The Kale Yard

The Kale Yard

The Kale Yard is a small-scale market garden and plant nursery situated on a three acre farm on the northeast edge of Lancaster, Ohio. The property is also a home, a historic farm and a permaculture demonstration site in the works.

The Kale Yard is operated by Erin Harvey, with the much appreciated help of friends and family. Everything is grown using organic methods, with a focus on the best of old and new human-scale, low-input techniques. Interesting and beautiful varieties of vegetables and herbs from The Kale Yard reminds us what food can and should look and taste like.

“Kale Yard” is an old Scottish phrase simply meaning “kitchen garden.” The name reflects the goal of growing food in a way that is never far from the kitchen. Literally – all food grown at The Kale Yard is sold locally in the community – and figuratively – part of the journey to eating locally is to learn how to enjoy what is available to us. Just as important as growing healthy food is keeping alive traditional ways of cooking, preserving and eating.

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The Kale Yard has an overall ZapScore of 70. This means that The Kale Yard has a higher ZapScore than 70% of all businesses on Zappenin. For reference, the median ZapScore for a business in Lancaster, Ohio is 40 and in the Farms category is 28. Learn more about ZapScore.

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Go Go Goji berries! Lycium barbarum - hardy to zone 5. Soak overnight, then "smash" the fruits and remove the seeds... easier said than done, with tiny little wet seeds sticking to everything! Didn't realize they were a solanum/nightshade, but after this, I totally see it. We'll see how this experiment goes. @ The Kale Yard

Baby plants saying 'happy spring' and wishing it were more springlike...

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It was pointed out to me by a very smart lady that not everyone knows what soil blockers are. These little contraptions turn out blocks of compressed soil that you can seed directly into. They hold together remarkably well, allowing you to get a plant to transplantable size without any pot at all. This is what we're doing this Saturday at my Seed Starting workshop -

Have you always wanted to try out soil blocks? Now's your chance! Learn how to grow seedlings in soil blocks - no pots required! Join me for a workshop at the Keller Market House this Saturday, February 10th. You'll get to see your own tray of blocks to take home. Details & registration here:

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Gooey eyeballs & fluff everywhere... adventures in seed saving! (Passiflora incarnata & Asclepias tuberosa)