Never GMO. Never treated. We select our seeds for taste, vigor, production, and disease resistance.
Humankind has been breeding plants for eons. Saving the seeds from the healthiest plants, or crossing plants with desired characteristics. Some of the resulting 'open pollinated' and 'hybrid' seeds find their place in our farm plans.
GMO seeds require the doctoring of the plant DNA in a lab, for example to create resistance to a herbicide (i.e. Glyphosate ready corn), or have the plant produce a pesticide when it grows (i.e. Bt corn).
Please note that hybrid seeds are not GMO seeds. Hybrids are a cross between two varieties, which seeds (in the second year when growing the seeds out again) will not be true to type.
Greenhouse and transplant production
We start all our transplants on the farm in our own Fox Creek Farm potting mix. The potting mix consists of peatmoss, perlite, some organic starter fertilizer, minerals, and lyme to adjust the soil acidity.
To conserve energy, all plants start in our germinator boxes - kind of incubators for young plants. The well-insulated boxes keep us from heating the whole greenhouse to very high temperatures when it is still freezing outside.
After the plants germinate, they move out of the germinator boxes to the planting tables in the greenhouse. Young plants love the light and heat!
When the plants are getting close to ready to move to the field, they first spend time in the coldframe. We get them slowly used to the sun and wind. We harden the plants for their new adventure out in the field.
We set out our transplants using a waterwheel transplanter behind the tractor. It pops a hole in the ground and fills the hole with water. We ride on the back of the machine and set the plants manually.
This carefull approach results in healthy plants in the field, that grow vigorously and are better able to resist environmental stresses.