Why bother growing your own seeds when there is so much other work to do in the garden? Today I begin a series to answer the question Why Save Seed? First up, will saving seeds save you money? How Much Does Seed Cost? On a small scale market garden, you might spend $500 to $1500 … More Should you save seeds to save money?
Below is the official information for 6 webinars broadcast from OSA’s Organic Seed Growers Conference. I am one of the speakers in Seed Economics: How to Make Growing and Selling Seed More Profitable. If you’re interested in listening, make sure to register for the webinars! The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is hosting their 8th biennial Organic … More Organic Seed Growers Conference Webinars
In December I was a guest on the Permaculture Voices podcast. I spoke with Diego Footer about the profitability of growing seeds for sale, differences between growing seed crops and market vegetable crops, and how much space a seed crop actually takes. You can listen to the podcast here. This podcast is a lead up … More Talking Seeds On Permaculture Voices Podcast
You are invited to join us for a webinar on Planning Vegetable Seed Crops. The first in our series “Growing for Seed: The Fundamentals” this webinar will feature presentations from Patrick Steiner (Stellar Seeds, BC), Daniel Brisebois (Tourne-Sol Cooperative Farm, QC), and Michelle Smith (Northwind Farm, NS). Together they’ll cover a range of topics to get you started in your seed … More Planning Seed Crops Webinar – Wed. Feb 19, 2014
Last post, I wrote about how Tourne-Sol started offering seeds to other seed companies, and how tomatoes were the crop they bought. But my seed story didn’t start with tomato seeds; it began with the first couple pounds of arugula seed I harvested (you can read that story here). This arugula seed started a relationship with … More How I Started Selling Seeds – Part 2
In the summer of 2003, while I was a farm manager on an organic vegetable operation on the Montreal West Island, a friend of mine set up a garden down the road. As I was letting a ragtag assortment of plants go to seed, she had an 1/8th of an acre planted to a few dozen … More How I started Selling Seeds – Part 1
Today’s post wrap up this series on seed economics (that began here.) The topic of plant population sizes came up during the last ECOSGN meeting as we compared the profitability of selling seeds by packet vs. bulk. The Challenge: Profit vs. Population Size Andrea Berry (of Hope seeds) noted that seed companies that mainly distribute … More Balancing Crop Profitability and Plant Populations