Tour Harvest Moon Flower Farm

Take this wonderfuly written tour of Harvest Moon Flower Farm and come away with ideas to incorporate into your own gardening endeavors.

| April 2019

An early morning view of the barn.
Photo by Linda Chapman.

The farm is located in southern Indiana, 20 minutes northwest of Bloomington and one hour south of Indianapolis. It produces year-round, ramping up flower production in the warm season and concentrating more on vegetables in the cold months. The weather can be quite cold in the winter, with snow and temperatures below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

The farm sits on a slightly sloping site, bordered by various features on the sides, both natural and built. Linda sees the farm as a massive number of little microclimates and this allows her to tailor what she plants to each of those spots.

Growing flowers allows Linda to work surrounded by beauty, and this is a big motivator for her. The farm is quite diverse, growing more than 100 species of flowers with many succession plantings (crops planted multiple times in the same season to extend their harvest). In addition, many of the beds on the farm are replanted multiple times each season, a typical approach on compact farms, usually referred to as “double cropping” or even “triple cropping.” The farm isn’t certified organic, but Linda considers it sustainable and her practices focus on improving the soil and creating a healthy ecosystem.

Photo by James J. Kellar.

Linda is not mechanically inclined so there is minimal mechanization. This saves her from having tools that break and can’t be easily fixed, and it allows her to provide more work for people around the farm. Over the years, she has favored investing in her employees instead of expensive equipment to do the work.

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