Picking Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes Have Flavor Lost in Commercial Varieties

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Heirloom tomatoes retain the flavor that have been bred out of commercial varieties over the past 70 years, new research shows.
GMO Labeling?

GMO Labeling Vote Will Be a Big Fight

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The upcoming GMO labeling vote in California is shaping up to be a huge fight for both sides, with battle lines clearly drawn.
Ferry Morse Sold

More Seed Company Consolidations

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Ferry Morse was recently sold and almost half of the employees were immediately laid off with a 60 day lump-sum severance pay.

The Problem with Genetically Modified Seeds

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An interview with Dr. Vandana Shiva on the history of genetically modified seeds and actual GMO production versus what was promised.
Milk as Soil Improver

How Milk Improves Soil Health

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Milk, in surprisingly small amounts, can make multiple significant positive impacts on the health and productivity of your entire garden.
Spider Milkweed Plug

Growing Milkweed for the Monarch Butterfly

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Terroir Seeds recently helped coordinate a milkweed growing project to benefit the Monarch butterfly. Here's the full story!

FarmPlate - Better Food Every Day

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FarmPlate is a revolutionary online community using technology to connect producers of local food with eaters everywhere.

Does "Big Food" and "Big Ag" Control "Organic"?

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The Organic food sector is a very profitable business for Big Food and Big Ag. Who controls the Organic Standards, and what do they mean?

Community Supported Fisheries - CSAs for the Ocean

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Community Supported Fisheries lets you know where your fish and seafood comes from, how it was harvested and pays the fishermen directly.

Rural America Bike Trip Converts Techie to Sustainable Farmer

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Nathan Winters winds up deeply in love with sustainable farming and a new relationship with food after a 4300 mile bike trip across America.
Seed Planting

Small Scale Farming is New Profit Model for Local Agriculture

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The local food movement is a new model of finding ways to make it profitable for both the farmer and consumer through small scale farming.
Slow Food

2012 Slow Food Terra Madre

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We are honored to be selected as part of 200 US delegates to the 2012 Slow Food Terra Madre in Turin, Italy October 25-29, 2012.
The Native Garden

Heirloom Seeds and The Native Garden

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Heirloom seeds and native plants can create beneficial relationships providing more positive results than either one could alone.
Francis Land House, VA

Overlooked Benefits of Home Gardening

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Home gardening offers many benefits, some you can hold and eat along with many others that you can't. See these overlooked blessings.
No Destructive Bugs

Home Garden Bug Solution

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Here's a recipe we’ve found to be effective in dealing with unwanted insects and other bugs in your garden in a non-toxic way.
Seed Planting

Succession Planting for the Home Gardener

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Succession planting is attracting home gardeners who discover much more production possible from their current garden without chemicals.
Picking Heirloom Tomatoes

How to Pick Perfectly Ripe Heirloom Vegetables

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Finding and picking perfectly ripe heirloom vegetables or fruit requires the engagement all of your senses. Read on as we show you how!
Heirloom Sweet Corn

Heirloom Sweet Corn History

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Heirloom corn has a richness and depth of flavor that can’t be forgotten. We share a bit of history on heirloom sweet corn from 1884.
Old School Gardenening Therapy

Home Gardening As Therapy

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Home gardening can be one of the best therapeutic activities available. Regain your sanity with your hands in the soil.
Heirloom Tomato Flower

Heirloom Tomato Growing Tips

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The heirloom tomato has seen a meteoric rise over the past few years. We share tips to get the best out of your heirloom tomato plants!
Heirloom Peas

The History of Heirloom Peas

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Heirloom peas have a much longer history than most people realize, feeding mankind since before the Stone age.
Fresh Vegetable Juice

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and Your Heirloom Garden

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The movie "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and your heirloom garden are more closely related than you thought!

Heirloom Seed Starting Made Easy

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Successful heirloom seed starting at home can be simple and easy using the proven techniques we show you in this new article and video.
Free-range Chickens

Heirloom Gardening for Backyard Chickens

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Raising backyard chickens is becoming increasingly popular, no matter where you live. Growing heirloom vegetables is the best way to feed them well.
Seed Starting Mix

Seed Starting Media for the Home Gardener

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Good seed starting media is essential for healthy strong transplants for the home gardener. We show the different elements for a great seed starting media.
Tomato Seedling

Successful Heirloom Seed Starting for the Home Gardener

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A look at a successful small scale heirloom seed starting setup. We show you the components used, how they work together and how you can create your own!
Szechuan Buttons CACloseup

Szechuan Buttons or Toothache Plant - Rock Star of the Garden

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Szechuan Buttons - a hot culinary trend for the tingling buzz they bring to your lips and tongue. Expensive to buy; easy to grow your own!
Moscow Spring Garden

Planning and Planting Your Spring Garden

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Here's 11 great home garden planning ideas, along with several tools to help your heirloom seeds do their best in your home garden this year.

