People like you who are interested in strengthening the resilience of our region
Systems for growing greens and storing roots during winter are great tools for maintaining year-round local food security, and enabling farmers to sell local and organic produce outside of the main growing season.
This workshop series take place at farms throughout Massachusetts doing commercial winter production.
All five workshops will present on options for greenhouses, information on growing systems and timing for winter greens, information on selecting appropriate varieties for winter greens, using row covers and microclimates, and crop rotation in the greenhouse. Additionally, all of the commercial workshops will discuss their marketing approaches including winter CSAs, winter farmers markets, and/or restaurant sales.
The workshops are led by experienced growers of winter greens. Presenters will explain and demonstrate key steps that can guide you in beginning your own greenhouse or refining techniques for what you're already doing.
Indian Line Farm, 57 Jug End Road, South Egremont, MA (Commercial Workshop) Saturday, February 25, 9am-12pm
- Instructor: Elizabeth Keen farms at Indian Line Farm and has been growing certified naturally grown vegetables for 15 years. Recently, she has grown winter greens, to increase the bottom line and better employ spaces used to grow heat-loving summer crops.
- Instructor: Pete Salinetti farms at Woven Roots Farm in Lee, MA, doing wholesale, retail, & CSA.
Farm's systems include two 30'x96' greenhouses. We'll discuss movable greenhouses, seeding and harvesting methods, packing greens for sale, record keeping & economics. Marketing discussion will cover sales to farmers markets, stores, restaurants.