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Systems for Managing a CSA Farm (Pre-Conference)

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Featuring Jean-Paul Courtens, Roxbury Farm, and Janet Gamble, Turtle Creek Gardens

Communication is an important tool on the farm, and planning, seeding, weeding, harvesting, and pest control need to be methodical, transparent, and logical to all crew members on the farm. Absence of a system and good recordkeeping makes for inefficiency, confusion and possibly poor crew morale. Any system adopted needs to work for 150 members and be easily adapted for a 1,500 member CSA. If a system for a 150-member CSA does not have the inherent flexibility to adapt when greater production is needed, any expansion will have more than the usual growing pains. In this workshop, two seasoned biodynamic CSA farmers — one managing a 1,400-member CSA in Kinderhook, NY and the other growing for 140 members in Delavan, WI — will guide you through some production systems and tools, and aids to communicate these systems to our farm staff. They will also cover systems for managing and communicating with members, including internal organization systems, newsletters, and on-farm activities and events. 

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Date: 
Thu, 11/15/2012 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Monona Terrace
United States