The No-Till Micro-Scale Flower Farm Online Workshop
In this On-Demand workshop, Megan and Jonathan Leiss of Spring Forth Farm share their firsthand experiences including practical business management and the flower growing techniques they have learned over the years from their own micro-farm and homestead. Micro-farming is an excellent way to have a rewarding farm business that doesn’t take over your life, but it requires different business strategies than a larger farm.
The strategies shared are applicable for a range of business sizes from a few beds in your yard up to half an acre (or larger). Learn about farm design, sales, and planning. Megan and Jonathan introduce the system for no-till farming that they use on Spring Forth Farm.
No-till is an especially good fit for the micro-farm due to its low infrastructure investment and efficient use of space. Covering everything from bed making and cover cropping to crop planting and eventually, clearing out your flowers. This class provides a comprehensive overview of their no-till farming techniques.
In this course you will learn:
- Ideas for designing your own micro-farm business to fit your life
- Which sales outlets are viable for a micro-farm
- Techniques for growing and harvesting flowers with no-till methods
- The steps to build and manage permanent raised beds
- How to prepare, plant and clean out your no-till garden beds
- Different methods to seed and terminate cover crops with no-till methods
- How to use occultation as a way to break down cover crops and suppress weeds without disturbing the soil
- See the course syllabus here.
While this class is geared towards flower farmers, the growing methods you will learn are easily transferable to any type of garden in many different settings. See you in class!
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What is NOT Included in This Course:
This course is focused on specific practices relevant to succeeding with a no-till, micro-scale flower farm. It is not a comprehensive flower farming course. For an in-depth dive into flower farming topics such as specific flowers’ growing requirements, seed starting, and other aspects of farming, consider our Flower Farming Schools.
This course was exactly what I needed! I took it for the no till info, but was pleasantly surprised by to find it also met my needs in regards to business life goals, eliminating burnout, and focusing on family. It was just what I was looking for! What a treasure.
Was glad that I took this course. Though I grow in a much smaller area there were still things I learned that I could implement to help me grow better.
Great class! Plenty of how-to videos that are well thought out. Megan and Jonathan share many practical tips to help you succeed! I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed taking this class!
This course was phenomenal. I have wanted to pursue no-till for a long time, but never knew where to begin, so I just continued doing what I’ve always done. Jonathan and Megan share the practical advice of how to get it done and gave me the confidence to try it out. So many logistical questions are answered… Involving both no-till methods and flower farming in general. I love how they include details related to family, relationships, and avoiding burnout. Truly so comprehensive… Highly recommended!
Meet Jonathan and Megan Leiss
Jonathan was a guest on The Flower Podcast in 2020 discussing why and how they apply no-till practices to their micro farm. Listen here.
Megan and Jonathan Leiss are the flower farmers and homesteaders of Spring Forth Farm in Hurdle Mills, NC. They grow a half acre of cut flowers plus a large vegetable garden along with their one-year old helper daughter, Julianne.
The Leiss’s tend their cut flower micro-farm and sell wholesale to florists and designers in the Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina area. Megan and Jonathan have chosen to focus their business on spring flower sales, which has helped them to better manage their labor throughout the year.
Spring Forth Farm strives to put Mother Nature first by using environmentally sound practices such as permanent raised beds, no-till farming methods, and cover cropping. They strongly believe that a healthy and balanced quality of life makes organic farming a viable career for anyone and their innovative approach to their business is refreshing and inspiring.
The Leiss’s are members of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Their farm was featured on the 2018 National Conference tour. In 2016 Jonathan and Megan were selected as Mother Earth News Homesteaders of the Year. You will also find Spring Forth Farm included in Andrew Mefferd’s book The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution.
Note of Interest: Read more and listen to Jonathan and Megan’s interview on the Slow Flowers Podcast here.
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