World Peas Mission Statement
World Peas Cooperative is a marketing network of farmers who grow high-quality, nutritious produce at farms
located in Dracut, Sutton and other towns in eastern Massachusetts (plus one farm in Pennsylvania) creating last-
ing and meaningful person-to-person relationships with their customers. In the process, consumers reconnect with
their food source, while the farmers follow farming practices that minimize the use of pesticides and synthetic
fertilizers, helping to preserve the integrity of the natural environment.
World PEAS CSA is looking for farmers and subscribers.. http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/worldpeas/index.html
Download the brochure
Sign up is $450 for a small share for the season. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or send that form off with a check (with your housemates?)
-Eddie Miller, New Media Intern, NESFP.
Today at the New Entry Farm Project, I just got back from an engaging workshop led by Adam Montri, THE resident hoophouse expert in the country. Adam works for the Michigan Students Organic Farm.
Look for the recording and more educational materials to be up soon on our website blog at http://blogs.uit.tufts.edu/newentrysustainablefarmingproject/
Key recommendations included acknowledging spacing concerns, orientation (E-W not N-S), design (gothic vs domed), construction (I wonder if any of the slideshow photos from Adam’s presentation are available..), and the planting schedule. Key recommendations included planning to build before the winter, using simple math and round down for the economics, and get the corners straight when you start to build. I thought Adam Montri was really knowledgeable from his work in Detroit, and was happy to see that crops can be profitably grown in the winter. Urban agriculture is a practice in Cuba, where many often have to produce their own food. It’s also now happening in Detroit..
Adam recommended http://www.hightunnels.org, a project based out of Kansas State with good experience in Hoophouses. Their listserv is a very good discussion group around this, with answers to frequently asked questions (yes, they even have the plant/harvest schedule: PDF for greenhouses). The website is divided resources and news on the left. Also recommended during the workshop were two services in the New England Area who are doing this, a place called Edgewood farm in New Hampshire for inspiration and Rimol (http://rimolgreenhouses.com) is a company that builds hoophouses in the area.
New Media @ New Entry Sustainable Farm Project
There are a ton of other good programs from this group, coming 2010!
New Entry blog: http://blogs.uit.tufts.edu/newentrysustainablefarmingproject