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Clover Valley Farm Trail: Farm Lande

As the summer days begin to cool into fall, farms along the North Shore are facing the beginning of the end of their growing seasons. One of these farms is Farm Lande (pronounced Land-ee), located on Doe Road.

Farm Lande is owned by Claire and Pete Lande, who were both born and raised in the Arrowhead region. In 2020, the Landes purchased the farm from Kathy Jensen of Talmadge Farms.

Claire Lande’s interest in farming began when she was studying ento­mology in graduate school. “I was re­ally interested in integrated pest man­agement on farms,” Claire says. She began working on a farm during the summer in order to gain experience working with farmers. Later, Claire moved to Oregon to pursue entomol­ogy.

Claire says about her time in Ore­gon, “Most of my entomology work was conducting pollinator research on farms, so I was seeing all sorts of oper­ations, meeting the farmers, and seeing the effect of their farm practices play out in the insect/pollinator communi­ties I was studying.” She continued, “I was also going to the super vibrant farmers’ markets out there and think­ing, ‘I should be the one selling this stuff.’”

When Claire and Pete moved back to the Arrowhead region in 2017, they began looking for somewhere to farm. In the interim, Claire started a “bee farm”, where she kept bees on oth­er people’s farms and sold honey and beeswax products at farmers’ markets. “It’s been a process, but we made it,” Claire says.

Farm Lande grows more than 30 species of native perennials for polli­nators, plus “lots of veggies.” The Lan­des also manage a couple honeybee hives and about 20 chickens. “We are heavily focused on the native plants in the spring (we take pre-orders on our website www.farmlande.com and have a couple sales on the farm), and we gradually switch gears as the veggies start coming in,” Claire explains. The farm grows “all the basics”: greens, cucumbers, squash, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, peas, beans, tomatoes, beets, carrots, peppers, garlic, onions, and herbs.

“Our mission is to promote commu­nity and ecological resilience through food and plants. A healthy food sys­tem is very dependent on healthy in­sect communities, and we as a com­munity can provide for those insects by increasing the biodiversity of our yards and gardens, providing habitat and food sources for them that in turn provide food for us through pollination and pest control. It really does make a difference!” Claire states.

Farm Lande can be found at the Du­luth Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., and on the Clo­ver Valley Farm Trail (2709 Doe Road) on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. In addition, Farm Lande also contributes to the North Shore Farmers’ Collective monthly boxes.

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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