Andrew Knafel grows 20 acres of certified organic vegetables on a north slope in southern Vermont. He markets most of the produce through a large farm store and attends the Manchester Farmers' Market once a week. Clearbrook Farm grows bedding plants, spring seedlings, and strawberries. But the tomatoes are the big money maker. Of the farm's nine greenhouses, totaling roughly 18,000 sq. ft., three are devoted solely to tomatoes.
This tour explores improvements Andrew and many other Vermont growers have made to extend the short growing season, especially for greenhouse tomatoes. Andrew will explain his tomato system, from grafting rootstock to buying bumblebee hives. Other topics of interest will include producing organic seedlings and their market, transplanting untreated corn, and general organic vegetable management.
Directions: From Bennington VT go north on Rt. 7 to exit 2 for Rt. 7A, Shaftsbury. At end of exit ramp, take a right onto Rt. 7A north towards Shaftsbury. Continue on Rt. 7A for 7 miles, through South Shaftsbury, to Hidden Valley Rd. Clearbrook Farms is on the right, on the corner of Rt. 7A and Hidden Valley Rd.
Sponsored by Regional Farm & Food Project and NOFA-VT. See www.capital.net/~farmfood
For more information contact:
Brandon Shimoda, Administrative Manager
Regional Farm & Food Project
NOTE NEW ADDRESS & PHONE NUMBERS!
295 Eighth Street, Troy, NY 12180
ph: 518/271-0744, fax: 518/271-0745
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