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: mid-March 2023:
I will be away from the farm until month’s end. If you have sent in an order, needless to say, it won’t be shipped until i am there to do so.
It’s been a cool, wet winter and the clay soil is cold enough the most varieties have barely emerged through the mulch. The first round of seeds for spring crops have been started, potatoes, carrots and turnips were planted in the high tunnel There is still some seed garlic and shallots available and it is not too late to plant. While most types need six weeks of cool soil temperatures, Artichoke, Silverskin and Creoles are more adapted to warmer conditions and can be planted into Spring. These are all available in varying quantities.
The USPS has discontinued offering “Region” boxes. At least two-thirds of the orders have been shipped out using these boxes which enabled reduced shipping costs, particularly for small orders. At this point, nearly all orders will have to be sent using flat rate boxes. This is very disappointing.
If emailing order inquiries, please understand that i will respond when able. Try calling as i can work while talking; you may get quicker response to you queries. Your patience is appreciated.
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 not 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.
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 now a Garlicana Instagram page, which i hope to add to when the time permits, like in the winter. It’s been a slow start with few posts as time has been devoted more towards farming than photography. Among the skills acquired over the years of farming, hasn’t exactly included proficiency in social media usage and, one might surmise by looking over this site, i’m more prolific with words than pictures.
Garlicana is looking for help for 2023. 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.
Please read the Contact/Order page before asking for prices, shipping information or the address.
A couple 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.