Post by mountaindweller on Sept 11, 2012 22:12:48 GMT -5
I would buy your seeds immediatey! Do you print some sort of picture on the sign? Maybe you could write that a landrace is something traditional because that sounds nostalgic. Maybe the words "seeds that feed you in hard times", "diversity for security", "seeds for a changing climate" or the like could be used. I would not use the words biotic and abiotic it sounds technical. Feelings rather than pure information.
Post by keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.) on Sept 11, 2012 22:38:23 GMT -5
I think mountaindweller is on the right track. In terms of marketing toward the public, biotic and abiotic don't really help garner interest, but some of those other "more natural" phrases mentioned could work great.
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Sept 11, 2012 23:27:33 GMT -5
So much work... I'm feeling like I aught to do germination testing. I'm intending to post photos of a few crops showing off the diversity. Definitely an Astronomy Domine Sweet Corn photo. Even though the seed sells itself due to the colors.
Threshing and winnowing are a trial this year... So much diversity and larger quantities than I have dealt with in the past.
And how in the heck am I supposed to winnow seeds with a built in sail like parsnips?
Silt/clay, high-altitude, super-arid, sun-drenched, irrigated-desert garden. Cold radiant-cooled nights. ~100 frost free days. Grow most of my own locally adapted landrace seed. GDD10C ~1300. Author of Mother Earth News: Landrace Gardening Blog.
I don't know if this would work for parsnip seed but you might try some kind of gravity table? Get a flat piece of cardboard or plywood and pour some seed onto it and see how they behave when you tip it and vibrate the table a bit. If they tend to separate from the other chaff you could possibly justify building a real one for the task.
I haven't faced parsnip seed yet, but hope to next autumn, so interested in solutions for this. could you use a half inch screen over a quarter inch screen? Big one catches lumps and stalk, second one catches seed but lets through dust? Interesting problem...
Does the muesli effect <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granular_convection> work in a shaken box? fork off the top stuff with your fingers, scoop up the good stuff from the middle, then sift the residue for remaining seed? T