Here at Dogpatch Urban Gardens we aim to provide you all with the highest quality produce from seed to your plate.  Last week was an exciting milestone because all of our seeds for the 2016 growing season were ordered!  The companies we ordered seeds from are High Mowing Organic Seeds, Johnny's Selected Seeds, and Seed Savers Exchange.  Each of these companies align with our farm philosophies, and have signed the “Safe Seed Pledge” which is stated below:  

The Safe Seed Pledge:
"Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms poses great biological risks, as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities."

Here are some of the crops I am excited to offer you during the 2016 growing season...

Greens

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Spring Mix

  • A seasonal combination of lettuces (Tango, Nevada, Red Sails, Red Salad-bowl) Salanova, beet greens (Early Wonder Top & Bull's Blood), & Mustard Greens (Tatsoi, Red Giant, Ruby Streaks, & Scarlet Frills) 

Spicy Mix

  • A seasonal combination of arugula and mustard greens (Red Giant, Ruby Streaks, & Scarlet Frills)

Space Spinach

  • Characteristics: A tried and true spinach variety with smooth, medium dark green leaves.
  • Seed Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seed Quality: Conventional

Astro Arugula

  • Characteristics: Long green leaves and characteristic mildly spicy flavor.
  • Seed Source: High Mowing
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Red Russian Kale

  • Characteristics: Bright purple stems and slate green, deeply lobed foliage. Leaves are tender, smooth and very sweet compared to other kale.
  • Seed Source: High Mowing
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Carrots

Starburst Carrot Blend

  • Characteristics: This rainbow of sweet and crunchy roots with striking shades of white, yellow, orange and purple in a variety of shapes and sizes. Flavorful, extra-nutritious roots are packed with antioxidants.
  • Seed Source: High Mowing
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Yaya

  • Characteristics: Truly stellar flavor and crispness, this variety is versatile and suitable for storage, bunching or soup-grade carrots.
  • Seed Source: High Mowing
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Beets

Chioggia Guardsmark

  • Characteristics: Unique and beautiful beet with candied stripes of red and white on the interior.
  • Seed Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seed Quality: Conventional

Touchstone Gold

  • Characteristics: Striking golden fleshed beet with an excellent sweet flavor.
  • Seed Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seed Quality: Conventional

Radish

Cherry Belle

  • Characteristics: Classic, smooth red radish with attractive crispy white flesh (AAS winner).
  • Seed Source: High Mowing
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Easter Egg

  • Characteristics:  Beautiful multicolor mix of red, purple, and white round radishes with crisp and mild flavor.
  • Seed Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seed Quality: Conventional

Turnip

Tokyo Market

  • Characteristics: Sweet, petite, juicy, smooth-skinned, tender, and delicious raw.
  • Seed Source: High Mowing
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Tomatos

Sun Gold

  • Characteristics: Exceptionally sweet, bright tangerine-orange cherry tomatoes.
  • Seed Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seed Quality: Conventional

Italian HEIRLOOM

  • Characteristics: This plump red tomato is one of the most popular varieties and is very versatile.  Can be eaten fresh, sauced, roasted, canned, or frozen to use later.
  • Seed Source: Seed Savers Exchange
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Peppers

Lunchbox Orange & Yellow

  • Characteristics: Sweet and flavorful snack-sized peppers.
  • Seed Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Hungarian Hot Wax

  • Characteristics: Definitely, but not yet overly, hot.  These peppers are easy to stuff and are great for roasting, or frying.  Sunset-ripening peppers change from yellow to orange to red, and make attractive pickled peppers.
  • Seed Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Summer Squash

Dark Star Zucchini

  • Characteristics: Dark green with glossy fruit.
  • Seed Source: High Mowing
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Golden Glory Squash

  • Characteristics: Medium-dark vibrant yellow color.
  • Seed Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seed Quality: Conventional

Herbs

Sweet Basil

  • Characteristics: Traditional Italian favorite used fresh, in vinegars and as the main ingredient for pesto.
  • Seed Source: High Mowing
  • Seed Quality: Organic

Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

  • Characteristics: Classic flat leaf variety for use either fresh or dried for seasoning.
  • Seed Source: High Mowing
  • Seed Quality: Organic

To say I'm excited for spring is an understatement!

Your urban farmher, Jenny