My great-great grandfather started this farm sometime in the mid 1800s. There was a one-room school house built on the farm in 1872 that was called Harmony Grove School. Farming has been always a part of our family. We embrace the lifestyle and value the peace and quiet of living.
Here at Harmony Grove, we primarily grow lettuce, salad greens, and strawberries in pristine greenhouses. The new greenhouse, 96 x 34 ft, built spring of 2013, throws light around beautifully. It's a very peaceful and quiet space.
Growing hydroponically, we use a looped water system to control the amount of water for each plant. It's a clean system that uses 100% pure minerals and no harmful chemicals or pesticides. We practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management), which uses beneficial insects, like ladybugs, to keep populations of harmful insects at a manageable level. Here at Harmony Grove, like so many other greenhouse operations, the biggest threat is aphids, but they are no match for the thousands of ladybugs that are released at a single time!
In the dead of winter, we do what we can to control temperatures in the greenhouse, but can't control the amount of sunlight the crops get. Lack of sun slows production significantly. During the winter, we spend a lot of time to maintain the best environment for the greens. In spring, all attention moves to maintaining the system and growing.
From seed to fully grown, it can take two months to grow the lettuce. But with 4,100 spots, we can harvest constantly. Demand for all natural produce is high in the market for beautiful, local lettuces. In order to keep operations going year-round, the greenhouse is heated using wood, propane, & coal.
Here's our vertical strawberry system in early spring. In a few weeks, this greenhouse will be full of strawberries! It will be one of the most wonderful sights you could ever imagine!
Thank you for visiting us!
~ Monty & Akemi Hoffman
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