We will have class on Mondays following our field work. Classes are in
discussion format led by Patrice or other guest farmers/experts. We cover the following
course of the season:
- Farm Set-up:
1.1 How big a farm ?
1.2 How to find land ?
1.3 How to choose land ?
1.4 How much to invest ?
1.5 How to find money ?
1.7 Farm mapping.
2. Growing Soil:
2.1 Techniques & Benefits of Permanent Beds.
2.2 Techniques & Benefits of No-Till.
2.3 Techniques & Benefits of Mulching.
2.4 Techniques & Benefits of Cover-Crops.
3. Taming Water:
3.1 Saving Water.
3.2 Gathering Water.
4. Hoop-houses and mini-tunnels:
4.1 Construction, cost and benefits.
4.2 Season by season utilization.
5. Planning your Farming Year:
5.1 Monitoring your profitability per crop.
5.2 Planning your weekly bed activity.
5.3 Projecting your yearly income.
6. Marketing your Harvest:
6.1 Farmers Markets.
6.5 Other ways
In addition, some of the classes will be spent on the growing method for a particular seasonal crop (one among over 30 which the
farm produces yearly).