The seed growers podcast episode 2 – Marie-Claude Comeau of Ferme La Radicule

Marie-Claude Comeau of Ferme La Radicule grows certified organic seed with draft horses in Manseau Québec. All her seed is sold on contract to retail seed companies.

In this episode Marie-Claude talks about why after working on vegetables and seed farms for a few years, she chose to focus solely on seed crops.

How she came to farm with horses and the advantages that horses have over tractors on a seed farm and under what circumstances Marie-Claude uses a tractor.

How Marie-Claude has curated what crops she grows in function of her short growing season and to best use her growing space and resources.

For the technical part of this episode, Marie-Claude goes behind the scenes of
growing 2 acres of cucurbits for seed and using a shop vac to extract squash seed.

She also discusses growing bean seed in a wet climate and threshing beans in the field.

Marie-Claude wraps up with the pros and cons of growing seed on contract. And the joys and worries of shipping large amounts of seed across the Canada US border.


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Thank you to Marie-Claude for being on the podcast and for growing great seed for Tourne-Sol!

Thank you to Farmer Jesse and Jackson Rolett of No-Till Growers, and the podcast’s sponsors The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and The Organic Seed Alliance – Their support is what has made this podcast happen.

And thank you for listening!!!

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