Episode 8: Integrated Pest Management on Upstart Farms

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Episodes

Integrated Pest Management on Upstart Farms Just about everybody is thinking about pest control around this time of year. Today we’ve got Dr. Nate and Amy Storey here to discuss what a good integrated pest management strategy looks like. In this episode: (2:00) – Fresh With Edge’s common pests (2:42) – What is Integrated Pest Management all about? (4:40) – When to get an IPM strategy going (6:45) – Steps to setting up a strategy (11:00) – Lancaster Farms most common pests (11:55) – Types of control and examples (15:55) – Other tips for Upstart Farmers You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Helpful Links Spraying your greenhouse Benefits and rules of an IPM strategy Biological pest control Mechanical pest controls Cultural pest controls Find your Extension office Special Thanks To… Chris Lukenbill and Hank Thornburg for their...

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Episode 7: Crowdfunding an Upstart Farm

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Episodes

Crowdfunding an Upstart Farm Chris Michael gives us general advice for crowdfunding success, and Paul Meyer gives us insight into his successful Kickstarter campaign. Be sure to check out the links below to explore more resources on crowdfunding. In this episode: (0:30) – Bright Agrotech’s Kickstarter campaign and crowdfunding experience (2:16) – Why is crowdfunding important for Upstart Farmers? (4:00) – Choosing a platform: perks and costs of different platforms (6:43) – Creating and knowing your “crowd” (8:55) – Rewards (9:32) – What to do during the campaign (11:50) – Resources to help you succeed (13:51) – Paul Meyer and his campaign (15:57) – How Paul marketed his campaign (16:45) – Hardest and easiest parts of setting up a campaign: the video (20:00) – How Paul chose a platform (21:05) – Paul’s advice for Upstart Farmers who are crowdfunding (29:45) – Other Upstart Farmers’ campaigns (30:35) – Chris’s tips for success (33:05) – Common mistakes to avoid You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Helpful Links The Iceberg Approach Barnraiser – Browse through their resources! Kickstarter – Check out other campaigns! Crowdfunding Webinar with Barnraiser’s Marie Sayles Interview with Barnraiser’s CEO, Eileen Gordon Why You Should Think About Crowdfunding Your Farm Paul’s Kickstarter data Special Thanks To… Paul Meyer of Virginia Vegetable Company, for his great insight! Chris Michael for his tips! Tom Deacon and Hank Thornburg for their campaign...

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Episode 6: Farmer’s Markets – Tips From the Pros

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Episodes

Farmer’s Markets – Tips From the Pros Today, we get the overview of farmer’s markets from Dr. Nate, and we hear some tips on setting yourself apart from our “farmer’s markets superstar”, Chris Lukenbill. In this episode: (0:29) – Farmer’s markets for beginning Upstart Farmers (6:24) – Meet Chris at Fresh With Edge and hear some tips on selling at farmer’s markets (19:43) – What Hank Thornberg and Paul Meyer are doing at farmer’s markets (20:25) – Christina at Lancaster Farms discusses how to start your own farmer’s market You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates.   Helpful Links The Benefits of Farmer’s Markets for Hydroponic Growers Special Thanks To… Chris Lukenbill at Fresh With Edge Christina Keeling at Lancaster...

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Episode 5: Green Walls: Not Just Transforming Urban Landscaping

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Episodes

Green Walls: Not Just Transforming  Urban Landscaping Today, we’re talking about something that has had us excited for quite a while. We anticipated some of the results of the Green Wall, but the innovative Upstart Farmers have surprised us with creative and profitable uses. Our special guest today is Teryl Chapel, who we call the “Godfather of ZipGrow Green Walls.” Teryl took the green wall model and built a business out of it. In this episode: (0:40) There’s a new green wall on the block. What does this mean for farmers, producers and for the urban landscape? (3:28) How are Upstart Farmers using green walls? (4:04) Teryl Chapel’s  green wall-building business. (8:33) Restaurants making a statement with a green wall (16:29) The green wall/restaurant symbiosis with Altitude’s Chophouse and Brewery You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Special Thanks To… Teryl Chapel with City Planet Farms Marilyn Yamamoto with Cowboy Trail Farm Noah Newman with Bright Agrotech Jared Long with Altitude Chophouse and...

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Episode 4: Crops For Upstart Farmers

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Episodes

Crops For Upstart Farmers Spring is right around the corner. We can feel it in the air… and so can seed companies. Our table in the office is littered with seed catalogs and we’ve had crop varieties on our mind, so we figured we’d take this episode to talk crops with some of our farmers. Today we’re joined by Noah and Dr. Nate to talk about our favorite crops and experimenting with new varieties. In this episode What’s growing in the Bright Agrotech greenhouse? (o:58) Considerations for growing fruiting crops, from support to pollination (2:45) What specific plant varieties do you like? (3:48) Where do you like to get seeds? (4:55) Whats the worst thing you’ve ever grown in ZipGrow towers? (5:38) Are you experimenting with anything in the towers right now? (7:39) Correction: they were zinnias, not mums. But they did look great. (8:44) Haydn’s main crops (9:29) Teryl Chapel’s favorite crops (9:34) ZipGrow design and Nate’s experimental crops (9:50) Nate’s favorites (12:25) Tips for experimenting with crops (13:37) You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Special Thanks To… Noah Newman and Dr. Nate with Bright Agrotech Haydn Christensen with Bayberry Fresh Teryl Chapel of City Planet...

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Episode 3: All About Greenhouses

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Episodes

All About Greenhouses Today we hear from a few greenhouse managers about greenhouse types, and we discuss the factors that Upstart Farmers need to think about when building a greenhouse. Marilyn Yamamoto runs her vertical hydroponic farm in Las Vegas. She sells produce to a CSA group and restaurants in her area. With high demand, she’s just expanded her greenhouses and is looking at even higher production this growing season. This week we’ll be getting the scoop on her operation. Tune in to learn what she’s growing and how she’s selling it. In this episode Marilyn Yamamoto with Cowboy Trail Farms tells us what’s growing in her greenhouse (0:16) About Marilyn’s greenhouse design (3:20) Noah Newman from Bright Agrotech and Teryl Chapel from City Planet Farms tell us about their greenhouses (8:30) We hear from Nate about types of greenhouses for Upstart Farmers (9:15) What do Upstart Farmers need to look for in a greenhouse? (Coverings, foundations, and price ranges) (10:45) You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Special thanks to… Teryl Chapel of City Planet Farms Marilyn Yamamoto of Cowboy Trail Farms Noah Newman of Bright...

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