like cover cropping- hugely beneficial for the present and future; can be handled seasonally”
Presenters: Joe Reynolds, Love is Love Farm and Paige Witherington, Serenbe Farms
Be skeptical of urban soil! Get it tested!