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North Star Farms
P.O. Box 164
Carpio, N.D. 58725
(701) 720-2635

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Did You Know
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    A pronghorn antelope wandered onto the farm New Year's Eve 2005 and stayed around for several hours.
    Much like peanuts, we've been growing sweet potatoes at North Star Farms for several years, but have been limited to the Beauregard variety until now. Ginseng, a bush-type plant did extremely well in our sweet potato trial in 2014 so we are growing it again, as well as Georgia Jet, a 90-day tuber that is once again available after a hiatus of several years.
  • As many of you who have done business with North Star Farms know, each year we grow an unusual crop, often times one that isn't supposed to grow in North Dakota, yet we grow it experimentally to prove otherwise and to see if it might be something our shareholders and customers may want. We've had success with okra, honeydew melons, specialty pie pumpkins, French breakfast melons (Charentais) and cotton. This year we will make our best attempt at growing pineapple. Normally limited to Hawaii and Central America, we found organic pineapple seed and want to see how it grows in the greenhouse.
  • Organic agriculture in the United States continues to grow at a 20 percent rate annually. This has been happening each year since 2002 and we don't see any signs of organic vegetable demand changing from that statistic. North Star Farms has been blessed with an incredible demand for our organic produce, so to return the favor, we will continue our promise in 2016 to deliver our produce to CSA shareholders and farmers' market customers within 24 hours of harvesting.
  • Since our greenhouse opened in May 2011, it has saved us a lot of money on the purchase of seedlings. We've also saved thousands of dollars on heating since our greenhouse is one with a passive solar design. We are entering our fifth year of growing our own seedlings, which also provides us better choices in the field. Unfortunately, we have to close the greenhouse in July and August each year because it gets to hot. Monitored all 31 days in July last year, the temperature often peaked at 165 degrees and when it didn't, it hit at least 140. What a great way to drive spiders and other bugs out.
  • The local foods movement is taking hold all across America for a variety of reasons. People recognize that local foods increase sustainability in localized economies, farmers' markets spring up, which not only are markets, but become a social gathering place. For us at North Star Farms, we grow local and organic so that we can help reduce the carbon footprint of farming and to get our shareholders and customers the freshest, safest produce available.
  • When North Star Farms started out in 2004, most of our crop failed because we were limited to a 62-day growing season, three days shorter than the average in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2013, however, we made up for it with a harvest that fell short of 20,000 pounds by less than 200 pounds. Our intent this year is to make it the best ever, and it looks like it's starting out that way, but we always pause to remember that nature is in charge, but we believe the better we treat nature, the better it treats us.
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