Thoughts on Goals Moving Forward

Operations Directions

Short Term – 2022

  • Review: Current 2022 crop planning features 6-7 acres of food production crops for neighbors in need:

  • 6-7 acres of Potatoes total; 3.5 acres at Becker’s

    • 3+/- of those above acres, in Potatoes at the KU Heritage Center.

  • Support Acres:

  • Non-GMO, Conventional Soybean rotation at remaining Heritage Center (HC) & Owen’s acres. ∙ Zawaski Plot; attempt plant in GMO Field Corn, and Noecker’s Plot as well.

  • Lenich’s Plot to maintenance, or GMO Corn.

  • Rye Cover Crop in post potato production plots expected ounce again.

  • Bean Picker – PROCURED - HC will be assorted string beans and peas, utilizing former some field corn & soybean acres. My try double cropping plots.

    • 2 Acres Snap Green Beans

    • 2 Acres Yellow Wax Beans

    • .5-1 Acre Snap Peas

Near Term – 2022

    • Operate per past norms, forward.

    • Largest food crop expansion since 2011 with Bean Harvester procurement.

Goals for 2022

    • 1. √ Placed the December 2021 order for 250, 50 pound seed potato bags being 12,500 pounds for 2022, with Ed Shenk of Weaver's Ace Hardware, which are being 100% donated.

    • 2. Business Board Meeting.

    • 3. Seed Potatoes are Scheduled to be cut in public invited Sessions, Saturday & Sunday 1PM-4P April 23rd and 24th, at Becker's St. Peter's EL Church.

    • 4. Hope to produce 60,000 - 80,000 pounds of potatoes to be harvested and distributed to local food pantries, via the Helping Harvest Food Bank Reading, for Berks & Schuylkill Counties.

    • 5. Request and desire to purchase a String Bean Harvester - DONE. Sweet Corn Harvester, possibility - searching for an affordable mechanical harvester to enable this project.

    • 6. Desire to upgrade and add field equipment - Visit the Wish List Page on Website.

    • 7. Desire to expand field farming operations with additional acres being placed into the program close ranging from KU Heritage Center, particularly for Field Corn and Soybean Project toward sustainability, which helps support the "potato project" successive year Spring startup, if/as the opportunity for additional land is presented. Would like 3-5Acre size plots "the farther out we need to travel". Or, if Bean Picker, and or Sweet Corn Picker realized, work out of “sustainability” project.

    • 8. String Bean Project. Sweet Corn Project startup; searching for associated harvest equipment which may be found available. The String Bean Project (Green String Beans, Yellow Wax, Snap Peas, Lima Beans - achived).

    • 9. Consideration for physical facilities to be added for storage of Combine and additional equipment, being two additional carports type structures.

Looking for this expansion equipment items in 2022:

    • Additional CAPEX Purchases under consideration. Used equipment unless otherwise noted.

    • a. Sweet Corn Harvester (Desired)

    • b. String Bean Harvester (Acquired)

    • c. 1Row Hands-on assist Potato Digger (Desired)

    • d. Acquire an accessible 1 Acre of land Place Office, Equipment Storage, Produce Storage

    • Processing Facility, Equipment, Maintenance Shop, as an Operations Center. ∙ Acquire additional equipment to improve stability of food crop operations. See Website WishList Page.

    • Acquire additional field food crop automation equipment. See Website WishList Page. Manned potato digger, sweet corn harvester, String bean harvester, Other.

    • Additional Farm Land - receive into the project for use to support and expand what we are doing and would like to do – 70, 150, 200, 750 upwards to 1000 Acres and 1Millions pounds of grown and donated fresh food to regional hungry neighbors in need. From a facility for Farming, Food Storage and Processing Facilities, Retreat Center, Cabin Housing, Worship Center, Modern Meeting and Education Center, and Other related activities.