Organic Food Production Can Feed the World

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Our thoughts on Barry Estabrooks' December 2011 article in The Atlantic on local organic agriculture and feeding the world.
My Favorite Heirloom Seeds

Where Did My Favorite Heirloom Seeds Go?

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Why does your favorite heirloom seed varieties disappear from the catalog or website, sometimes reappearing and sometimes not? We show you some reasons!
Handful of seed

What Are Heirloom Seeds?

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Discussion of the origins and benefits of heirloom seeds along with the differences between heirloom, hybrid and GMO seeds.
The Dirty Life

"The Dirty Life- A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love" by Kristin Kimball

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A true story about a young woman's journey from New York into a deep relationship with both her husband and farm in today's world.
Savoy Perfection Cabbage

Fearing Burr on Savoy Cabbage

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The remarkable book "Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr was one of the first gardening books written in 1863 for the American Gardener.
Heirloom Seed Corn

The Tale of Two Seeds- Heirloom vs Hybrid Seed Production

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A look at two seed production models- heirloom seed vs hybrid seed- is presented from a quality vs quantity viewpoint.

The Cycle of Terroir- From the Soil, to the Seed, to the Food You Eat

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Healthy soil plus healthy seed grows tasty food and healthy people. A simple, systematic approach to healthy soil, seed and food is presented.
Cool Season Vegetables

How to Plan for Fall and Winter Gardening

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Successful Fall and Winter Gardening depends on summer planning for cool season harvests. We show you an easy way for great fall produce!

Coffee CSA- a Great Deal for Everyone

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Buying your coffee directly from the grower with CoffeeCSA makes so much sense, to so many people on so many levels.

Who's More 'Elitist?'- Foodies or Corporate Agriculture?

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Corporate Agriculture often accuses local food advocates of being 'elitist' in their approach, but who's approach has the public in mind?

Terroir-ist's Manifesto for Eating

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The Terroir-ist's Manifesto for Eating asks you to deeply consider where your food comes from, in in considering it, get to know it much better.

Don't Plant Your Garden Too Early...

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Planting your spring garden early might give you a head start on yummy vegetables, or could result in the loss of your efforts if there is a spring snow!

Bountiful Baskets- A Hidden Treasure

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Fresh Veggies (and Fruit) For Less Than $1/Lb In 2011? Is that even possible? Is it legal? How can I get in on that deal? Read on to find out!

Compost- Nourishing Your Garden Soil

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Compost is one of the best and easiest ways to feed your garden soil and should be used instead of commercial chemical fertilizers.

2011 Terroir Seeds Growing Season Update- 3/6/2011

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The snows have melted off, but the clouds are gathering for more rain or possibly snow showers and we show our progress for this year's garden.
Azomite or Elemite Trace Minerals

Mineral Restoration of Your Garden Soil Part II

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There are many ways to introduce needed minerals into your garden. We show how to address the trace elements that are limiting factors when not present.
Tomato Seedling

2011 Terroir Seeds Growing Season- Intro and Updates

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Through a series of videos, you can watch how we start seeds, what equipment and techniques we use, and see the growth of our trial garden.
Azomite or Elemite Trace Minerals

Mineral Restoration of Your Garden Soil

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How to build healthy, vibrant garden soil that is not only incredibly productive but provides pest and disease resilience with mineral restoration.

Terra Preta- Magic Soil of the Lost Amazon Part II

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How using Stone Age agriculture may just be the best way to build the health, fertility, resiliency and nutrient cycling of the soil several fold.
Terra preta soil

Terra Preta- Magic Soil of the Lost Amazon

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This is a different approach for creating a healthy garden, starting with the soil. What we have learned is that everything really does start with the soil.
Organic Certification?

Is Organic Food More Nutritious Than Conventional Food? Part II

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A well reasoned and thoughtful article on "Is Organic Food More Nutritious Than Conventional Food?". The answer isn't as obvious as you think.
Organic Certification?

Is Organic Food More Nutritious Than Conventional Food?

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A well reasoned and thoughtful article on "Is Organic Food More Nutritious Than Conventional Food?". The answer isn't as obvious as you think.