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

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The transition is happening

From one day to the next is like going from winter to spring, even though it is still winter.

I don't know about you, but that gives me the bug to get out there in the greenhouse and get plants going. As I write this on March 3, I look forward to working in the greenhouse for the first time on Saturday, planting onions, asparagus and celery. Each weekend will present new items until the greenhouse is full and, well, green.

Normally the onions get started in mid February but because we took a vacation to the beaches of Florida in late February, we decided to wait until we got back to begin the growing season, if for no other reason but to save fuel that would have been used during the cold nights of February.

The record amounts of snow we had in November and December is now melting rapidly and bare ground can be seen all over for the first time since Thanksgiving... It means spring is coming and we couldn't be happier.

That means it won't be long before the fields are bare and warming up to accept the seeds and plants we'll have ready. 

Last year we had a really tough July and August because of drought so we're taking some necessary precautions this year and getting some new equipment. We've identified two industrial sprinklers designed for golf courses and will be ordering them sometime between now and the end of May. These sprinklers have wheels and a toe hitch so that means no more dragging heavy hoses around the field.

We've also ordered and received a new tractor and tiller which means any weeds that get started will get knocked down immediately and better than ever before. It's amazing during drought how weeds can thrive. I swear some of them could grow on the moon.

Stay tuned as we are putting the pieces together for our spring farmers' market meeting, our CSA subscription is now open and in about a month, if you would like to take a tour of the greenhouse, just email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

We look forward to seeing you this spring and summer on northern tier of North Dakota. 

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