Really Small Farm was started in 1999. It is located in Carlton County, Minnesota near the Moose Horn River. Much of the property (the total size is 120 acres) is in its natural condition and consists of wetlands, woodland openings, and forests. Only about 6 acres out of that are actually farmed if that’s the right word. I have left almost all those acres in grasses with plantings of hedge rows and small groves of trees. The grass areas are pasture for my Shetland sheep and chickens. Then there is a fruit orchard with apples, currants, and plums and few other unusual types of berries. In the gardens I grow garlic, potatoes, onions, greens, squash, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, cabbage, rhubarb and many other vegetables. With hard work and luck I am able to grow almost all the temperate zone fruits and vegetables I need.
A few years ago I started selling my produce at a nearby farm market. An experience that’s for sure and one that I’ll be repeating in a few years. I stopped selling in 2012 after a flood destroyed my main potato garden and also damaged my house. Damage to the house has been fixed and things lost in the flood replaced. I’ve been restoring the potato garden and will grow more cover crops on it again this year.
The primary purpose of my garden, though, is to grow healthy organic food. Almost all the fruits and vegetables I eat every day come from what I grow or gather wild. I’ve posted articles with recipes for some of what I grow and will keep on doing this as I try ways of preparing garden produce.
In addition to gardening, cooking, and raising small livestock I do a lot of exploring in the property’s wetlands and forests. From time to time I post articles on the wilder side of life here featuring plants, fungi, lichens, mosses, and many other things.