A good crop plan starts with a good sales plan

Finally, farmers markets are over and the field is cleaned up. Itís time to kick back with a seed catalog and start choosing what to grow next year. Itís always fun to dream of all the new varieties youíre going to try and the new tools youíre 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 weekís 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 didnít have as detailed an answer … More Best practices for crop notes

fsa tip #76 – Go and record whatís in your field before itís too late

You can watch the video ere. Iím sure this never happens to you, you plant a bunch of stuff but donít record it during the growing season? And then, in the middle of the winter when youíre going to get crop planning, you canít remember how many beds of peppers you planted last year? Well, … More

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 youíll 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

fsa tip #71 – Never Mix Numbers & Text In Your CROP PLAN

One of the simplest things you can do to improve your spreadsheets is to never mix Numbers and Text in the same spreadsheet cells. This is the #2 of 5 spreadsheet concepts that I think you should be using in your crop planning. In this tip I’ll walk you through why TEXT and NUMBERS are … More fsa tip #71 – Never Mix Numbers & Text In Your CROP PLAN