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Tom Frantzen and his family own and operate Frantzen Farm, a 320-acre certified organic farm near New Hampton, Iowa, where they raise finished beef, farrow-to-finish hogs, corn, soybeans, hay, pasture and small grains. They market their livestock through Organic Valley / Organic Prairie.
Before retiring, Paul Betz, of High Ledge Farm, farmed at 1,200 feet in the hills of Vermont. This geographic location, combined with limited infrastructure, made it challenging for him to have a full market presence in early spring. To meet this challenge, Paul opted to shift his early-season attention to plants for local gardeners. Bringing high-quality plants to his local market has brought in cash from the first market of the season while letting Paul develop a loyal customer base of home gardeners and homesteaders. Paul will discuss his farm’s seedling production from seed to sale, including variety choice, record keeping, scheduling, costs and marketing.
Farminar: “Organic Seedling Production” – Paul Betz
Farminar: "Managing Disease in Organic Vegetable Crops" – Beth Kazmar
Annual Conference Short Courses: Silvopasture & OrchardingScheman Building Ames, Iowa
2019 Annual Conference: Cultivating ConnectionsScheman Building Ames, Iowa
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