2021 Lillklobb Produce


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How it's grown matters


Agroecology is a process based means of integrating knowledge about the living world around us with human oriented and designed landscapes, particularly food producing ones.


Leading edge regenerative agriculture research is revealing that how products are farmed creates enormous differences in outcomes for soil, biodiversity, water quality, nutrition, and of course the climate. The differences can be so great that using the same word to describe a product from a regenerative farm as from a degenerative one begins to feel misleading.


Old assumptions about what drives soil fertility and the resultant health of the local ecosystem are being challenged at the most fundamental, first principle level. Bold steps are needed to embrace nature's complexity by both farmer and consumer alike.


At Lillklobb, my goal has always been to cut through the marketing gimmicks and reach my customers directly. This year I want to share more information about my production methods and practices.


In order to help me focus, I'm concentrating my efforts in two places: 


  • Producing the finest quality, beyond organic garlic possible as the mainstay of the farm's income


  • Synthesizing years of research and observation into novel polyculture gardens that attempt to bridge the gap between the monoculture-based market gardens and what we are learning about building soil health and healthy ecosystems


Learn more about the practices at Lillklobb by clicking the links to the left. If you are interested in providing the best kind of support a farm can ask for, continue scrolling below to discover how your early contributions can help make meaningful change to the way our food is produced.

PREORDER

Lillklobb Garlic


Garlic is one of my favorite crops. It has many outstanding qualities that recommend it to a professional grower as well as to hobbyists. Not only is it a great crop to grow, but it holds tremendous value across many culinary traditions. As you can see above, in the past I have planted garlic alongside everything from carrots and radishes to lettuce and bok choy. 


This year I am forging a new path. My goal is to produce garlic with minimal outside inputs other than water for irrigation and the waste wood chips for the pathways. I've dedicated 2/3 of the market garden space to a novel rotation which sees my own seed garlic from 2020 carefully planted to increase bulb size in a monoculture. The garlic will be followed by super diverse cover crops in order to build fertility with minimal or zero off-site nutrients.


I'm choosing monocultures this year because, quite frankly, I sold all my large garlic bulbs for food in 2020 and was left with smaller sized seed garlic for planting. I've now planned an entire garden with its own rotation exclusively for seed production so that I don't mix the two purposes again. The monocultures will allow swifter garden care and reduce competition. There is a long road to travel towards a situation where I can produce all of my own seed garlic at a desirable size and cultivate high quality garlic for sale alongside vegetables without outside inputs.


Once this season's garlic is harvested in July, I will immediately plant (or even intercrop earlier) super diverse cover crops that will get well established and flower before winter. The bees at Lillklobb will harvest pollen and nectar from these covers to help store up honey for the cold months ahead, which will be appreciated by my beekeeper who is advancing with his minimial-feeding, sustainable beekeeping methods.


Then in 2022, I will once again seed more cover crops into those rows and let them grow until September. That means the soil will be treated to 9 months of root exudates from dozens of species of plants in order to restore and improve the ground for the next set of garlic in October.


If I can produce high quality garlic with minimal intervention and very few outside resources, then it should be possible to grow nearly any vegetable in a similar manner.


You can help me take the first steps towards developing a regenerative garlic production model by preordering a share of this season's garlic harvest in advance.

Self-Grown Seed Garlic


Five varieties of garlic are being propagated for a second generation of garlic which has been grown entirely in Finland.


Originally from France and Ukraine, this trial will allow me to determine which of these varieties to breed true garlic seed from in the near future.

Diverse Cover Crop Integration

Recent research points to plant diversity as being a key factor in the behavioral and gene expression of not only plants, but also the soil microorganisms which trade nutrients for liquid sugar from the plants.


By sowing super diverse mixes of cover crops, I can build soil and provide a home to beneficial organisms for almost an entire year while laying the foundation for a great garlic harvest the next season.

