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  Hort Snacks - April 2017
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 Featured Podcast | Elm Pruning Ban | Registration for Open Farm Days 2017 | Mental Snacktime | Q and A | Reminder - Berry and Veg Price Survey

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Farmer to Farmer podcast
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Elm Pruning Ban

REMEMBER – Alberta’s Elm Pruning Ban is in place from April 1st to September 30th www.stopded.org

Registration for Open Farm Days 2017 NOW OPEN!

The initiative provides an opportunity to support local food producers, educate consumers about agriculture, and generate additional tourism in your area. This year’s event is the weekend of August 19-20, 2017.
For further information or to register by May 31st please go to http://albertafarmdays.com/host-farms-2017

Mental Snacktime – Drawing on Past Experiences

  • “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller
  • “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” – Heraclitus
  • “It is only by making the past alive again for a person that a true growth in the present is facilitated. If the past is cut off, the future does not exist.” – Alexander Lowen
  • “To move in the forward direction is to be strong and positive enough to bury every negative experience in the past.” – Edmond Mbiaka
  • “People's behavior depends upon their current situation and past experience.” – Jenil Kanani
  • “While winners were fully engaged with writing some great chapters in their lives, failures were busy trying to edit their past negative experiences.” - Edmond Mbiaka
Q and A

Q: Do you have a method for making current season plans that applies past experiences? How do you avoid past mistakes?
A: Yes. I use a data management platform for all my clients, that is available for others in need. It’s an online/offline data management tool called Agri data solutions (ADS ). Call me for more details if you want. But most of my clients are on it and I can very easily recall all the happening from last year on it at any time in any place.

A: Yes, better planning and spending time better on doing preventative.

A: At Salisbury Greenhouse, we take very detailed notes on how every crop faired. A few of us meet in June and discuss every detail for every crop (big or small) from the seeding/sticking dates, quantities, what greenhouse they grew in, factors such as where they were retailed on the floor, etc. Then we alter as needed when we start all over again! Detail, detail detail!!!

A: We try to keep track of all the hours for each plot and then look at our return on investment; if it don't pay, we adjust accordingly.

A: We try to keep things on a steady keel, reviewing what worked, what did not from past seasons. If something was found wanting we try to improve the procedure as we go along.
A: I keep written records of most things I do. I use these logs to make plans and I can tweak things that haven't worked in the past.

A: We use a yearly spreadsheet that has dates on it, and recommendations from past experiences. We go over all past year’s info in February/March…when we are feeling keen for spring, but have not much to do yet.

A: By keeping a record or log of past activity and looking back on it, I've been able to side step most mistakes.

Next Month’s ? Looking back on past seasons, are there any noticeable differences with spring now, versus spring in the past?

REMINDER – Berry & Vegetable Price Survey

Having price information is valuable for people of all experience levels, to use as a reference against your own pricing and to compare against when calculating your cost of production and setting your prices.

Each year, I put a call out to producers, asking them to share what they were charging for their fruit and vegetable crops the past season (both u-pick and pre-pick for FM), as well as any price changes that they anticipate for the coming season. From that, I assemble average prices (as well as the range) to share with the industry. IT IS THAT TIME of year again, as experience has shown that earlier is better for everyone involved.

For those readers that get this newsletter electronically, I sent out the formal request in a separate, direct email. I had hoped to publish the summary in the April 2017 edition of Hort Snacks but it will now be May. For those that get this by hard copy, please feel free to send in your information by mail, fax or give me a call. THERE IS STILL TIME TO SHARE!

The following is an outline of the type of information I need.
CropUpick pricePre-pick priceFarmers Market PriceUnit of measure for each market
(e.g. per pound; per head/bunch)
Examples of Crops wantedFruit – strawberries, raspberries, Saskatoon berries, black currant, sour cherries, Haskap, chokecherries, other fruit; Vegetables – beets, carrots, radishes, rutabagas/turnips, corn, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, kale, spinach, lettuce (head and/or leaf), cucumbers (pickling, slicing), potatoes (baby, regular), rhubarb, peas, snap peas, snow peas, beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, Swiss chard, winter squash, zucchini, pumpkins, etc.
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on March 27, 2017.