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Morning Star Farm


Morning Star Farm is a small scale family owned and operated Biodynamic farm located north of Taos, New Mexico in the high altitude terrain of Northern New Mexico. We are passionate about garlic, and grow a wide variety of great tasting heirloom vegetables too!

Farmer Melinda Bateman teaches classes, offers consulting services here in the US and internationally; Si habla espanol.

Check out our schedule of events and classes below, order some of our great garlic, and experience some of the fun and magic of Morning Star Farm.

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With the New Year come and gone, I am once again browsing through my favorite seed catalogs, taking inventory of my seeds and making a new planting plan for 2014. I especially enjoy reading the Fedco seed catalog. Who ever writes their catalog has a good sense of humor.

My experiment in the greenhouse has gone quite well in my opinion. I applied extra strength Valerian preparation several nights in a row when the outside temperature dropped to -15. The temperature under the double layer of row covers remained at 22 degrees. You can check on my blog or Facebook for some current photos of the plants growing in the greenhouse. I am hoping to find some other growers/gardeners who are interested in joining an experiment to see if these results can be replicated. Participants would have to be willing to apply all the Biodynamic preparations to their greenhouse, if you are interested, let me know.

Other news on the farm is that I am currently looking for an experienced Intern who is close to being ready to take on farming by themselves. I would like to find someone who is interested in a career as a farmer and can commit to the entire season, April 15th through October. Room and board provided, with the housing being a 1970 VW camper van, primitive. Stipend will depend on our success and the Interns motivation. Please refer to the intern listing for further details and information.

I enjoyed the Holy Nights, doing a short nightly mediation for twelve nights. I also mixed the Three Kings preparation on New Years Eve, and then stirred and applied it on Jan 6th, Epiphany or Three Kings Day. The preparation is made from Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold, the gifts the wise Kings from the Orient brought as gifts for the Christ child. Check my blog for more history and information about this wonderful preparation.

I am meeting with Micah Roseberry of The Farmhouse Cafe to discuss having the Biodynamic weekend workshop in her garden next to the Cafe. Micah is very interested in promoting local food and Biodynamics too. She is currently serving spinach salads fresh from the greenhouse of Morning Star Farm. Lamberts is using serving Salad mix and Arugula, as well as the Love Apple. It has been fun to be able to provide these restaurants with produce through the winter months.

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Let an expert guide you thru the learning curve of setting up and using your backyard garden or commercial farm to it’s fullest potential.

With over 20 years of experience as a Market gardener in Taos New Mexico utilizing Organic and Biodynamic methods, Melinda Bateman has a wealth of knowledge to share.

Season extension techniques, drip irrigation systems, composting and seed saving top the list, and are just the start of what Melinda has to offer. Melinda can guide you through the multitude of choices for your region and micro climate so that you have a successful and abundant garden or farm right from the start.

 

 

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MELINDA'S BLOG
"SECO STAR
A Growing Blog"

 

 


Spring

What to Grow, When to Grow it & How to Grow It
Our most popular course will be offered here in Taos over 3 weekends:

March 15
March 22
March 29

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Spring

Summer

Compost Making
Classes will start in May on the 2nd Saturday of each month continuing through September.

May 10th
June 14th
July 12th
August 9th
September 13th

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Spring

Fall

Biodynamic Weekends

April 12 & 13th
September 20th & 21st