Braiding

Properly stored, garlic can keep over the winter. You can choose to have your garlic braided to hang in your kitchen or pantry as an attractive and edible decoration.


See the Google Form linked below for more details.

Lillklobb Garlic Pricing


Garlic can be preordered in the following quantities and prices: 


1-5 kg = 21,50 €/kg
6-10 kg = 19,50 €/kg
11+ kg = 17,50 €/kg


Braiding: 5 € / 1 kilogram braid


Weights are fresh harvest weight and prices include VAT


Selling by fresh weight will allow me to organize the harvest and immediately set aside your order for fresh delivery, curing, or braiding

PICK YOUR OWN VEGETABLES


From Lillklobb's No-Dig Market Gardens


*** Spring Update***

The preorders for PYOV concept has been sold out! A big thanks to everyone who has signed up. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please go ahead an fill out the same form, but realize that you may or may not gain access this year depending on how the gardens actually develop!

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This year I've designed a special garden in which over 25 different kinds of vegetables, herbs, and flowers will grow together in polycultures- turning the act of picking into a fun-filled experience, especially for families and groups of friends. Building off of years of experimentation and trial, this one-of-a-kind garden is hopefully going to inspire market farmers and home gardeners alike to break the monoculture mindset and get serious about building soil and producing high quality food at the same time.


Pricing: minimum preorder of 60 € for the whole season.


Here's the list of planned vegetables (I hope to surprise everyone with some others when the time comes):

Leeks

Onions (Spring & Storage)

Celeriac (Root Celery)

Swiss Chard

Kale

Cilantro

Dill

Parsley

Spinach

Lettuce (Gem & Romaine)

Beets

Bok Choy

Fennel

Zucchini

Carrots (Baby & Storage)

Arugula

Radish

Turnip

Radicchio

Broad Beans

Basil

Mustard & Mizuna

Cosmos

Sunflowers

Nasturtium

Marigold

Calendula

Important Changes


***See Spring Update Above, sold out!***

1.


Understand this is an informed experiment


Choosing to reserve a share of the produce means you understand that there are risks involved in agriculture. This polyculture experiment is a trial and may have higher risks involved than in previous seasons.


The crops listed above are what is planned. What will actually be available is, as always, down to a number of different factors that one cannot control when working outdoors.

2.


Be prepared to wait

(pun intended)


Everything must be weighed before it leaves the farm so I can continue to collect meaningful production data. This is also important for accurately tracking your vegetable purchases.


When you reserve produce, you will be reserving a set amount of value for the whole season, not for each week, and it will be your responsibiltiy to ensure that you harvest or purchase the entire amount before the end of the year.

3.


Be willing to adapt



New things mean changes. Although the gardens have been planned in advance, things may not go as expected.


This is not a replacement for a standard CSA! If you are looking for prepackaged vegetables or regular provision of staple crops please look elsewhere for your needs. This experiment is as much about the fun of picking as it is about what you get out in the end.


PREORDER LILLKLOBB HONEY

Award winning honey from hives managed by one of Finland's most sustainable bee-keepers!

For the fifth year running, Stan will be taking care of his bees at Lillklobb. He produces seasonal honey to capture the blooms from each time of the year. The honey produced at Lillklobb has won multiple awards both domestically and internationally! 


"The preorder gives you the opportunity to secure for you or your family the desired quantity of this award-winning honey in advance at a lower price than during the season. Whether you are a private person or a company or restaurant.


By your preorder you also support sustainable beekeeping and biodiversity in the middle of a city environment, as well as permaculture-based vegetable farming and locally organised training or mentoring activities."


Pricing:


Summer blossom honey, expected harvest in late June or July

  • 500 g glass jar: 9 €
  • 1 kg tub: 15 €


Late summer honey (usually with some Linden blossom nectar), available usually from the end of August

  • 500 g glass jar: 10 €
  • 1 kg tub: 17 €


All prices include 14% VAT