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Clara's Corner

Clara Coleman is a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, writer, TEDx and keynote speaker on sustainable four-season farming and daughter of renowned farming pioneer, Eliot Coleman. In 2008 she created Divide Creek Farm – an organic, intensively-managed 2-acre four-season vegetable farm, located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where she mastered high tunnel season extension in the midst of the harsh winters of the Rockies. 

 

Like her father, she is a proponent of the ‘small is better’ model of farming, advocating business growth through improved efficiency, innovative production methods, farmer collaboration and direct customer marketing, rather than physical expansion. She has provided consulting for groups including Wegmans Food Markets, Rimol Greenhouses, Maine Farmland Trust, and many others. She is an active collaborator with many farming innovators who share her mission to farm smarter, not harder, including FarmHack, FoodTank, and Slow Tools.

 

Clara and her two sons now live back at Four Season Farm in Maine, the family farm where she was born and raised. Today she co-manages the farm with her father and step-mother. With four season farming experience in the harsh climates of Maine and the Rocky Mountains, Clara has much to offer farmers seeking to provide abundant four season harvests. Clara is passionate about inspiring and supporting the next generation of farmers to create sustainable and lasting farming legacies for generations to come.

 

Subscribe to Clara's Corner and receive her expert advice on four-season farming in a moveable high tunnel greenhouse. 

 

Clara's Corner: Four-Season Farming is Well Worth Its Minor Challenges

 

It’s December; the air is getting brisk and snow is finally on the ground - and for an experienced four-season farmer like Clara Coleman of Four Season Farm, that means they are well into well into the winter season. Clara and her father Eliot Coleman have been busy positioning their mobile greenhouses (like Rimol’s Movable Feast), planning out their over-winter crops, and getting ready for a winter harvest that’s been somewhat delayed by weeks of warmer weather.


 

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Clara’s Corner: Winter Makes No Match for Four Season Farming

 

Temperatures may be dropping and the sunlight may be waning, but that’s definitely not enough to stop Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. Founded by four-season farming pioneer Eliot Coleman and spearheaded by his daughter and Four Season Farm liaison Clara Coleman, the farm utilizes some of today’s most trusted tools to keep growing strong even as winter begins its approach - and with plenty of veggies and herbs to show for it, it may seem like the growing season never really has to end.


 

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Clara's Corner: An Update From Four Season Farm

Big things are growing at the Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. Six foot tall cucumber plants, to be exact. Nationally recognized as a model of sustainable agriculture, the Four Season Farm is an experimental market garden that produces vegetables year-round. Farming pioneer Eliot Coleman is the man behind, and hidden by, these giant cucumber plants. Eliot’s daughter Clara, an organic farmer and TEDx speaker, is Rimol’s Four Season Farm liaison. With her reports, we’ve compiled a timeline of the last few months at the farm.

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Attending Winter Conferences on Agriculture

As fall crops are harvested and stored, and fresh winter crops are carefully tended in high tunnels for an extended year-round harvest in the Northeast, many farmers and gardeners are eagerly anticipating the winter conference season. Numerous agricultural conferences are held during the winter months when most farmers have more time to gather, learn and assimilate the abundance of farming information available at these conferences.

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Transitioning the High Tunnel to Fall/Winter Crops

September is in full swing in the Northeast – the mornings feel fresh and crisp, the days are still sunny and warm, and those glorious heirloom tomatoes are still sweet and juicy, but the nights are undeniably cooler and the daylight hours are lessening by a few minutes each day. Sadly, the dog days of summer are over and winter is just around the corner.