[Market-farming] heirloom tomatoesSteve Diver steved at ncat.org
Sat Feb 12 13:53:10 EST 2005
S. Rogers - Thanks for sharing freely. The notes you provided on heirloom tomatoes painted a clear picture of your cropping system. The notes you've shared on marketing are really helpful, too. You got a favorite spreadsheet program for planning? Maybe you said as much, I don't read all the postings. I was in Portland for agriculture in 2003 and it's an impressive city for sustainable living and culture. I've never seen as many neighborhood restautants, sidewalk bistros, and coffee houses as they exist in Portland. Good quality wholesome food, too. They commonly featured "which" local farm they buy their produce from, right on the menu. The City Repair project in Portland -- converting 4-way neighborhood street corners into community gathering spots -- was impressive. The community garden at Luscher Farm is well organized and pleasant to "be around." Good, well defined wood chip pathways make all the difference for community gardens. They use lots of cardboard underneath the wood chips. The cost of membership goes towards the expense of supplying compost for each plot. Regards, Steve Diver Fayetteville, Arkansas ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Steven Rogers wrote: I have been growing heirloom tomatoes on a commercial scale since 1990. I grow 18 varieties of heirlooms/year and I always trial 2 hybrids /year. I put in 50 plants of each variety. They are planted in rows 6feet on center with the plants spaced 6 feet apart in the row. I let them sprawl on the ground. ..... etc .....
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