What are good beginner crops for seed saving on your farm?

What are good beginner crops for seed saving on your farm? Choose crops that wonít easily cross with each other.  This definitely means crops that mostly self pollinate (selfers).  But you can also save seed from crops that mostly cross pollinate (crossers) as long as you only have one variety of a species in flower. … More What are good beginner crops for seed saving on your farm?

Those Seeds That Seem To Store Forever

And then thereís those seeds that seem to store forever. Iím thinking specifically of those that we stored in rubbermaids in a closet in our apartment before we moved the seed office to the farm. We didnít have much sophistication in our  temperature control systems – blinds on the windows and a couple of fans. … More Those Seeds That Seem To Store Forever

6 Steps To Save Tomato Seeds

If youíve still got tomatoes in your field and you know they arenít hybrids, thereís still time for #seedsavingformarketgrowers The process is simple Scoop out the tomato insides into a container. Let ferment for 2-6 days. Itís time to stop when the seeds precipitate to the bottom of the jar. (Read How Long Should You … More 6 Steps To Save Tomato Seeds

3 Reasons Tomato Seed Is Easy To Save

1. Youíre already growing the seed bearing part. (Those are those bits inside the ripe fruit.) Unlike onions or arugula or most other veggie crops, there are no extra steps to get to your crops to go to flower and produce mature seed. 2. Tomatoes are selfers (remember last post?) so they barely cross. Itís … More 3 Reasons Tomato Seed Is Easy To Save

How Long Should You Ferment Tomato Seeds?

Fermentation is a key step in extracting tomato seeds. It helps remove the gelatinous sac surround tomato seed. It controls some tomato diseases. It is also a great way to create amazing odours. But fermentation is very weather dependent. We have had batches that have taken 6 days to ferment. And batches we’ve lost in … More How Long Should You Ferment Tomato Seeds?

Discover Amazing Tomatoes By Setting Up Easy Growing Trials!

You want to have the best tomatoes, right? You might suspect that there are better varieties out there but the thought of doing elaborate trials to evaluate these tomatoes is just exhausting. Here is a way to run a simple trial to discover new great tomatoes! It is based on how we run our tomato … More Discover Amazing Tomatoes By Setting Up Easy Growing Trials!

Talking Seeds On Permaculture Voices Podcast

In December I was a guest on the Permaculture Voices podcast. I spoke with Diego Footer about the profitability of growing seeds for sale, differences between growing seed crops and market vegetable crops, and how much space a seed crop actually takes. You can listen to the podcast here. This podcast is a lead up … More Talking Seeds On Permaculture Voices Podcast