Farming with Scissors - KFYRTV.COM - Bismarck, ND - News, Weather, Sports

Farming with Scissors

Posted: Updated:

Harvesting at North Dakota's only commercial herb garden is all done by hand.

"Our scissor is our combine here. We can take and actually move through the fields fairly quickly, keeping everything clean. And our scissor allows us to short trim everything," says
Barry Mawby.

Barry Mawby and his family cut herbs a couple times a week.  The specialty crops grown here are also planted at several intervals during the summer, so 15 different types of spices and herbs are always fresh.

"Once that first succession is harvested out and its beginning to get tough or not quite as good looking, its get pulled out of the field and we move to the second succession," says Holly Mawby.

This high tunnel extends the growing season a month by providing extra heat in the spring and protection from frost in the fall.  

"It really keeps us going in the spring, it gets us into the stores earlier in the spring and then it gets us past that first frost.  Basil especially is Mediterranean herb, it likes the hear and it really hates the cold, so if you can protect it from that you can keep going," says Holly.

More than 2000 pounds of basil, sage, dill, cilantro, parsley, chives, rosemary, oregano and seven other spices were grown here last year and sold to grocery stores and restaurants in one once packages.  Everything is washed and weighed before its delivered.

The Gardendwellers Farm currently covers two acres, but the Mawbys plan to expand in order to meet the growing demand for fresh herbs.

"It use to be that if you cooked with fresh herbs, people though you were a real gourmet, not the climate is changing. You don't need to be a culinary genius to use fresh herbs in your food," says Holly.

This herb garden is located on a small section of a former wheat, corn and canola farm.  The growing season runs around 16 weeks, but the Mawbys say they've cut crops some years as late as Thanksgiving.


  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Oil Industry Increases Park's Visitors

    Oil Industry Increases Park's Visitors

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:44:39 GMT
    Wet weather doesn't seem to have impacted the number of people who visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park this past summer, but it appears the oil industry is enhancing visitation.
    Wet weather doesn't seem to have impacted the number of people who visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park this past summer, but it appears the oil industry is enhancing visitation.
  • Bismarck Schools Host Employee Orientation

    Bismarck Schools Host Employee Orientation

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:43:41 GMT
    Teacher orientation is a common practice before school starts, but Bismarck Public Schools decided to flip tradition on its head by expanding the practice. They are hosting orientation for all district employees before the first day.
    Teacher orientation is a common practice before school starts, but Bismarck Public Schools decided to flip tradition on its head by expanding the practice. They are hosting orientation for all district employees before the first day.
  • Williston Police Lookout for Counterfeit Bills

    Williston Police Lookout for Counterfeit Bills

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:42:34 GMT
    The Williston Police Department has noticed a recurring trend of counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in town.
    The Williston Police Department has noticed a recurring trend of counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in town.
  • TOOLBOX

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Special Feature HomeSpecial FeaturesMore>>

  • Coats for Kids

    Coats for Kids

    Learn how to donate and receive items for the 2014 Coats for Kids campaign!
    Learn how to donate and receive items for the 2014 Coats for Kids campaign!
  • Ask An Attorney

    Ask An Attorney

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
  • Mobile Apps

    Mobile Apps

    We have the best Mobile Apps.  Learn how you can download yours today.
  • Me-TV North Dakota

    Me-TV North Dakota

    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.  Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday.  As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.
  • On the Farm

    On the Farm

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFYR. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.