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On October 22, NOFA/Mass will be hosting a seed breeding and sovereignty workshop at Round the Bend Farm in Dartmouth. Bill Braun, seed grower and farmer, is a main organizer of this, and there will be a number of seed breeders at the workshop. Read more about this workshop and learn how to register here

Bill and his partner Dee Levanti, and now their new son Bernard, grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit on about five acres at Ivory Silo Farm in Westport, MA, using sustainable practices and with great respect to biological diversity. When I interviewed him for this issue we were both in the throes of July and all that means – lots of heat (though less this year), lots of weeds, lots of pie in the sky dreams of the spring dashed as the reality of all of the challenges of the farm year have set in, but also looking forward to August where a lot of the early work starts to pay off in heavy vegetables, cooler nights and the calm that impending fall brings. We ran into one another again at the Summer Conference and shared a brief moment being chauffeured in the golf cart to Bill’s seed intensive. August was here and all was right with the world.

On July 29th at Natick Community Organic Farm, Lynda Simkins will host a workshop on all aspects of organic flower production. Perhaps it’s the challenge, or simply the beauty of the harvest, that keeps many flower growers out in the garden or farm decade after decade. Whatever the reason, I’m hoping Lynda’s passion for flower growing will rub off on new local flower producers. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Lynda and consider attending her July workshop.

Lynda shows starts in greenhouse

Lynda shows starts in greenhouse

Education and farming are equally important at Natick Community Organic Farm (NCOF), where Lynda Simkins has been Executive Director for 30 years. Simkins and the staff hosted the first of two Organic Cut Flowers workshops on April 11. Over the years at NCOF, vegetable production has steadily increased while they have moved further from animal husbandry. Their size of their flower production continues to grow the most each year.

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