How do we, at EarthDance, figure out the what, where, and when of growing sweet, delicious, and nutritious produce all year round?
A lot of time, energy, and thought goes into our crop planning process, so we wanted to share with you some behind-the-scenes peeks into the various steps we take through a series of blog posts.
Part 1: Learnings, brainstorming, goal-setting, and honing in on crop selection
In December, EarthDance Founder and CEO Molly Rockamann, along with Assistant Grower Spencer Cook, Farm Manager Jena Hood, and Harvest & Distribution Coordinator Will Delacey, started the crop planning process outdoors at the farm, considering past successes and opportunities for improvement. They reflected on the most recent growing season, and brainstormed for 2022 and beyond.
Some of their most important considerations included:
By the end of this first meeting, the team created a draft plan for what foods, herbs, flowers, and other plants will be grown at the farm in 2022. They also created a list of goals and things to try to avoid on the farm in the coming year.
A few examples for 2022:
✔️ Grow collards, garlic, sweet potatoes, and more ginger
✔️ Bring Jamie, our dormant high tunnel, into production
✔️ Increase fruit production, including watermelon and cantaloupe
❌ Don’t plan any major greenhouse renovations
❌ Don’t sleep on ordering seeds
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the second part in this multi-part series on crop planning.