When to Crimp + Trellising Methods (+ Conference Dates & Workshop Proposals)

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Dear Nahid,

First and foremost, we’re officially sharing the dates for the 2019 Sustainable Agriculture Conference! We’re also accepting workshop proposals, so get those wheels turning and read below if you’ve ever thought about presenting.

We’re stoked to offer two expert tips this month. The first explores which trellising method is right for your farm, including expected costs and reusable materials. The second is a video for growers interested in using crimped cover crops as a “grow-your-own-mulch” approach to weed suppression and cutting back on tillage. If you’re considering going no-till with the help of cover crops but are intimidated by the management details, this expert tip is for you.

On that note, we’ll begin a research project at Lomax Farm this fall to study the finer details of no-till cover crop management for small-scale growers – a subject grossly overlooked by researchers. We’ll compare how well we can kill rye and raise a crop using different crimping and mowing technology and techniques that are appropriate for different sized farms. More on that project next year!

Beyond that, this edition includes:

  • We’re hiring! Deadline alert on our Food Safety Program Leader position.
  • WNC farms re-examine their business models after last year’s flooding.
  • An important Organic Growers School survey about farming in North Carolina



Karen McSwain, CFSA’s Director of Farm Services and Food Systems