The history of the farm
The heart of Grá den Talún Farm started in 2011 when I planted my first small crop of heirloom garlic in my garden. My sister had come back from this thing called a "garlic festival" - Bennington Garlic Festival, in fact, and she introduced me to the world of heirloom garlic. I was hooked. Before that, I had no idea such diversity existed within garlic. I started with my original five- whose descendants are still with me. German White, French Pink, Continental, Turkish Red, and Carpathian. I continued for a couple years expanding my garden to ridiculous sizes. I spent a couple years selling seed stock to other farmers, and then started selling at regional festivals. In 2018 I had 80 varieties, and for 2019 I added another 40 or so. I continue to experiment with other crops like ginger, turmeric, and woad that may compliment garlic in the field or kitchen.
My growing practices are, and always have been, organic in practice. I am not certified organic because I believe that the cost and nature of the system are designed to put small farms at a deep disadvantage with their direct cost in money, time, and forests' worth of paperwork.
As for learning more about garlic, I hope you learn something here, but I encourage you to look at some other great websites that can teach a thing or two about the different families of garlic. These are some of the ones I originally found as I first started.
For a summary of the major families within garlic, I recommend this website.
Also, this site is the most comprehensive listing of heirloom garlic I've found.