Seed Saving and Production

  1. High Mowing's Permanent Home: Our New Farm Property

    We are pleased to announce that High Mowing has purchased a farm property! The land we've purchased is in Hyde Park, Vermont, and will serve as our permanent home. High Mowing has relied primarily on leased land and buildings in the Wolcott, Vermont area over the past...
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  2. Why Seed Matters: An Interview with Matt Dillon

    Seed Matters is an initiative created by the Clif Bar Family Foundation to improve the viability and availability of organic seeds...
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  3. Easy Seed Saving for Everyone

    In the northern reaches of the country we are just starting to see the first ripe tomatoes rolling in. Very soon there will be not only red but purple, yellow, orange, green, striped, white, long, fuzzy, and flattened tomatoes ready – a cornucopia of colors, textures, and flavors to delight the senses. Why not carry a bit of that abundance...
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  4. Seed Grower Profile - Frank Morton: An Agent of Change

    Frank Morton is a plant breeder and founder of Wild Garden Seed in Oregon. He and his family supply many of the unique varieties in the High Mowing catalog. On a spring day in the early 1980’s, a curious young salad grower found himself looking at one red lettuce seedling in a sea of flats filled with tender...
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  5. High Mowing Hits the Road: Stories from Oregon and Back Again

    This article is the first in a series about High Mowing Organic Seeds' president Tom Stearns' travels to “hotspots” of seed production. Knowledge of seed saving and production is relatively hard to come by, so it is often necessary to go directly to the source – seed companies, breeders, producers, farmers and students; the leaders in the organic seed industry...
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  6. The Essence of Quality Control at High Mowing

    “Quality Control is the circulatory system of a seed company, where the seeds are constantly cycling their way through,” says Melanie Hernandez, our Germination Testing Specialist. Melanie oversees all the QC operations here at High Mowing Organic Seeds.  Before joining us at High Mowing, she owned a certified organic transplant nursery outside Atlanta, GA, where she germinated millions of seeds. ...
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  7. High Mowing’s Seed Cleaning Facility

    Seed quality is the cornerstone of High Mowing Organic Seeds. Everyone here at High Mowing works in some way to grow, trial, sell, or ship well-adapted organic seed of wide varietal selection that germinates well. Our success depends on clean seed. The seed cleaning process at High Mowing is two-tiered. We clean seed crops in the field before they...
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  8. A Garden Seed Worth Saving

    Many years ago, I was working on a farm, and happened by a group of people who were gathered around for a workshop.  The man giving the workshop, who was about my age, was talking excitedly about plant sex which was enough to make me take pause!  I listened for long enough to learn that they were talking about saving...
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  9. Introduction to Seed Saving, Part 2: Wet Seed Production

    This article is a follow-up to the article from last week about High Mowing’s production of dry seed crops, highlighting Ruby Streaks mustard.  The Seed Production Farm grows approximately 12 acres of seed crops each year. What are “Wet Seeded” Crops? The majority of our late season crops are wet seeded.  Wet seeded crops are those that house the...
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  10. Introduction to Seed Saving, Part 1: Dry Seed Production

    Dry seeded crops are quite easy to grow, clean, and save.  On High Mowing Organic Seed’s Production Farm, we produce multiple species and varieties of dry seeded crops each year.  As always, we are happy to disseminate all information about our seed growing and saving techniques.  To positively impact your community and local food supply, we encourage you to engage in...
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