RAFFL Workshop Aug 22: Worry-Less Winter Production

As consumers grow increasingly aware of the CSA model and the “buy-local” philosophy, many farms are eager to meet the demand for year-round fresh, local, premium produce.  At our winter-production and storage workshop, novice winter-producers will learn the different growing, harvesting and storage requirements of a wide range of specialty and common storage crops through a guided field and storage-structure tour.

Participants will learn how our hosts scaled up their operation to include winter storage, and how they manage to produce greens 52 weeks out of the year with season extension, overwintering, high and low tunnels.  The workshop will include a discussion of high tunnel construction considerations and the financial impact of winter crops, including marketing strategies, marketing outlets, profits and expenses.

What: Worry-Less Winter Production Workshop & Potluck
When: Monday, August 22nd 1:30 – 6:00 pm…including a potluck picnic
Where: Kilpatrick Family Farm, Middle Granville, NY (directions below)
Fee: FREE for NOFA-NY & NOFA-VT Members / $15 All Others
Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop, (585)271-1979 ext 512

Kilpatrick Family Farm is a four-season, mixed Farmers’ Market and CSA operation that was started in 2003 by brothers Philip and Michael Kilpatrick. Michael now farms over 12 acres of field crops and 1/3rd of an acre of tunnels with a great crew. Over the years the farm has focused on winter growing and season extension which has allowed it to produce for 2 weekly winter/ 4 summer farmers’ markets and over 100 winter/200 summer CSA members.

Directions to 9778 St. Rt. 22, Middle Granville, NY:  We’re on St. Rt. 22 one mile north of its junction with 22a. Look for us on the right, you’ll see our greenhouses first (at the top of the hill) and then our large black mailbox (says Kilpatrick Family Farm – 9778). Parking: After turning into the farm, take the first driveway on the right – park wherever possible.

This workshop is a part of RAFFL’s Summer Workshop series. For more info, contact Kris at kris@rutlandfarmandfood.org.

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One thought on “RAFFL Workshop Aug 22: Worry-Less Winter Production

  1. EXCELLENT workshop today. Michael’s knowledge and experience are both educational and inspirational. Thank you RAFFL, NOFA-VT and NOFA-NY for hosting this session. Thanks Michael for sharing your time and advice.

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