SNAP beneficiaries approved for CSA subscriptions

The very thing that makes the community supported agriculture (CSA) model a boon for farmers—customers pay for the whole season up front, enabling growers to purchase seeds, tools, and other supplies—has rendered CSA programs inaccessible to many low-income Americans, who typically don’t have several hundred dollars to spend all at once. But thanks to new language in last year’s Farm Bill, things are changing. Before the passage of the 2014 bill, farmers were able to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, but USDA regulations required that payments be credited weekly, at the point of pickup. Not only did that rob farmers of early-season buying power; it also cost them hours spent processing the transactions each week (SNAP works on an electronic debit system).

CSA boxes featured in Grower Talks

Thank you Grower Talks Magazine for featuring our reusable and sanitizable CropBoxes in the September 2015 issue. The CropBoxes were one of the select new products featured at the Cultivate15 trade show in Columbus, Ohio.

CropBoxes featured in September 2015 issue of Grower Talks

Check out Sierra Bounty CSA farm

If you reside in Mammoth Lakes, CA, be sure to check out Sierra Bounty Product Collective CSA program. CSA (community sustained agriculture) farms provide fresh food from local farms to people in the community. Shares at Sierra Bounty include a large selection of produce from A-Z:

Happy Customers from Sierra Bounty with a new shipment of fresh produce from their CSA innitativeApples
Baby Spinach
Bell Peppers
Bok Choy
Butter Lettuce
Farm Fresh Eggs
Fresh Herbs
Heirloom Tomatoes
Japanese Turnips
New Potatoes
Pole Beans
Rainbow And Swiss Chard
Rainier Cherries
Romaine Lettuce
Sweet Italian Peppers
Sunburst Squash
Zucchini And More!

Solexx Greenhouse Covering a Sound Investment for Energy Conservation

Polar Vortex events make upgrading to energy efficient greenhouse covering even more urgent.Last year’s Polar Vortex and this year’s major snow events illustrate how these larger scale weather occurrences have a major impact on reducing the payback period for greenhouse energy conservation projects. As outside temperatures drop below normal, energy consumption goes up, and heavy snow fall can force growers to heat an empty greenhouse or heat an active greenhouse at temperatures higher than would be needed in a normal year. With a more efficient greenhouse covering, these added costs can be reduced. When you take a good hard look at the numbers, it makes more sense than ever to invest in energy efficient greenhouse covering.

Apply now for Oregon energy tax credits

The Oregon Department of Energy is accepting applications for the Energy Incentives Program’s Small Premium Projects from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The State has approximately $1 million in tax credits available for theseprojects. For application materials and other information, please visit the department’s webpage at:

Tree Guards – Perfect for Your Ornamental Trees

Farm Wholesale tree guards have been used in the Nursery industry for many years.  They provide an easy, inexpensive solution to pests, frost, machinery damage and sunscald. Many types of trees need tree guards because of their thin cambium layer. If this layer, that is directly under the outside bark of a tree, is damaged it can affect the growth of the tree and even cause death. Growers across the country have reaped the benefits of their Farm Wholesale tree guards.

Tree Guards offer effective protection for many tender tree varieties.

A recent testimonial from one of our tree guard customers:

Here is a list of varieties where I use the trunk protectors. All the varieties on the spreadsheet are the ones where we use trunk protectors to prevent winter crack and sunscald. Some winters if I start seeing jack rabbit damage, I go ahead and put the trunk protectors on to solve the problem. Usually Jack Rabbits attack my malus varieties. The most common malus they like to eat are the Malus ‘Radiant’ Malus ‘Prairie Rose’ and Malus ‘Brandywine’. They can totally destroy those trees by eating the outer bark on the first 12″ of the tree trunk. Also putting trunk protectors on as we harvest and ship helps tremendously with equipment damage. We are more than happy if you use our name and company to back up this information.

Was your greenhouse poly film shredded by Sandy?

The Dwight School in Manhattan, just next to Central Park, has a Solexx greenhouse on the roof of their five story building.

“Our greenhouse survived Hurricane Sandy with no damage” were the words used by Barry Gragg of the Dwight School.

No matter what size greenhouse you are growing plants in, if you haven’t seen Solexx, now is the time to call and get a sample.  Another Nor’ Easter has already hit New England.

Are you ready for the next one?  Could this be the year you replace film on your greenhouse more than once?

USDA Adds Solexx to Virtual Grower

The USDA has added Solexx Twin-Wall polyethylene greenhouse covering to its list of materials to cover greenhouses.

What does this mean to you?  It means you can create a virtual greenhouse just like your real one and compare covering materials to see what gives you the best insulation value and saves you the most in fuel costs.  It couldn’t be easier.

If you are a greenhouse grower who heats all winter, and you have double poly film or polycarbonate on your greenhouse, Solexx will pay for itself in 2-4 years depending on your location and heating schedule.