Trials

  1. The Future of Organic Seeds

    The world is changing, and our seeds and breeding need to change with it. What does the healthy agriculture of tomorrow look like? How will our climate and habits change? These things need to be weighed so that we know how to direct our organic breeding work. Here are some of the ways we are meeting the needs of current...
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  2. Chef's Table: A Taste of the Culinary Breeding Network

    The Culinary Breeding Network (CBN) is a group of plant breeders, chefs, seed growers, farmers and produce buyers dedicated to discovering and developing vegetable varieties with superior culinary qualities that thrive in the unique climate of the Pacific Northwest. In particular they work to identify varieties of interest, connect plant breeders with chefs...
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  3. Lettuce Plan: Developing a Lettuce Program for your Region

    Here at High Mowing we’re proud to offer an organic lettuce for almost every location, season and use. Whether it’s the middle of winter in Maine, a rainy spring in Oregon, a blistering Arizona summer, or even a trip to the International Space Station, we’ve got the lettuce to keep you in...
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  4. Growing Partners: Desde mi Huerto

    This article is part of Growing Partners, our new 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 work...
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  5. Hot Potatoes - for Every Purpose

    Here at High Mowing, we LOVE potatoes. They always appear at our monthly potluck lunches, they're endlessly versatile in the kitchen, and they store beautifully--an important feature in a state where the growing season is a mere 120 days (in a good year!) They make a great early crop...
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  6. The Story of a Seed: from Pollination to your Plate

      Have you ever wondered how the seeds in our packets got there? Some varieties, like Honeynut butternut squash, have particularly unique stories. We couldn’t resist sharing the remarkable journey of this little squash and the vital farms and faces that have shaped it along the way.     ...
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  7. Winter’s White Gold: Planning Ahead for Belgian Endive Harvest

    Among the vast cornucopia of crops grown by the diversified vegetable farmer, there isn’t another quite like the Belgian endive.  Also known as witloof – which means “white leaf” in Dutch – Belgian endives are a long season crop that requires a winter, indoor “forcing” phase to produce tightly-wrapped, almond-shaped, cream...
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  8. A Look at Our Variety Trials

    Sometimes I feel like the luckiest farmer around.  As Trials Manager at High Mowing Organic Seeds, my job affords me the satisfaction of not only farming vegetables and flower and herbs, but also cultivating information.  In fact, harvesting data is the reason for all that we do on our 5 acre Trials Farm.  (Read about what we do with all...
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  9. Feeding From Our Fields

    The Trials Field at High Mowing sits atop a hill in Wolcott, Vermont and overlooks rolling mountains to the west.  On the Trials Crew, we spend our spring days meticulously laying out sets of varieties a few feet at a time—6 varieties of mini Romaine lettuces, 12 varieties of leeks, 8 varieties of peppers.  We handle each trial with a...
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  10. The Challenges of Sourcing Organic Seed: The Beloved Parsnip

    Update - Jan. 2014 - we were able to source organic parsnip seeds this year! These seeds didn't make it into our catalog, but we have them on the website: Organic Lancer Parsnip Seeds The world of organic seeds is an interesting one.  As you turn the pages of your High Mowing catalog, you may wonder why we have...
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