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Happy North Carolina Customer!

May 6, 2019

Yes, Sir, my name is Nick. You may not remember me but back in September,  October of 2018 I bought a bunch of California Early and Inchelium Red garlic from you. It was by far the best I have ever bought and the most I have ever planted. It is making the biggest, thickest tops I have ever grown. It looks amazing. Thank you for your time and some amazing seed garlic.

2018… it was a GREAT year!

November 17, 2018

WOW! Whirlwind shipping season ended on Friday. Everything is out the door. New records set for volume and speed. Over 15,000 lbs shipped. Greatly appreciate bedrock repeat customers… some now over 10 years. But biggest credit goes to Mrs. Big John Nancy and Mr. Workhorse Filiberto – when the work gets tough, the tough get going. 2019 crop in the ground with water and mulch on top. Still would like some rain. Turning away people now for 2018 so don’t get caught for 2019… order early!

Dont’ Be Fooled!

July 6, 2018

DON’T BE FOOLED!! Starting to see web pages whereon people are laying claim to the origination of REDNECK WILD. This was brought to the market by Big John’s Garden…. pure and simple. A product of coddled generations of rocambole bulbils and rounds. Found next to a RR siding in Klamath County, Oregon by Carmen B. Still going strong as ever. Check out this sample of bulbs dug yesterday…. a few 3.5 inchers. I admit… they’re not all like this. But this shows what this great garlic can be!

Big John Goes Hollywood

April 14, 2016

Grace-and-frankieLate last summer Big John was contacted by the props manager for the Netflix TV program Grace & Frankie who was frantically searching for “whole” braidable garlic plants with scapes attached. Trying to explain the impossibility of this, we settled on some scaped-out silverskins that always appear on the edge of the field – long story short – the episode identified as 211 will be available on May 6th! Big John goes Hollywood! Emmy?

2016 Looking As Good As Ever!

April 4, 2016

Super Winter Water Year – Great Temps – Crop off of to a wonderful start. Order Early to ensure quality and supply!P8160005

Great Harvest of 2014

July 12, 2014

Big John is particularly pleased with the size and quality of the 2014 crop. Chesnok Red was as good as ever, but the artichokes were especially large. Shown here is some beautiful Lorz Italian

November 24, 2013

February 8, 2014


Finally gave up waiting for more rain… putting the mulch on. We are so lucky to have the use of this side-discharging manure spreader that belongs to my garlic partner who used to be an organic dairy farmer. Kinda hard to see, but he can lay out a blanket evenly to our “specs”. Plus, no hand work. Weather around the country is wacky… extreme drought here in S. Oregon and N. California. Never have seen it this dry.

April 23, 2013

Cover cropping is very important to soil tilth, fertility and whatever rotation schedule you practice. Here, Big John is cross-drilling organic Alpowa white wheat – crossdrilling at half the overall seeding rate will thicken the stand, smother weeds and distribute vegatative more uniformly at time of “incorporation” – another way of saying cut/dry/rototill the green material (green manure) into the soil.

Steve Sprinkel Honored – April, 2013

April 15, 2013


Kudos from the Cornucopia Institute to one of Big John’s oldest friends – high school classmate – organic activist since the dark ages, rider of overhead surf, organic farmer/restaurant/market owner with wife Olivia (The Cook) and all-purpose journalist, Steve Sprinkel (The Farmer). He authored the great piece “why organic?” page Big John’s website and is an ongoing friend of “The Garden”. See F&C empire at

March 2013 Mulch Patching

March 18, 2013

Warm snap in the 60’s for a few days after one of the coldest winters in many years – here is Garlic Master Filiberto “mulch– patching” – a few thin spots created by wind blast – the garlic is busting through all over!

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