The Story of Seed

  • 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 »

  • Zucchini Selection and Recipe Ideas

    The Zucchini patch 2013  Seed Saving Facts: Scientific Name: Curcubita pepo     Common Name: Black Beauty Zucchini Isolation Distance: 1/4 mile to 2 miles depending on pollinator pressure   Population Size: 20 will usually preserve good genetic diversity for squash Outbreeder, Insect Pollinated, Monoecious ( Male and female flowers on the same plant)  These will cross pollinate with any other Curcubita pepo nearby. Common pepos include Spaghetti Squash, Acorn Squash, most summer squashes, some pumpkins, Delicata and more. If you are growing more than one pepo or can't achieve isolation due to what your neighbor is growing consider hand pollination. After selection... read more »