Ep 49. Robyn Calvey on Growing a Farm Business with CSA

I talk to Robyn Calvey, owner/operator of Park Ridge Organics, a certified organic vegetable farm in eastern Wisconsin. The farm has been growing since 2003 and provides a customized share experience for 370 CSA members during the standard season (June-October) as well as an extended season (Nov-Dec). The farm also sells via wholesale and at a large local farmers’ market. With a dedicated and skillful crew, Robyn is able to enjoy the farm life and a life outside of the farm as a mother and knitter.

In This Episode:

>> How Robyn focuses on the farm as a business

>> Why they don’t grow potatoes, winter squash, corn or fruit crops

>> How the Harvie software has been a game-changer for their farm and has allowed them to provide customized shares for CSA members

>> How using a transparent task board is the best method for managing their team tasks

>> Why Robyn believes that farmers should be paid a fair wage and how they’ve worked that into their business structure

>> How Robyn’s favorite farm tool is a red Victorinox knife

About the Guest

Robyn owns and operates Park Ridge Organics in eastern Wisconsin, a certified organic vegetable farm. The farm has been growing since 2003 and provides a customized share experience during the standard season (June-October) as well as an Extended Season (Nov-Dec). The farm also sells via wholesale and at a large local farmers market. With a dedicated and skillful crew, Robyn is able to enjoy the farm life AND a life outside of the farm as a mother and knitter.

Resources and mentions

Park Ridge Organics Website

Harvie CSA software discount: use the code ‘growingfarmers’ to get $200 off at https://www.harvie.farm/forfarmers/

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