Category Archives: Breeding / Research Program

High Mowing Hits the Road: Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands

This article is the second in a series about High Mowing Organic Seeds’ president Tom Stearns’ travels to “hotspots” of seed production. Knowledge of seed saving and production is relatively hard to come by, so it is often necessary to … Continue reading

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Inside Hybrid Seeds

Hybrid seeds have played a diverse role in agriculture for a long time.  New varieties are made by the accidental or planned crossing (the making of a hybrid) of two different varieties of the same type of plant.  Plants all … Continue reading

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The Seed Future We Want to See

There is an abundant future out there waiting for us to say yes to it.  It is filled with self-sufficient communities growing their own food and sharing with neighbors.  It is filled with non-genetically engineered seeds.  Seeds that are adapted … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Sourcing Organic Seed: The Beloved Parsnip

Update – Jan. 2014 – we were able to source organic parsnip seeds this year! These seeds didn’t make it into our catalog, but we have them on the website: Organic Lancer Parsnip Seeds The world of organic seeds is … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into our High Mowing Breeding Program

The world of vegetable breeding is as much a world of art as a world of science where the biggest successes come from sheer luck combined with a healthy dose of close scientific observation.  What sets our own breeding program … Continue reading

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2013 New Varieties: Tom’s Picks for the Cream of this Year’s Crop

- by Tom Stearns, owner and President of High Mowing Organic Seeds Hello Growers! Just as the season has finished, it is already getting to be time to plan for 2013. What new markets are you going to strive for; … Continue reading

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A Well-Rounded Squash: The Butternuts

Autumn without butternut squash is like foliage without color.  T’is the season to be enjoying this versatile, curvaceous squash.  At High Mowing, we sell three varieties of butternut squash  – you may have grown one or more of them this … Continue reading

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Ruby Streaks Mustard Greens – from Field to Packet

One of the many seed crops we grow on the High Mowing farm is Ruby Streaks Mustard Greens. Ruby Streaks is a beautiful burgundy mustard green that is mildly spicy and adds a splash of zip and color to salads. … Continue reading

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Update on 2011 High Mowing Organic Seeds Breeding Projects

Our breeding program began in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. To date we have released: an OP black zucchini (Midnight Lightning), an OP pumpkin (Jack Straw), an OP butternut squash (Nutterbutter), and an OP tomato (Bing Cherry). … Continue reading

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