Farm Ethics

  1. Why Seed Matters: An Interview with Matt Dillon

    Matt Dillon (left) examines a wheat trial with Seed Matters' first Graduate Fellow, Brook Brouwer at the High Mowing Trials field. Brook is researching low-input grain crops for organic systems at Washington State University 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...
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  2. Growing Partners: The Greening of Detroit

    This year we are excited to launch Growing Partners, a series of articles focusing on the farmers, gardeners, seed growers, breeders, vendors, donation recipients and non-profits we work with who are making waves in sustainable agriculture. Together they form a revolution of environmental stewardship and positive change working its way over the global landscape. We're so invigorated by their trail-blazing...
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  3. 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 a high quality variety, and their input helps shape these varieties so that they thrive in organic conditions. Being part...
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  4. A Year of Giving

    Ester Minani, a New Farms for New Americans trainee in Burlington, VT received seeds through the Vermont Community Garden Network Each year High Mowing donates organic seeds and produce to a vast array of recipients. From school gardens to seed libraries, from food banks to senior centers, our donations have far-reaching impacts across the country. Through our Donation Program schools...
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  5. Kids are your Best Customers: Making your Farm Family-Friendly

    Kids taking advantage of the Pick-Your-Own area at ICF At the Intervale Community Farm (ICF, a 550-member CSA in Burlington, VT), we work hard to grow a bounty of high-quality, certified organic produce for our CSA members. Most of the resources, personnel, and energy on our farm go towards this purpose. But at the end of the season, when we...
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  6. High Mowing Offers First Non-GMO Project Verified Vegetable Seeds

    High Mowing has long been a leader in the organic and sustainable seed movement. As such, we are honored to announce that we are about to become the first Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable seed company! High Mowing has been 100% organic since our founding in 1996 and we have never sold genetically modified (GM) seeds. We are looking forward to...
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  7. High Mowing Organic Seeds - Giving Back

    Every year, High Mowing donates a huge quantity of seeds and produce. The donations end up in the hands of recipients ranging in distance from just across the driveway to places as far-flung as Haiti. These donations are an integral part of what we do and help us achieve our goal of being good stewards to our local and not-so-local...
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  8. Making Your Farm Accessible to Low-Income Customers

    In the spring of 2010, with one season of farming under my belt and the travel bug planted inside me, I moved to Alaska to work as a School Garden Supervisor for Calypso Farm and Ecology Center.  My job was to teach garden lessons in the spring and fall when school was in session, and to supervise and teach student...
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  9. Musings on the Ethics of Organically Approved Pesticides

    Flossing Your Way to Organic Health: Musings on the Ethics of Organically Approved Pesticides  (and why you should visit the dentist) When I first began flirting with farming, it was closely tied to my commitment to a natural and organic lifestyle.  It came about at the same time that I stopped washing my hair regularly, sprinkled nutritional yeast on my...
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  10. Striving Towards Sustainable Employee Management

    How to Keep Yourself and Your Farm Staff Happy - by Becky Maden In the fall of 1995, I found myself living in the loft of a barn, surrounded by a heap of hay, piles of mouse droppings, my pack of belongings, and a small mattress.  Below me, the cows, horses, and sheep sighed loudly all night long, and I...
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