Wabi Sabi Farm
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Wabi Sabi Farm's bounty is harvested mainly for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, but can also be found at the Iowa Food Cooperative an|
Wabi Sabi Farm grows Certified Organic (IDALS) produce and plant starts and is the evolution of the original Turtle Farm CSA started by Angela Tedesco 15 years ago. Wabi Sabi Farm owner/operator Ben Saunders managed Turtle Farm from 2010-2012 and begun working at the Farm in 2005. With the retirement of Turtle Farm's owner Angela Tedesco from active farmer to adventuresome retired farmer, Ben Saunders (TF Farm Manager 2010-2012) starts his own farming adventure, Wabi Sabi Farm on the healthy land of Turtle Farm.
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Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
Wabi Sabi Farm is Certified Organic by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). No genetically modified crops are grown and no synthetic chemicals are used. We plant cover crops on fallow ground for soil health, but will also amend this with compost on crop ground. For information on IDALS Organic Standards click here.
We are fortunate to be able to irrigate from a deep well to supplement Nature's rains. To conserve water we use trickle irrigation to focus the water on the crop rows and not between rows. In dry years we are able to irrigate to keep the plants alive, but it is Nature's rain that makes crops produce at their best.
While being Certified Organic by a third party (IDALS), we also strive to grow with a cooperative attitude toward Nature and encourage wildlife on the farm. We place an emphasis on using more physical controls (bird-netting, re-usable weed fabric, row covers, using Surround WSP) than organically approved herbicides and pesticides (although we do use the pesticides sparingly if needed) as a way to increase our beneficial insect populations and native ecosystems. There are 5 acres of ground on the farm that has not been cultivated for the last 8 years and sparingly mowed as a sanctuary for our ground nesting bird populations and other wildlife.
We revere authenticity above all else! Because of this respect for authenticity, our mission is to grow tasty, nutritious, Certified Organic (IDALS) fruits, vegetables, herbs and garden transplants available to all members of the community in the most environmentally, physically and economically sustainable way.
Highlights this Month
CSA Registration has begun through our website: www.wabisabi-farm.com. The greenhouse is already filling up both we plants for the farm and our Certified Organic Transplants!
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Certified Organic 'Bergartten' Sage Plant
12 pots available. Order number of pots.
Sage is a perennial herb that will over winter in Iowa! Not only does it provide that great flavor in fall meals of roasted veggies, but also looks very attractive in the edible landscape! Order by number of pots
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Certified Organic English Thyme
5 pots available. Order number of pots.
Certified Organic English Thyme plant in a 4-6 inch pot. English Thyme (aka Summer Thyme) cannot overwinter in Iowa so it would be best to keep it in a pot to enjoy this herb all year long!
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Certified Organic French Tarragon
7 pots available. Order number of pots.
French Tarragon is the type of Tarragon you want to use in your culinary adventures! Each plant is growing in a 4 inch pot that can remain in the pot for this year or planted outside and should produce for you for many years. Order by number of pots
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Certified Organic Rosemary Plant
8 pots available. Order number of pots.
Certified Organic Rosemary plant in a 4-6 inch pot. You can either plant it in the garden and dig up for the winter or keep growing in the pot on your patio. Rosemary cannot overwinter in Iowa so must be brought in every winter to enjoy rosemary for many years.