Landrace gardening enhances food security by growing genetically diverse crops that are not as prone to crop failure as monoculture fields of near clones.
How to adjust the moisture of homegrown popcorn so that it pops well.
Landrace gardening promotes hybrid vigor and avoids inbreeding depression by encouraging promiscuous pollination.
A photo essay showing off the stunning success of landrace gardening on my farm. This success was achieved because I changed my growing methods to embrace one of the key elements of landrace growing; “survival of the fittest."
Using landrace gardening and promiscuous pollination to get what you want from your garden.
Landrace gardening requires different plant naming conventions than those followed by industrialized agriculture.
The methods of landrace gardening can provide food, even when social or family troubles take us away from the garden.
A photo essay showing off the beauty of landrace crops.
Exploring my hopes and dreams for the landrace seed movement with suggestions about how farmers, merchants, and gardeners could cooperate to create a more robust, secure, and locally adapted food system.
Joseph Lofthouse shares how to maintain thriving populations of landrace vegetables in the garden.
The principles of landrace gardening can be applied at any scale from small annual gardens to multi-generational community wide tree farms.
By growing potatoes from pollinated seeds we can develop locally adapted plants that thrive in our gardens.
Creating a landrace of promiscuously pollinated tomatoes. Details about my major plant breeding project for the next few seasons and a plea for help.
Joseph Lofthouse shares tips for growing landrace popcorn.
Seed saving is an integral part of landrace gardening.
A photo essay showing off the beauty of landrace squash.
How to use hybrids in a landrace garden.
A landrace market farmer’s perspective on survival seed banks. Part 3: Storing the seeds. With careful forethought, it is possible to store seeds in a manner that will allow them to avoid or survive common seed destroying events.
By applying the principles of landrace gardening, you can help your plants win the race against weeds.
A photo essay documenting imported landraces that I started incorporating into my existing landraces during the current growing season.
Grow enough seed for yourself and a little extra for seed swaps and you may never have to pay for seeds again.
Landrace gardening allows us to minimize fertilization by selecting for plants that thrive in the pre-existing soil.
A market farmer’s perspective on survival seed banks, evaluating current offerings.
A pragmatic approach to eliminating male sterility from a home garden. Includes a diagram and photos about what to look for.
Sunroots are a typically-cloned crop with great potential as a locally-adapted survival-of-the-fittest landrace
Egyptian walking onions are one of my favorite crops because they produce food for my family from early spring until late fall.
Cell Fusion genetic engineering is emerging as a hot topic in the Certified Organic seed and food industry. We can expect the resolution of this issue to impact both small-scale and large-scale growers.
Joseph Lofthouse, seedsman from Paradise Utah, is now blogging about “Landrace Gardening” on Mother Earth News. The blog is a practical hands-on manual about how to improve crop production by localizing your plants to your unique garden.
A landrace market farmer’s perspective on survival seed banks. Part Two – Suggestions about the types and quantities of seeds to include in an emergency seed bank.