Kids and Gardening

  1. 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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  2. Why They Grow: The Story Behind Our Catalog Cover

    While all of the growers featured on our 2018 catalog cover use High Mowing seeds in their operations, more than seed ties them together. What they’re growing extends well beyond great vegetables: they grow healthier families, future leaders and new models for organic distribution. These nontraditional crops exemplify a shared dedication to nourishing our community, a value High Mowing equally...
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  3. Year of Giving: Where Our Donations Went in 2017

    “We want to know how we can help.” It’s the phrase Tom Stearns, High Mowing’s owner and founder, starts with when he’s talking to an organization he admires. And there are plenty to admire these days—farm to school initiatives, school garden initiatives, food desert elimination work, community garden programs, church gardens, food bank gardens, disaster relief groups...
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  4. Success with Garden Based Education

    Late summer has come upon us here in the Southeastern United States.  Occasionally, a cool breeze sweeps through, and the mornings can be downright pleasant.  With late summer comes time to plan and start planting for fall gardens.  For me, planning for fall gardens also means it’s time to start another school year.  This year will be my fourth in...
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  5. Partners in Feeding Our Communities

    At High Mowing, we strongly believe that seeds are an excellent resource which can be used to teach people about food security. Much of the work that we do to leverage the power of seeds as an educational tool is fulfilled by our Seed Donation Program. Through this program we support organizations that provide farm and nutrition education with initiatives...
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  6. Garden Themed Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    At High Mowing, we love celebrating mothers – not only because we have a good number of them on our team, but also because mothers are growers and nurturers at their core, who tend the most important seeds: our children. This Mother’s Day, consider a gift of organic, non-GMO seeds for the mother(s) in your life, and spend some quality...
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  7. Top 10 Varieties for School Gardens

    For avid gardeners who are also parents and/or teachers, the next few months are the prime time to start a garden at your kids’ school. But how do you know which plants are the best for timing your garden to the school year schedule? We’ve selected a few of our favorites that are guaranteed to get a harvest in while...
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  8. Growing with Kids: 6 Practical Ways to Engage Them on the Farm

    Waylon (age 2) and Katie harvesting calendula flowers This summer our son will turn 3, and over the past three years we’ve found many ways to engage him here at Good Heart Farmstead through our daily farm tasks. By doing so, we spend quality time with our son, avoid the expense of child care, and give him the opportunity...
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  9. Growing Partners: Golden Earthworm Farm

    This article is part of Growing Partners, our new series focusing on the farmers, gardeners, seed growers, breeders, vendors and non-profits we work with that are demonstrating leadership in environmental and social stewardship. We’re so invigorated by their trail-blazing work, we want to share it with the world–and hopefully inspire the real food leaders of tomorrow to follow in their...
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  10. Seeding Change: Where Our Donations Went in 2015

    Each year High Mowing donates thousands of seed packets to schools, non-profits and community groups across the country--and this year was no exception, with a whopping 143,657 packets donated to over 600 different recipients! But where did they all go? What did those seeds become? Here are a few ways our donated seeds had powerful and far-reaching impacts this year...
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