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2/28/2012
Highlights from the catalog of Fedco Seeds, by the editor in chief of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
7/26/2010
Comstock, Ferre & Co has operated for almost 200 years and, with the help of new owner Jere Gettle, is undergoing a revival.
4/15/2013
Get prepared for the season with useful tips for seed saving with Art Davidson, expert from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.
5/21/2008
Many gardeners save seeds from their plants for use the following year, but this technique doesn't work equally well with all vegetable varieties. Here's what you need to know to figure out which plants in your garden you can save seeds from.
10/2/2012
Heirloom vegetables are multi-use crops that have been passed down from gardeners for decades, sometimes centuries. Respected author and gardener, William Woys Weaver, discusses his reasons for using heirloom plants and saving seed.
2/12/2013
Let packages of heirloom seeds say how much you care.
3/18/2013
Tips on how, when and why to grow your own seedlings.
3/11/2010
The staff at MOTHER EARTH NEWS plants tomatoes and peppers during a seed-planting project at the office.
3/27/2013
An interview with Jeremiah Gettle, discussing his thoughts on and solutions to pressing environmental issues facing the world today.
2/16/2011
Planting heirloom, non-genetically modified seeds is a great way to help preserve endangered plant varieties--and the planet's very ecosystem.
1/17/2012
Highlights from the catalog of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, by the editor in chief of Mother Earth News.
4/27/2011
The Living Seed Company is creating a platform to inspire gardeners and gardeners to be.
3/6/2012
The Living Seed Company is working to preserve genetic diversity in our food chain, through the distribution and growing of open pollinated seeds and preserving the ancient art of seed saving.
1/25/2013
Sorting through seed catalogs is one of the most entertaining tasks we have here at MOTHER EARTH NEWS. These garden seed catalogs come in handy when searching for just the right variety of heirloom veggies to grow, and they're fun to look at too!
5/30/2012
How far along are your tomatoes? Ira Wallace gets inspired by gorgeous gardens in Asheville, North Carolina, and shares a quick, easy recipe for tomato sauce.
11/17/2011
Jessica visits the 890-acre farm belonging to the nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange, the largest nongovernmental seed bank in the U.S. and a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nations heirloom seeds and biodiversity.
1/14/2010
Readers share their favorite varieties of heirloom foods for cooking.
10/7/2009
Learn to make grits (polenta) from ‘Floriani Red Flint’ Corn.
2/9/2011
Readers share their favorite garden seed companies for a chance to win a gardening prize.
5/16/2011
Just as libraries transformed society by giving everyone access to books, the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library is providing all citizens the opportunity to borrow seeds and grow their own food. Start a seed-lending library in your town!
7/14/2011
Read this excerpt about heirloom beans from Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver. This book will help you re-discover heirloom vegetables from our American culinary and gardening roots.
6/15/2011
Come one, come all to The National Heirloom Exposition, the gardening event people are hailing as “The World’s Pure Food Fair!” This exhibition will be held in Santa Rosa, California and will host a variety of natural food events, including the largest showcase of heirloom fruits and heirloom vegetables in history.
4/7/2010
Learn to create your own heirloom kitchen garden at this 3-course series in Pennsylvania.
3/1/2013
Get Floriani Red Flint corn seed from Fedco Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, or Starke Round Barn.
7/15/2011
Read this excerpt about heirloom beans from Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver. This book will help you re-discover heirloom vegetables from our American culinary and gardening roots.   
7/7/2011
Read this excerpt about growing red heirloom garlic from Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver. This book will help you re-discover heirloom vegetables from our American culinary and gardening roots.
3/11/2010
Try this wonderful corn pancake recipe with flavorful ‘Floriani Red Flint’ heirloom grain corn.
4/1/2009
A gardening expert discusses what you should do with your seedlings after they sprout in their indoor greenhouse containers.
1/13/2009
A reader inquires about how to set up a community seed swap.
10/8/2010
Swap seeds at the Mother Earth News Fair Community Seed Swap at the Green Festival in Washington, D.C.
2/10/2010
Readers share information about new varieties of fruits and vegetables they plan to grow this year, and why.
8/10/2011
Check out the best photos of Editor-in-Chief Cheryl Long’s first harvest of heirloom tomatoes this summer.
2/13/2012
Tomato frenzy has begun! Here are the tomato varieties I'm growing in my 2012 vegetable garden.
1/3/2012
Here are five great companies to buy seeds from.
3/16/2012
Lyn Fenwick discovered a key to her family's past when she uncovered a homesteader named Isaac's dusty journal dating back to 1884. This five-part blog series discovers the treasure of a forgotten life using an old family heirloom as a map.
