Episode 87. Crop Planning 101

In this episode, we hear a conversation between Rockiell Woods, director of NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office in Jackson, Mississippi, and Sam Humphrey, director of the NCAT Demonstration Farm at Piney Woods School near Jackson. The purpose of the farm is to give hands-on training to farmers and producers in the region, as well as to the students of Piney Woods.

This Demonstration Farm is part of Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative, NCAT’s multifaceted food-justice project, which is working to improve access to healthy, culturally appropriate food for historically disadvantaged communities throughout Mississippi. It’s funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Rockiell, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, asks Sam about his crop-planning process for the farm, which markets produce both to the school and through a community supported agriculture (CSA) subscription.

They talk about how to start developing a crop plan and its importance for both production and marketing.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Rockiell Woods directly at rockw@ncat.org and Sam Humphrey at samh@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Scheduling Vegetable Plantings for Continuous Harvest

ATTRA: Voices from the Field: Crop Planning and Labor Costs

Beginning Farmer Tutorials

Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships

NCAT Demonstration Farm Instagram

Other Resources:

W.K. Kellog Foundation

The Piney Woods School Facebook

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You also can stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

Keep up with NCAT/ATTRA’s SIFT farm at its website.

Also check out NCAT’s Regional Offices’ websites and Facebook Pages!

Southwest Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Western Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Rocky Mountain West Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Southeast Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Northeast Regional Office: Website / Facebook