Nisani Farm

Nisani Farm Nisani Farm specializes in ginger and turmeric including fresh ginger and turmeric for eating, ginger and turmeric plants, and value-added products.

Nisani Farm is a woman-owned business that specializes in ginger and turmeric grown without chemical sprays or fertilizers. Our inspiration comes from our roots in the Caribbean, and our name “Nisani”, is from the Garifuna language of Belize, and means “my daughter”. Our farm celebrates the generations of Belizean women farmers before us and the mothers and daughters of Belizean heritage who now contribute to the work of the farm.

Had a fantastic weekend at the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC. The highlight was the presentation and book sign...
04/29/2019
Farming While Black

Had a fantastic weekend at the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC. The highlight was the presentation and book signing for Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm. She makes a strong case for the brown and black people who are called to the land and want to heed that call.

I am not alone!

https://www.farmingwhileblack.org

Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to their decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of...

I LOVE our tractor!So happy that my Amish neighbor Amos was able to figure out how to weld our loader onto our tractor! ...
04/17/2019

I LOVE our tractor!

So happy that my Amish neighbor Amos was able to figure out how to weld our loader onto our tractor! Just in time for the heavy lifting of spring.

I've already used it to move a big tree that fell across the driveway during a recent storm and haul loads of compost. My back is thanking me!

Am curious as to how other farmers use their loader!

The starting place for great ginger plants. We use only clean, organic seed to start our seedlings.
03/12/2019

The starting place for great ginger plants. We use only clean, organic seed to start our seedlings.

Chillin’ with the Muscovy ducks on a warm sunny afternoon at the farm!
02/04/2019

Chillin’ with the Muscovy ducks on a warm sunny afternoon at the farm!

My African drum gourds are coming along well!  The smaller ones are almost dry.
02/04/2019

My African drum gourds are coming along well! The smaller ones are almost dry.

You inspire me Nyambura Theuri and Mureithi Wa Njambi! Deepest thanks to you for showing me how to really harvest firewo...
01/28/2019

You inspire me Nyambura Theuri and Mureithi Wa Njambi! Deepest thanks to you for showing me how to really harvest firewood and for this amazing haul!

A late planting of cucumbers.  So far, no cucumber beetles or squash bugs! So happy!  This is an asian cucumber called S...
09/10/2018

A late planting of cucumbers. So far, no cucumber beetles or squash bugs! So happy! This is an asian cucumber called Suyo long. It is VERY long and yummy.

Nisani Farm's Turmeric is coming along nicely!  Almost ready!
09/10/2018

Nisani Farm's Turmeric is coming along nicely! Almost ready!

Hermetia IllucensI never thought I would come to respect the larvae of the black soldier fly, but I do.  Black soldier f...
08/18/2018

Hermetia Illucens

I never thought I would come to respect the larvae of the black soldier fly, but I do.

Black soldier flies look like wasps but are actually flies. They are not considered pests, do not sting, nor do they transmit disease. They lay eggs in rotting matter and their larvae are efficient composters. Their presence actually prevents houseflies and blow flies from laying eggs and infesting your compost. They are now marketed by some companies as feed for exotic pets! I could go into business!

My first introduction to them was when I found their larvae in my compost bin. It was the most disgusting thing I had ever seen! My compost was alive with a writhing mass of what I thought were maggots living in my compost bin. To make it worse, if there is too much liquid in the mix, it begins to give off a nasty odor...

I did everything to get rid of them. They made me want to GAG! After several years of trying to prevent these larvae from colonizing my compost, I have grown to embrace them as my garden refuse has grown.

I've come a long way. They still creep me out, but I now call them my "Digesters." And I appreciate them because my compost bin can be full today, and there is ALWAYS space tomorrow. As long as I don't spend too much time looking in the bin, I let them do their job and try not to think about it too much.

Next step - getting up the nerve to fish out the larvae to feed the ducks!

Our new Muscovy ducklings figured out my homemade feeder pretty quickly! I am hoping this feeder lets us get away for a ...
08/16/2018

Our new Muscovy ducklings figured out my homemade feeder pretty quickly! I am hoping this feeder lets us get away for a few days with the ducklings secure in their coop.

Turmeric plants in High Tunnel #2
08/15/2018

Turmeric plants in High Tunnel #2

Our Muscovy ducklings are getting along fine!  I am looking forward to their contribution to bug control!
08/10/2018

Our Muscovy ducklings are getting along fine! I am looking forward to their contribution to bug control!