1/1/2008
Learn how to start seeds indoors using inexpensive fluorescent lights.
10/22/2010
Organic seeds have benefits for your garden. Learn what our expert recommends and how to find organic seeds to plant.
9/20/2010
Bring your best heirloom veggie or other unique saved seeds to the Seed Swap at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR taking place Sept. 25 and 26 in Pennsylvania.
8/26/2013
It takes a few good rationalizations to get through the busiest part of the growing season.
8/16/2013
A perfectly ripe heirloom tomato is one of the great joys of summer, here are some tips for organizing your own heirloom tomato party.
11/18/2011
“Black” tomatoes still reign with the best of the reds and pinks bi-colored and cherry tomatoes still growing in popularity.
6/30/2011
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening (1997) by Willam Woys Weaver profiles 280 heirloom varieties, with growing advice and recipes. This introdution is the beginning of a series of excerpts to be posted from Weaver’s book to walk gardeners through sowing, cooking recipes at harvest and saving heirloom seeds through the winter.   
3/18/2014
Get advice on all things garden seed, from organizing seeds and ordering seeds to understanding seed catalog terms such as open-pollinated and F1 hybrid.
7/1/2008
A long-time gardener describes the seed-saving technique for cucumbers.
3/23/2011
To ensure we have a full productive garden, each spring I start a habit of carrying a packet of seeds in my pocket every time I head to the garden!
5/3/2013
Homemade transplant pots from newspaper save money and reduce waste.
3/29/2010
Recipe for Southern-style shrimp and grits, made with superb Floriani Red Flint grain corn.
12/13/2013
Reading between the lines of the seed catalog variety descriptions is a science and an art. How not to get carried away by all the positive exclamations and miss some basic fact that would tell you this variety is not for your farm? This post provides tips.
8/10/2011
Rachel describes how to turn her heirloom corn crop into beautiful blue corn tortillas!
10/22/2012
The American Highland Cattle Association is funding a Highland beef research study on fatty acid profiles, tenderness of cooked steaks and sensory characteristics of Highland beef.
9/17/2014
Ground cherries were once a popular staple in backyard gardens. Urbanization and lost space to grow our food led to ground cherries falling out of favor. Though older folks may remember eating ground cherry jam, they’ve only recently begun reappearing at farmers markets and in seed catalogs. Ground cherries are easy to grow and pack an unusual flavor punch in jams, pies, savory sauces.
2/1/2013
The past year was a rewarding one for apple discovery, because I potentially found the apple that started my apple search about sixteen years ago — the ‘Harper’s Seedling’ apple.
9/17/2013
As fall nears, sunflowers are beginning to die off and it's time to harvest their seeds! In this post I bring you through the steps to harvest and prepare your sunflower seeds for eating!
8/1/2011
In July and August, it’s time to start thinking about planting crops for fall. But how do you get good seed germination when the soil is so hot?
5/27/2014
Interested in seed saving but worried about mistakes? Have questions about seed saving? Here’s the chance to give your input in a new seed saving class!
4/14/2014
A native southwestern milkweed seed is now available, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Terroir Seeds, The Xerces Society and Painted Lady Vineyard over the past 2 years.
12/22/2011
A rundown of activities you can do in the winter to improve your homestead.
12/26/2012
Puhwem Native American corn was the mother corn of native people. It's one of the best corns for making corn flour.
9/2/2011
Seed Savers Exchange, which many MOTHER readers say is the best seed company, has won the Gold Award for its great seed catalog.
3/24/2010
Consult these seed starting tips for easy advice on seed planting, using the best materials, watering, grow lights and more.
3/17/2009
Yes, spring is finally here. Time to start farming.
4/4/2013
A description of what a seed library is and suggestions for why you might want to be involved with one. Links are included for more information.
3/22/2013
In addition to my taste for shelling peas, I also want to get the first taste of the season to show off my gardening prowess.
12/9/2011
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
11/17/2010
Hemp seed is a powerful source of protein, Omega-3, vitamins and minerals, and has a delicious nutty flavor!
2/28/2014
Do you know about the magic of milk and molasses in improving your garden? Yes, plain old milk of any kind – whole, 2%, raw, dried, skim or nonfat – is a miracle in the garden for plants, soil and compost. Molasses only boosts the benefits! Let’s see how and why they work.
