the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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$250 bonus for growing out seed

For our friends are the Hudson Valley Seed Library.
Seems like a pretty useful bit of subsidy.  Even if the slots are filled for the cash it’s worth participating.

Dear Growers,

Greetings from the Hudson Valley Seed Library! You’re receiving this e-mail because you have expressed interest at some point (as recently as yesterday, as long ago as 2008) in producing seed for the Seed Library. We hope you’ve had a good winter–a real one, this year!–and are looking forward to the start of the growing season.

Based on our successes and failures with the Seed Stewards Network program in past years, we have revised our program to ensure a successful and happy experience for all who choose to take part. We hope that these changes will help us create lasting partnerships with growers that can help seed production blossom in the Northeast.

The key improvements are the use of a Google Doc Spreadsheet to coordinate this year’s Growout and a clear payment schedule so that growers know what to expect before getting started.

In addition, we’re excited to announce that we have received a SARE grant this year to study the impact of disease on small-scale organic seed production in the Northeast! Continue reading

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farm jobs at the seed library

Two Excellent opportunities, greenhorns.  The Hudson Valley Seed Library is a special place.


Seeking experienced farmer or farm couple with a minimum of 2 years farm management and 4-5 years organic growing experience to continue growing on 1+ acres already in no till production while developing an addition 20+ acres for future organic vegetable and seed production. Farmer will be provided with shared housing, land access, start-up budget, existing farm stand, and assistance with marketing, publicity, and educational events. CSA or market growing experience preferred. Willingness to work collaboratively with local seed company, farm school, botanic illustrator, and food bank. Starts Feb 2013, minimum 3 year commitment. Become part of a neighborhood farm community in the Hudson Valley (Accord, NY) that includes the Hudson Valley Seed Library, Hollengold Farm, Westwind Organic Orchard, Hudson Valley Farm School, and Rondout Valley Growers Association. Cover letter, resume, references to: Ken Greene, Continue reading

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seed saving workshop

Growing for Future Sowing: Saving Quality Seed from Your Farm’s Fields
Date:  August 28, 2012
Location: Hudson Valley Seed Library: 484 Mettacohonts Rd., Accord, NY 12404 (Ulster Co)
Time: 3:30 PM-6:00 PM
If you’d like to start saving seed on your small diversified organic farm, this field day will offer you a strong foundation.  A tour of the Hudson Valley Seed Library’s seed production farm will provide examples of the isolation and pollination techniques used to maintain pure seed varieties. Our discussion will cover distancing, timing of successions, caging and hand-pollinating. Continue reading

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home to the head lettuce

oh gloriousness.
from our friend natsuko!  She is in france — and she found this for us:
Next point. we have lettuce seeds, head lettuces mostly including speckled trout seed.
Packed and processed by our homies over at HUDSON VALLEY SEED LIBRARY — grown by Smithereen farm + the Greenhorns.
Purchase some here
oh yes. you can grow then in a tiny box on your window sill if you want to .

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greenhorns seeds!

We grew Spotted Trout Lettuce last summer on our little farm, and saved the seeds – now you can buy them from our friends at Hudson Valley Seed Library.

Celebrate the Greenhorns!
Library Pack : Grown by Smithereen Farm
Eligible for Membership Deal
$2.75 / $2.25 for members

These seeds came from Smithereen Farm, home of Severine von Tscharner Fleming and her young farmer activism organization The Greenhorns. In addition to conferences, handbooks, and resources for beginning farmers, Severine has been working on a documentary film that explores the lives of America’s young farming community — its spirit, practices, and needs. Continue reading

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seed library catalog

from our friends at the hudson valley seed library:

Our Full 2010 Seed Catalog is now online!

New for 2010

This year we have expanded our offerings, printed more packs, and grown and processed more of our own seed.

We now have three kinds of seed packs to help our customers distinguish between our seed sources.

Our Art Packs are the colorful, flower shaped packs that feature original artwork from 16 different New York artists. The Art Packs contain heirloom, open-pollinated, and non-GMO seeds from independent commercial sources. Continue reading

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seed library events

more from our friends at the Hudson Valley Seed Library!

It’s cozy in here. Which is a feeling, I regret to say, that only happens when it’s cold outside. Right now Doug, his mom Nancy, our neighbor Linda-Brook, and I are all in our tiny house surrounded by seeds, spoons of various shapes and sizes, Kale the dog, Bumps the cat, and tens of thousands of envelopes. There are still piles of semi-processed seeds in the barn including Forellenschluss Lettuce and Hank’s X-tra Special Baking Beans. The last of the sweet Italian frying peppers are ripening on the plants, the slimy cucumber seeds are fermenting, and the vermilion Gift Zinnias are fading and forming cone-shaped seed heads.

The final versions of the 16 new Art Packs are at Hemlock Printers and should be in our hands for folding by mid-October. Then, in November, our Gift Catalog with the new Art packs and Gift Memberships will be online.

To tide you over, take a stab at writing a caption for this month’s Seedy Sayings Contest. The prize for October’s best caption entry is a 2010 Gift Membership that you can use for yourself or give to a deserving gardening friend. Continue reading

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artists wanted

Any artistic hudson valley-based greenhorns out there?  The Hudson Valley Seed Library is seeking artists to illustrate their seed packs!  Read on…


Hello from Seedy Farm!

I’m excited to say that the Hudson Valley Seed Library is going to offer more Art Packs in our next seed catalog. Please help us in our search for new artists to design the covers of our seed packs. If you are an artist, consider sumbitting your work; if you know any artists, feel free to forward this email to them. The deadline is soon as we need to move quickly in order to give enough time for each selected artist to create his or her work of art.

The guidelines are included below and are now posted on the Seed Library website.
Thanks for being part of our community effort to save seeds and support artists. Continue reading

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Hudson Valley Seed Library Events

We love the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Here’s the latest event list from Ken Greene:

seedingArt Opening Saturday, April 11th, 4-6pm
Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery at the Catskill Mountain Foundation. I’ll be giving a talk at 5pm. The show will be up throughout April.

Market Saturday, April 18th
We’ll be selling our seeds outside the High Falls Food Co-op.

Workshop & Market Saturday, April 25
I’ll be presenting a morning workshop at Ulster County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension Garden Day along with many other garden experts. Click here to register.

Coming up in May:

* Brooklyn Food Conference
* Just Food, Retrovore, Chelsey Green
* Mother’s Day Market at the Plattekill stop on the Thruway
* Online Mother’s Day Sale
* Pack Art Show at Victoria Gardens
* Four Winds Farm Annual Seedling Sale
* Catskill Native Nursery Wildflower Festival

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