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?

A good crop plan starts with a good sales plan

Finally, farmers markets are over and the field is cleaned up. Its time to kick back with a seed catalog and start choosing what to grow next year. Its always fun to dream of all the new varieties youre going to try and the new tools youre going to buy and how they will make … More A good crop plan starts with a good sales plan

The Best Temperature To Run A Germ Test

I used to get so frustrated with my Nigella seed when it was germination test time. We would test 100 seeds but barely any of them would sprout. But I knew that if I were to sow these seeds in the field, they would all germinate. One year we tested Nigella germination at 15C instead … More The Best Temperature To Run A Germ Test