Michael Madison shares what’s worked for him over the last 30 years in a new book from Chelsea Publishing: “Fruitful Labor: The Ecology, Economy, and Practice of a Family Farm.”
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The family farm has roughly 2,400 acres under cultivation, and tomato plantings make up less than 10 percent of the farm’s total area. But it was excellence in open-field tomato growing that was recently recognized by its processor, Red Gold.
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Many are the challenges of the small farmer.
Smaller production numbers keep the economy of scale low, and farmland prices make expansion difficult... more »
The family name is Rice, and on the surface, they seem unlikely heroes for tomato growers.
The Rice family has farmed near Wanatah, Indiana for... more »
Every day, USDA works to develop tools for farmers and ranchers that support their financial success. The USDA Farmers Market on the National Mall is ... more »
For the California strawberry grower, the natural environment makes up for the state’s manmade business environment.
Roughly four out of every fi... more »
The number of small-scale, hydroponic producers is growing fast because of the demand for locally-grown food, but with 48 million cases of foodborne i... more »
Food producers face increased responsibility under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including the possibility of criminal charges.
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Drone scouts are poised to make precision agriculture even more exact as drone technology advances.
Drones have already arrived at farms, according... more »
There’s a learning curve to growing hydroponic vegetables, but teaching your customers is as important.
“Inviting our chefs and other customers... more »
For the second consecutive year, the majority of growers who responded to a labor survey conducted by Vegetable Growers News reported they experienced... more »
A new crop of Swansons are learning to manage risk and transition at the family’s farm and processing facility in Michigan’s Muskegon County.
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