2/13/2014
When lettuce is mentioned, many think of the standard iceberg lettuce found in supermarkets and restaurant salads. That is changing with the growth in popularity of the different types of lettuces from Romaine to head and leaf-type lettuces, mainly due to the flavors and colors that they offer from deep red to almost white and noticeably sweet to tangy and slightly bitter.
3/14/2014
Make homemade tahini paste in your kitchen.
6/15/2012
Kids get to have fun, learn about gardneing and start veggie seeds at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
5/2/2012
Deciding where to buy seeds can be a perplexing challenge. How does a conscientious gardener choose seeds that will grow well, look lovely and taste great, but also support sustainable seed farmers and healthy environments?
6/3/2010
Don’t let the cost of gardening keep you out of the dirt this year. Cheap gardening can be fun and easy. With these tips for gardening on a budget, you’ll save on seeds, make your own fertilizer and impress your friends with your gardening know how.
4/20/2012
Check out our time-lapse video of peppers growing from seed to sprout.
9/28/2010
Learning to save seeds from one harvest to the next takes you a step further towards self-sufficiency and helps to save genetics of plants needed for the future.
1/19/2012
Barbara Pleasant offers a step-by-step plan to starting seeds.
5/1/2012
In part four of this five-part series, Lyn Fenwick shares journal entries from a 19th Century homesteader's journal regarding Sand Hill Plums and the memories and traditions that surround them.
9/25/2011
Aside from the great stage presentations, the exhibitor booths have a lot to offer FAIR attendees.
5/7/2012
In the final chapter of this five-part series, Lyn Fenwick finds the country cemetery that Isaac was burried in and pays her respects to the author of a treasured family heirloom, a 19th century homesteaders journal.
10/16/2012
Join us in fighting the threat of GMOs: California's Right to Know (Prop 37) for GMO labeling leads the nation, and the Southern Exposure lawsuit against Monsanto continues to push through the courts. Plus, fall gardening can be easier than summer!
9/3/2014
Garlic is resilient, easy-to-grow, highly nutritious, and a natural antibiotic.
8/15/2012
Describes the process of forming a community garden from the physical and energetic standpoints. The power of teamwork, the joy of accomplishment and the building of a feeling of group unity are described.
9/17/2012
Monticello's Heritage Harvest Festival inspired us to keep at those challenges that frustrate us on the farm.
1/16/2013
Confused about the difference between hybrids and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Learn more about how cultivating hybrids is different from developing GM vegetable varieties.
7/9/2014
Tasty whole-grain crackers — simple to make, quick to disappear.
9/20/2012
A chainmail fillet glove revolutionizes a cook's potato-peeling technique. Plus, get recipes for potato and pumpkin curry soup and toasted pumpkin seeds.
10/31/2008
Roasted pumpkin and squash seeds are a yummy, healthy treat. And it's easier than you think. Here's how to roast squash and pumpkin seeds in just four easy steps.
9/28/2012
Collins hails milestone of the company becoming employee owned.
3/18/2011
Tom Newmark won't rest until he's helped establish 10,000 seed sanctuaries--living gardens devoted to propagating and nurturing endangered plants--across the world. He came a step closer this week with the establishment of a sanctuary in India.
1/25/2011
Finca Luna Nueva's Sacred Seeds Sanctuary is a living laboratory to nurture tropical and native species through the next 10 years of climate change.
8/7/2012
Giving your ornamental and vegetable garden a thorough cleaning in midsummer not only leaves the landscape looking better, but can help prevent damage from diseases and pests by removing the conditions in which they thrive.
2/11/2013
Goats are terrific weed eaters, and do a great job clearing land for you, why not utilize them for clearing your pastures!
10/27/2010
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
5/16/2012
Summer intern Megan describes her first time gardening at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, planting cucumbers for the first time and watering the office garden.
3/21/2011
As organic industry leaders urge consumers to take action against GMOs--the biggest threat the industry faces this year--soapmaker David Bronner gives $25,000 to seed an anti-GMO march on Capitol Hill.
2/19/2013
Tips for learning to grow and spin cotton.
1/23/2013
We're getting revved up for winter seed swaps, and planning our tomato plantings to account for all the great tasting events next summer and fall. Find out how to find your own local events, or host your own!
10/27/2010
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
12/2/2012
Growing some of the most delicious and sometimes expensive gourmet vegetables doesn't have to be hard. Artichoke, bronze fennel, kohlrabi, leek, and savoy cabbage are among the vegetables that grow well from seed.
3/30/2011
"Organic farmers have the right to raise our organic crops without the threat of invasion by Monsanto's genetic contamination and without harassment by a reckless polluter. Beginning today, America asserts her right to justice and pure food."


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