Planning for some fall/winter spinach 🥬

There are a bunch of spinach seed packs in the mail right now traveling from different seed companies to Tourne-Sol farm. They are all in my crop plan spreadsheets – scheduled to be planted in the field this fall side by side in the same bed. We’re going to harvest the leaves in the fall … More Planning for some fall/winter spinach 🥬

Seedy Saturday Season is back

One challenge of selling seeds versus selling vegetables or fresh cut flowers is how to build strong relationships with the  gardeners looking for seats. Yeah, yeah – I know you post engaging content on your social media feed that shows your authentic self and your beautiful crops.  But you aren’t building the same kind of … More Seedy Saturday Season is back

A New Year’s Seed Resolution

Have you been thinking about growing seeds on your farm? I’ve put together a little New Year’s Seed Resolution to get you inspired. (This can be done alone or with your farm team. With family members or with friends. Heck, if you want to record yourself and broadcast your resolution to the world on social … More A New Year’s Seed Resolution

Starting the year with an artichoke in bloom

The flower I’d like to start 2023 with is an artichoke A big disk of purple florets wrapped in thick greened bracts tipped with thorns. A flower that I had never seen until this past year. Artichoke plants have never been a staple in our gardens. But every few years we’ll plant a few plants. … More Starting the year with an artichoke in bloom

What to do with a difficult farm season review

This week’s farm essay is a reflection on an email I received from a farmer about their Season Review. “On my farm, we’re a 7 person team: 5 workers, my wife and me. I’ve been doing season reviews for the last 2 years. Both as individual and in group meetings (I haven’t tried a survey … More What to do with a difficult farm season review

How seed saving sneaks into your brain

I spent the 2001 growing season at Switch Farm in Milton, Ontario. It was my second season working on a farm and everything was still new to me and I didnt yet know what was the important stuff. I just filed all the experience away in that mental filing cabinet as I went along bunching … More How seed saving sneaks into your brain

What medium should you use for your germ tests?

Heres what we do. I know its not the only way to test each crop. But with these mediums were able to get reliable and consistent results. So there are 3 mediums we use. For this post I decided to focus on veg crops rather than flowers and herbs because they were the easiest to … More What medium should you use for your germ tests?