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Clara's Corner

Clara Coleman, is a second-generation American organic farmer, consultant and speaker on four-season farming techniques and daughter of renowned farming pioneer Eliot Coleman. For three years, she created and operated a successful intensive 2-acre vegetable farm known as Divide Creek Farm located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. 

 

Clara's experiences also include farm consulting for Wegmans Food Markets on their organic farm in upstate New York. Currently she resides in Portland, Maine with her two sons and is focused on four-season farm consulting and speaking engagements nationwide as a means to inspire and encourage the next generation of farmers.

 

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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.

Efficient Layout, Bed Preparation and Crop Selection for High Tunnels

Adding a high tunnel or greenhouse to your commercial farm or home garden is a considerable investment and in order to quickly maximize your return, the growing space should be efficiently managed both in terms of high tunnel bed layout, bed preparation techniques, and crop selection. The total growing area square footage of a high tunnel is the measurement of the width multiplied by its length and most often, at least 30% of that will be allocated to paths or walkways, so it is especially important to create an efficient bed layout to maximize the use of the interior growing space.