The field crew here at Pietree loves to learn! We went to the Get Real, Get Maine Agricultural Show in August in early January and learned lots!
We went to many seminars. Many folks think of farming as low-skill, low-knowledge work. In fact, the best farmers are highly skilled, always learning, and need to know a lot about many subjects – from degree days (for when certain common farm pests reach maturity) to the composition of healthy soil to the best locations for and care of particular crops. As we contend with new challenges – especially new pests, climactic changes, and economic shifts – we need to share what we know, what we are trying, what has failed, and what has been successful. Farming knowledge is constantly being tested, advanced, and refined, so there is more to learn every year, no matter how experienced and skilled the farmer. These farming trade shows, like the Get Real, Get Maine Agricultural show combine a trade show floor, with many vendors and community organizational resources, with continuing education classes and networking opportunities.
We found out what’s new to grow in 2014. We are adding at least two new crops to what we grow this year: sweet potatoes and ginger!
We learned about equipment that can help us harvest better and reduce repetitive stress injuries.
We learned more about crops we already grow, including fun facts. Yes! Farming can be fun! We learned how big a kohlrabi can grow.
Members of our field crew attend 4-6 continuing education events per year. Farming well requires a lot of knowledge!