• Definitions • Methods • Recommended Focus Crops
You've no doubt heard the terms winter harvest crops and overwintered crops. In this 3-part issue of the JSS Advantage, we'll explain what we mean when we use those terms — there is a distinction! We'll review the Basic Methods for Growing in Winter and make some specific crop recommendations for each type of growing.
The first group you pick in winter, the second group you leave alone to provide an early spring crop.
Ideally, your winter harvest crops will be tapering off just as the overwintered crops become marketable. Here are Johnny's guidelines for achieving a smooth and steady supply throughout the coldest months of the year.
JSS 40th Anniversary
Farm Visits & Grower Profiles
Growing Power Urban Farm
Greater Milwaukee/Madison, WI & Chicago, IL
Growing Power, a renowned urban farm and training center based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, works to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food. Growing in winter is an essential part of its mission.
"Eating healthy food for six months of the year or less is not the answer," says Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power. "I believe the answer is eating healthy food 365 days a year. And the only way to do that is to extend the season to 365 days a year."
How Growing Power achieves that underscores the validity of an emergent form of sustainable agriculture referred to by some as "polyculture." To be able to grow year-round at its farms in Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, Growing Power has devoted 25 acres to greenhouses and hoophouses. In the heated greenhouses, growers raise fish and vegetables in an aquaponics system. In unheated hoophouses, they grow more than 40 kinds of greens all winter without burning any fossil fuels.