Heirloom Organic Seeds Archive

Do you have a favorite plant family? Polygonaceae, the buckwheat family, comes close for me.  I love the colorful tapestry that wild buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.) makes of the hillsides in California as the pink, white and yellow blooms open and age to a deep red.  Cultivated buckwheat (Fagopyrum sagittatum) is one of the most dependable

A few weeks ago, I was tasked with typing instructions for planting seed potatoes.  When I reached the part of the instructions regarding new potatoes, my mind instantly went to one of my Mother's favorite spring-themed side dishes 'New Potatoes with Peas in Cream Sauce'.  With spring now in full swing and the thought of

I really like cleaning grains by hand.  Both the satisfying ruckus raised by the clanging of threshing chains against the sides of a five gallon bucket, and the meditative process of screening and winnowing away the chaff, as people have done for millennia.  The Bere barley I’m cleaning this morning is possibly the oldest grain