[Market-farming] Fun thoughts

Jason Jones JJones at thehomestead.org
Fri Aug 22 14:09:27 EDT 2008

Imagine for a moment that you have been given a small farm, 50 acres or
so, and an unlimited amount of money to purchase the equipment you need
to grow fruit and vegetables.  What would you buy and why?  Which pieces
of equipment do you have or have you seen used, that would make your
operation run that much better.  Think tillage, seeding, cultivation,
harvest, and processing.      
I know this is a lot like sitting around wasting time thinking about
what you would do with the millions you could win from the lottery, but
there is an aim.  Our CSA is considering a significant amount of growth
and we may, in the future, be able to purchase some equipment to
accommodate some of the growth.  We currently use a 80 hp tractor,
moldboard plow and 6' roto-tiller for our tillage; we have a plastic
laying bed maker, broadcast seeder and a couple of mowers.  I am
interested especially in those pieces of equipment you think you could
not do without and those things you know would help you increase your
productivity.  Thanks in advance for your input.          

Jason Jones
Farm Manager
JJones at TheHomestead.org
(515) 957-3361

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