In This Episode, I talk to Tim Clymer from Threefold Farm, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, who specializes in unusual fruits for the Susquehanna Valley region.
We talk about his orchard business as well as his climate battery greenhouses in this exciting and educational episode!
>> About Tim’s internship and how it helped him with his own business 6:20
>> What a typical day looks like on his farm 8:15
>> How he handles invasive plants and rodents 9:25
>> What his climate battery greenhouses are and the details around how he built them and the economics of them 12:30
>> What Penn State added to his study of the greenhouse systems he created 20:22
>> How he manages time and projects for his orchard 36:00
>> What he says has been the hardest thing about being a farmer 39:38
>> Who Tim’s mentors are and where/how he continues to learn 41:34
>> How Tim has forged local business relationships 46:40
About the Guest
Tim Clymer and his wife Katherine own and operate Threefold Farm in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Threefold Farm is an orchard specializing in unusual fruits, ranging from kiwi berries to pawpaws, figs, and persimmons. Threefold Farm markets to local restaurants and food hubs and offers a seasonal farm stand and u-pick on the property.
Both Tim and Katherine are first generation farmers and the farm was named after their Threefold Purpose: Grow Deeply, Serve Joyfully, Teach with Humility.
Resources and mentions
Threefold Farm Website, Facebook, Instagram
General Threefold Farm Website
Climate Battery Greenhouse: (leads to other climate battery sections within the site)
PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture):
Fruit and Nut Compass – It’s not available yet, but when it is, it’ll be available at: http://www.veggiecompass.com/
SARE project: https://projects.sare.org/sare_project/lnc16-376/
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Kirsten JensenJanuary 30, 2020 7:32 am
VERY interesting podcast, and av VERY interesting farm! The system of heatsaving sounds very promising, even to us in Sweden, probably meaning at least 2-4 month longer growing season, and an allmost secure way of avoiding frost damage in the spring and autumn, since cold nights allmost allways are proceeded by sunny days. Thank you very much for the tips! Sincerely Kirsten Jensen, County Board of Agriculture West Sweden