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224. Farm Manager at Dig Inn | Larry Tse | Boston • NYC
23rd April 2018 • GREEN Organic Garden Podcast • Jackie Marie Beyer
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Let’s start with a meal.

DIG-ISMS

special delivery

I have a family

organic county

It’s a really cool

our focus is on seasonal and local american food

supply chain

locally grown produce

NY PA

vermont and New Hampsi

local food

fresh food at a

eating well is expensive

healthy bowl 12-15$

protein

starch

vegetables

50 farm partners

ne weekend

and

our own farm

last year

we farmed 6-12

In the Hudson Valley

Oranig county

black dirt region

unique piece of land

background

are

enormous

glacial lake

farma

we consider ourselves stewards of the land

don’t have to do much

don’t have to lay compost

time over time

cover cropping

never bare

yep I manage the farm

6th year of farming

first season on this particular piece of land

hired me to come on

planning and budgeting

I was born in 1990…

well I went to school at George washington U

agriculture

wwoofing

beet and avocado farm

CSA

Australia

worked for a couple of months in Australia

fell in love with the ag part

volunteered

northern va

marlyand and VA

farming

volunteer farming

managed one of the cities farmer’s markets

introduction into the thing

move to NYC after graduating

buying for a restaurant

northern spy food co

first farm to table

ride a bike to the farmer’s market

chef

ag policy

enventironmental studies

coursework

food studies food justice

theoretical understanding

macro level policy

industry

govern

non profits

I liked getting my hands dirty

CSA PA in suburbs

20 acre

3-500

time of year

300 full shares

big farm

vegetables

3 acres of fruits

8 acre orchard

apprentice there for 2 years

took over the management

no one is ever prepared to run a farm

make some mistakes

hopefully

12 acres

we grow a little bit of everything

growing for dig in

whole sale buyer

12 different things at the same time

grow more

3 weeks pick 2000 bunches of scallions

grow a lot

few things that we

persian cucumbers

really popular dish for us

this one dish

comes from our farm

so many restaurants one farm couldn’t serve all of them

supply our own chain with our own farm

teach our chefs

have the public

interesting things

example last year

10 different kinds of heirlooms

taste testing for our chefs

work with our partners

10 acres

test kitchen of a farm

grow a little bit of everything

no

50

40 different kinds of vegetables

80 varieties

when I was managing that farm

my background

bolser up selling program

what kind of restaurant

cafe we liked to go to

malverne butery

suburbs of philly

walked in between 3-4

bunch of catalogs

chef was there

Im a farmer

Im intersted in growing for you

your food is great

im

seed catalog

I like this variety

a whole plan

thses amounts

different restaurants

I wanna work with you

so this can be a productive relationship

I said I would grow this amount of food

I’m onna hav eit these particular weeks

menu for the year

have it down in writing

I’m gonna send cauliflwoer in early june

really gratifying

to work with a chef

oh Ill grow

800 bed feet of cauliflower

Im gorw 600

yeah it’s definitely in the winter

late fall

another time when I try to get in

larger

winter sort of

a lot of restaurants are always gonna have a plan b

there gonna understand that thins are gonna go wrong

true believers in

diseases issues

cretain amount of leeway

hey we had a really bad year

getting a great

something you said

we grew a lot of strawberries

case of strawberries

have them for free

let

great to bring something you’re really proud of

you know you’ve done really well

we plan it out in the beginning of the season

we’re not gonna have that much in the winter

they can make other arrangements

mainly on CSA

it was a CSA focus farm

4 high tunnels

grow through the winter

people who specialize in winter growing

people who are very into winter growing

leave the summer to rest of other farmers

not a glut of farmers

make their own thing work

there’s a lot of people in the market

if I’m

my parents always kept a garden

chinese chives

which really take no maintenance

grow and produce

little plot of chines chives growing up

my first was working in Australia

first farm I was at

beet and avocado farm

farmer who was very ecological conscious

there would be a time when the oil ran out

few years

his tractor broke

Im not gonna use a tractor anymore

intense system of cover coping

manual

great way

see the concepts of what a machine does by hand

what needed to be done to the earth

that was a really

there are probably

movement of permaculture

they are more aware of the environmental issues that are pressing

Tell me about your first gardening experience?

 

Which activity is your least favorite activity to do in the garden.

What I have found the more you do something the less of a pain it becomes

  • I used to hate putting out row cover
  • you do it a few times
  • 1st time it’s terrible
  • don’t like putting out sprinkler lines
  • heavy and difficult to manage
  • like everything
  • a lot of people like to glamorize
  • get through it and preservere
  • I certainly couldn’t be than

My mother

northeast over abundance of water

very few areas

takng notes

seeing what works what does

tdry farm gonna be different

observing taking notes

black dirt

coming from soil in pa

figured out there are things

carrots

really

figuring out what are your

lands strength

working your

What is your favorite activity to do in the garden?

I love transplanting

its one of my favorite

water wheel

it is sensually a giant rack with

one water tank

fill it up

there are a set of

depends on what your planting

one two or three wheels

spikes

water line

into the wheel

punch holes in the ground

dropping

water in the holes

carnival ride

riding along

large machine

throwing plants

transplant almost everything

brassicas

curcurbits

black dirt is very

weed pressure

transplant as much

root crops

we use

a good amount of plastic mulch

because of the weed pressure

without it

mulch will suppress a lot of weeds

the only thing that pokes through is the transplant

bare gound

the transplant hav ea jump start on th weeds

create a canopy over the bed

3 weeks 4 weeks

growing in the greenhouse

not weeding

when I was in college

after I graduated

new thing

johnnys sells it

the paper claw transplanter

trays we use

trays are biodgradable

put it in

push it like

unravels like a chain

transplant

just by using it through the ground

small market

trying to to hire

very cool very satisfying to watch

our scale is a little too large to use it

someone

needing to hire someone

get through really busy

What is the best gardening advice you have  ever received?

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