Is it too early to be talking about Crop Planning?
I usually only give this workshop in November to January when my fields are frozen and under a foot of snow. The classic time to plan out what you want to grow next year.
But I realize not everyone is on the same planning cycle as me.
And it might just be time to talk about Crop Planning if ...
- You farm in a different hemisphere and July is your ideal planning season.
- You grow in a much hotter climate - and summer is the time to take a break and reflect and plan.
- You don’t have a farm yet and you want to start planning as soon as possible to make your first growing season a success.
- You are in my climate, and you want to make sure you have all your planning tools on hand so that you’re ready for some effective crop planning as soon as the season is over.
Or maybe you just love crop planning, in which case it is always time to crop plan.
Whatever your motivations, come on out to …
Build A Better Crop Plan!!!
photo: Sharif Mirshak
What you'll learn in this workshop
- The Anatomy Of A Crop Plan
- Common Problems Farmers Have With Their Planning Spreadsheets
- 3 Cornerstones For Efficient Crop Plan Spreadsheets
- The Spreadsheet Tool To Solve Almost All Your Spreadsheet Problems (that might actually be a bit over promising - but this tool will definitely improve all of your spreadsheets!)
- And A Crop Plan Template You Can Use On Your Farm
Meet Your Workshop Guide
Hey there, I’m Dan Brisebois
Farmer by day, spreadsheet maniac by early morning. (Asleep by night)
On a continual quest to keep farm systems simple and give farmers the tools to be able to keep farming.
I want to see soil and seed stewards across the landscape. I think it’s the best way that we can keep communities rooted in the land.
Every month I’m here with another online workshop to bring you systems and spreadsheets to better manage your farm so that you can keep farming!
Here’s are some facts about where I farm
Tourne-Sol co-operative farm is in Les Cèdres,Québec (that’s in Canada)
Tourne-Sol is a play on the French tournesol which means sunflower. The play on words is that it also means turn the soil.
The farm runs as a workers coop (I’m one of the founding members)
In 2005 we were 5 coop members. Now we have 7 coop members + 12 non coop members
Non coop members can become members over time
- 7 acres of organic vegetables
- 1 acre of organic seeds
- 4+ acres in full year cover crops in our rotation cycle
- There are also a lot of flowers in our fields
In 2005, we had 110 CSA members and 2 farmers markets. Now, we’ve phased out markets and have 500 weekly CSA baskets
In 2005, seed sales were $700. These days we sell more seeds than vegetables - we have an online seed store and seed racks in 150+ stores
This is what the farm looks like now, it is ever changing