What to do with a difficult farm season review

This week’s farm essay is a reflection on an email I received from a farmer about their Season Review. “On my farm, we’re a 7 person team: 5 workers, my wife and me. I’ve been doing season reviews for the last 2 years. Both as individual and in group meetings (I haven’t tried a survey … More What to do with a difficult farm season review

A good crop plan starts with a good sales plan

Finally, farmers markets are over and the field is cleaned up. Its time to kick back with a seed catalog and start choosing what to grow next year. Its always fun to dream of all the new varieties youre going to try and the new tools youre going to buy and how they will make … More A good crop plan starts with a good sales plan

Best practices for crop notes

In last weeks Build A Better Crop Plan workshop, Katie asked this question: Any thoughts on best practices for crop notes? Tracking observations about disease, pests, weather, etc. Do you keep very technical notes about that, or maybe just a simple running journal of observations At the moment, I didnt have as detailed an answer … More Best practices for crop notes

fsa tip #75 – Highlight when your crops are available in your sales plan

You can watch the video ere. One of the first steps to start Crop Planning for your farm is to make a sales plan. You want to set up a table with your crops along the left side and the weeks youll be at market or CSA along the top of the table. Then you … More fsa tip #75 – Highlight when your crops are available in your sales plan

fsa tip #74 – Navigate your crop plan with filters

How to navigate your crop plan data with the Filter Tool in Google sheets. You can watch the video here. Here are the basic steps 1??  Highlight all your data (CMD-A or CTRL-A) 2??  Click CREATE A FILTER in the menu toolbar 3??  Inverted triangles appear in the headers of your columns 4??  Click on … More fsa tip #74 – Navigate your crop plan with filters

fsa tip #72 – Crop Plan: one row equals one planting

Each row in your crop plan spreadsheet should be a distinct planting. A distinct planting means 1 variety planted on the same date. If you plant a lot of varieties and have a lot of succession plantings, you’ll wind up with a bunch of rows. This definitely has the chance to get messy. But if … More fsa tip #72 – Crop Plan: one row equals one planting