Michigan Small Farm Newsletter
The monthly newsletter is an opportunity for growers to share what is happening on their farms with the network. Monthly field report requests will be sent to the network, requesting short summaries about what is happening on member farms, including weather conditions, sales reports, pest and disease issues, equipment, etc. Requests may include prompts to stimulate conversation, or participants can include anything that is on your mind. Reports will be compiled and distributed,occasionally alongside information or event notices that are relevant to the group.
Simply put, it is an opportunity for you to share what is happening on your farm, as well as hear what is happening around the state. There are no length requirements for the field report, and you are not required to write every month (though it would be great if you did!).
A sample field report might look something like this:
MSU North Farm, Chatham, MI - Greenhouse season is upon us. We’ve done our spring cleaning, which consisted of building new benches and improving our flat/pot storage system. We’ve also reinforced our germination chamber and installed new hinged, insulated doors. Our current setup fits 77 flats, which works, but it’s going to be filled to the brim with onions in a couple of days. We are trying a few new varieties of onions this year, and also expanding on some we loved last year. Last year’s new standout was Blush - it is a bronze/red skinned onion that sized up beautifully and stored like a champ. This year we will be trying Calibra from High Mowing to round out our sweet onion offering.
We are getting some warmer temperatures, but the fields are still covered in snow and likely will be for another month or so. Greens are sizing up nicely in the greenhouse, but we had some losses due to the cold and lack of sun this winter. Several of our overwintered varieties ended up not surviving, so we are doing more spring sowing than usual. We did a spinach trial that included five different varieties (Carmel, Space, Gazelle, Woodpecker, and Kookaburra). All performed quite well, but Gazelle and Space seem to be the strongest performers this year.
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