Monthly Archives: November 2013

Styrian Pumpkin

Cucurbita pepo          90 daysThis pumpkin was developed in the province of Styria in Austria. It is grown for its high quality hulless or “naked seeds”.  Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious and a great source of protein. This pumpkin is widely … Continue reading

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Agate Soybean

Glycine max          65 – 70 days This heirloom soybean from New Mexico was originally introduced to the U.S. from Sapporo, Japan in 1929. Agate soybean has a very short season and is a great choice if you want to safeguard against late … Continue reading

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Shinonome Soybean

Glycine max          110 daysShinonome is a Japanese Heirloom soybean that is ideal for making any number of soy foods like tofu and soy milk, as well as fermented products like tempeh, miso, and soy sauce. The large bushy plants grow to … Continue reading

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Brown Teff

Eragrostis tef          70 days from transplant Teff is African in origin and is considered to be the world’s smallest edible grain. It makes a nutritious wheat-like flour. It is the grain used to make Injera, an Ethiopian sourdough flat bread. It is … Continue reading

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Painted Mountain Corn

Zea mays          75-90 days Painted Mountain is a flour corn developed for growing in areas with a short season. This widely adapted corn was bred by Dave Christensen in Montana over a period of 30 years. He worked with 70 plus types of … Continue reading

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Three Workhorse Heirloom Tomatoes

Every year I grow new heirloom tomatoes in the search for the best varieties for growing in Northern Indiana. Once in awhile, I come across a variety that has no flavor, or cracks so badly that I refuse to ever grow it again. … Continue reading

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High-Tek and Low-Tek, together at last?

I see two new mindsets rapidly emerging in our Michiana area regarding sustainable farming. The one embraces very cutting-edge technology and methods in order to produce local food. High-tunnels, fish farming indoors, distilleries, hydroponics, etc. are popping up like morels in May.   The other mindset has embraced … Continue reading

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Calorie Crops, Carbon Crops and Staple Crops

I thought I would take a crack at defining some commonly used terms around our farm. In an ongoing struggle to describe exactly what is the purpose of my business/passion, I find that these phrases get a lot of usage:  calorie crops, carbon crops, … Continue reading

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Perennial Vegetables

My interest in perennial vegetable production is two-fold. The first reason is to add an underscoring layer of stability and security to our farm. The idea of a food crop growing on the periphery of our cultivated beds with minimal attention … Continue reading

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Tennessee Red Valencia Peanuts in your Northern garden

I have been fascinated with raising peanuts in Northern Indiana for a number of years now. One variety has stood out in my trials: Tennessee Red Valencia. This Virginia-type peanut has produced good yields consistently (approximately 7 lbs. of dry, in the shell peanuts per 50 … Continue reading

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