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Our Farm

Our 3.5 acre culinary garden sits on the St. Helena Montessori School and grows unique, seasonally appropriate crops using organic, sustainable techniques. Emphasis is placed on experimentation with new crops and varieties, growing and cultivation methods, and the utilization of all edible portions of the plant through its life-cycle. This production aims to cultivate a broader mission – serving as a direct relationship between the natural landscape, the food system, and the community. This relationship represents not only a respect for the garden as a part of the ecosystem but also the garden as an opportunity for inspiration, health, and education.

From The Farm

As the calendar turns to April and we enter the first full (official) month of spring, new and exciting crops start to make their way onto our harvest lists. Two of the April standouts for us every year are Peas and Asparagus. Our Peas are seeded directly into the ground in late December and begin to flower and produce fruit in late March. Our favorite varieties are ‘Super Sugar Snap’ – a snap type pea, and ‘Green Beauty’ – a large snow type pea. Most of our asparagus plants are now entering their fifth year of production (asparagus are perennials and can live up to 10 years). The first shoots started to emerge with the warmer weather we had in early March but were lost to the frosts of March but as the weather has warmed up they have entered peak production.


-Zac Yoder, Farm Director