Market Farm Course Subject Areas

This list is not complete and we are adding bonus material all the time. Presently over 50 hours of video course material.

Finding Land and Starting a Farm

What are the land characteristics that are deal breakers and which are not? What is the ideal property look like?

What infrastructure is needed and what is the best layout?

Tools and Supplies

Farms, both new and experienced, need loads of equipment. The course covers the right chalk pen to designing your prop house or field house, and everything in between. Not only does that save thousands of dollars because I have already done the research on which is the best and the best deal, I also have relationships with tool companies to offer you discounts to many of these tools and supplies.

Balanced Living Soils

This is the most important part of your farm and thus this part of the course is extensive. Covering soil tests, compost, fertilizer, amendments, soil biology, soil physics, and much more. Includes calculators and detailed information on reading and acting on your soil tests.

Irrigation

Complete water infrastructure intensive, from drilling the right well to drip, overhead, and specialty systems. I cover when and how to best irrigate your crops for maximum production.

Propagation

Made of 12 lessons covering the following subject areas;

  • Building and outfitting both a starting and the ideal propagation house
  • Crop Planning
  • Vegetable varieties
  • Managing the prop house
  • Propagation trays
  • Filling and seeding paperpots, winstrip and 1020 trays
  • Using a gravity seeders
  • Grafting Tomatoes
  • Managing your vegetable starts
  • Getting great germination
  • Keeping everything watered well and efficiently

Designing Farm Systems

Using very simple tools, I discuss the heart beat of Neversink farm which is how I distribute, manage and record all the tasks being done on a daily basis. I break it all down for you and include all the paperwork used at the farm for getting everything done. It took years to create these standard operating procedures that you are able to download as part of the course.

Creating and Managing the Growing Beds

  • Turn a field of weeds into a clean and fertile bed for growing efficiently.
  • Step by step instructions for going from one crop to another
  • The Neversink farm efficient permanent bed system
  • Managing employees performing the bed tasks
  • Keeping beds in place through the year

Marketing Produce

  • Farmers market setup for maximum profit in all seasons
  • Customer Behavior
  • Maximizing your sales
  • Equipment and records
  • Transportation
  • CSA Models
  • BONUS - Wholesale to stores and Restaurants

Managing Workers

  • Loads of agreements and contracts used at Neversink
  • Hiring the best employees
  • Employee handbook
  • Employee orientation
  • Managing employees effectively

Harvesting Vegetables

Harvesting techniques for every vegetable grown at Neversink Farm along with every piece of equipment for fast and efficient production.

Washing and Packing Vegetables

The wash and pack is the center of the farm. Subjects covered;

  • Every piece of equipment needed
  • Pack house design
  • Vegetable storage times and temps
  • Vegetable processing
  • Cold room design
  • Packing supplies, bags, totes, scales....everything
  • workflows for every group of vegetables
  • Bubbler DIY setup
  • In depth on food safety regulations
  • Wash station cleanup plus checklists
  • Harvesting tools

Designing Hoop Houses

  • I use high tunnels to create high profits in a small space. I cover all the equipment, with links, that I use to create efficient and easily managed houses that produce an incredible amount of produce with very little labor.
  • I also cover how to design the perfect house for greens, for tomatoes, and for movable tunnels.

Winter Growing Techniques

  • Growing in movable tunnels
  • Details on every winter vegetable grown at Neversink
  • Low tunnels
  • Row Cover
  • Double cover
  • Unheated winter growing
  • Winter crop planning
  • Minimal heat
  • Winter harvesting
  • Moving into spring from winter

Extending Your Product Line

Adding a more diverse array of products can add interest to your market and wholesale customers while also increasing profit. I talk about how to do this smartly as well cover tabletop crops like shoots and micro-greens. I also cover growing more exotic crops like ginger and turmeric. Some of the other crops in this module are sugar snap peas and early new potatoes.

Protected Culture and Season Extension

  • Movable house planning in the spring
  • Caterpillar tunnels and low tunnels
  • Strategies for moving from spring to Summer and Summer to Fall
  • Growing under cover

Weed Control

Managing weeds will move most farms to profitability. It is the number one thing that blocks most farmers from creating an efficient and profitable farm. Subjects covered

  • Stale seed bed
  • Tarps
  • When and why or why not to use certain techniques
  • Cultivating tools
  • Flame weeders both large and small
  • Cultivating schedule and technique
  • Identifying different weeds

Pest and Disease Control

Pest and diseases on an organic farm is mostly about prevention through healthy balanced, well maintained soils and reduced weed pressure. Problems do occur though and here I discuss what does work.

  • Beneficial and how to use them
  • Common diseases - prevention and treatment
  • Building a deer fence
  • Mouse and vole proofing your house
  • Managing large pests (mice to raccoons)
  • Common pests - Prevention and treatment

Transplanting and Direct Seeding

Working vegetable by vegetable, I give tips on spacing and best choices for getting your produce started in the field.
Direct Seeding - Using both high and low tech seeders, I cover all aspects of getting your seeds in the ground quickly and with the best chance of success.  
Paperpot - Every step of paperpot production is covered from filling to stretching, from gravity seeder to seed plates, and finally using the transplanter as well as the zipper to transplant the crop. I also go over which vegetables are best for this system. You will also have access to discounted supplies.
Hand Transplanting - I use this system a lot at Neversink, and if done right can be very efficient and profitable.

Herbs - Both Annual and Perennial

  • Propagating both by seed and cuttings
  • Marketing them for best sales
  • Harvesting and Storage
  • Covering Basil, Cilantro, Dill
  • Sage, Oregano, Lavender, Mint, Winter Savory 
  • Chives, Thyme, Lemongrass

Indoor Tomato and Cucumber Growing

During the summer, tomatoes and cucumbers lead the pack in profitability. Maximizing production means doing them right and indoors. Seed to sale is covered extensively in this more than four hour intensive. Grafting, fertilizing, planting, trellising, disease control, pruning, lowering, harvesting, storage and selling is all covered.

BONUS - Trellising Peppers

Vegetables Covered in Course

  • Root crops - Radishes, Beets, Carrots, Turnips (Fresh and Storage)
  • Year round crops (Large list of the highest profit winter vegetables)
  • Greens (Lettuce Mix, Arugula, Cress, Spinach, and other minor salad greens)
  • Zucchini, Broccoli, and Celery
  • Lettuce Heads
  • Onions, Scallions, Garlic and Leeks
  • Cooking Greens - Chard, Kale, and Large Spinach
  • Indoor Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Peppers
  • Perennial Herbs
  • Annual Herbs
  • Winter Herbs
  • Extended vegetables - Ginger, Turmeric, Shoots and Micro-greens
  • Snaps peas, Artichokes, and New Potatoes

BONUS - Flowers for Vegetable Growers

A four hour Intensive that covers all the flowers you need to make a thriving side business growing flowers. Both perennial and annual flowers are covered, including focuses on dahlias, lavender, and peonies. Much time is given to creating the best possible bouquets that sell well and are easy to make. Harvesting and storage of flowers, plus all the equipment needed is also present. Neversink can earn over 1k per week during the season on flowers alone. It is a must for market farms.

BONUS - Recorded Question and Answer sessions with Conor