Interview with Ross Peterson
1. Could you tell us a little about the farm conference and what attracted you to this course?
Ross: The workshop was led by Curtis Stone from Green City Acres, teaching his small acreage farming techniques at Rose Creek Farm in Tennessee. It brought together farmers from around the country looking to maximize efficiency, quality, and profits. The host of the conference was Ray and Ashley Tyler, the owners of Rose Creek Farm. Their operation is well-run and inspiring. What attracted me to the conference was getting the most out of a small-acreage farm or market garden.
Check out their farms here:
Green City Acres: http://www.greencityacres.com/
Rose Creek Farms: http://rosecreekfarms.net/
2. What was something that you observed from Rose Creek Farms' production that stood out to you?
Ross: Probably their salad mix production. Ray has perfected the art of growing greens in the middle of the summer in the Tennessee heat.
3. Was there something that surprised you from either conversation or observation during the conference?
Ross: How many people are interested in doing this well. Also, the ability to make this profitable and work. Seeing the examples of Ray and Curtis who are making this work and making it seem accessible to work for others as well.
4. What is one thing that you are looking to implement immediately since leaving the conference?
Ross: Getting all the supplies and things before the season starts. Working towards knocking out projects before the season is in full swing. Really locking down good vendors for the supplies we will need for the upcoming season in the off-season.
5. What is one thing you hope to set as a future goal now after observing Rose Creek farm?
Ross: Simple yet efficient set-up of a post-harvest station. A set-up that is more intuitive and would make harvesting more efficient.
6. What is one goal you have in the 2018 season now that you have wrapped up the 2017 season?
Ross: Expanding the availability of our best-selling vegetables.
7. What is one tool or specific resource (book, farmer, online course....etc) that you learned about or was reinforced for you?
Ross: The utilization of tarps and the benefits of covering ground. I would recommend checking out Curtis Stone's book, The Urban Farmer, if you're interested in a small-acreage farm set-up. That has been a useful resource for us since the start of Shiloh Farm. I've also completed Curtis's online course, but found an in-person course helpful to really observed set-up and production of a working small-acreage farm.
*If interested in looking in Curtis Stone's course or book links are below for your reference: