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

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 you see... read more »

2022: The Year of Mature Soil and Great Food

Posted on December 31st, 2021
It takes about seven years for a permaculture system to mature. That's when most fruit trees begin to produce, when  interactions between animal and plant species become harmonious, and when the soil turns so rich in nutrients and life that a handful of soil typically contains more living organisms... read more »

Thank You

Posted on September 18th, 2021
It's a bittersweet feeling for us to close our summer 2021 CSA season. Despite the persistent drought, some crop failures, and some logistical challenges (all still in the context of the pandemic) we are blessed to have had an excellent growing season. We have also been blessed with an awesome farm crew... read more »

Adaptability and Resilience

Posted on September 10th, 2021
Friends, this has been a very good season for us. We have grown a lot of food despite the drought, pest issues, and some plant disease. The beauty of growing at a small scale and a wide variety of crops lies in adaptability and resilience. This growing season we were pleased to always have something... read more »

Farm Happenings for August 30, 2021

Posted on August 27th, 2021
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 living... read more »

Winds of Fall...

Posted on August 21st, 2021
Even though our melons are late this year, finally making their appearance in some of your boxes this week to reassure us that we are still in the summer season, the first of the winter squashes is also starting to come off the field. I'm pleased to introduce this variety of acorn squash, Starry Night,... read more »

What we do and why we do it.

Posted on August 14th, 2021
We started farming six years ago because my wife and I wanted to make sure that we were eating the best possible food available. At the time one of our children was struggling with severe eczema and it seemed that every physician we saw was only prescribing medicine to alleviate the symptoms but not... read more »

Bean Beetles Win (this time...)

Posted on August 7th, 2021
Ever since we started our market garden seven years ago green beans have been problematic. And for the past two years it's been almost impossible to grow them. Our main problem has been the Mexican Bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis). They reproduce fast, the hibernate in the ground, and they have no... read more »

Tomato King

Posted on July 31st, 2021
Tomato is arguably the most popular summer fruit. From home gardeners to commercial growers, a great amount of planning and care usually is devoted to this crop. And rightly so. Not only the countless varieties of tomatoes render virtually endless variations of flavor, but, combine the culinary possibilities... read more »