Farm Happenings at Saint Isidore Homestead and Permaculture
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Farm Happenings at Saint Isidore Homestead and Permaculture

Farm Happenings for September 19, 2022

Posted on September 17th, 2022
It's a bittersweet feeling for us to close our summer 2022 CSA season. We were blessed with great weather and, with only a few exceptions, all crops did well. We have also been blessed with an awesome farm crew that kept on task week after week. Particularly, I’m grateful for their extra help1 read more »

For the Love of Basil

Posted on July 16th, 2022
Basil and tomatoes are a match made in heaven. They go extremely well on the plate and absolutely adore each other in the ground. This year we are growing both of those crops together in our high tunnels and they are thriving. The basil variety we are growing is a Genovese-type called Prospera from1 read more »

One for the Pigweed

Posted on July 9th, 2022
There is a saying in permaculture that there’s no such a thing as weeds but crops in the wrong spot. And, indeed, the majority of so-called weeds play very important roles in our system. But among those weeds there is a particular summer one that I admit to greatly dislike: the obnoxious spin1 read more »

Black Gold

Posted on June 24th, 2022
Some of you have heard us say that we primarily grow soil and the rest just happens. We believe our crops are nutritionally dense because they nurture themselves from a nutritionally-dense soil. So, yes, we believe in healthy soil and we take our soil very seriously. By healthy soil we mean a livin1 read more »

Farm Happenings for June 20, 2022

Posted on June 17th, 2022
A heat wave hit us this week and most of the remaining spring crops took a toll. Lettuces, in particular, seem to have suffered the most. They bolted and turned a bit bitter. But, as they say in permaculture, the problem is the solution. Instead of sending the lettuce to the compost pile, we fed it1 read more »

The Crew

Posted on June 10th, 2022
We are blessed this year to have an enthusiastic, hard-working, crew. Three of them, Jack, Taylor, and Dane, returned to us in March. It was wonderful to have them back as they were familiar with our place and our practices. So, rather than spending days getting to know the place and learning the b1 read more »

The New Boxes

Posted on June 3rd, 2022
For three years now, we have wrestled with the finding the best possible box to deliver your produce. We originally set with two different size waxed cardboard boxes, which worked relatively well. The problem with the boxes we were using was that they were either too big (1 1/9 bushel) or too small1 read more »


Posted on May 27th, 2022
Despite the few hot days last week, spring has been cool. That is the main reason you are finding so many leafy greens in your boxes. Typically, around this time we should have plenty of summer squash and cucumbers but not this year. The summer crops are taking their time. A good sign that things a1 read more »

Year Seven

Posted on May 20th, 2022
Most permaculture experts agree that in year seven the systems reach maturity and become stable. It gives me great joy to look at our first garden area, what we call "The Permaculture Garden," and confirm that, indeed, the system has become stable, resilient, and productive. In today's picture you1 read more »