After taking a break from the world of Farmer's Markets, I am giving it a try again! This time in Lynchburg, Virginia.Th...
07/26/2018

After taking a break from the world of Farmer's Markets, I am giving it a try again! This time in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Lynchburg Community Market has a Wednesday Green Market and is not as busy as the Saturday market (perfect for a beginner). They are under an awning and have huge wooden tables, making it much less labor intensive for the vendor! There is also an indoor market where goods are sold, all season long!

I could not have done it without the help from my Mom! We had a good time yesterday, and will try again next Wednesday!

Beets almost as big as my head!
07/11/2018

Beets almost as big as my head!

Getting ready to speak!
06/02/2018

Getting ready to speak!

Fresh home made pizza with arugula made by Bruce.  This is a low cheese pizza and it was excellent!
05/20/2018

Fresh home made pizza with arugula made by Bruce. This is a low cheese pizza and it was excellent!

Mizuna, Kale, Arugula, and herbs from the Nisani Farm booth at yesterday's Crossroads Farmer's Market.  It was a wet day...
05/17/2018

Mizuna, Kale, Arugula, and herbs from the Nisani Farm booth at yesterday's Crossroads Farmer's Market. It was a wet day but it was still great being there!

Nisani Farm donated fresh lettuce, greens, turnips, and other vegetables to the Lutheran Social Services Delaware County...
05/17/2018

Nisani Farm donated fresh lettuce, greens, turnips, and other vegetables to the Lutheran Social Services Delaware County, Ohio Food Pantry on May 8th. The Pantry could really use more volunteer help! I see this as a great opportunity for all those Ohio Wesleyan College Students! The pantry has a warehouse in need of organization!

The Mother Earth News Fair was great!  Here I am speaking about ginger and turmeric!
05/02/2018

The Mother Earth News Fair was great! Here I am speaking about ginger and turmeric!

Ugh. Voles. I've lost many veggies to them. I have tried so many ways to keep them out but I can rely on Weaver to do hi...
04/25/2018

Ugh. Voles. I've lost many veggies to them. I have tried so many ways to keep them out but I can rely on Weaver to do his job as farm dog!

04/10/2018

Visit Nisani Farm's booth on Wednesdays at the Crossroads Farmer's Market, University and Anne Street, Takoma Park, MD from 11-3!

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04/07/2018

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Seedlings want to go outside but it is snowing!
03/12/2018

Seedlings want to go outside but it is snowing!

Getting those peppers and eggplants into cell trays on this snowy day in Phenix, Virginia!  We have hot peppers and swee...
03/12/2018

Getting those peppers and eggplants into cell trays on this snowy day in Phenix, Virginia! We have hot peppers and sweet peppers - so many varieties - poblano, lunchbox, jalapeño and more! We have green apple and purple eggplants going into cells so they can grow bigger and better!

Nisani Farm has been getting seeds in the ground, but the weather is not quite cooperative!  We had many cool, cloudy da...
03/04/2018

Nisani Farm has been getting seeds in the ground, but the weather is not quite cooperative! We had many cool, cloudy days in the last 30 days, and this leads to cool soils and slow plant growth. Friday's wind storm blew the covering and seeds off the beds outside, but the plants in the high tunnel survived. Photos were taken on Feb. 8th and March 4th, 2018.

Don't bother looking for naturally grown "Kumato" tomatoes at your local farmer's market.I started researching the Kumat...
02/13/2018

Don't bother looking for naturally grown "Kumato" tomatoes at your local farmer's market.

I started researching the Kumato while eating them at dinner with some dear friends. They were tasty enough that I thought I'd try to obtain some seeds and grow them. But there will be no Kumato seeds for me.

The patent holder, our friends from Syngenta, says it will NEVER make Kumato seeds available to the general public.

They would rather only market Kumato tomato seed as a "club variety," and only sell seeds to growers they license after going through a rigorous selection process. The only way a grower can participate is by being invited.

Also, (not surprising) none of the current invited growers is located in the United States.

And if you think you can just buy a pack of these tomatoes and save the seed - Kumato is a hybrid, so there is no guarantee that seed saved from a tomato will taste or look like its parent.

This is the seeder my wonderful husband bought me for Christmas one year (he knows just what I want).  It is great at qu...
02/13/2018

This is the seeder my wonderful husband bought me for Christmas one year (he knows just what I want). It is great at quickly planting long relatively straight rows...

But when I added my seeds and pushed it along my prepared planting bed, no seeds came out. I did everything to try to fix the problem. EVERYTHING! I changed the plates, turned it upside-down to dump everything out, banged on it - you name it.

