Growing Food and Flowers Blog

Are All Sweet Potatoes “GMOs”?

Are you growing, buying, or eating “GMO” sweet potatoes? How do you know? Over the past few decades, advances in the field of genetic engineering have occurred alongside increasing public awareness of, and a variety of reactions to, the presence of genetically engineered crops and ingredients in our food systems. If you’re someone who grows […]

Part II – What to Expect When Going No-till

Welcome to Part II of This Series on No-till Farming. We left off discussing the relationship of the land, what it produces, and the consumers who buy the end product. In this segment, we look again at relationships but we separate the land from the farmer. This is because there are two big things that […]

What is No-Till Farming?

By David Stillwell No-till farming is just as the name describes it is farming without tilling the ground. The system goes a bit deeper and is very much at odds with conventional farming. In this blog, we look at what is no-till farming and what it is not. In the Beginning When we arrived here […]

Wake Up and Smell the Flowers

Restaurant chefs and gourmet bakers have long been proponents of unusual herbs and flowers to enhance food flavor and add visual excitement. Most cooks have little experience with edible flowers, however, and growers have traditionally kept flower gardens and vegetable plots well separated. Even if you understand that some types of flowers repel pests, and that produce often benefits from a [...]

Marketing Your Sunflowers

There are so many different ways to market and sell sunflowers.  This past Fall we decided to grow them to sell by the stem or pick-your-own at our retail stand along with pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn. One of the best things about these flowers is that they were visible from the main road near the stand and so it attracted more customers to our stand when they saw this pumpkin field with [...]

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