Hello from North Star Farms, the home of "Organically Grown Prairie Produce." North Star Farms, owned and operated by Marvin and Ilene Baker, is an innovative operation in north-central North Dakota, growing certified organic produce for its shareholders and farmers' markets.
North Star Farms passionately grows certified organic produce for the health of the community and this Earth while providing excellence in our service. We will leave a legacy by sharing our organic farming knowlege with others.
Community Supported Agriculture
We're proud to announce that the 2014 season will be our sixth year of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). This will be the third consecutive year that we are offering a maximum number of shares. In 2014 we will again serve the Minot Air Force Base and the city of Minot. Shareholders receive locally grown, certified organic produce each week throughout the season. To learn how to become a shareholder, visit our CSA page.
Partner with Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture (ECH)
In 2008, North Star Farms was named a private sector partner with the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture at Dakota College in Bottineau, N.D. It means the farm is a demonstration site for the production of organic and locally grown produce in western North Dakota. We love working with the ECH on research as this segment of North Dakota agriculture continues to rapidly expand. ECH presented a $20,000 grant to North Star Farms in 2009 to fund the building of a passive solar greenhouse, the first-of-its-kind in North Dakota. It became operational on May 28, 2011. The 2012 season was our first opportunity to grow all our own transplants in the greenhouse. We also grow transplants for ECH and for public purchase.
North Star Farms continues to be blessed with research opportunities that continued in 2013. The farm was the site of the first bona fide peanut trial ever held in North Dakota. Eighteen varieties of seed peanuts from 11 nations around the world were obtained by Frank Kutka of the Farm Breeding Club and and grown on the farm. The October harvest revealed four of the varieties can easily adapt to our climate. In 2012, we conducted a trial of 14 carrot varieties and prior to that tested 1940s varieties against modern hybrids. The intent in 2014 is to try growing a certified organic cotton in the greenhouse and five varieties of sweet potatoes in the field.