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The No-Till Growers Podcast Network


Apr 10, 2023

Despite the risk of pivoting their business, Lindsay Steele of Garden Fort in Dexter, Michigan (outside of Ann arbor), chose to switch from farmers markets to direct-to-retail sales and ended up reaping unexpected rewards - from more time with his family to increased profitability.

In this episode, Alex Ball of Old City Acres and Lindsay dig deep into successfully shifting from farmers markets to direct-to-retail sales, selecting profitable crops for year-round production, how clever packaging and branding set their products apart, scaling-up and effectively managing farm labor, and how all of those things contributed to a better work/family balance while farming.

Also mentioned in this episode...

  • Follow Garden Fort on Instagram.
  • They use Rimol Greenhouses Nor'Easter series for year-round greens production.
  • Consider focusing more on high-profit-margin crops like salad greens for year-round production and potential wholesale opportunities.
  • Evaluate your farm's workflow (i.e. wash/pack) and systems (i.e. tarping, reduced tillage) to increase efficiency for a better work/life balance.
  • Consider the benefits of incentivising well-trained and returning farm workers and how that can contribute to the overall success of your farm.

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Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends.

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Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils.

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