Boxcar Farm

Garlic, Garlic, Garlic

The Old House
Boxcar Bees
Boxcar Botanicals
Farm Kids Gone Wild
Garlic, Garlic, Garlic
Breeding like, umm, rabbits
Small scale farming
Milk Goats
Boxcar living
Craft of the Country Cook (or, How to Demusk a Muskrat)
Composting outhouses: Humanure
Our Story: Cold Sinks
Poems about us
Avrum Katz, Sufi poet
Kristen Davenport Katz

Avrum harvesting, July 2005 (yes, he needs a haircut!)

We grow about 15 varieties of gourmet garlic, which we sell mostly as braids and other garlic art at the local farmers' markets. Right now, we grow about a quarter-acre but hope to expand to about half an acre at the new place. We also are developing a small Rocky Mountain Seed Garlic business.
Garlic is where it all started for us. For nearly 10 years before Kristen and Avrum got married, Avrum and his mother were farming garlic down near Mountainair, NM, in these artistic circular beds like a necklace around Pat's vegetable garden. Avrum gave Kristen a long braid of garlic after one of their first dates, and she was hooked. We moved the garlic north to our current farm in autumn 2002, right after we got married.
We grow both hardnecks and softnecks, rocamboles and Creoles, and our favorite Purple Stripes. We are constantly on the lookout for new wild garlics that naturalize in wetter places in New Mexico. We often drive around in August, searching the ditchbanks for the wild bubil heads on long, teetering stalks. Several of our best varieties were obtained this way. As one of Avrum's poems says, "There is so much garlic in a wild head." (He should know. Check out that hair.)


Ella, goats and garlic

Click here to see a list of our garlic varieties, with descriptions.

Click here for the long version of garlic growing instructions.

Garlic recipes

Blog from the High Country
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We still pick up snail mail at:
The KATZ Family * PO BOX 20 * Llano, NM 87543

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