Hello from North Star Farms, the home of "Organically Grown Prairie Produce." North Star Farms is an innovative operation in north-central North Dakota, growing certified organic produce for its shareholders and farmers' markets. Marvin and Ilene Baker, Owners
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 2013 season will be our fifth year of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Each year we have expanded the number of shares. In 2013 we will again serve Minot and the Minot Air Force Base. 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, ND. It means the farm is a small-scale demonstration site for the production of organic and locally grown produce in 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 to fund the building of a passive solar greenhouse, the first-of-its-kind greenhouse in North Dakota. The greenhouse was enclosed in May of 2011. The 2012 season was our first opportunity to grow all our own transplants in the greenhouse. We also grow transplants for ECH.
North Star Farms has been blessed with research opportunities that continued in 2012. The farm recently conducted its second SARE grant trial to determine how produce varieties from the 1940s compete against modern-day varieties. In addition, North Star Farms tested pea varieties developed in Alaska, Alberta and New Zealand. North Star Farms worked with FARRMS in 2012 in growing 14 carrots varieties, while an overwintering beet trial will conclude in 2013. Data will later be compared with identical trials going on at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of Eastern Washington.