The Paper Pot Transplanter For Market Garden Success: EP20

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Evan Perkins and Heidi Choate of Small Axe Farm ( to talk about how they use the Paper Pot Transplanter on their no-till, hillside farm.

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Show Notes/Chapters

2:48 Experience with the Paper Pot

6:00 The Paper Pot dance

9:15 How does it work in no-till? 

  • Works fine in their no till system when prepped with the tillie
  • Can be challenging in heavy clay soils
  • Can be challenging in rocky soils, especially stones around the size of a wallnut

12:51 Cost? Around $3,000

14:15 Desired upgrades

  • Larger cells
  • Deeper trays
  • Kickstand

17:48 Advantage – Using the drop seeder is nice. It can be used for interseeding too! 

“I think in general it’s just a skilled labor tool …That makes it particularly a great tool for a small farm because small farmers tend to have the time to develop those skills.” 

Evan Perkins

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