Category Archives: Breeding / Research Program

Why Seed Matters: An Interview with Matt Dillon

Seed Matters is an initiative created by the Clif Bar Family Foundation to improve the viability and availability of organic seeds. Their goal is to ensure healthy, nutritious and productive crops by conserving the genetic diversity of food crops, promoting … Continue reading

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A Future Heirloom: Introducing Abundant Bloomsdale!

WE believe that when farmers and public seed breeders get together, amazing things happen. We think it’s essential that organic farmers be involved with breeding projects because they are the end users – they know what it takes to make … Continue reading

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Breeding Organic Carrots with Bejo Seeds

Bejo Seeds has been breeding organic seeds for over 20 years— longer than any large seed company—because of their dedication to organic agriculture. Based in Holland, Bejo Seeds is a family-owned company with a focus on breeding exceptional quality varieties. … Continue reading

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Conquering Mildew with Vitalis Organic Seeds

Vitalis Organic Seeds is a family-owned Dutch seed company that focuses their breeding work and organic seed production primarily on leafy and fruiting crops such as lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and peppers. These crops are subject to a host of disease … Continue reading

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The Story of a Seed: from Pollination to your Plate

  Have you ever wondered how the seeds in our packets got there? Some varieties, like Honeynut butternut squash, have particularly unique stories. We couldn’t resist sharing the remarkable journey of this little squash and the vital farms and faces … Continue reading

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Participatory Breeding of ‘Who Gets Kissed?’ Sweet Corn

Sweet corn is an essential crop for many organic farmers, and farmer-breeder Martin Diffley is no exception. But Martin couldn’t find an organic variety that worked on his farm. So he collaborated with plant breeders to make one. Martin had … Continue reading

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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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