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Purveyor of fine heirloom vegetables and culinary herbs, offering curated produce boxes, CSA shares, farmstand harvests, nursery starts for the home garden and culinary selections for local eateries.
Photos from Polyculture Gardens's post
Lovely, quiet morning curating CSA baskets. Heirloom, open-pollinated seed, no-dig beds, natural management.
Mid July Heirlooms. No-dig bed composition, plant based pest management, rain watered, open-pollinated, unmechanized.
Every raindrop is a miracle and when they fall steadily, it’s an event.
Reveling in Friday’s rain shower.
Thought I’d share a glimpse of what our fourth CSA harvest of the season looks like.
This produce and everything grown on site starts from open-pollinated, heirloom seed using all natural practices. Our beds are developed using a no-till model, hand watered from rain collection and always in some stage of succession.
What you see here is more than food, it’s art.
Have a lovely afternoon.
I love working with a creative, hardworking local eatery, it’s truly a gift. We are gradually bridging an exciting, enriching relationship. I had to share this because of the work they put into their menu and our local culture. The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery
Pecan Bun – One giant fresh-baked house-made pecan bun w/ icing $6.50
Carrot Lox - Thin-sliced carrots w/ dulce & dill on Sourdough toast w/ avocado, pickled red onion & capers. Served w/ roasted potatoes $10.00
Fried Green Tomatoes – freshly battered & fried green tomatoes, served w/ our notorious house-made Remoulade $6.00
Fruit Salad – Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Cantaloupe & Pineapple $6.00
Vegan Omelet – Your choice of 1 of each category: $11.50
--Bell pepper, cherry tomato or Polyculture Arugula/greens mix &
--House-made Chèvre, House-made almond Mozzarella or Daiya Cheddar slices
Additional fillings - $0.75 each
Biscuits & Gravy – House-made Herby Biscuit served w/ our home-style ‘V-sausage’& mushroom (Flyway Farms) gravy. Served w/ roasted potatoes $11.00
Brunch Burger Beta - Beyond Meat patty served on an English Muffin w/ our house-made BBQ sauce w/ crispy fried onions, ‘Cheeze Wiz’ & coconut bacon. Served w/ roasted potatoes $12.00
Breakfast Burrito – Tofu scramble, seasoned black beans, Fajita veggies, house-made Pico de Gallo, avocado & cheeze wrapped in a flour tortilla. Served w/ roasted potatoes $11.50
Chilaquiles – Fresh-made tortilla chips, house-made Zapatista Verde salsa, tofu scramble, Queso fresco, cilantro & black beans. Served w/ roasted potatoes $11.50
Upgrade your side to Tofu Scramble or Fruit salad - add - $2.00
Roasted Breakfast Potatoes $3.00
Tofu Scramble $3.00
Side – Fruit Salad $3.00
Greetings and Good Morning, let us take a look.
We have heirloom tomato seedlings available for the home garden.
3.00 per or 4 for 10.00.
Connect with us for updates on stock and to place an order.
In addition, our CSA harvest begins today, but we have plenty of salad mixes for meal planning. (Arugula, Spinach varieties, Skyphos Butterhead Lettuce, red and speckled loose leaf Lettuce varieties and Mustard greens.
Carrots, beets, peas, celery, Swiss chard, Kale varieties, strawberries, cilantro and bunching onions are all getting close.
We can do market style or 25.00 Curated Salad Kits.
Always happy to clarify and answer questions.
Have a great Sunday and thank you so much!
Sunday Harvest Menu 5.1.22
Spinach-Merlo Nero, Bloomsdale
Lettuce-Forellenschluss, Red Salad Bowl, Skyphos
Radish- Cherry Belle, Scarlet Globe, French Breakfast
If you’re interested, Spring Salad Kits are being put together for orders today.
25.00 gets you locally grown, organic, heirloom salads for lunches and suppers this week.
All produce can be purchased at market price, but the Salad Kits are a fun way for me to curate harvests.
Several varieties of Swiss Chard, Kale, Peas, Asian Greens are on the cusp and Carrots, Beets, Green Onions, Cilantro, Celery and Kohlrabi are coming along nicely.
Connect with us to place an order.
Nature has been generous. Salute.
Greetings and Happy Easter.
We are harvesting Bloomsdale/Kookaburra Spinach and French Breakfast Radishes this morning for brunch. Superbly delicious with the cool temperatures.
In addition, the first succession of Skyphos Butterhead Lettuce should be available for our 4/24 Sunday Garden Menu.
Gently washed and ready when you are.
Sure was a nice day to peel back the mesh and get a closer look at what’s going on in the beds. A drill of 100 onion seedlings transplanted and hundreds more to follow. Wrapped up second succession of cool weather crops and moved five yards of compost for new beds and top dressing.
The window to sign up for our CSA program is narrowing and there are only two memberships remaining. Not sure you can commit to an entire season? Let’s talk about a flexible subscription and what that can look like. Drop a note and I can email this season’s pamphlet.
March 17th in the no-dig gardens. We’ve nearly capped our CSA membership for the season, but we will continue to offer weekly produce harvests at market price. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to grow chemical free, heirloom produce for families in our community.
