Resiliency in a Changing Climate: High Tunnel Seed Production

July 16, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

High Mowing Seeds is continuously pushing the envelope on what can be grown for high quality seed in the Vermont climate. Recently they have been experimenting with biennial brassica seed production (including kale, cabbage, turnips, broccoli, mustard greens, Asian greens). This NOFA-VT Twilight Walk will explore their two high tunnels, where a number of varieties will be maturing seed, to talk about how to cultivate these crops for seed production. Come get tips on timing of when to plant specific brassica crops, issues around winter survival, spacing and staking, rogueing off-types, pollination considerations, and harvesting and processing seed. This will be hosted by High Mowing Seeds Director of Research and Development, Jodi Lew-Smith, Ph.D, who most recently established their breeding program which focuses on development of varieties that do well in organic production systems, have unique combinations of traits, and are selected primarily for flavor, quality, and reliability.

Workshop level: Intermediate/advanced- For commercial producers that are interested in learning more about seed production with a high level of knowledge in crop production.

Directions:

From Morrisville: Drive East on highway 15 through the town Wolcott. Continue on 15 past Fischer Covered Bridge on your right and High Mowing Organic Seeds warehouse on your left. Turn left on Marsh Rd. Follow Marsh Road uphill, continuing to bear left wherever the road forks. When the road stops going uphill, continue past the Steve Hill Farm on your right until you see the VT Land Trust sign on the left. High Mowing Organic Seeds Trials & Showcase Garden is the next driveway on your left.

From Hardwick: Drive West on highway 15. Turn right on Marsh Rd. Follow Marsh Road up hill continuing to bear left wherever the road forks. When the road stops going uphill, continue past the Steve Hill Farm on your right until you see the VT Land Trust sign on the left. High Mowing Organic Seeds Trials & Showcase Garden is the next driveway on your left. Please park anywhere spaces are available around the buildings.

Will this be handicap accessible? Terrain is all flat but it could be tough getting into the high tunnels.

Register here!

High Mowning Seeds
76 Quarry Road
Wolcott, VT, 05680
Cost: 
$10 members, $20 non-members
Contact: 
NOFA-VT
Contact Email: 
info@nofavt.org
Contact Phone: 
(802) 434-4122