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Why it’s Important

Overproduction waste steals your farm of profit. Minimizing this waste will free up resources to put towards non-waste production activities, and save you the time spent disposing of waste.

1.Lets get started

Enter your data below to estimate overproduction on your farm.

2.Making Improvements

Minimizing and Managing Overproduction

Forecast – Forecasting sales from year to year is the best way to reduce overproduction. The Community Shared Agriculture model has customers pay at the beginning of the growing season, so you know exactly how much to produce. Let market demand lead your production. According to The Lean Farm, there are three basic steps to successful forecasting:

  • Precisely track week to week sales
  • Track production inputs
  • Track seeding and harvest dates to time output with projected sales

Value add – With consumers demanding ready-to-eat products more than ever before, further processing meets this demand, adds value, and will help reduce waste.  Dehydration, cold pressing, slicing, and peeling, are examples of further processing that add value to primary agricultural products.  Along with adding value to the end product, economic activity is generated at each stage.

Small scale processing and direct sales provide the potential to reduce waste and reap the economic benefits of value added activities.

Harvest precisely – harvest only what you plan to sell. Get orders from customers ahead of time so you know how exactly how much to harvest. This is more efficient than harvesting everything and then trying to find markets for product.

Get creative – Finding markets for bulk product can be another way to generate income from overproduction.

3.Goal Setting

Please create an account to access the goal setting section. This will allow you to login at anytime in the future so you can evaluate how you’ve progressed. You will be given examples of steps you can take to help reach your goal, and will have the opportunity to indicate what your steps will be. Be sure to upload your completed KPI forms in order to access them in the future.


“Simple technology like putting a misting system in your greenhouse so you don’t have to spend 2 hours per day in the spring to water can have a big impact”
– Amanda Bilek, Owner
Chilligo Creek Farm

“Even something simple like adding wheels to greenhouse tables can save on labour. The tables can be rolled outside for hardening off in the spring, instead of carrying trays out individually.”
– Amanda Bilek, Owner
Chilligo Creek Farm

“Look at the weather forecast for market day. If it’s going to rain all day on Saturday, sales will go down. If you can, delay harvesting and bring less product to the market that day.”
– Amanda Bilek, Owner
Chilligo Creek Farm

“Recent research on processing tomatoes in Ontario has shown yield increases of up to 81% on a range of soil types with the use of properly scheduled irrigation.”

“It’s very important to measure water use. Few irrigators use flow meters to track their water use. The natural tendency of growers in Ontario is to under irrigate. When growers do a better job of tracking water use, they tend to use more water but productivity increases. So amount of water used per unit produced may actually decrease.”
– Rebecca Shortt Engineer, Water Quantity, OMAFRA

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