Feeling very hopeful and inspired.
Greetings Urbana Friends and Neighbors!
We are so thrilled to announce that enrollment for our 2022 CSA program is now open. In addition to our CSA shares, weekly harvest subscriptions are now available. If you or someone you know is interested in something truly special, please contact us for an information pamphlet and to have any questions addressed.
And seriously, thank you so much for the love and support last season. It is truly a remarkable experience to feel a part of such a vibrant community. We absolutely cannot wait to start sharing another season’s bounty.
Now let’s give March a handshake and get on with it.
We have Lemongrass available in 3.5” nursery pots for $3.00 a piece or 4 for $10.00. A simple Google search will reveal a lot of great information regarding fun culinary uses and all sorts of health benefits.
Lemongrass is very much a heat loving plant that will multiply and fill out larger planters, making it a nice addition to summer patios. An edible ornamental if you will. They can be kept in the brightest windows in your house until summer and potted up in spring. Lemongrass is actually quite easy to maintain, harvest and of course, enjoy. In the winter, bring it indoors and treat it as you would a house plant. If you really want to get into it, mature clumps can be divided and repotted.
Something really important to us worth mentioning- We make our seedling mix using coco coir pith, (far more environmentally sustainable than peat) vermiculite, earthworm castings, ground eggshell, and fish meal. Seedlings are always introduced to mycorrhizae when they are moved from cells to pots, further connecting them to available nutrients.
Drop us a note and reserve a few.
This is a great resource to learn about what we are working toward and offering this year. (excellent podcast in general.)
The local food movement is growing! Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is one way to get access to fresh, localy products (from produce to meat to flowers) on a regular basis. The Good Growing podcast team is joined by Nick Frillman to explore how a CSA works and how to find one near you.
Listen on ApplePodcasts, Google Play, Sticher, SoundCloud or TuneIn or, watch the videocast.
After successfully growing onions from seed last year, the goal for 2022 is expanding production to include three different heirloom varieties. These will be included in our CSA memberships and during the Autumn leg of the growing season.
Brrrr… greetings January, it seems you’ve found us.
I certainly love my layers of musty wool and sipping mugs of Tulsi, but I also appreciate reveling in warm thoughts and lush memories.
Naturally, activity in the gardens has nearly come to a halt, though the caterpillar tunnels are protecting what will be our first crops of the spring season. Seed propagation in the passive house is underway and our 2022 CSA membership enrollment is going to open the first week of February. In the interim, if you or anyone you know is interested in an affordable weekly subscription of chemical-free, heirloom produce, please drop a note with any questions.
First year No-Dig gardens in Urbana, Illinois- Zone 5b.Agrarian Ecology/Polyculture Gardening
The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have found us.
Sure hope you and your family are enjoying this cooler, damp front as much as we are. It’s particularly favorable as the green beans, celery, kale, basil and carrots are entering a really nice peak. In addition, many of the annual flowers are in a gorgeous wave of blooms.
Basil 3.00 bunch
Bunching Onions 3.00 bunch
Beans (green and red) 3.00 lb
Carrots 3.00 lb
Celery 3.00 lb
Kale 3.00 bag
“Soda Pop” flower arrangements 10.00-20.00
Let us do good things.
Polyculture Gardens is currently offering organic carrots, kale and basil. Our gardening principles are centered around a no-dig, compost exclusive model where open-pollination, biodiversity and chemical free pest management are practiced.
Carrots 3.00 bunch
Kale 3.00 biodegradable bag
Basil 3.00 compostable container
Delivery by bicycle and cart within a two mile radius is an option for a modest fee or we can set up an appointment to stop by the gardens.
Just a brief update on tomato seedling inventory and a moment to highlight our stunning lettuce varieties.
Now is the time to secure your seedlings for planting. Moreover, the lettuce is peaking and begging to be a part of your diet.
A curated salad mix? (Asian Greens, Kale, Spinach, Lettuce.) 4.00 bag
Radish bundle. 2.00
Parsley 2.00 bunch
Spinach 3.00 bag
Heirloom Tomato Stock 4.00 4” pot
9-True Black Brandywine
20-Japanese Black Trifele
15-Pink Berkeley Tie Dye
We are sincerely grateful for all of the support!
Greetings! Sure hope you’re enjoying the spring weather and finding the magic in all of this life!
We wanted to take a moment and share that we are officially taking early spring produce orders. In addition, our tomato seedlings are now ready for reservation and pick up. Availability will be updated as the menu changes. Please send a message with your order and I’ll have it ready. Orders are harvested on an individual basis, gently washed and packed shortly before arrival. We accept payment using Apple Pay, the Cash App, Venmo, PayPal, with cash or our Square card reader.
As of May 5th, the following are available for pickup onsite. *Note: Our practice is entirely organic and chemical/fertilizer free. All of our seedlings are grown in all natural, made from scratch soil mix.
