On November 5, 2012, the Northeast Organic Farming Association/ MA Chapter (NOFA/Mass) and Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) are hosting Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm in upstate New York. They will give a one day seminar titled "Profitable Year-Round Farming and Marketing."
This seminar is a continuation of the NOFA/Mass Advanced Grower's Seminar Series, which has featured innovative farmers using organic practices to improve soil and farm profitability.
Profitable Year-Round Farming and Marketing
Monday, November 5, 2012 (From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m)
Stonehill College, The Martin Institute, 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA
Seminar Outline (Details
1. Start-up through Good Business and Record-Keeping
2. Labor Efficiencies to Maximize Profits
3. Production from Greenhouse to Field
4. Mulching, Soil Management, and Weed Control
5. Post-Harvest Handling of Crops and Storage
6. Season Extension with Fieldhouses (low tunnels) and Row-Covers
7. Year-Round High Tunnel Production and Marketing
- The Registration Fee for the seminar is $65.
- The Pre-Registration Fee, if postmarked by Oct. 29, 2012, is $60.
- The Early Registration Fee, if postmarked by Oct. 22, 2012, is $55.
- Members of any NOFA chapter or SEMAP receive a $5 member discount.
Paul and Sandy Arnold own Pleasant Valley Farm in upstate New York and have been farming for 24 years; they have two teenage children who are home-schooled and help run the family farm. Over 40 varieties of diverse fruit and vegetable crops are grown with organic methods on about 8 of their 180 acres of land, and they grow a diverse range of crops in two high tunnels. The Arnolds make their living selling their produce year-round at 2 to 3 area farmers' markets each week; they specialize in season-extension and profitability, and enjoy utilizing renewable resources such as solar for hot water and electric. Although neither came from a farming background, they have enjoyed farming as their sole source of income for the past 20 years and have also enjoyed the great lifestyle it offers.
Other NOFA/Mass Educational Offerings this Fall: