Back in July, I told you all about selecting some brassica plants and transplanting my favourites into big pots by the porta potty. We harvested those plants in mid-August and threshed the seeds. The plantless pots full of soil sat by that porta potty for the next 2 months. I didn’t pay them much attention. … More Reading Shattered Seeds To See What The Future Holds
These next couple posts will look at how we store seeds and how we manage seed inventory. … More Welcome to the Tourne-Sol seed room!
We’ve been quite successful getting plants covered in pods with 2 chickpeas per pod. But when it comes to harvesting and threshing these chickpeas. I’ve been pretty frustrated! … More Trying to harvest high quality chickpeas in a humid climate.
Let’s wrap up this tour of Fruition Seeds with the highlight of my visit: Packing Seeds With A Stamprite Seed Packing Machine Matthew plugs in the machine. Then fills the hopper with zinnia seed and calibrates the hopper. And action! When things are rolling, Matthew mentioned that they could pack upwards of 1200 packs an … More Packing Seeds At Fruition Seeds
Last week, Emily and I took the week off to go on a vacation. And what better place for a vacation than to visit another seed company? So we drove down to Naples, New York to visit Petra and Matthew at Fruition Seeds. This is the first of 3 posts about our visit. The Fields … More Walking the Fields at Fruition Seeds
Last night Tourne-Sol farm was featured on the TV show Les fermiers on Unis tv! Les fermiers is a show about what it’s like to be a farmer. The show follows Jean-Martin Fortier and the crew at la Ferme des Quatre-Temps through 2 growing seasons. During this episode I walked Annie-Claude and Justine around the … More Watch Tourne-Sol on Les fermiers TV show!
There are many opportunities for market gardeners to save seed on their farm. If you have a winter greenhouse full of Kale. You are only a few steps away from a pile of Kale seed! Here is what overwintering Kale for seed looks like … January – Come see our greenhouse shhh …. Kale is … More Overwintering Kale Plants In A Greenhouse For Seed
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 third post in the What seeds should you save series. During this series, you’ve been choosing the seeds to save based on what you need for your farm. Not all seeds will grow equally well on your farm. Focusing on the seeds that do best in your climate will increase your seed … More Make Seed Saving Easier By Choosing The Right Seed For Your Climate
Are you a Canadian seed grower who is thinking about getting a seed contract from a US seed company? Are you a US seed company looking to tap into the fantastic network of Canadian seed growers? But you’re wondering how to navigate the US / Canada border? Don’t worry, it is usually easier than you … More How To Export Seeds To The USA