We Love Local: Hudson Valley Seed Co.
The Hudson Valley Seed Company is one of our greatest resources here in New York State. We are honored to sell their seeds at HFFC. Hudson Valley Seed Co. is our go to "source for heirloom and open-pollinated garden seeds and beautiful garden-themed contemporary art." They offer heirloom and open-pollinated seeds for vegetable, flower, and herb varieties.
Many of their seeds are produced on their small farm; the rest are sourced from 'other local farmers, farmers in other regions, and from trustworthy wholesale seed houses that are not owned by or affiliated with multi-national biotech companies. Hudson Valley Seed Co. is both a Certified Organic farm and a Certified Organic Handler.'
As we approach spring and plan our home gardens, we look to HVSC for resources, information, and inspiration. That's why we asked one of their seed packers, Marybeth Wehrung for any helpful hints she might have for getting our 2017 garden going.
A flower farmer in her own right, the owner of Stars of the Meadow farm, Marybeth knows a thing or two about sewing and growing. We asked when we should start our gardens. "Well, St. Patrick's day is the traditional day that many begin planting seeds," she says. "Things like peas and kale which can handle the the freezing, thawing, and refreezing we experience in March. Annual poppies are also pretty safe to plant now. Hearty veggies and flowers. The same things that do well in fall do well in early spring." Great. Got it. But we had one more question. Especially for novice gardeners... How does one ensure the seeds they sew--- well--- grow?! A wealth of information Marybeth gave use some tips.
"The number one thing is to make sure that the seeds you're planting do well in your region. Certainly you're going to do better with things meant to grow in the northeast than in the southwest if you're planting in Ulster County. Do a little research. Find out what the thing you're planting wants to germinate and try to recreate those conditions. Feed and water each plant as the plant desires. Some are more high maintenance than others." Ain't that the truth.
Thanks to Marybeth for giving us some tips for starting our home gardens with Hudson Valley Seed Company seeds. Be on the lookout for Stars of the Meadow flower bouquets later in the season at High Falls Food Co-op. Happy gardening, everyone!