In today’s episode, we discuss an innovative farm sale method that keeps the land in farming called a ground lease transfer with Jeremy Barker Plotkin of Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst, Massachusetts. Simple Gifts Farm is currently up for sale via a ground lease transfer, and we talk about how this method works. We also discuss his experiences over 17 years at the farm, including several SARE grants, innovative no-till systems, nutrient balancing greenhouse tomatoes to control aphids, and sales growing 6X over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.


In Shop Talk with Neversink Farm, we chat about new tools, old tools, how they can benefit your farm and tips to use them successfully with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Tools, which manufactures tools for farmers.


In this episode of Shop Talk with Neversink Farm, we discuss how to keep mice from eating germinating seeds in the propagation house. Since mice will hoard seeds for winter when they can get them, sometimes poor germination is actually due to mice stealing the seeds, or nipping them off shortly after germination. We discuss methods to keep mice from getting to your seeds while they are germinating in flats.


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