Beyond the Garden Gate

First ShitakesThe annual vegetables aren’t the only thing we’re up to at Calico Farm.

The vegetable garden takes up only about one-third of an acre. This area is surrounded by extensive deer fencing and chicken wire to keep the local critters out.

In the main yard we are working to create permanent garden beds in the sunny spots for perennial vegetables and fruits. Large beds of perennial herbs and flowers will be planted in 2018.

Much of the four acres is timber and we will use that shady climate to grow shiitake mushrooms, red wine cap mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, paw paw trees, and other shade tolerant foods. We also forage wild foods such as garlic mustard, maitake and honey mushrooms, wild raspberries, and spring garlic from the timber.

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