Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch of Four Season Farm Visit
We had the pleasure of visiting Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch’s Four Season Farm on the Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine.
Eliot Coleman is an organic grower specializing in four season farming through methods he has developed and refined over the years.
Eliot is best known for his work in developing methods around:
- Moveable greenhouses
- Season extension
- Tool innovation
Eliot is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook. He has written extensively on the subject of organic agriculture since 1975, including chapters in scientific books and the foreword to Keeping Food Fresh: Old World Techniques and Recipes by the gardeners and farmers of Terre Vivant.
Eliot has more than 40 years’ experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. During his careers as a commercial market gardener, the director of agricultural research projects, and as a teacher and lecturer on organic gardening, he studied, practiced and perfected his craft. He served for two years as the Executive Director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and was an advisor to the US Department of Agriculture during their landmark 1979-80 study, “Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming.”
He has conducted study tours of organic farms, market gardens, orchards and vineyards in Europe and has successfully combined European ideas with his own to develop and popularize a complete system of tools and equipment for organic vegetable growers. He shares that expertise through his lectures and writings, and has served as a tool consultant to a number of companies. He presently consults and designs tools for Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
With Barbara, he was the host of the TV series, Gardening Naturally, on The Learning Channel. He and Barbara presently operate a commercial year-round market garden, in addition to horticultural research projects, at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine.
He is a kind and generous person and brings a strong engineering mind and scientific approach to organic agriculture and the business of farming. Check out his books here.
Barbara’s gardens around the property were the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen!
Barbara has worked professionally in the field of horticulture since 1977. She writes, consults and lectures on gardening and farming and is co-owner, with her husband Eliot Coleman, of Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine.
Barbara writes a weekly column for for The Washington Post called A Cook’s Garden. She is also the author of The Garden Primer and Theme Gardens and her writing has been published extensively in national magazines. She is a horticultural consultant to John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds in Bantam, Connecticut and designed display food gardens for the Stone Barns Center For Food and Agriculture in Pocantico, New York.
From 1979 to 1992 she owned and operated her own firm, Barbara Damrosch Landscape Design, in Washington, Connecticut. Her projects included a garden she designed for Alitex Limited at the 2001 Chelsea Flower Show in London which was awarded a Certificate of Merit. During the 1991 and 1992 seasons she appeared as a regular correspondent on the PBS series The Victory Garden and later co-hosted the series Gardening Naturally for The Learning Channel, airing from 1993 to 2003.
Check out Barbara’s books here.