Desert Canyon Farm is owned by Chris and Tammi Hartung. The farm has been certified organic since 1996 and strives to be as earth-friendly as possible both in our work and in our personal lives. We are a United Plant Savers Botanical Plant Sanctuary, a National Wildlife Federation Sanctuary, and a Xerces Society Pollinator Habitat. Last year we became part of the Colorado Birding Trail, so now birders can visit the farm to do a bit of birdwatching by appointment.
At Desert Canyon Farm we grow all types of potted herbs, heritage heirloom and ethnic vegetable plants, strawberry and raspberry plants, and other unique plants, which are wholesale to garden centers and nurseries. We also contract grow perennial seed crops for Jelitto Perennial Seed Company.
We host school groups for farm tour walk-abouts and mini workshops and do tours by appointment for other kinds of groups. We feel it is really important that the farm serve it’s local and global communities through it’s own example of being as earth-friendly as possible.
Once a year we open the farm to the public for a series of Farm Open Days each spring. This is a chance for folks to visit the farm, enjoy the gardens and shop for plants in our farm stand.
The farm is also home to Chris and I, our old and very spoiled cat Pouncita, and our farm dog Shrekaru, along with a wide host of wildlife. It is our sacred space, the place we call home.
Order Tammi’s Books Directly from Her as per the ordering information below:
Homegrown Herbs is my second book and I’m thrilled that it has been a best seller for some time now, with more than 45,000 copies sold. This is a great book for anyone new or experienced with growing and using herbs. It is a gardeners guide, but is also filled to the gills with recipes, directions for preparing your own remedies, even ways to make herbs into pet toys and household items like herbal heating pads and foot baths.
Plus, Homegrown Herbs is filled with color photos taken here at our farm during two photo shoots by the amazing botanical photographer, Saxon Holt. Saxon is a talented and happy sole that made the photos for this book very special indeed!
If you would like to order a signed copy of Homegrown Herbs directly from me, please follow the ordering instructions below in this post.
Homegrown Herbs $20.00 US + shipping and handling fee
I’m very pleased to announce my upcoming new book, The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener. It is a delightful book that will inspire any food and herb gardener to plant and grow their produce and herbs more in harmony with the natural world.
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener is a look into the world of nature to discover all sorts of ways to work with wildlife for the good of all concerned, and to increase your garden harvest yields at the same time. You will explore what creatures and microbes dwell in your soil community, and how to plant perennial food plants to create a backbone for the annual vegetables that will live in your garden every gardening season. There is information about encouraging and supporting pollinators and beneficial insects in your garden habitat, which ultimately means you will pick more peppers, strawberries, etc. due to their increased pollination of your plants. I have shared insight about planting wildlife hedgerows as just one of many ways to offer protection, food and water, plus shelter to raise young for wildlife of many different types. There are also chapters that cover ways to address wildlife challenges, such as when the deer just won’t leave your lettuce patch alone, or when the squirrels have nipped off the emitters of your drip watering system.
I think you will find this book useful, fun and filled with good gardening insights. The illustrations are whimsical and fun. Holly made the book very magical in that respect! It feels almost like your reading a story book, only better because it is filled with so much useful information.
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener $17.00 US plus shipping and handling fee
To Order Books Please Follow These Instructions Exactly:
To order these books directly from me, please send me your compete name and postal address. Be sure to include your phone number in case I have any questions that I need to contact you about.
Send your order to Tammi Hartung, 1270 Field Ave., Canon City, CO 81212.
Make checks payable to Tammi Hartung and include your phone number on your check please. Please do not mail cash. Sorry, but credit and debit cards are not accepted. A returned bank check fee of $25.00 will be charged on any returned check.
Growing 101 Herbs That Heal $25.00 US (sold out and out of print…sorry)
Homegrown Herbs $20.00 US
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener $17.00 US
Shipping and Handling Fees:
Please include the cost of the book as listed above, plus $6.00 for shipping and handling fee. If you order 2-5 books, please include $10.00 for the total shipping and handling fee. For 6-10 copies of books, please include $16.00 for total shipping and handling fees.
Thank you very, very much!
Tammi is the author of Growing 101 Herbs That Heal, published in 2000, but now out of print (look for it in used book stores and libraries), Homegrown Herbs, published in February 2011, The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener, published in December 2013. They are published by Storey Books Publishing and are available in quality bookstores. Tammi is now working on a new book. It will be a while before it is released, but just know that it is in the works.
Occasionally, we are able to take a much appreciated day off. One of our favorite things to do on such a day is hike in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which are about 1 hour from our farm. These mountains are filled with trails that follow lush creek habitats and many lead to alpine lakes. The trails are never crowded, which we really like, and often we are the only ones on a given trail. This photo is taken at Megan Lake in September 2010. The autumn colors were stunning!!