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Living with the land

while making a living

A Market Farming Series With Jim Kovaleski

Now that our YouTube series with Jim has come to a close, we share some of our favorite moments from our days in Maine -  here for you to enjoy.  We offer these special highlights as our gift to the growing community, who are working together to create an even better  grass roots food movement.  You will find 74 minutes of Jim's summer market days in Maine among the 6 videos we created below.

 

We've produced a considerable amount of free content for everyone & are also currently creating an 8-12 hour video course that is geared towards those who are looking for a more in-depth focus.  The foundations of the content are beneficial for everyone, regardless of climate, but just to be transparent - we will also be offering an extended version for our fellow Florida residents, once Jim travels back down in October.  See more details below & be sure to subscribe for our emails to be notified with news regarding this one-of-a-kind course.

Jim has been a pivotal role model for us since 2011, when we first began to grow food.  At the time, we were making far too many mistakes with our early farming practices, so Jim's advice came at just the right moment & helped us beyond measure.  We owe the foundation of our success to Jim's influence & now it is your turn to spend a week with Jim, at your own viewing convenience & pleasure...


We are condensing down countless hours of footage to create an 8-12 hour course featuring:

  1. Grass-Fed Vegetables

  2. Apples, Blueberries, Raspberries & Many More Cold Climate Fruits

  3. The Art of the Scythe: Everything You Need to Know

  4. Annual & Perennial Polycultures 

  5. Planting Grids for Esthetics + Intensive Planting

  6. Tangible Planning & Site Analysis

  7. When Permaculture Doesn't Always Work: Ethics Over Technique (visual examples)

  8. Land Connections & Observation

  9. Hugelkultur vs. Hugeleski?

  10. Seeds & Starts: Suggested Varieties 

  11. Soil Blocks 101: Step-by-Step, Unique Ingredients, Planting Instructions & More Tips

  12. Crop Circle Squash & Other Unique Methods for Growing Potatoes, Melons, Garlic & Onions

  13. Books & Resources

  14. Specialty Equipment & Tools That Work Forever

  15. Harvesting & Market Preparation

  16. Connecting to the Community & The Land

  17. Journal & Record Keeping

  18. Farmers' Market Display Tips & Packaging Concepts

  19. Additional Income Opportunities: Co-Operatives & Buyers Clubs, Health Food Stores & Restaurants

  20. Jim's Philosophies  & What Living Looks Like

WOULD YOU HELP US CREATE THE BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE?  We don't want to overlook any important details or additional questions for Jim.  Are there techniques or other advice you have been looking for?  Have you ever taken a course that you didn't like?  We would love to have your input, so feel free to comment in the box below or feel free to send us an email at greendreamsFL@yahoo.com with your suggestions or questions.

 

We are going back up again in a few weeks to get more footage, so we can create even more value .  If you have questions or ideas for the content, send them over to us before September 15th.   Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so we can keep you informed as the project with Jim progresses!  Thank you for the support!

In early August, We took a trip up to Maine to visit with our favorite farmer friend, Jim Kovelski!

 

Each year in late spring, Jim travels up to a little town just outside Eastport, Maine, to grow the most delicious, clean & vibrant food you can find.  Then in early fall, he packs up & heads down to Florida to repeat the same plan.  

 

Jim does not follow rules,  He creates his own evolving adaptations; a mixture of pure refined classic agriculture (the scythe), techniques passed along by elder growers,  elements from books that have proven their worth & the intrensic download from living with the land & slowing down enough to read it's own suggestions.  

 

Jim is able to make an honest living doing this very thing he loves so much. His days bring him joy, purpose, connection & peace.  The insights & techniques he has collected are invaluable.  He plants, harvests, preps & markets in a way that naturally flows & the whole natural farming process is just waiting to be shared with you.

 

We have been to visit Jim before, but had never been able to come during the best & most productive time of the year for Jim.  Everything is growing, blooming, ripening & the scenery around his camp is pure magic.