Seed Saving and Production

  1. The Story of a Seed: Open-Pollinated Corn Edition

    How does a corn seed get from plant to packet? Read on to learn about the intricacies of open-pollinated corn development and production through looking at the variety Who Gets Kissed?. We hope the story of a seed entices you to try a new corn variety this season! To read about hybrid corn seed production, click here. Dr. Bill Tracy...
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  2. The Story of a Seed: Hybrid Corn Edition

    How does a corn seed get from plant to packet? Read on to learn about the intricacies of hybrid corn seed development and production through looking at the variety Enchanted F1. We hope the story of a seed entices you to try a new corn variety this season! To read about open pollinated corn seed production, click here. Enchanted F1...
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  3. The Story of a Seed: Hybrid Onion Edition

    How does an onion seed get from plant to packet? Read on to learn about the intricacies of hybrid onion seed development and production through looking at the variety Red Carpet F1. We hope the story of a seed entices you to try a new onion variety this season! The Market The first step to development of a new onion...
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  4. About Seed Farming in Vermont

    This is the time of year when the finish line is in sight for many growers: only a few large harvests remain, and many of the main season crops are on their way out. For seed growers, our season is a little different. September and October are the crown jewels of our growing season. Unlike CSA, farmers market and wholesale...
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  5. Disease-Free Seed

    The diseases black rot (Xanthomonas campestris pv. Campestris) and black leg (Phoma lingam) represent a serious threat to brassica crops like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. They can wipe out whole fields and spread rapidly to surrounding farms, potentially devastating not only vegetable crops but also brassica seed crops in places like the Pacific Northwest, a heavy seed-producing region. High Mowing...
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  6. More, Better Seed

    Our commitment to organic, non-GMO, hybrid sweet corn High Mowing Organic Seeds is dedicated to expanding the variety and quantity of organic seed while ensuring that this seed meets or exceeds professional quality standards. To each of us at High Mowing quality seed signifies that it is organic and non-GMO and that it performs to the highest quality standards for...
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  7. We Take Quality Into Our Own Hands

    There's a select group of seed crops that grow well here in Vermont. We have grown tomatoes, peppers, brassicas and squash here since our beginning, 21 years ago. The benefits go beyond simply having a healthy seed crop. Growing our own seed allows us to continue to increase our knowledge of all aspects of seed production, and to work more...
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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. Securing the Future of Organic Seed: High Mowing's Collaboration with Vitalis

    High Mowing is proud to partner with Vitalis Organic Seeds, an established global leader of organic seed production and breeding, to offer superior seed to the organic market. Through this unique relationship, Vitalis has shared high quality lettuce varieties Encino and Lovelock with High Mowing, allowing us to broaden our assortment and establish a dependable and enduring source for organic...
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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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