Robin grows vegetables and seeds in Metchosin, British Columbia. Robin is also one of the co-owners of Saanich Organics – a collective of 3 farmers that run a veggie box program and seed company. In this episode Robin talks about how she selects plants from her 10 acre vegetable farm and transplants them to a … More The seed growers podcast episode 9 – Robin Tunnicliffe of Sea Bluff Farm
Liz Martin and Matthew Glenn farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. They grow vegetables for CSA and market and every year they grow a handful of seed crops on contract to seed companies. In this episode Liz and Matthew talk about how they started saving seeds hoping to improve some crop … More The seed growers podcast episode 8 – Liz and Matthew of Muddy Fingers Farm￼
Frank Morton is a seed grower outside of Philomath, Oregon. Frank runs Wild Garden Seeds with his wife Karen and the help of Victor Sauvie and Mark Luterra. They sell seed retail through a print catalog and online store, and sell seed wholesale to seed companies. We had a pretty long conversation so I’ve broken … More The seed growers podcast episode 7 – Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed￼
Helen Skiba is a flower farmer outside of Boulder, Colorado who sells her fresh flowers through farmers markets, weddings, wholesale and a flower CSA. Helen also sells dahlia tubers and dutch flower bulbs through her website. In this episode Helen talks about how she integrates saving seed into a cut flower farm for on farm … More The seed growers podcast episode 6 – Helen Skiba of Artemis Flower Farm
How’s the best way for you to improve your harvest efficiency? Honestly, it isn’t by reading books, watching videos, or going to conferences. And it isn’t by continually trying to reflect on your own farm. (Even though that is really important.) The best way to improve your harvest efficiency is by working on farms that … More Harvest efficiency tip #7 work on other farms!
Rowen White is a Seed Keeper and farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. Rowen grows seeds outside of Nevada City in California. In this episode Rowen talks about stock seed improvement to offset the impact of genetic drift to select culturally and bio-regionally relevant … More The seed growers podcast episode 5 – Rowen White of Sierra Seeds
Let’s wrap up this harvest spreadsheet series by planning your harvest day. Now that you’ve calculated your harvest rates you can use that information to figure out how long your harvest will take. And with this spreadsheet you can allocate when in your day you have time to harvest each crop. Once you start this … More fsa tip #67 Plan your harvest day
Annie Jesperson and Nathaniel Talbot of of Deep Harvest Farm grow vegetables and seeds on Whidbey Island in Washington. In this episode, Annie and Nathaniel talk about how they run a CSA basket program in addition to a seed company – and how they love having both businesses to balance out the seasonal workload and … More The seed growers podcast episode 4 – Annie and Nathaniel of Deep Harvest Farm￼
Fill your hands with beans or tomatoes or whatever you’re picking before putting them in your bin. Is this one too obvious? Well, it’s still harvest efficiency tip 3. 🍅 🍅 🍅 Let’s say it takes 5 seconds to pick a tomato and 5 seconds to put that tomato in your harvest bucket. And let’s … More Harvest efficiency tip #3 Fill your hands!
Are you harvesting fast enough? To figure that out you need to compare your Harvest Targets and your Harvest Rates. So this spreadsheet does just that! Start off by entering your harvest targets and the spreadsheet will set your harvest thresholds. Next fill out the harvest log (just like in Spreadsheet Tip #65) and then … More fsa tip #66 Are you harvesting fast enough?