Planting the Seed(s)

Baby seeds settle into their temporary home in Better Farm's greenhouse.
It's that time of year again, when we stock the greenhouse with all the seeds that will feed the Farm—and anyone stopping in at our farm stand or booth at farmers markets—all summer and fall long. Jennifer and I last week got the proverbial ball rolling by starting most of the seeds indoors (peas, string beans, and pumpkins, among others, will get planted directly into the soil outside). Here's a shot of some of the seeds we were dealing with:

We dutifully set out on the project, dipping all the baby seeds into fresh potting soil. Okra, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, squash, cabbage, cauliflower, and more dove into their planter trays one by one with a little TLC from Jennifer and yours truly.

Next step was carting the little babies outside to the greenhouse. I quickly assembled our new shelving units while Jennifer did the heavy lifting. And then it was all over, until the second planting group gets its start in the coming weeks.

Seeds from Collected Seed Farm and Home Harvest Garden Supply. Greenhouse shelves courtesy of David Garlock. E-mail us at with any organic gardening questions!

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.