top crops for small farmers

Top 16 Crops for Small Farmers

Small farmers have much to consider when choosing their crops. How much does it cost to plant an acre? How long will the crop produce? Are the labor requirements high or low? Is the crop in high demand or high supply? Is the crop prone to failure with an early or late frost?  Farming requires accepting a certain amount of …

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An Expert’s Guide to Meat Hanging

Hanging meat isn’t overly complicated, and you can even do it in your own home. But what are the steps involved in this age-old tradition?

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Hydrocooling: The Dos and Don’ts for Your Crops

One of the best ways to maintain market-ready freshness to your fruits and veggies is to have a solid post-harvest cooling system in place. Use the tips below to find out if a hydrocooler might be right for you! What Is Hydrocooling? Hydrocooling is the process of bathing fresh produce in freezing water to remove heat. Methods of cooling fruits …

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The Only Hack Farmers Should Care About

It’s always been tough to be a farmer. That’s why farmers have to be resilient and come up with their own hacks year after year. Today, however, it’s become even harder. Farmers are plowing acre upon acre of produce during the COVID-19 crisis because consumer demand has changed so much, so quickly. There are people desperately in need of food …

Theodora Farms Kicks Off Its Inaugural Harvest With CSA Deliveries + Drive Through Services

Theodora Farms is kicking off its inaugural season as we write this, in the strange reality that is Covid-19 Spring 2020. And while Theodora Farms may be the fresh new farm in Godfrey, Illinois, their Farm Manager Kris Larson is celebrating his sixteenth year farming. He got his start in agriculture in college in Northern California and spent time volunteering …

Corey’s Pickles: Chillin’ Thanks to CoolBot

Corey Bellarosa began making pickles as a kiddo with his dad. Making pickles wasn’t a “huge family thing,” according to Corey. It wasn’t like his family had been making pickles for generations. However, all of his family members were huge pickle “fanatics” and they were sick of “buying crap in the store,” tells Corey, spoken like a true New Yorker. …

For the Love of Seeds – ECHO Teaches Sustainable Farming + Provides Crops to Global Network

Holly Sobetski started working with ECHO as an intern in 2005, enrolled in their fourteen month agricultural internship program for recent college graduates. The program is specifically geared towards grads who are interested in becoming development workers overseas, helping small scale farmers in second and third world countries. Holly spent five years working in Cambodia, where she mainly worked with …