10 Steps For Getting Seed As Clean As Possible

In my early seed-saving days, I’d thresh and I’d winnow but I just couldn’t get my seeds as clean as when those that came from a seed packet. Over the next dozen years, meeting experienced seed growers, reading piles of seed production books,  and attending whatever seed workshops I could find; I gleaned many pearls … More 10 Steps For Getting Seed As Clean As Possible

Season Update

Here is some of what we’ve been doing during the last 2 months. Building Things We’ve put up a second caterpillar tunnel.You can find  more construction photos on Tourne-Sol cooperative farm’s Facebook page. We’re almost finished a 35′ x 150′ unheated greenhouse for more season extension. Dealing With The Rain Most of May was muddy … More Season Update

CHUFA NUTS

At Tourne-Sol farm, we drill our apprentices in the importance of efficiency, profitability and priority setting. So it’s understandable that our apprentices  thought it was a hoot when we spent part of an afternoon on hands and knees riffling through the soil for bean-sized chufa tubers. Still, I love these nuts and make a point … More CHUFA NUTS

This Year’s First Seed Harvest and Volunteers from Previous Years

Last week, we harvested our first Brassica rapa seed crops of the year. As we start this year’s harvest, I have also been watching some of the remnants of previous years’s seed crops. Harvest The brassicas overwintered in a field tunnel and then flowered in April – a bit earlier than usual. I have been walking … More This Year’s First Seed Harvest and Volunteers from Previous Years