Record Keeping – the Dreaded “Paperwork” Part of the Farm
During the production and harvest months when our farm is open, you see us operating often at a frenetic pace trying to keep on top of everything that needs to happen daily. Keeping up with bookkeeping and records gets pushed into a “bushel basket” for later. “Later” has arrived and now we are busy filing, reviewing, cleaning drawers and in-baskets, and more.
The record keeping on our farm is extensive. Everything we grow, harvest, sell and process gets recorded as the season goes on, then must be compiled into reports for many constituents but most important, ourselves! This is a key part of our learning process. Analyzing this data helps us figure out what we did not grow enough of or too much of, which produce our customers loved, and what we should not grow again. Having just finished up the apple production data for 2020, we learned we produced just under 8,000 bushels of apples, a record for us only surpassed in two previous years. No wonder we were all so tired during apple season!
Below Beth is busy sifting through data.