Philosophy

  1. Believe The Hype: No Till Growing Methods for Small Farms

    No Till Farming When it comes to farming, there are endless examples of people who have turned their craft into a livelihood through innovations and techniques honed over time to create a system that is truly unique.  Often when someone in the farming community really taps into something special, the practices seep into the collective mind of farmers all over...
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  2. 5 Ways to Stay Grounded & Avoid Burnout While Starting A Farm

    Over the past 5 years of starting and running a farm, I’ve been determined, excited, exhausted, frustrated, and fulfilled. Along the way I’ve learned that growing food and running a business are two separate, but equally important, skills. If you’re just starting out, or if you’re a few years in and wondering how the heck you’ll pull this farming thing...
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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. The Power of Seed: Why We Love What We Do

    “The grower of trees, the gardener, the man born to farming . . . to him the soil is a divine drug. What miraculous seed has he swallowed that the unending sentence of his love flows out of his mouth like a vine clinging in the sunlight, and like water descending in the dark?” –Wendell Berry, poet & farmer-philosopher What...
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  5. 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Farming

      Cristina Cosentino works as Field Operations Specialist at the H.O.G. Farm, a diversified organic vegetable farm in Brookhaven, NY. I no longer think of time as linear from date to date, but rather from vegetable to vegetable. I never thought that the mental organization of my personal life would be so intimately intertwined with memories of harvesting strawberries or...
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  6. 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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  7. Earth Day

    On Earth Day, we like to take the time to reflect on how our work with organic seed fits into the framework of environmental and climate literacy. Although on the surface Earth Day may seem unrelated to agriculture – rather, you might wonder, isn’t it about a return to nature, protecting wildlife and natural habitats, recycling and cutting down on...
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  8. Why Choose Organic Seed?

    When the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) began requiring organic farmers to use organic seed back in 2002, the organic seed industry was virtually nonexistent. There just weren't that many seed companies focusing on organics. The past fourteen years have witnessed a rapid expansion of the organic seed industry. The availability of organic seed has never been as strong, and...
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  9. Is CSA Right for Your Farm?

    Whether you’re just starting a farm or looking to add a new revenue stream, Community Supported Agriculture is a great option to consider. At its best, it creates a dedicated community that comes back year after year, supporting the farm through the off-season (if you have an off-season, that is), and gives you invaluable word-of-mouth referrals. It doesn’t necessarily start...
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  10. Seed Culture

    As many of our long-time customers know, we at High Mowing Organic Seeds believe that truly good food must start with good seed. For some, however, it is difficult to see the connection between where seeds come from and where foods come from. Recent research helps us draw a clear ancestral link between our modern food consumption practices and the...
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