Seeds, spreadsheets, and farm quality of life are a few of my favourite things. I’m serious. Seeds – those dense little packets of genetic information and potential that carry stories and communities over millennia – I love all the things that they grow into, I love the way they feel when you harvest, I love … More Seeds, spreadsheets, and farm quality of life
We ran out of time to build caterpillar tunnels in Novemeber.
So we built mini tunnels to overwinter crops instead! … More Mini Tunnels To Get Seed Crops Through The Winter
Next week, on December 12, Going To Seed turns 10 years old! Wow. When I first started typing these blog posts, I was but a learner. I wouldn’t say I’m a master now but I have learned so much. Today’s post is going to highlight 10 Going To Seed articles I’ve posted over the years … More 10 Years of Going To Seed
This week I was on the No-Till Growers Podcast with Jesse Frost! At first I had some trepidation about being on a No-Tillcentric podcast. At Tourne-Sol, we do a touch of no-till in our green houses but we are a tractor tillage based farm. There are many other growers equipped to better discuss no-till. In … More Talking Seeds On The No-Till Growers Podcast
Last weekend was the latest ECOSGN gathering. It was amazing! ECOSGN is the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network. This year we met in Montreal at Santropol Roulant for 2 half days of activities and then came to Tourne-Sol Farm where I led a tour. Listening To The Indigenous Seed Keepers Panel Tourne-Sol Farm Tour … More Meeting Up With My Seed Folks for ECOSGN 2019!
We’ve been cleaning seeds like there is no tomorrow! Basically, because we need to get out of greenhouse (where we clean seeds) and into the seed shack to get germ testing and seed packing so we’re ready to ship in December! Here are the basic steps we use for most of our seed cleaning. Dirty … More Seed Cleaning 101: Winnowing And Screening
Great vegetables start with great seeds. Here are 7 reasons that can stop you from getting those greats seeds. This is the third post in my Why Save Seed series. You don’t need to read the whole series to appreciate this post but if you did want to, you can start the series here! 1. … More 7 Reasons You Can’t Get The Seed You Want
Seed quality was one of the big topics at USC Canada’s Train the Seed Trainer sessions. All the participants had a lot to say on the topic. And though we had many conflicting opinions on other seed issues, we had consensus making a list of seed quality concerns. I’ve taken that list and broken it … More What Is Seed Quality?
In January 2005, as part of Tourne-Sol farm’s very first seed order, I ordered some Purple Top White Globe turnip seeds. The seed was dirt cheap – about $5/lb. Since we only grow a handful of rows of this turnip every year, we still have some of that original pound of seed left, and it … More Improving Varieties – The Power of Saving Seeds