Farmer Book Club: The Farmer Book Of Nightmares

Here’s the Farmer Book of Nightmares. Also published as Diseases and Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada by The Canadian Phytopathological Society. 500+ pages of suspense and vegetable gore. This book is broken down by a series of crops/crop families and their diseases + pests. Each disease/pest section explains its symptoms, disease cycle/life history, and … More Farmer Book Club: The Farmer Book Of Nightmares

Book Review: Breeding Organic Vegetables

Almost 10 years ago, NOFA released a series of handbooks on organic principles and practices. These were compact affordable books written by experienced farmers that gave solid introductions to poultry production, seed saving, crop rotation and more. I devoured these books. NOFA-NY recently published a book that follows in the previous handbook series’s steps: Breeding … More Book Review: Breeding Organic Vegetables

My trip to the OSA Organic Seed Growers Conference

On Jan 19-21, 2012, I attended the 6th Organic Seed Growers Conference in organized by the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA). The event started off with a one-day tour of the Skagit Vally seed region and then two days of conferences in Port Towsnend, WA. If you missed the event, you can download the conference proceedings … More My trip to the OSA Organic Seed Growers Conference

Slimy Jungle – A Seed Lettuce Tale of Sorrow and Woe

The following story took place last summer. These are some red iceberg lettuces I was growing for seed. Everything looked great. The rows in the front have had their outer leaves removed to increase ventilation. The rows in the back still have their outer leaves. Do you see the holes in the lettuce patch? Over … More Slimy Jungle – A Seed Lettuce Tale of Sorrow and Woe