My brother arranged for us to meet with several farmers, including Richard Wiswall, co-owner of Cate Farm and author of a fantastic book called The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook. Richard gave us a tour of his farm, including some really cool greenhouse efficiencies that he created. He also offered some of the best farming advice I've heard: Figure out what you like to grow. Then figure out how to do it profitably. I guess that's what I'll be doing this winter.
|space-efficient seeding setup (including a trough for potting soil with a trapdoor for loading from outside, which is barely visible on the far right side of the photo)|
|super-cool trolley car for moving seedling trays from one place to another, within or between greenhouses|
I'm not totally sure why they took the outside off, but it still seemed to work pretty well.
We also went to the legendary Bread and Puppet Theater for a performance by some of Vermont's oldest and most radical puppeteers. These are people who really understand that politics and entertainment can be one, and they should always be accompanied by food.
|the crowd gathers for free bread and hot tea before the show|