On a small farm 40 minutes outside Philadelphia, a new business is blooming. Since last fall, Owen Taylor has been partnering with small-scale farmers from around the region and beyond to source, save, and sell rare and culturally significant seeds — each one, he says, carrying within it a story. Taylor launched Truelove Seeds from his farm in Newtown Square in November 2017, after four years managing the Roughwood Seed Collection, an 85-year-old compilation of nearly 4,000 heirloom varieties, based in Devon. Seed saving is an ancient practice, but Taylor prefers the term “seed keeping” for his new endeavor. “Seed-saving could mean anything — I walk down the street and collect the seeds that I see — but seed-keeping is holding onto the cultural knowledge as well” as the genetic material, said Taylor, 37. He credits indigenous communities for this phrase. In its first season, Truelove Seeds partnered with 17 farms, including five across … [Read more...] about Truelove prizes seeds and stories from around the world
Back garden seed saving
View Comments Grow Portland offers introductory classes for those who want to learn the art of seed sharing. Grow Portland is leading an educational class about how to save seeds at libraries around the area. At the event, guests will be shown how to plant their gardens for successful seed harvesting, tools and equipment for cleaning seeds, and seed storage tips. They'll also learn about types of seeds, and about opportunities for seed sharing. According to Grow Portland, seed saving helps improve the flavor of locally grown produce, as well as lower the cost of gardening. The organization is currently working on a collection of seeds, kept in a library at their office. The seeds will be shared with educational gardeners, local non-profits, and the public at Grow Portland's annual seed-sharing event in January for National Seed-Swap Day. Oral histories about the seeds donated will be recorded to honor the families saving the seeds. Grow Portland is a non-profit that hopes to engage … [Read more...] about Portland gardeners can learn to save seeds
The little girls who live next door keep a watchful eye on my gardening activities. Earlier in the year, when they saw my tiny tomato seedlings growing under lights in the garage, they were even more curious. I invited them to ruffle the leaves and take in the unmistakable scent — that’s the smell of summer, I told them. Indeed, homegrown tomatoes are the highlight of the summer garden. It’s been a weird spring so far (more like winter-summer) but there are still plenty of tomato plants at the garden centers — so don’t miss out on the terrific taste sensation, made even better when they’re growing right out your back door. Here are my top tips for tomato success: Know what you grow So many tomatoes, so little time and space. It’s hard to decide what to grow. I devote space for four or five plants, choosing varieties for all possible eating situations: a slicer, a cherry, a Roma, a pretty heirloom and one wild card, something unusual or unique. … [Read more...] about Top tips for growing tomatoes, from a Minnesota master gardener
Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder.Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer Apple Podcasts for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy:Thunder Buddies – The Jazz strike back, OKC shrinks in Game 2 – You thought the Thunder had it, huh? After a 19-0 third-quarter run, no one foresaw the Thunder's Big 3 putting up a big zero in the fourth quarter and the Thunder's defense cratering in the process. Some of that had to do with no Steven Adams, who battled foul trouble all game. The Thunder lost an opportunity to put the Jazz in an 0-2 hole, and Berry Tramel, Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Jenni Carlson discuss.ArchivesThunder Buddies – "Playoff P" emerges in Game 1 against Jazz – Paul George exploded and the Thunder ran away from the Jazz in … [Read more...] about Thunder Buddies podcast: The Jazz strike back, OKC shrinks in Game 2
Agriculture could pull carbon out of the air and into the soil — but it would mean a whole new way of thinking about how to tend the land. By MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFFAPRIL 18, 2018 When John Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, bought their ranch in Marin County, Calif., in 1998, it was mostly because they needed more space. Rathmann is an acclaimed children’s book author — “Officer Buckle and Gloria” won a Caldecott Medal in 1996 — and their apartment in San Francisco had become cluttered with her illustrations. They picked out the 540-acre ranch in Nicasio mostly for its large barn, which they planned to remake into a spacious studio. Wick, a former construction foreman — they met when he oversaw a renovation of her bathroom — was eager to tackle the project. He knew the area well, having grown up one town away, in Woodacre, where he had what he describes as a “free-range” childhood: little supervision and lots of biking, … [Read more...] about Can Dirt Save the Earth?