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