Heirloom garlic varieties from around the world

Over 80 varieties grown in 2018- and more coming! Hardnecks, softnecks, from every major family of garlic- Porcelains, Rocamboles, Purple Stripes, Glazed Purple Stripes, Marbled Purple Stripes, Creoles, Asiatics, Turbans, Artichokes, and Silverskins.

The history of the farm

The main subfamilies of garlic

Resilience

Our changing climate will require us to not always seek bigger-faster-better. Rather, we will have to preserve the strength found in the genes of our shared heirloom varieties from around the planet. They are the shared heritage of humankind collaborating with the rest of nature

The early years...

I started growing garlic as an early rebellion against the chore of mowing...this is from 2015 as I slowly built my stock up the hard way

Biodiversity-

I am committed to using Grá den Talún Farm to help preserve the shared heritage of humankind by being a steward to as many heirloom varieties as possible, selecting for resilience to pests, disease, and variations in climate

Early soil type:

Lithic. (rocks)

What does "Grá den Talún" mean?

When I started the farm I wanted a unique name to reflect the spirit and long term goal of the farm, while recognizing my heritage and the deep roots of inspiration from the past that led me to choose farming in the first place. 

"grá den talún" /graw dehn tah-loon/ is the phrase "love of the land" in Irish Gaelic. I love unaltered nature...the virgin forests of the Adirondacks are one of my favorite places in the world. Yet we need to grow food in order to sustain our population. But the relationship does not have to be purely extractive or exploitative- I farm to be in symbiosis with the soil, recognizing as the old Celts, and indeed most early human cultures did, that everything is cyclical. The microbes make nutrients available to the plants, the plants to me and other animals, and some day our bodies will return to them.

In the meanwhile, we are shepherds or stewards of what is within our control for the time being. We can remediate land- we can make it more productive per acre through organic and natural practices, leaving more acreage available for other animals and plants.

With that in mind, I work hard to plant as densely as possible to respect the shortage of arable land on our planet and take nothing for granted. Using organic/natural practices as a Certified Naturally Grown producer, I use biological mulch to add nutrients to the soil, as well as organic, sustainable fertilizers. There is no shortcut for healthy, bioactive soil.