Spinach Mix (Bloomsdale, Kookaburra)
Lettuce ( Lollo Rosso, Speckled, Forellenschluss, Parris Island Cos, Heirloom Mix)
3.00 bag or 2 Romaine
Asian Greens (Chijimisai, Japanese Red Mustard)
Radish Mix (Icicle, Cherry Belle, Purple Plum)
Kale Mix (Lacinato, Blue Curled Scotch)
Parsley (Italian Flat Leaf)
PG Salad Mix ( assorted greens and cut lettuce)
Curated Spring Assortment
Heirloom Tomato Seedlings:
Japanese Black Trifele
Peach Blow Sutton
Pink Berkeley Tie Dye
True Black Brandywine
4” pot 4.00 Each
Greetings, friends. Busy, busy days developing the gardens, succession sowing seeds, transplanting nursery seedlings and avoiding office work, but would like to offer a very limited selection of Parris Island Cos Lettuce heads, a mixture of Cherry Belle and Icicle Radishes and Cilantro. I am happy to deliver in the Urbana area via bicycle and cart, or we can set a pick up time for next week. Drop a note to reserve as these little market bundles will go fast.
Incredibly excited to kick off the spring harvests and integrate into the community! Happy Sunday!
Greetings! A little check in from the farm. 16 hours a day, a day at a time. Feeling a lot more confident in offering CSA options in April for the upcoming season. (June-October)
I am completely set up for the market stand at the farm and will begin to announce weekly harvest availability. Moreover, I’ll have a better idea of what the seedling inventory is going to look like so you can reserve for your kitchen garden. If you have any questions in the interim, I’d love to hear from you.
The warm light really got things moving today so I thought I’d share a few varieties from the nursery.
Pushing toward spring, the following weeks will see continued construction of the poly tunnels, configuration of the rain catchment system, putting together the compost stalls and some light chainsaw action.
In addition to Apple Pay, Venmo, The Cash App and PayPal, we can now securely accept payment via Square!
Despite what a woodchuck signals, we are proceeding accordingly. Fortunately, the passive envelope is doing most of the work. Working in a space such as this affords us the luxury of nurturing seedlings indoors earlier and for a longer period of time. It’s unparalleled to sustain healthy plant life while leaving an almost untraceable footprint.
Do you intend to plant a garden this season or have access to even the smallest area of property; a place you would like to see transformed into something productive and more beautiful? Perhaps you have a garden bed that has been neglected for some time and you are at a loss as to how and where to begin. What about those folks who have no personal interest in gardening, but have children in your life who would benefit from an enriching project? And how about our educators, would you find value in incorporating gardening fundamentals into your classroom or after school activities?
These are just a few of the questions we love to ask at Polyculture Gardens! For us, each growing space is a multidisciplinary pursuit, one that weaves together aspects of art, science, philosophy, literature, folklore and spirituality. We recognize the educational value of gardening and at the same time, believe there are boundless opportunities to develop an array of life skills. As each growing season comes and goes, we have noticed that while tending gardens, the inevitable lessons in patience, resilience, stewardship and humility rise to the surface. These lessons are often followed by a greater sense of connection and perspective. For many of us, it is no secret that the rewards of growing your own food are far from limited to what ends up on the plate.
The reasons for sowing a seed and tending to it are endless and here in our gardens, we not only grow organic market produce and offer seedling starts for the home or community garden, but also want to be helpful in getting your growing space suitable for a sustainable, practical, low maintenance food source.
We do hope you will consider us a source when stocking your fridge or pantry, planning a special meal or selecting seedling starts for your own garden, but additionally hope to serve as a platform for extending the values which Polyculture Gardens holds dear and how these values can inspire a wide range of folks.
So please, follow us, share us, join us, and of course, connect with us by reaching out with any thoughts, ideas, questions, suggestions or resources!
In the interim, we will continue to work on what the early spring seedling menu is going to look like, details on placing an order, scheduling a pickup time and payment options. (We are set up to swipe cards on site!) Furthermore, information regarding our curated produce boxes, seasonal CSA shares, weekly harvests and food donation program will become available.
As always, thank you for reading and we look forward to your visit!
Tucked away in the brier of East Urbana, Polyculture Gardens is a small urban property surrounding the first US built Passive House. We are purveyors of organic heirloom vegetables, fruit, culinary herbs and cut flowers. As the garden develops, we will offer weekly curated produce boxes, seasonal CSA shares, farmstand harvests, nursery starts for the home garden, culinary selections for local eateries and pop-up garden to table suppers.
The garden’s ever-changing stock is grown exclusively from seed in our nursery with a concentration on soil structure, companion planting, the attraction of beneficial insects and wildlife, open-pollination and chemical free plant nutrition/pest control. We practice the model of no dig bed building, composting, water conservation and encouraging the emergence of symbiotic relationships.
Our intentions are to honor the value of sustainability and community by nourishing families, slowing the pace of our ecological footprint and brightening the tone of the urban landscape.
Harvest Portraits. (2018)
Plot transformation on Sugar Bottom Farm, Walla Walla, Washington.
A colorful walk through a year long project on Sugar Bottom Farm, Walla Walla, Washington. (2017-2018)
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Open-pollinated/heirloom vegetables, culinary herbs and cut flowers using no-dig gardening methods.
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