Proper cultivation equipment is essential for the success of any organic farm. Jim Kinsel of Honey Brook Organic Farm in Chesterfield uses a wide array of cultivation equipment and is a master at using these implements. Jim started his farm on 3 acres with hand hoes, a rototiller and wheel hoes. Now he is farming over 100 acres of vegetable and fruit crops and uses cultivating tractors such as the Allis Chalmers G, Hefty G, Ford 1710 Offset, Farmall 140s and Kubotas set up with front hitches. His cultivation equipment includes various blind tine cultivators, Crop Care electric weeding carts, rolling cultivators, front mounted Steketee multi row finger weeders, a Steketee joystick guided three point carrier for the Steketee finger weeders, Planet Jr fine sweep cultivators, Buddingh basket and finger weeders, a bed flamer, a Steketee stale bedder and an inexpensive home made precision stale bedder, which you can make for your farm. Come learn from Jim’s experience. He will tell us why he chose the cultivators he uses, how you can effectively use them to manage weeds on your own operation and check out the G tractors he has for sale!
For those who can stay longer, Jim will also show the farm’s circa-1750 house that was recently restored using eco-friendly materials and now is for sale along with the 69-acre farm, the first preserved in the State of New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation Program. He will also show the farm’s produce washing and packing area, which includes a water treatment system with a Sanidate injection system, a homemade stainless steel tank double bubble washer, a triple washer and spin dewaterer.
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