BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – EACH SEED HAS A STORY

By Hannah Sargeant of Forager Farm Each seed has a story. Some seeds have been passed down relatively unchanged for generations. Others have been breed for certain characteristics and traits. And others have been adapted for climates like North Dakota. In developing our seed order, it became apparent that we need seeds of all kinds (except GMO) in order to deliver quality product to our customers. Many of the seeds we purchased we’ve grown before... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ LEMONADE SPRINGS FARM – MAKING CHOICES ON BREEDS AND SEEDS:

At our farm, we tend towards open-pollinated, heirloom varieties of seed, for reasons practical, sentimental and political. We are suckers for the poetry of seed catalogues and the promise of hopeful January orders. Our seed shelves spell out the history of our journey to this place- cornand shell beans from Oregon, garlic and dry beans from Vashon, pumpkins and sunflowers from Washington, tomatoes from a friend in Spain, greens from California.... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ WILD RIDGE FARM – A PERSPECTIVE ON SEEDS

By Joseph Dittman of Wild Ridge Farm Our farming livelihood rests on the success of seeds. But how strange to hold something so small in the palm of my hand and realize I’m investing a lion’s share of days, dollars, and ideas in a speck of organic matter that appears so lifeless. And yet, time and time again, the seemingly powerless soon pushes through soil, and the seemingly lifeless yields fruit in its season. If we wish to finish well, we must... Read More

The Art of the Seed: A Visit to the Hudson Valley Seed Library

The story of the Hudson Valley Seed Library reads much like that of a seed itself: accomplishing the extraordinary with very little.  Recently, a small group of young farmers and apprentices toured the Seed Library in the last meeting of the year of the Mid-Hudson CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) group, to learn about its seed-saving operations. Beginning in 2004, farmer Ken Greene took to the task of saving and cataloguing... Read More