Spring Wheat Seed Now Available!

Well, it has taken longer than expected but we finally have spring wheat seed available for sale. Research on the varieties, germination testing, threshing, cleaning, figuring out what we need to save to plant, and “monetizing” the web site - it all takes time! Check out what we have to offer by clicking here. Winter wheat seed will be available in June.

2014 Seed Garlic Now Available!

Thanks to our stellar garlic harvesting team of Alex, Greg, Megan, Heather & Dave, with a cameo appearance from Autumn, our garlic is available for sale! We have Chesnok Red, French Red, German Extra Hardy, German White, Music, Persian Star, Romanian Red, Rosewood and Russian Red. Check out our Garlic page.

Open Farm Sept 8, 2014: Biochar, no-till seeding, organic grape production

Join us this coming Monday evening, 5-7pm, to see many of our exciting projects! UMaine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Grass Farmers Network are co-sponsoring. More info at:

Biochar Poster

Garlic Harvested and Curing in New Plenum

Garlic is harvested! It only took us two days with the help of reliable and quick workers Greg and Alex. Our volumes for sale this year will be small because we will be replanting most of the harvest, but what we pulled out looks really, really good. But the even more exciting news is that our new garlic drying plenum is up and running! In 2011 we lost 99% of our crop due to excess moisture during the curing process. This year we are taking no chances. With the help of a grant from the State of Maine’s Farms for the Future program, Dave designed and built a 240-volt low wattage, double fan, push pull positive pressure drying plenum. That’s right: A 240 volt low wattage, double fan, push pull positive pressure plenum. Now say that three times, quickly!

We clip the garlic stalks and lay the bulbs in single layers in large bins made with 1x2s and hardware cloth, and stack the bins within the plenum. The plenum is sealed with Typar and construction tape, we turn the fans on, balance the pressure with the help of a manometer (manometer not necessary as it turns out, but it makes the thing look more scientific) and, voila! A simple, relatively low cost, compact, low energy drying system.

We checked the charge controller on our off-grid solar system after we plugged in the plenum, and the energy used was only 300 watts! If the fans are turned up to maximum, the usage would be about 450 watts. Perfect for the off-grid garlic grower, or any farmer with similar needs. Click on the pics below for larger images with descriptions.

Plenum intake. Note the Typar is expanded, telling us that the plenum has the proper pressure balance between the intake and outflow fans
Dave with the plenum; the outflow fan is sitting on the box on top of the plenum.

Garlic Looking Good

The garlic is looking fantastic! The varieties that have the pine needle mulch on them are looking exceptionally good. This is the German White.German White