Organic Field Day

Spring High Tunnel Vegetable Production

 

Hallie Anderson and Lisa Talbott
10th Street Farm & Market
Afton, Minn.

 

Attendees toured 10th Street Farm & Market, an intensive half-acre farm outside of beautiful Afton, Minn. We learned about movable high tunnels for extended-season production, and the farm’s strong crop rotation plan. Hallie and her mom Lisa discussed their 3-season CSA and on-farm market. They¬† also discussed efficient practices that allow them to keep paid labor to a minimum and even take weekends off!

The field day began in the farm market. CSA members pick up their shares when the market is open, Thursday evening or Friday morning. The market is right next to the field, so it’s easy for Hallie and Lisa to help customers and get some work done at the same time. CSA shares are packed into reusable bags with the farm’s logo on them, so if customers forget to return them at least the farm is getting some free advertising!

Lisa holds up a CSA bag for everyone to see

Daily to-do list with a map of the fields

 

 

10th Street Farm & Market is very organized. Hallie described her employee management system, which centers around a white board map of the fields and daily to-do list that she fills out for herself, Lisa, and their two employees. Lisa stressed the importance of cleanliness in the market, saying that no one wants to buy food from a dirty place.

 

White board with maps of the fields

 

Next, Hallie told us about their greenhouse production. They use a paper pot transplanter for all of their greens, and soil blocks for larger seedlings. The greenhouse is going all year long with microgreens, which they sell wholesale.

The second half of the field day was spent in the fields, talking about the movable high tunnels. Hallie’s dad and Lisa’s husband Andy recently automated all of the vents in one of the high tunnel, cutting down on labor costs. The rest of the high tunnels will be automated soon.

A number of pieces of small farming equipment, including a BCS walk-behind tractor and several automated hand tools were on display. It was a small but effective fleet to keep the 1/2-acre farm productive and weed free!

High tunnel greens two weeks after snow!

 

Handouts from the field day:

 

 

 

 

 

Farm hosts:

Hallie Anderson and Lisa Talbott
Hallie Anderson and her mom, Lisa Talbott, own and operate 10th St. Farm and Market in Afton, Minn. Started in 2011, the half-acre farm offers a 3-season CSA, sells wholesale to local co-ops and restaurants, and has a well-attended farm stand. The farm features intensive growing practices, 3 movable, unheated high tunnels, and a small greenhouse in production all year long. Andy Talbott (Hallie’s dad and Lisa’s husband), Sean Anderson (Hallie’s husband), and baby Willa all play supporting roles.

 

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