Sun Moon Farm: Peace, Goats, and Heirloom Dahlias
About a third of our dahlias are now being grown for us by Craig and Megan Jensen of Sun Moon Farm in New Hampshire.
Although the small CSA (community supported agriculture) farm is only a couple of years old, the land it’s on has been continuously farmed since the late 1700s. Until recently it was also the campus of The Meeting School, a small Quaker boarding school that made farming a cornerstone of its experiential learning. When the school closed in 2011, five young faculty members — including Craig and Megan, who were married there that fall — stayed on and eventually bought the property, closing on it in December 2013.
We first met Craig and Megan through her mother Ann Lyzenga, a former OHG crew member who’s an avid gardener and dahlia-
CSA shares. That’s ‘Winsome’ in front, with
variegated ‘Gipsy Girl’ (coming soon) on the left.
lover. Dahlia-growing runs in Craig’s family, too, Ann told us, and the couple were already growing a field full of dahlias to include in their weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) shares. We talked, they came to visit, we hit it off, and most importantly we were convinced they knew what they were doing and our dahlias would be in good hands at Sun Moon Farm.
Too wet, too dry, too hot, too cold —
as Craig knows, farming is never easy.
Megan is also a printmaker and Craig
sews dolls like this one of Whistlejacket.
Megan with the real Whistlejacket
(whose broken leg is now healed).
One of Craig and Megan’s favorite dahlias,
‘Jane Cowl’, ready to be divided.
Well-mulched garlic with one of the farm’s old houses in back.