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

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A new season begins

February 1, 2015

January isn't supposed to be a busy month in farming. It's supposed to be a month when we finish leftover chocolate from Christmas, watch a lot of TV and take those trips to tropical beaches.

Not so this year. January has been an incredible month at North Star Farms. Organic certification paperwork, preparing for the state farmers' market convention, ordering seed, doing maintenance on the greenhouse and keeping shareholders informed through updates on this website has been kept us almost as busy as harvest time. Because, believe it or not, as this entry is written, we are only two weeks away from planting onions in the greenhouse.

Yes, it's time for another growing season and we couldn't be happier. All the seeds we wanted, we've found and ordered and are available to plant as soon as the soil warms enough. otherwise, the North Star Farms greenhouse will become progressively more busy as the sun stays in the sky just a little longer every day and by mid March, a full complement of seedlings will be planted.

We hope to be working the soil sometime in April. In 2014, we were able to cultivate on April 20, which seemed early considering the cold spring we had. Thus far, we've had a mild winter and expect to be in the field a week earlier than last year, should spring progress like winter has.

In addition, we hope our garlic emerges by mid April. Last year we didn't see it until the third week in May, but were still able to harvest on schedule at the end of July. On Oct. 6 and 8 last year, we planted 3,600 toes of garlic, spent the rest of October covering it with mulch and now nature has to do the rest. You can expect the same, flavorful strains of garlic as before.

Take a look at the rest of this website and perhaps you'll be interested in a CSA share or meeting up with us at the North Prairie Farmers' Market in downtown Minot this summer. If so, we look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about the CSA, what we bring to market or any or all of our plant varieties.

We also encourage you to contact us for a tour of our passive solar greenhouse. Whether you are an individual, a garden or service club, a student organization or from academia, our greenhouse is only one of two on the northern Great Plains. This cost-effective greenhouse has given us unlimited opportunities for expanded growth. For a tour contact ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or 701-720-2635.

Thank you to all the customers and shareholders who have believed in North Star Farms over the past decade. We appreciate your business and friendship and hope to serve you again in 2015. 

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