seeds


Japanese turnip
  We adore trying new things. And, while it’s not only new varieties or crops that excite us (it’s also fun each year to re-connect with old friends/favourite crops), here are some that we can’t wait to grow and harvest this year. Chocolate Sprinkles tomato: Trialing new tomato varieties is an addiction we’re slowly getting a handle on. I mean, you’ll still see a few varieties on this list (and there are others that are new for us this year too that excite us but didn’t make the cut for this list) but for the past few years the crazy […]

Some Exciting Things for 2017!


Vegetable variety resistance
Last summer, Shannon was invited to speak at the Nova Scotia Small Farm Expo about how we choose the varieties we grow. Here’s that presentation in a nutshell.                     Every winter, we order seeds for the coming season. We’re always on the look-out for varieties of crops that will become a new favourite. So, we order from diverse sources. High Mowing Organic Seeds, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Osborne Seeds, and Fedco Seeds are the companies where we purchase the majority of our vegetable seeds. Geo Seeds is where we buy the bulk of […]

How do we choose which Seed Varieties to ...


squash seeds 2
Here I am starting some acorn squash in the greenhouse. I’m planting these acorns for the Nourish Your Roots Box program. This program will see students from local schools fundraise by selling boxes of local, sustainably-grown produce (rather than the typical fundraisers of chocolate bars and tulip bulbs). These local food boxes will be ready in time for Thanksgiving but the students will be working hard to sell these boxes far before then, just as the farmers will be working hard growing the produce far before then. The farmers will sell the produce that goes into the boxes at a […]

Nourish Your Roots Box



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This year, we’re saving seeds not only for our own farm, but to sell to a local seed company (Annapolis Seeds). Why are we into seed-saving? Well, we love the idea of a seed being at home here on the farm with us. Just as we are a product of our environment, plants are too. And they are very adaptable. So, of course, we want seeds that have adapted to our sweet little farm. Who get our climate. And our soil type. And our soil life. We also want seeds that have adapted to living with us. Shannon and Bryan. […]

Saving those Seeds


At this time of year, we have a lot of seeding to do in the greenhouse. Every week, we’ll be adding more and more trays with germinating seeds to the greenhouse benches. This is how we do it: We mix our potting mix in an old bathtub and shovel it into our trays. We cut up old window blinds to make our tray markers (if anyone has any old blinds, we can always use more!). Once the trays have been seeded, we water them and stick them on the bench. Often, depending on the type of seed, we’ll stack the […]

Seeding