Garlicana is a very small farm located in the southern end of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon. Here a diverse array of garlic and shallots are grown without the use of toxic chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or fungicides and careful attention is paid to sustainable soil practices. The farm specializes in less common varieties and developing new varieties through traditional seed breeding methods.
Update: November 2023:
It’s Fall and hard frost has come. Leaves are turning, dropping. The brassicas and carrots are sweetening up. Evenings are spent popping cloves near the woodstove. Potato harvest is nearing completion and soon planting will begin.
There is still plenty of seed garlic available. I am low or out of a number of varieties and have plenty of others, including the ever popular Rosso di Sulmona. When ordering, it is helpful if subs of similar varieties are acceptable, but if you want something specific check first. There had been a problem with the contact form that should be all fixed. If it doesn’t work, just email directly to email@example.com (i actually prefer that to the contact form) and let me know. If you have emailed i haven’t replied, try again or call. Sometimes when i get a lot at once or i’ve been in the field for awhile, i miss a few. You know how it is.
Garlicana is looking for help this fall. In many ways, this is a typical farm residential internship, due to the great diversity of vegetable crops produced; needless to say, it’s very focused on garlic and a genuine interest is necessarily required. This would be an ideal place to learn a lot about every nerdy component of garlic and plenty about small scale organic vegetable production too. Please contact the farm if this intrigues you.
When you send in your check, if there is neither a form nor piece of paper that includes who you are, your email and shipping address, i will neither send your order nor cash your check. Preferably there’s an order form with the varieties and quantities listed as it takes me time to search through emails to find your order on the computer which i generally do not bring into the garlic pack room but at least a reference to an email i can look up.
At this point, there’s no True Garlic Seeds available. Until farm help can be found, there’s simply not the time to sort them out. That said, i am intend to make available some small volumes of promising varieties derived from TGS that i have not necessarily named. I generally trial new accessions for several years. There are so many that it’s kind of a process of deselecting them. There are varieties that have useful traits but aren’t charismatic enough to come up with names and continually offer and yet, they are fertile and worth growing to make crosses. These accessions will be derivatives of varieties that have been pledged to OSSI, thus all offspring will necessarily remain in the public domain. If interested, inquire after harvest this summer. There is no list of these a quantities are limited to 1/4 each.
A note on the 2024 season: There will be less space available to plant on in this section of field (crops here are on a four year rotation). There were also grow outs at a friend/neighbor’s farm which isn’t available the coming year. All this means, there will a reduction in the planting of garlic and shallots by several thousand cloves. Next year, many offerings will be reduced to smaller quantities, others not available. So the plan is to scale up fresh vegetable production. I have long fantasized about taking a sabbatical and making a podcast about the many facets of garlic, a project that i cannot afford the time to do at this point. If anyone is interested in assisting in this endeavor, let me know.
Please read the Contact/Order page before asking for prices, shipping information or the address.
A few years ago Garlicana did an online presentation for the Culinary Breeding Network’s Winter Vegetable Sagra. There was a whole week of presentations on garlic available here.