Growing Garlic at Plato’s Harvest Organic Farm

Dave Purpura with his recently washed and trimmed garlic at Plato’s Harvest Organic Farm in Middleboro, MA.

Dave Purpura with his recently washed and trimmed garlic at Plato’s Harvest Organic Farm in Middleboro, MA.

Dave and Sasha Purpura have grown their German Extra Hardy, Russian Red and Music Garlic organically for five years, saving and replanting their largest cloves, which Dave calls his “Big Fatties.” Customers happily purchase garlic scapes in early summer and fresh or dried garlic later in the summer. Their original organic garlic seeds were purchased from Fedco Seeds.

Field Preparation

All crops are rotated around the farm. Fall carrots follow garlic, and garlic follows onions. Dave said this is because they work hard to keep onion beds weed-free. Garlic and carrots all grow much better without weed competition. Dave and Sasha run soil tests each September. Compost and local aged sheep manure is added at about 1 pound per square foot. Other organic amendments are made per soil test recommendations.  [click here for more on growing and harvesting garlic]
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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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