The Story of Seed

  • A Seedy Challenge and our new site...

    Can you identify the seeds used to create this mandala?
    To celebrate our new website we are presenting this seed challenge. The first 15 people to correctly ID 10 of the 13 seed types will receive 15% off any seed order. You can view the mandala on our website The mandala is part of the slide show or click the thumbnail above.
    Email us your answers. Please share this contest far and wide!
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  • Grow Quinoa

    Why eat quinoa? We love its nutty flavor and fast cook time. It is high in protein, about 14-18%, as well as calcium, magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also gluten free and contains all the essential amino acids.
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  • Tools of our Trade: Seed Saving

    Let's start with what you don't need to save seeds. You don't need a fancy set of screens to save seeds and you don't need expensive machinery. So what do you need? First, and most importantly in my mind, you need creativity. Each year during seed saving season we pioneer new techniques and find new 'tools' to make processing seeds more efficient. Included in our seed saving tool kit are the following: baby swimming pool, window screens, fans, wheelbarrow, bucket, shovels (the blade on one of our shovels is actually broken- it is great for chopping up tomatoes in buckets!),... read more »

  • Redwood Seeds at the Heirloom Expo

    WOW. We are still humming with the excitement of the 3rd Annual National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa. Thousands of farmers and backyard gardeners gathered to discuss ideas regarding heirloom agriculture. Our booth was packed with people eager to grow good food and preserve pure seeds.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and all the other exhibitors who inspired us to keep farming true seeds. We loved being outside in a big tent with all our seeds and great music playing in the field Pictures of our farm hung in our booth Giant pumpkin competition The melon artist was... read more »

  • Saving Melon Seed = Delicious

    OH MY! The first Bidwell Casaba of the year! How sweet it is... Every year our friends come out of the woodwork to help us save melon seed! This year we  grew the Blacktail Mountain Watermelom, an early season melon, in the lower garden along with the Bidwell Casaba, an heirloom bred by John Bidwell of Chico, CA in the 1800s. The Bidwell has been a favorite for several years now! In our upper gardens, we grew Blenheim Muskmelon, another farm favorite for sweetness and an English heirloom and Crimson Sweet Watermelon. Here is the quick low down on melon... read more »