Wood River Organics Field Day Recap
Judd McMahan of Wood River Organics in Bellevue, Idaho hosted a farm tour for 35 farmers and community members in late July.
Judd’s journey into farming began with his desire to grow vegetables that thrive in his high elevation area of south central Idaho. His passion for producing lettuce, salad greens, tomatoes and other vegetables has since grown to supply southern Idaho restaurants, grocery stores and farmers markets.
Wood River Organics specializes in lettuce and greens production during mid-summer, when it is too hot for lower elevation farms in southern Idaho.
Tour attendees were treated to a full tour of the farms practices, including a demonstration of the greens harvester, washing and packing procedures, and food safety-related record keeping.
Judd emphasized his use of cover cropping and rotation planning. He relies on a mix of peas, vetch and oats as his main cover crop. He plants white clover in his walkways and crimson clover as a smother crop for weed control before planting into lettuce.
Following a lunch featuring many of Wood River Organics’ greens and vegetables, Arlie Sommer of Idaho’s Bounty shared an update on the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed food safety modernization act rules. The rules, as proposed, will have far-reaching impacts for vegetable farmers. (Use this analysis by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to provide comments by November 15.