A Podcast as Good as Ten Mothers, Cardboard, Cover Crops, Perks, & Events
On Monday, we had a great interview with Vera and Gordon on The No-Till Market Garden podcast. Fortunately, they’re also in the neighborhood (read: state) of our main-man Josh Sattin, and they were kind enough to spend the day showing him around their new farm. They cover some of what they shared in the podcast, cardboard and cover crop trials (wait for it), and we get some great visuals of the space they are working in… and how damn good it looks. Be on the lookout (read: subscribe) for another on the Sattin Hill YouTube channel about their well/irrigation setup.
It’s more videos like these—with other podcast guests past, present, and future—we’re hoping to share with you on No-Till Growers. BUT, these are considerably more expensive to produce than a simple podcast (simple, says the one who doesn’t actually produce the podcast). BUT, we get immense value from visiting these farms and seeing what they talk about in person. We know you will, too. Check out the Patreon page for a freebie on how Gordon and Vera started their new farm fast and, while you’re there, sign-up to support our work for as little as $2/month. Our new goal is to raise the Patreon to $3k by the end of season two in April(ish). When you become a supporter of the show, you can also see their super simple, but super efficient, customizable CSA packing setup.
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Also, in the 10mothers farm tour, they mention trialing a few techniques they’ve picked up in their pedigreed farming history, along with some they’ve gleaned from the podcast. One was cardboard mulching and the other trialing cover crops on a small-scale (eight 50’ beds at a time). Jesse posted a video covering his thoughts on the last 6 months he’s spent using cardboard in different contexts on his farm, as well.
… and about those cover crops. Next week, we’ll be hosting our FIRST EVER event with Daniel Mays of Frith Farm at Rough Draft Farmstead. Mays manages cover crops intensively on his three acres of production without the use of a tractor. ‘nough said. Though the event is SOLD OUT—because y’all are the best—you can check out his episode of the interview below and give them a follow on the ol’ IG @Frithfarm
For more on cover-cropping for us Southerners, don’t forget about the Wild Hope Farm presentation from Shawn Jadrnicek. The slides alone are a great place to start.
Why not both? Got it covered. Jared Smith, of Jared’s Real Food, uses cardboard and cover crops in tandem to create permanent lasagna-style beds for commercial production on roughly two acres. If you want to learn more about his process, listen to his episode of the podcast from season one, the videos Steven Cornett produced on Jared’s Real Food, or join us in California in February to see it for yourself.
And with that, it’s about time for everyone to be getting their garlic in the ground. Garlic, they say, is as good as ten mothers. So are Vera and Gordon. #foodasmedicine