Workshop Session: Saturday II
Before you launch or expand a garlic enterprise, you must understand the market as well as your production costs. We’ll use research from Minnesota commercial garlic operations as benchmarks to help you analyze your situation and chart your strategies for pricing and marketing. You’ll also get tips on selecting seed stock and the latest information on garlic diseases and pests and what can or cannot be done about them.
Jerry Ford grows garlic at Living Song Farm in Minnesota. He manages the Minnesota Garlic Festival and the Premium Garlic Project for the Sustainable Farming Association and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.
Ryan Pesch owns Lida Farm, a certified organic vegetable operation in Minnesota with three farm stands, and seasonal CSAs.