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Clarion speaks to the kind of soil on our farm, well-drained soil on uplands that formed in the glacial till--which are sediments left by glaciers settled over Iowa. It also has a more sentimental meaning; Jenn’s grandfather was born and raised in the small town of Clarion, Iowa on his family’s farm. After a World War II stint in the Navy, he was supposed to return to his hometown and farm for a living, but his parents’ health failed and the farm was sold. Naming our operation after his memory is a nod to the role he played in Jenn’s life and a connection with past Iowa+ farming generations. Sage is an herb we all love; it is one of the first seedlings transplanted here when we arrived in August.
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Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
Not certified, but practice chemical-free growing standards. Seeds are largely open-pollinated; growing is done without synthetic inputs-- we use compost, hay, straw, fish emulsion, and the occasional OMRI-approved (organic) fertilizer.