LAST WEEK FOR #THENATUREISSUE. DISCOVER WITH US SOME MORE INTERNATIONAL FARMS AROUND THE WORLD AND THEIR NATURE PECULIARITIES
Interested in seeing a lavender in bloom? Time to visit Los Poblanos. Landscape lavender by and large blooms about mid-June, but here lavender field generally blooms through July. They harvest the lavender when flowers are about half to three-quarters of the way open (typically mid-July, depending upon growth), because that is when the essential oil content is highest. Dedication to lavender expand with more field space and special attention paid to utilizing the historic greenhouse for both year-round food sources and lavender propagation. A must-see here at Los Poblanos.
As part of the goal to preserve the agricultural history of Los Poblanos, a significant percentage of the property is dedicated to organic farming. They proudly farm organically, and utilize a broad array of heirloom and native varieties grown in this region for centuries. Even as fall works its way into the Rio Grande Valley and winter is not too far off, delicious varieties of cool weather crops are growing in these fields and in the greenhouse. Heirloom beets, carrots, radicchio, lettuce, onions, mâche, kale, spinach, fava beans and radishes are bursting above the cool soil even as the leaves fall.
Belle Mont Farm is nestled amongst 400 acres of fertile, organic farmland and lush tropical forest on the island of St. Kitts in the West Indies. It’s an edible landscape, cultivated with organically-grown fruit and vegetables delivered to your cottage door each morning and transformed into authentic culinary experiences. You’ll even find ‘Pick Me’ signs hanging where the ripest fruit is ready to be plucked from the source and enjoyed under the shade of your favorite tree. Kittitian Hill – a pioneering community in the West Indies with a passion for sustainable living – is committed to sourcing as much as possible from the land, forest and sea that surrounds the hotel. Belle Mont Farm work closely with sustainable farms and nearby suppliers who share the desire for responsible fishing, farming and animal husbandry, to provide you with whatever we can’t produce ourselves. They also cooperate with local community farms to reduce the island’s need to import fruit and vegetables. By sharing their expertise and organic approach, they can help the surrounding community successfully cultivate quality food without the use of pesticides or unnecessary chemicals.
“On the farm, our goal is to cultivate the bounty around us by harnessing the natural systems at play.”
For centuries the land upon which Blackberry Farm is situated has provided for its inhabitants. The Cherokee and then the first Appalachian discovered how to cultivate what would sustain them and how to forage what was already abundant in the field, forest and stream. Today, Blackberry farm choose to take the same approach because it links them with a continued passion for this special place and the seasons. The passionate pursuit of the farm generates a range of heirloom produce from the garden, wild flower honey, farm-fresh eggs, and artisan cheeses from East Friesian sheep. Next door to The Barn is The Larder, a white washed old barn wood structure conforms on the inside to the requirements set forth by the regulatory bodies that oversee food production. The activity of this place is sealed off to all outside elements to protect the sanctity of the products made within, which fortunately are then released to be savored by guests here and at home.
On the other side of The Barn lies the Farmhouse. This structure was built using reclaimed wood and materials drawing from the annals of historical architecture to create a farmhouse that captures the charm of a time past.