Have you been thinking about adding an online store to your farm? Over the last week, i was sketching out a free online class on how to do just that. But Emily pointed out that our own online store is keeping me working at all times of day to fill orders. Perhaps, she said, I … More What Do You Want To Know About Online Stores?
This past week, the Tourne-Sol online seed store had 3 times the regular number of seed sales. In any normal year, we would be ecstatic for this increase in orders. This year, we are a little too distracted to do any serious celebrating. Also, with recent self isolation recommendations and daycares being closed, we are down to … More FSA Tip #21 Line Breaks In Spreadsheet Cells
When you’re setting up your crop plan, there comes a time when you need to calculate how many seeds you will need to have on hand.. That seems simple, just multiply the number of beds by the number of rows per bed by your seed rate, and voilà! #beds x rows/bed x seed rate = … More FSA Tip #20 Counting Seeds With The IF Formula
Yesterday I went through my 2019 breeding notes from my Scotch Bonnet Remix project. I’m planning out what selections to grow this summer. (This was a cross between Scotch Bonnet peppers and some sweet Capsicum annuums. A cross that everyone tells me shouldn’t happen! Read more about the Scotch Bonnet Remix origin story here) The … More Planning out the 2020 Scotch Bonnet Remix breeding project.
Two weekends ago, at Eco Farm Days in Cornwall, Ontario; I learned that Paul Pospisil, Canada’s Garlic Guru, had passed away. Paul Pospisil was my first garlic mentor. I met Paul in 2001, just a few weeks after my very first garlic harvest. I was working at Switch Farms in Campbellville, Ontario. I had never … More Remembering Canada’s Garlic Guru
Over the last few years, I’ve been running into Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds at farming conferences. Owen uses the terms Seed Keeping and Seed Keepers rather than Seed Saving and Seed Savers. He grounds his seed work in the stories that come with the seeds. This approach to seeds has encouraged me to explore … More Seeds And Their People Podcast
Have you thought about your seasonal workload? On our farm, we grow vegetables for 500 weekly CSA baskets. We also grow seeds for an online store. These are very similar activities: We grow plants, harvest a crop, pack it up, and get it to the client. But these activities don’t happen the same way for … More The Opposite Seasons Of Growing Vegetable vs. Selling Seeds