I’m writing this post from my new office. It’s in my new (to me) home in Matthews, NC. You folks in the Charlotte area have embraced the ideas of the Successful Gardener so warmly and enthusiastically that it just makes sense to make the area my base of operations. Thanks to all of you that take my classes, schedule a consultation, or keep up with me by social media.
This week’s tip
Last week we learned a lot about canning jars, so this week, we’ll concentrate on the workhorse of the canning kitchen, the canner. Basically, there are 2 types of canners, the water bath canner and the pressure canner. A water bath canner is essentially a big, deep pot. The jars full of food go in, water is added, the lid placed on the canner, and it’s put on the stove to heat. That’s vastly oversimplified, BTW.
This is a good segue to the main canning methods. They are the boiling water bath method and the pressure canning method. I’ll let the National Center for Home Food Preservation give you detail on each method. Boiling water bath method can be found here and pressure canning here.
Modern pressure canners have a locking lid and gasket to maintain pressure, along with a dial or weighted gauge that regulates and maintains the pressure. If you use a pressure canner, make sure your seal is in good shape, and have the canner pressure tested every year or so. If you do this, your canner should give you good service for a long time.
Here’s where I’ll be this week.
I’m in the Mathews area all week. It snowed in Virginia, so I didn’t get to make that trip last week.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:00-9:00 PM,
The Cash and the Cost-Share.
RCCC’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, 660 Concord Parkway N., Concord 28027
This is a FREE seminar! Here’s more info
Ag Entrepreneurs, or Agripreneurs create new ways of solving problems and creating value while using and protecting our natural resources. They meet the needs of our society while nourishing our families and developing our communities. They may create new production methods, or even new ways to do business. Tonight we’ll look at the financial aspects of farming; enterprise budgets, cash flow projections, tax strategies to help you keep more of what you made, and the surprisingly numerous ways that Federal and State governments can help you do some things with your business.
EVEN IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TO ANY OR ALL OF THE CLASSES, you can come to this class. And remember, it’s a FREE class!
NO Farm Business Management Class this week. Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, NC **This is a curriculum course and registration is closed for the semester. I teach Farm Business Management at CCCC, based on my work, Cash Crop: Cultivating Profit In Your Farm or Food Business. You can cultivate profit in the same way you cultivate your crops. Good planning helps you work ON your business as much as you work IN your business. Creating and analyzing enterprise and whole farm budgets cultivate the farm’s operation in order to grow your farm’s profits.
This class can be offered at your community college, too. Contact me to find out how.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:00-9:00PM Sustainable Agriculture 101
Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC Registration is now CLOSED. Sustainable Ag 102, Field & Greenhouse Management, begins May 17.
Demand for sustainable or organically grown products continues to increase. USDA Certified Organic produce is in short supply at all major grocery stores. Opportunities abound IF you can produce a quality product, grow in sufficient quantities, and know the proper marketing channels. I’ve been teaching farmers to cultivate profit since 1996. Come join us at the Lomax Farm to learn how to grow good food in a certified organic farm. We’re going to be on a working farm, so dress appropriately. That includes dressing for wet, cold weather.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 9AM-2PM, In the Greenhouse at Renfrow’s!
Renfrow Hardware, 188 North Trade Street, Matthews, NC
More info here.
Come see me for all your gardening needs, from fresh transplants, great products for the garden, or the best selection of seeds in the Charlotte region! Got a problem? Bring it to us. Need to understand a soil test recommendation? We’ll interpret it for you. Come see us!
How can I help you?
Late Winter/early Spring is a great time to take stock of what’s going on in the garden and landscape. Last year’s growing season is behind you, and with leaves down you can see the architecture of your landscape clearly. You can get a head start on Spring or finish up those Fall projects. I’ve designed and installed all kinds of landscapes, from formal herb gardens to Permaculture homesteads. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested in a home landscape consultation, contact me here.
I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.
In these times of great opportunity for small business owners, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.
Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener! Hope to see you sometime this week!
Peace, Grace, & Love,