Save the Garlic: Volunteers Needed at Swede Lake Farms
If you’ve been to the Kingfield or Mill City farmers markets this summer, you’ve likely met the folks of Swede Lake Farms and Global Garlic, Deanna Stanchfield and Scott Jentink, who are there selling the veggies and garlic they bring in from their 50-acre farm in Watertown, MN.
On Saturday, July 17, their fields were caught in the severe storms that hit Western Hennepin County and the deluge that came afterward. Many of their crops were affected, but none so much as the garlic, which has a short harvest window in the best of circumstances. The Swede Lake garlic is now waterlogged and in danger of rotting in the ground. It needs to be picked immediately.
Stanchfield estimates that of the 70,000 heads they planted, they have about half left to pick and quite a bit more than that to sort and hang — and, like many small farms, not enough hands to get the work done as quickly as necessary.
So what can you do?
Stanchfield is looking for volunteers who can come out to the farm — which is about 30 minutes outside Minneapolis — and help get the garlic out of the fields and into dry storage. Jobs include picking, sorting, bunching, and hanging. She is used to working with many hands and promises a well-oiled machine.
When: Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27
Time: Daytime or evening
Thu-Fri contact Deanna Stanchfield at 952.955.3990
Sat-Sun contact either Deanna or Scott Jentink at the farm, 612.750.2553