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Clover Valley Farm Trail: Clover Valley Farms

Cindy Hale and Jeff Hall began farming in 2007, “as a way to earn money during the summer so our daughter did not have to go to daycare.” They started with chickens and soon moved into raising turkeys, ducks, pigs, sheep, and rabbits.

“We have learned a whole lot over the years,” Jeff Hall says. “In particular the things we like and don’t like about farming.” What didn’t they like? “Raising chickens, ducks, turkeys, and pigs.”

After this realization, Hale and Hall moved to fruit production, starting with fresh fruit: june­berries, currants, and elderberries. “The fruit we grow needs to be consumed within a day or two of harvest,” Hall explains. “So we decided to start making culinary vinegar, which has a permanent shelf life.”

Hall also has a passion for woodworking, which he has been doing for a decade. “Wood­working fits in well with the other parts of the farm, like using the wood chips as a mulch for the fruit.” He participates in several art shows annually, including the Park Point Art Fair and the 20/20 Art Tour, which will occur in Sep­tember.

The sheep at Clover Valley Farms get sheared each April, and their wool is sent off to be cleaned and carded. When the wool returns to the farm, Cindy Hale uses natural plant-based dyes to give the wool colors of many differ­ent hues. Often, the dyes come from plants like buckthorn and tansy, plants that are viewed as largely undesirable due to their invasive na­ture. Clover Valley Farms sells the dyed yarn, and uses the wool for felting projects, which include rugs and wall hangings.

Cindy Hale and Jeff Hall chose the name Clover Valley Farms because “that is the his­torical name for our area where we live, and our home has been a farm off and on for the last hundred years.” You can find Clover Valley Farms’ products at the Two Harbors Farmers’ Market as well as on the Clover Valley Farm Trail at 1546 Clover Valley Drive.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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