Apr 2013

Coming up for Air

It has been a hectic week/month/winter/year at Earth Dharma Farm! This week we handed in our application for Phase II of Maine’s “Farms for the Future” program, where we will compete for a cash grant and a low-interest loan. Part of the process was completing a business plan for the farm. It felt like writing a masters thesis and of course we left it late. We actually pulled an all nighter the day before it was due. Too old for this! Even if we don’t get the grant, the completed business plan brought all of our brainstorms, wacky and less-wacky ideas, post-it notes, scattered bits of google research, drawings on the back of napkins, etc, together in one place in a cohesive format. This should serve as a good resource for us as we move forward toward a profitable (yes, really!) farm.

What else? This winter Heather started making jewelry. You can look at it (and buy it) at www. Heather also learned to make bread! It only took about 20 tries over 10 years. Recipe to be posted soon. Dave has been working on a biochar grant and on finishing the house. We’ve got a ton of seedlings growing in our living room. And that’s about all I can remember just at the moment. A bit of a blur, this winter!

Seed Garlic in 2013

Our seed garlic customers know that we had a catastrophic crop failure in 2011. Since then, we have been re-stocking our garlic from sources that we believe to be disease-free. We have tested the garlic we have purchased for bloat nematode, fusarium and white rot. We will re-test the garlic when we harvest it. We will not sell seed that we know has disease.

While we still aren’t up to 100% production, in 2013 we should have small quantities to sell of Rosewood, Music, German White, German Extra Hardy, Chesnok Red, Persian Star, Romanian Red, Russian Red, and French Red.

We’ll keep you posted closer to harvest time in late July.