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Reasons, tools for raising beds

publication date: May 1, 2012
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Michael Ableman is well known in many farming circles for the work that he did in developing Fairview Gardens in Goleta, California, and for the beautiful books of farm photos and essays, and numerous articles and essays that he has authored over the past two decades. He is perhaps less well known for his current work at Foxglove Farm on the beautiful island of Salt Spring in British Columbia, Canada. Foxglove Farm comprises 120 acres near the top of Mt. Maxwell, the high point on the island. Much of the farm is forested, a large lake sits just above the farm, and a big hayfield makes up the bulk of the arable ground. Michael has been transitioning some of the hayfield to small grains and dry beans and peas. The bulk of the farm production is done in a few acres of small fields that surround the original log house homestead. Those fields grow a mix of annual and perennial vegetables, and fruits that are sold at farmers markets and to restaurants and stores on the island.

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