Have mercy do I love talking seed with people! I’m also one of those people who love to know what references and resources someone used, so I put this post together as I developed the talk about seed I’m doing at the We Sow We Grow Summit, September 2020.
Granted, some of the things I discussed, I have simply internalized so deeply after 30 years working in the seed business that I don’t have footnotes, but if there was a topic I discussed you’d like to know more about, please leave a comment and I will gladly build this out some more!
Links to Websites I Used
The American Seed Trade Association explanation about what information should be on a bag/packet of seed
What is an heirloom? (Burpee)
List of Crops & GMO Traits in the U.S. (gmoanswers.com)
The process of developing a GMO (gmoanswers.com)
The USDA Organic Standards (usda.gov)
USDA plant hardiness zone interactive map (usda.gov)
Videos & Multimedia To Check Out
- Give it a Minute: GMOs (Bayer Crop Science)
- Give it a Minute: How GMOs Come to Market (Bayer CropScience)
Farmers Who Talk about These Topics Online
- Brian Scott of The Farmer’s Life — Brian has especially active Facebook page called The Farmer’s Life and great The Farmer’s Life YouTube Channel. He also shares photos, etc on The Farmer’s Life Instagram and Twitter profiles.
- Katie Pratt of The Illinois Farm Girl — Katie’s blog The Illinois Farm Girl has a lot of information about farming and
Resources I’ve Prepared on Seed, Farming, etc.
- All of episodes of the Grounded by the Farm podcast touch on topics related to growing and enjoying foods. Focusing enjoy growing in their backyards, I recommend the interviews with Natasha about the urban gardening effort in Chicago, Jon talking about growing lettuce and you can see video of his lettuce farm, and Randy talking about growing peppers and loved the tour showing all the peppers they grow & pack. but I love the conversations around growing & enjoying popcorn and some many others!
- A series on some of the basics of farming — Agriculture from A to Z — and if you’d like to meet more farmers, check out this list of Farms from A to Z.
- I have an entire blog on my love of cotton — farming is part of it but I love wearing cotton too. That site is Hundred Percent Cotton.