Consulting is a bit of a catch-all phrase for many kinds of work I’ve done with folks who have everything from small gardens up to hundreds of acres of production. My specialty is small, diversified vegetable growing for direct markets.
I offer services from hour long meetings in the office, to years long relationships in the field. As of the start of 2017 my schedule is very busy but I’m always interested in hearing about new projects.
I have over a decade of experience and bring an engineering background to the following areas:
- Detailed crop planning and tracking systems – simplifying planning and record keeping
- Cultivation – both hand and tractor systems
- Crop Rotations – setting up rotations for improved production, and crop health
- Cover Crops – simple applications for maximizing weed control, improving soil quality
- Irrigation Systems – maximizing health, minimizing water use
- Apprentice Education Programs – making a system that works for everyone
- Greenhouse management
- Planting and seeding
- Harvest and post harvest
My experience is in organic production systems but the systems that I can help you with are applicable to most farms and gardens. If I can’t help you, I’ll try to be up front about that as well, and do my best to find you someone who can.
For most projects, a half day rate of $250, plus expenses, is the usual charge. There are some projects that are done at an hourly rate, or where a flat fee is given. For a consultation e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing Information Freely
During my apprenticeship in farming I was introduced to the tradition of sharing equipment and information freely with neighbors in need. So much of my farming knowledge has come freely and generously from farming friends, neighbors, and friends of neighbors. This free dissemination of knowledge is crucially important to maintain, although it comes slowly. Paying for a consultation is simply a way for you to speed up the process and to guarantee that it comes in a more timely and cohesive manner. I am still happy to talk to anyone about farming, absolutely free, when I have the time. I love growing food and I always learn something from talking to other growers. I’m also working on putting up as much information on production as possible at joshvolk.com.