What’s In a Name – Our Company’s Place-based Identity

High Mowing Organic Seeds' Farm

When the early European settlers came to New England, they brought with them their livestock-based agriculture. The practice of mowing hayfields and storing winter feed was well-established, and became even more important when they encountered the long winters in northern New England. But instead of calling such a field a “hayfield” like we do today, they called it a “mowing”. These fields, or mowings, were usually further identified by a descriptor referring to location: the “back mowing” was behind the farm, the “low mowing” was in the valley, and the “high mowing” was up on the hilltop. In northern Vermont, where small rivers wind their way through mountainous and hilly terrain, nearly all mowings are “high mowings”. A hundred years ago, farms on these hillsides had names like “High Mowing Farm” or “High Mowing Acres”. When our seed company first started, we not only liked the sound of “high mowing”, but it was an old, regionally specific, agricultural term that fit the kind of seed company we are: farm-based and rooted in a place.

This entry was posted in About High Mowing Organic Seeds, Philosophy. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to What’s In a Name – Our Company’s Place-based Identity

  1. fb login says:

    Thanks for sharing.Is as a peacemaker. I find debating painful. I am not good at it. plain and simple. I admire those who can do it well.

  2. Joan Weed says:

    I’ve always wondered and it makes perfect sense. Thanks for offering this.

  3. Chiot's Run says:

    Love the reason behind the name – perfect. I like it when names have meanings, especially ones tied in to the history of the area! Cheers, happy gardening.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>