Improved Meyer Lemon Tree

Meyer Lemon TreeAs an avid gardener and cook, I like to learn as much as I can about fruit and vegetable varietals.  When I encounter an interesting fruit, I want to learn its name so I can find it again and grow it myself.  But even if you’re not someone who looks through huge beautiful piles of heirloom tomatoes hoping to find one very special Black Krim, you will notice a flavor difference between a Meyer lemon and a standard lemon.  Meyer lemons are smaller, less sour, less acidic, and darker in color than the more classically available Eureka lemon.  The peel is thin and edible, with a very aromatic zest.  Unfortunately their delicate nature makes them difficult to ship, so unless you live in a warm citrus-growing place, they may be a rare find in your local market2.  However, Meyer lemon trees grow well in containers, so you can grow one even if you live in a colder agricultural zone.
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Parfianka Pomegranate Tree

Parfianka Pomegranate Tree Parfianka Pomegranate TreeEach week when I do my grocery shopping, I allow myself a single impulse item.  I usually choose something small and immediately edible, like a chocolate square.  But one sunny April afternoon, our local grocery store put out a cart full of very young fruit trees.  I saw this little pomegranate tree (a leafy stick covered in aphids), and I was in love.  Despite the looks of this tiny tree, I believed in its potential.  Ten dollars is more than I would usually pay for an impulse item, but I justified the cost with dreamy imagery of my future self picking home-grown pomegranates by the bushel.  Of course, there were a few potential complications.  Minor things, like the fact that I live in an apartment, I don’t have a yard, and one day I may have to move cross-country to an agricultural zone too cold for fresh pomegranates.  Details, details!  Screw it, I put the tree in my shopping cart anyway.
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Welcome

This page is a placeholder for what will, one day, become a very informative site for an organic farm.

I am an artist (mostly photography) who is most at home in nature. I used to grow all the fresh produce my family of two could eat, share, and preserve on a large community garden plot.  I am currently gardenless, but every day I tend to a few fruit trees and herbs in containers on my balcony. At this moment, Strawberry Moon Farm is nothing more than scribbles in a notebook, but I’m holding this domain until the day I can make Strawberry Moon a reality.

My goals for the farm are to:
* Grow healthy, organic food using organic self-sustaining practices
* Make fresh, exciting, gourmet specialty crops locally available including native plants and exotics
* Grow a wide variety of culinary and medicinal herbs
* Raise healthy, happy chickens who will provide eggs as long as they are able, and later enjoy sunshine-filled retirement for the rest of their natural lives
* Minimize the use of fuel-powered machinery, relying on physical or renewable energy whenever possible
* Protect natural pollinators and maintain hives of honeybees
* Apply artistic principles to landscape design and create a beautiful natural space to enjoy with friends and family

Until then, stay wild

Founded: 7/23/2013