Jesse Frost is the Co-Owner of Rough Draft Farmstead in central Kentucky and host of the No-Till Market Garden Podcast. Jesse’s rich background in researching and experimenting with no-till practices lead to his first book, “The Living Soil Handbook: The No-Till Grower’s Guide to Ecological Market Gardening,” which will be published this summer.
Throughout their conversation John and Jesse discuss:
- How Jesse got his start as a farmer and how a mission to uncover regenerative techniques lead to a promising career in market gardening.
- The economic opportunities surrounding market gardening, including the positive impact of collaboration and Jesse’s thoughts on land ownership.
- The best way to strategize and implement a direct-to-consumers business model.
- Two management styles that work for no-till growers on a smaller scale: Jesse’s thought on the basic cover crop model and the deep compost mulch system
- An overview of the four different types of compost: inoculating compost, fertilizing compost, nutritional compost, and mulching compost.
- The current state of the average farmer’s psyche and the power of relationships and community building.
- Jesse’s current intercropping practices and how they are implemented for pest and disease control.
Pre-order Jesse’s book here: https://www.notillgrowers.com/livingsoilhandbook/d9z5gkf1bbnhu0w5xxb3trngiqhwgo
Check out “The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm: Human-Scale Methods for Intensive Commercial Production and Ecological Health” by Daniel Mays here: https://www.frithfarm.net/book.html