Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens


Early season weed control: Part 2

By Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on February 10, 2005 The goal of blind cultivation is to remove the initial flushes of weeds when they are very small and most sensitive to disturbance. Blind cultivation takes … Continued

Early season weed control: Part 1

By Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, Lakeview Orangic Grain Originally posted on January 27, 2005 Welcome to the first installment in this three-part series–a basic primmer about weeds, tools, and techniques–which will be followed by a more in-depth look at equipment … Continued

Confessions of a “foodie”

By Mary-Howell Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted December 2004 Okay, I admit it; I’m a “foodie.” I can hardly help it, coming from a family where cookbooks were considered appropriate leisure reading, where Julia Child joined us regularly during … Continued

Smoothing the path to a profitable harvest home

By Mary-Howell Martens (with Klaas’ help), Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on September 28, 2004 Standing out in your field, surrounded by those amber waves of grain or rustling corn stalks, it is hard to imagine that the value of … Continued

Farms R Us? Part 2

By Mary-Howell Martens (with Klaas’ help!), Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on August 3, 2004 What follows is the final installment of a two-part series that developed when our friend Sandy asked us last winter to “franchise the design of … Continued

Farms R Us? Part 1

By Mary-Howell Martens (with Klaas’ help!), Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on July 20, 2004 When our friend Sandy asked us in January to “franchise the design of our farm” onto his farm, that seemed like a crazy idea. After … Continued