Variety Highlights

  1. Crop Talk: A Year of Potatoes at High Ledge Farm

    It's that time again - I’m planning for this year’s potato crop and wanted to share some of my excitement for the season ahead. High Mowing has built a comprehensive collection of seed potatoes that brings value to the commercial grower (or gardener) over the whole harvest...
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  2. Plentiful Potatoes: Selecting the Right Varieties for Your Needs

    Potatoes are versatile for a wide variety of culinary uses, make a great storage crop and are generally simple to grow. That being said, you'll have by far the best success when you think carefully about your needs and select varieties for your climate and situation, because each variety has unique qualities that make it well-suited to a certain place or...
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  3. Free the Seed! Introducing the Open Source Seed Collection

    Inspired by the free and open source software movement that has provided alternatives to proprietary software, the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) was created to "free the seed"--to make sure that the genes in at least some seeds can never be locked away from use by intellectual property rights. In other words, Open...
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  4. Sweet Success: How to Choose [and Grow] Tomatoes & Peppers

    Choose your own adventure! No matter where you grow, it’s important to select tomato and pepper varieties that are well-adapted to your region and conditions. If you grow in Alaska, you’ll need to choose short season varieties that will mature and produce quickly. If you’re a Floridian, you need the opposite—varieties that produce over a long season even when temperatures...
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  5. Windowsill Salad: 5 Greens You Can Grow Anywhere

    For years I bemoaned the arrival of winter, as much for the shortage of local vegetables as for the long months of cold and darkness we have here in Northern Vermont. But two years ago I had an epiphany that changed all that, and suddenly winter was...
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  6. Growing Partners: Midori Farm

    Growing Partners interviews are conversations with customers, seed growers & community non-profits we work with that are leading the way in environmental and social stewardship. We’re proud to share their trail-blazing work with the world, and we hope to inspire the real food leaders of tomorrow to follow in their footsteps. [caption id="attachment_8241" align="alignright" width="220"] Hanako Myers & Marko...
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  7. Getting Started: Growing Onions & Leeks from Seed

    There are a lot of advantages to growing onion & leek plants from seed – you have more varieties to choose from, it’s more economical than buying sets (especially if you already have a seed starting setup), and the onions you grow will store better. But for me it’s also a blissful diversion from the dark days of winter, when...
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  8. 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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  9. Growing Partners: Good Water Farms

    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 footsteps. ...
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  10. NEW for 2016: High Performance Hybrids

    Hybridization is a technique that has been used purposefully and accidentally for thousands of years to achieve a diversity of characteristics including unique colors and shapes, high yields and disease resistance. Many growers rely on the benefits that hybrids offer, especially disease resistance and uniformity of maturity and size, because their markets require a level of consistency that may not...
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