Strategies for efficient harvesting
publication date: Aug 1, 2012
Every year, early in the season, our crew watches an old video, Efficient Harvesting Techniques, made by CSA Works (Food Bank Farm) in Hadley, MA. It’s no longer available, sadly (Michael Docter says “We’ve retired from the film industry to do farming!”). The film has cult movie status with us, and old hands join in on key punch lines. It’s packed with good information. It took me many screenings before I no longer took away a new tip each time I watched. Much of what we have learned is from them. According to Vern Grubinger in his book Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-Up to Market at Food Bank Farm, “On an average day, 5,000 pounds of produce is brought in by noon by five people working for seven hours each. That works out to nearly 145 pounds per hour per person.”
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