This week, Lindsey talks with Matthew Dillon, Senior Director of Agriculture at Clif Bar & Company, about Seed Matters, the company’s organic seed research initiative. We talk about the challenges of food labeling for consumers, the differences between organic and conventional seed breeding, genetic consolidation in the U.S. food system, and Clif Bar’s ag policy […]
By Mai Nguyen | There aren’t plenty of fish in the sea of heritage grain, so I started growing out and scaling up the varieties I need. To start, I requested a batch of seed from the USDA germplasm, and they gave me 25 seeds. I have one chance each year to grow them out.
By Casey Holland | Sustainability isn’t just about what crops and varieties we are or aren’t growing, it is also about the connections we continue to build with members of our community.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Greenhouse season is on, and we know you have some questions. Thanks to our friends at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, we’ve got answers. Head on over to our online Farmer Forum this week to ask any and all questions on seedling care, varieties, germination issues, planting, growing under cover,etc. On our newly launched Farmer Forum, we’re […]
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. […]