The Opposite Seasons Of Growing Vegetable vs. Selling Seeds

Have you thought about your seasonal workload? On our farm, we grow vegetables for 500 weekly CSA baskets. We also grow seeds for an online store. These are very similar activities: We grow plants, harvest a crop, pack it up, and get it to the client. But these activities don’t happen the same way for … More The Opposite Seasons Of Growing Vegetable vs. Selling Seeds

The Tourne-Sol Seed Packing Scoop Story

This is the journey of how the Tourne-Sol co-operative Farm seed scoop collection evolved. It is also a story about how most of what we know as farmers we’ve learned from other farmers. Our First Seed Scoops In the early Tourne-Sol years, we grew seed for our own use and for a couple seed companies. … More The Tourne-Sol Seed Packing Scoop Story

Labeling Seeds In Your Seed Room

This is the latest post about how we store seed at Tourne-Sol. Today we’ll look at how we label the seed in that room, You’ve likely noticed that seeds of different varieties of the same vegetable all look the same. Tomato seeds look pretty much the same. Brassica rapa seeds look pretty much the same. … More Labeling Seeds In Your Seed Room

Watch Tourne-Sol on Les fermiers TV show!

Last night Tourne-Sol farm was featured on the TV show Les fermiers on Unis tv! Les fermiers is a show about what it’s like to be a farmer. The show follows Jean-Martin Fortier and the crew at la Ferme des Quatre-Temps through 2 growing seasons. During this episode I walked Annie-Claude and Justine around the … More Watch Tourne-Sol on Les fermiers TV show!

Seed Production Planning Part 2 – Calculating Seed Needs

This is the second part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 1 covered growing small trials to evaluate whether a variety was worth growing to seed on your farm in your climate. Once you’ve decided the varieties for¬† this year’s seed production, you need to determine how much … More Seed Production Planning Part 2 – Calculating Seed Needs

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Another farm Emily and I visited during our winter getaway last month was Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Mineral, Virginia. I had met Ira Wallace from Southern Exposure at the Organic Seed Alliance conference in 2008. In addition to seed, we’d had a lot to chat about since Southern Exposure is run cooperatively¬† similarly to … More Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

15 new seed packing scoops for my collection

We fill a lot of seed packets in January and February. To speed seed packing up we have a fine collection of calibrated seed scoops. For a long time this collection was just a pile of kitchen measuring spoon with gradations¬† from 1/2 teaspoon up to 1.5 tablespoon. These measurements gave us a certain flexibility … More 15 new seed packing scoops for my collection