A Little Seed Story


What kind of seed-starting setup are you using this year?


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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.

4 Responses to A Little Seed Story

  1. Kasandra Hanna says:

    I like the APS 40 system from garden supply. All parts reusable and good at not letting the seeds dry out. Can never seem to keep them wet enough with conventional seed trays

  2. Mellisa says:

    I started things directly in the hoop house. First time trying in the spring this early. I planed lots and lots of greens, peas, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, green onions, cauliflower and parsnips. We will see what happens!

  3. Tammie says:

    We use grow lights that we bought at Lowe’s. My husband made this wooden frame so that we can hang 6 lights on it. It has worked really well. Right now we have about 50 cabbages and 100 broccoli growing. Soon we will start tomatoes, peppers, squash, etc. All of this is in our basement so we don’t have to go outdoors to tend to them.

  4. Dyan says:

    After moving to middle-of-nowhere Montana to an off-grid solar cabin from Seattle a few years ago, my husband & I am still learning about the new zone we’re in and how to maximize it in a minimal window of time. This year, in fact, tomorrow, I’m about to start marigolds, basil, sweet peppers, tomatoes and cucumber seeds in peat pellets. This will be a first. We’ve been doing something different each year: trays, newspaper pots, egg shells, etc…some pretty “creative” ideas. Our gardens do okay. We have become unintentional amazing tomato farmers, yields of 150+ lbs! We made a wonderful hoop house last spring, ala Eliot Coleman, and had great results last summer – even growing melons! Our goal is to just have fresh greens throughout winter. We realized we planted seeds to late – in September – for that and only got a few radishes. But we have high hopes for this next winter! With about a foot of snow on the ground and the pond thawing, I am expectant of a bountiful spring and summer harvest! We enjoy reading Joel’s books and his cameo roles in documentaries on the industrial food machine and you have a really nice website.