Fermentation is a key step in extracting tomato seeds. It helps remove the gelatinous sac surround tomato seed. It controls some tomato diseases. It is also a great way to create amazing odours. But fermentation is very weather dependent. We have had batches that have taken 6 days to ferment. And batches we’ve lost in … More How Long Should You Ferment Tomato Seeds?
You want to have the best tomatoes, right? You might suspect that there are better varieties out there but the thought of doing elaborate trials to evaluate these tomatoes is just exhausting. Here is a way to run a simple trial to discover new great tomatoes! It is based on how we run our tomato … More Discover Amazing Tomatoes By Setting Up Easy Growing Trials!
This is the second post in my Why Save Seed series.
On our farm, two tomato varieties were the foundation of our tomato production. They were both red tomatoes. They tasted great. They produced heavy yields. They were just … … More The Year We Couldn’t Get Our Favourite Tomato Seeds
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
We are currently in the midst of one of the coldest and wettest springs in my 14 years of farming. As such we have been behind on a number of field tasks. Here are some of the strategies that I’ve found helpful: ENSURE ADEQUATE SOIL PREPARATION Some ground preparation is better than none. Minor problems … More Planting Tips For Wet Springs
This post is a little late coming … On August 25th, 2010, the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) hosted a field trip to Greta’s Organic Gardens in Ottawa, Ontario. The visit was broken up into A little about Greta, A field walk, A tomato taste test, A peek inside Greta’s seed workshop, and … More Visiting Greta’s Organic Gardens
This is the fourth part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 3 covered calculating how much to grow to meet your farm and marketing demands. The next step is choosing when to plant your seed crop to get a reliable seed harvest. (Most of this article was originally … More Plant Seed Crops on Time – Seed Production Planning Part 4
This is the third part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 2 covered calculating how much seed to harvest to meet your farm and marketing demands. The next step is determining how many plants you need to grow to produce the amount of seed you need. We’ll look … More Seed Production Planning Part 3 – How Much To Grow
This is the second part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 1 covered growing small trials to evaluate whether a variety was worth growing to seed on your farm in your climate. Once you’ve decided the varieties for this year’s seed production, you need to determine how much … More Seed Production Planning Part 2 – Calculating Seed Needs
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