Agriculture & Vegetable Processing
Includes topics such as: Calculating Return on Investment; Cleaning, Drying, and Curing Produce; Traceability; Packing Shed Design; and Maintaining the Cold Chain.
Chris is a veteran farmer and educator who draws on over 25 years of experience for his work. He provides engaging workshops, webinars, full- and multiple-day courses, and keynote addresses designed to inform and inspire farmers and farm educators. In addition, Chris provides consulting and coaching for farmers, food businesses, and institutions throughout the United States and Canada. Chris has compiled a bountiful list of business tools for farmers here.
Clay Bottom Farm’s Ben Hartman is the author of The Lean Farm, a book on minimizing waste and increasing efficiency on the vegetable farm. He has farmed full time for the past ten years with his wife, Rachel, in Goshen, Indiana, where they’re both making a living on less than an acre of production, selling 90 percent of their produce within ten miles of the farm. In this episode, they talk about applying the lean methodology on the modern market farm, including the basics of creating value, establishing pull with customers, and the 5S pillars of the lean cycle: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain the cycle. Plus, they get into some cool details about how Clay Bottom Farm keeps produce cold at CSA drop sites, how they design a CSA share, marketing and pricing strategies at farmer’s markets, and how a stupid little sticky note makes them thousands of dollars each year.
In order to maintain certain certifications at Magnolia Vegetable Processors, we require our suppliers to follow certain regulations. OFFS helps you learn about food safety, create a personalized on-farm food safety plan, and become food safety certified.
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Farmland covers about 25% of the state.
Two-thirds of Alabama, or 23 million acres is covered in forestland.
The queen honeybee is the official state agricultural insect.
Alabama’s top 5 commodities are: Poultry, Cattle and Calves, Greenhouse, Nursery and Sod, Cotton and Soybeans.