I was about to start cussing when I decided to push a tube down into the drop chute. I dislodged a bunch of spider webs and a little phidippus audax came out in a hurry!

Everything works fine now!

It's frigid outside!  Here's some turmeric I harvested today to get ready for the 2018 growing season!
02/01/2018

It's frigid outside! Here's some turmeric I harvested today to get ready for the 2018 growing season!

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01/17/2018

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Hi friends,  I will be presenting on growing ginger and turmeric at the Virginia Biological Farmers conference in Hot Sp...
01/17/2018

Hi friends, I will be presenting on growing ginger and turmeric at the Virginia Biological Farmers conference in Hot Springs, Virginia next week!

The newest addition to Nisani Farm!
12/24/2017

The newest addition to Nisani Farm!

Even though we've stopped selling most of our vegetables, we are still growing them.  Veggies in the high tunnel are doi...
12/17/2017

Even though we've stopped selling most of our vegetables, we are still growing them. Veggies in the high tunnel are doing well!

12/16/2017
What an AMAZING week!  Here is the run down.MONDAY: Attended Southern Virginia Food Hub's Meeting to discuss the opening...
12/08/2017
Certified Naturally Grown website

What an AMAZING week! Here is the run down.

MONDAY: Attended Southern Virginia Food Hub's Meeting to discuss the opening of a store this summer in South Hill, Virginia. The store will have a commercial kitchen, its own label, and will sell products from local farmers like Nisani, including our sauces, juices, fresh ginger and turmeric, teas, and other produce! Can't wait!
TUESDAY: Harvested ginger, turmeric, and cilantro for Crossroads Community Farmer's Market.
WEDNESDAY: Sold for the first time at Crossroads Community Farmer's Market in Takoma Park. It was a cold day, but we did brisk business with our Yellow Ginger, Blue Ginger, Orange Turmeric and our White Turmeric.
THURSDAY: Took Food Safety Manager's Training. I will be a card-carrying safe food handler!
FRIDAY: Nisani Farm is now featured on Certified Naturally Grown's Home page! Go to their page and scroll down to their five featured farms and you will see a picture of me harvesting turmeric. Check it out!
http://www.cngfarming.org

Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) offers peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers producing food for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, without relying on synthetic chemicals or GMOs.

Ever heard of Dr. Booker T. Whatley?  Dr. Whatley was the originator of two concepts we hear about every day in the worl...
12/04/2017
Save the Family Farm: Here's How

Ever heard of Dr. Booker T. Whatley? Dr. Whatley was the originator of two concepts we hear about every day in the world of small farms - Community Supported Agriculture and U-pick farms.

http://www.businessalabama.com/Business-Alabama/June-2014/Save-the-Family-Farm-Heres-How/

Booker T. Whatley, who died in 2005 at age 89 at his home off Court Street in Montgomery, kept a flourishing midtown garden until the last, with the help of his wife, Lottie. When...

The Washington Post article below describes how millions of pounds of soy and corn for sale in the US were labelled as "...
12/01/2017
The labels said ‘organic.’ But these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t.

The Washington Post article below describes how millions of pounds of soy and corn for sale in the US were labelled as "organic" but are not.

It also describes the problem of produce wash water that can be so loaded with pesticides that it leaves heavy pesticide residues on organically-grown produce - specifically ginger from China.

I am glad to be a Certified Naturally Grown producer of ginger and turmeric here in Virginia!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-labels-said-organic-but-these-massive-imports-of-corn-and-soybeans-werent/2017/05/12/6d165984-2b76-11e7-a616-d7c8a68c1a66_story.html?utm_term=.06a62192131f

Americans are increasingly eating organic foods from overseas. But fooling regulators is all too easy, critics say.

I created this page in part to educate myself and others about the realities of organic farming.  Every day I r...
11/14/2017
Do Pesticides Get Into the Flesh of Fruits and Vegetables?

I created this page in part to educate myself and others about the realities of organic farming. Every day I realize how hard it is to grow food with no chemical pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. And still, I enjoy it.

Here is an article from the New York Times about whether it is possible to wash or peel away pesticides from produce. It's worth taking the time to read, and even reading the comments. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/well/eat/do-pesticides-get-into-the-flesh-of-fruits-and-vegetables.html

Some pesticides are actually designed to be absorbed into the tissue of the fruit or vegetable to protect it from pests

Yummy!
11/11/2017

Yummy!

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