Commercial Growing

  1. 2023 Catalog - The Future: Let's Plan(t) It Part 2

    Return to part 1 of our 2023 catalog series- The Future: Let's Plan(t) It Amber Paige Home Gardener in Wilmington, North Carolina Amber Paige is a gardener in Wilmington, North Carolina and the creator of Black Girls Gardening, an online gardening community of Black women who have found joy and nourishment from growing their own food. When Amber started Black...
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  2. 2023 Catalog - The Future: Let's Plan(t) It Part 1

    Few experiences are more rewarding and challenging than stewarding plants through the variables of a living world. With seeds in our hands, we hold time capsules of possibility. The success of harvest rests in our ability to adapt and learn each season, and in our willingness to plant in the face of uncertainty. The crops we sow are already blooming in our mind’s eye long...
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  3. Best Practices for Long Term Seed Storage

    As growers, we map out our season in late fall and early winter and, by the time planting season rolls around, things can change. From one season to the next, we may find ourselves holding onto more seeds than we are able to get into the ground. Some farmers and gardeners have even had to cancel their growing seasons all...
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  4. Growing Great Organic Corn

    There are few things that truly celebrate the summer sun more than a fresh harvested ear of sweet corn. This precious treat, along with the dent, milling and popcorns, is a true nod to what the summer heat and thunderstorms can bring. Corn is a warm-season tender annual that requires high soil fertility to produce uniform ears. Considered a cereal...
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  5. Beneficials That Help You Grow

    When it comes to growing crops, it is easy to look around at all of the living creatures in and around your growing space with suspicion and worry. While it's true, there are many organisms that become pests on farms and in the garden, there are multitudes of other beings that naturally occur in our bioregions that bring many benefits...
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  6. Growing Greens in the Heat of Summer

    The abundant summer heat and sunshine is notorious for drying up soils and baking the life out of tender greens. While it might feel impossible to get your salads at the same time as your okra and tomatoes, growing greens in the summer is an option in almost every region. With a few management techniques, the right varieties and some...
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  7. Methods for Drying Cut Flowers

    The beauty of flowers is something that growers look forward to during the off season, sometimes even more than the flavors of summer vegetables. The first blooms in the garden or in the high tunnel are incredibly cheerful and hopeful and provide a unique form of nourishment that is powerful for boosting morale. While the season of sowing and growing flowers...
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  8. Inspiring Words from Women Farmers

    Women's involvement in agriculture is a tale as old as time and while the representation of women farmers in the United States has been historically limited, women have been operating farms, excelling in positions of leadership, managing businesses as partners and also humbly working behind the scenes to ensure that their families and livelihoods are supported and successful. Women's labor...
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  9. Pest Management: The Lygus Bug

    All of the carrots grown for seed in North America and Europe are biennials. This means that the plants will take two seasons to fully mature and require a period of cold temperatures to induce flowering and the production of seeds. Biennial crops can be tricky; their extended stay in the field can further expose them to the damaging pressures...
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  10. Carrot Seed Production Enemy: The Lygus Bug

    You may have noticed that some of your favorite carrot varieties have become temporarily unavailable or backordered. This issue is being caused by a surging population of a pest that has a particular taste for Umbellifers, the family of plants that carrots belong to. Lygus Bugs, an insect categorization with over 40 unique species, are common across North America with a notorious reputation for...
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