69. Jason Hirtz on Profitable Greens Production

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How would you go about working and sustaining a USDA licensed vegetable farm utilizing tunnels to develop your crops?

Jason Hirtz of Box Turtle Farm in Mount Vernon, Missouri joins us right now to debate what he does and why he does it the way in which he does it! Box Turtle Farm passionately believes that customers deserve the selection to feed their households one of the best meals potential. Jason shares with us the ins and outs of his trendy tunnel techniques, the specifics of the biosolarization strategies, seeding strategies (and rather more), in an effort to reap solely the richest, freshest, and healthiest natural crops on the town! 

You’ll hear:

What Box Turtle Farm is all about 0:45

What Jason did earlier than farming 2:44

What working at Box Turtle Farm was like at first 5:59 

Why Box Turtle began utilizing tunnels 7:10

Why they started utilizing smaller tunnels 9:59 

How crop rotation works with the tunnels 11:13

What  they seed with 14:43

How Jason retains the soil saturated 19:39

How Jason is seeking to increase his operation and additional modernize it 23:18

What tip Jason provides for somebody placing up their first rising tunnel 28:57

Where Jason sources his tunnels from 31:06

How many crop turns they usually get in every tunnel per yr 33:18

How Box Turtle does their harvesting and potential future plans for the harvesting course of 39:25

How Jason washes and packs the crops 44:06

What a typical day seems to be like on Box Turtle Farm 48:54

Who Jason’s mentors have been on his farming journey 58:04

What techniques Jason would put in place earlier given the chance to begin once more 59:48

Why Box Turtle doesn’t deal in clam shells 1.02:31

How Jason is dealing with promotions for Box Turtle Farm 1.05:03

The greatest mistake Jason sees new farmers making 1.06:38

Jason’s favourite farming software 1.09:01

Where you will discover out about Jason and Box Turtle Farm 1.10:47

About the Guest:

Box Turtle Farm began on a suburban lot exterior of St. Louis in 2009, rising greens for farmers’ markets and a small CSA. In 2011, they moved to our present location in Mount Vernon, MO, in an effort to increase our operation. In 2013, they have been capable of certify their merchandise USDA natural and are inspected yearly to take care of this certification. They attempt to provide the absolute best greens, normally harvesting inside two days of supply. 

In addition to rising salad mixes year-round, additionally they develop bunched greens and different area crops seasonally.  Their bagged greens embrace Spring Mix, Avant Gardener, MaMa Jean’s Greens (a signature combine solely accessible at MaMa Jean’s), Arugula, Baby Kale, and Spinach.

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