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?
Resolutions for those who wish they saved seed. Have you have been thinking “I should be saving my own seeds.”, but you haven’t found the time, or you’re not quite sure how to start? If so, 2019 is the year to start saving seeds! All you need to do is save seed from one vegetable … More New Year’s Resolution: Save Seeds!
I’m about to head up to the CAPÉ Rendez-vous automnal 2018 for a day on seed production. I’ll be giving a talk on brassica seed production. Below is the core chart of the presentation. Did you know that turnips and rutabaga are not the same vegetable? What! (And thanks to everybody who has been telling me what … More Know your brassica species
This summer, Luke Callahan invited me on to Small Farm Academy and we chatted about seeds. A good chunk of the interview was about how we run our seed rack program. You can listen find more detail about the episode by clicking here! Hope you’re having a great season!
Saturday August 20th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. is 5th Annual Ste-Anne Garlic Fest. The event takes place at the Ste-Anne’s farmers market situated at the cross section of Ste Anne and St. Pierre Streets (postal code: H9X 1L6) in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue,QC. Local farmers (including la Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol, la ferme Carya, la ferme Joly, la … More 2011 Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Garlic Festival
So far, autumn has scored well on it’s rainy points. It’s been a little too wet to do tons in the field these days. We’ve been spending some of that rainy time processing pepper and eggplant seed. The extraction is similar to saving tomato seeds but without any fermentation. After we harvest the ripe peppers, … More Saving Pepper Seed
Organic Seed Symposium: Growing the Atlantic Organic Seed Network October 23-24, 2010 ● Moncton, New Brunswick ● http://www.seeds.ca/ecosgn Download details and registrations here: ECOSGN Seed Symposium. This 1-1/2 day seminar will address the production techniques, marketing resources, regulations, and economics of growing organic seed on a market scale. Meet your fellow organic seed growers and resource … More Organic Seed Symposium in Moncton, NB
If you grow an open pollinated tomato, it is quite easy to save your own seed. Tomatoes don’t easily cross pollinate so you’re very likely to get what you started with. And you’re harvesting the fruit anyway, so no extra growing procedures. Tomato seeds are an important seed crop on our farm. Every year, we … More Saving Big Loads of Tomato Seed!
When folks start saving seeds, their biggest fear is usually cross-pollination between different varieties. But unless you are selling the seed or trying to preserve it as a named variety, a little crossing won’t kill you. In fact, growing out crossed out plants can be a learning and aesthetic experience. With some crops, growing two … More Growing Out Crossed-Up Lettuce Seed
I have been having a hard time with my internet connection lately so this post will be short and to the point with no pictures: 4th annual Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Garlic Festival Saturday August 21st 2010 from 9 AM to 2 PM. A number of local farms (including la ferme coopérative Tourne-Sol, la ferme Carya, la ferme … More Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Garlic Fest