How We Grow
As farmers, our goal is to care for the long-term fertility of the soil. Our farming focuses on traditional organic growing methods. We grow fields of organic matter producing crops (green manure crops) such as bell beans, vetch, oats, peas and rye to naturally replenish the soil all season long. We do not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides anywhere on our farm. We encourage AgroEcosystem health by planting diverse gardens of green manure crops, herbs, flowers, mixed vegetables and garlic which we rotate seasonally.
What We Do
Sandhill Farms is a mountain garlic farm. We specialize in growing over 30 varieties of rare, gourmet, heirloom garlic from around the world. We are joined each season by hardworking and dedicated friends who help us transform the farm into a vibrant, productive, beautiful land. Each season Sandhill Farms hosts the annual Garlactica Garlic Festival in late July.
Seasons on the Farm
Sandhill Farms is nestled in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah. At an elevation of 5,000 feet, winters are harsh (-20 degree lows are common) and the fields are covered in deep Utah snow from December through March. Spring warms quickly and the lushness of the Valley comes to life. April’s emerging garlic fields are greeted by Sandhill Cranes who return each spring to the marshlands south of the farm to nest, breed, and soar with their life mates. Summers at Sandhill Farms are hot and dry from June through September, with mid-July temperatures nearing 100 degrees F. First frost arrives in our mountain micro-climate by late August and snow often dusts the 10,000 foot ridgelines by early October. Autumn’s crisp, magnificent, golden season is garlic seed planting time, when we tuck the next generation into fertile, loamy rows and await the falling snow. With reverence for the land and patience for a new growing season, the silent winters slowly awaken, and ancient seeds sprout again.