In a previous article I described the characteristics of an early prairie bush bean called Drew’s Dandy and its value for dry beans (see http://heritagepotato.ca/heritage-beans/drews-dandy/ on this website). Drew’s Dandy is a common bean, Phaesolus vulgaris. This...
Climate change is causing problems on our farms… droughts, floods, heat domes, fires, pests. 2023 is projected to be the first year that global mean surface temperatures exceed 1.5 C of warming. It may be getting warmer overall, but the transition to warmer conditions...
Few heritage beans receive much media attention, however the attractively coloured and named Blue Jay recently came to national notice through an article on in Canada’s Globe and Mail by Erin Anderssen...
More and more folks are enjoying the ecological and cultural diversity of Central America. These daysCosta Rica seems to be the place to visit with its peace-loving people, relaxed lifestyle, and ecologicalattitude the country is particularly attractive to Canadian...
There are many attractive-looking dry beans to grow such as the beautiful red- or maroon-spotted “Borlotti” or Cranberry types such as La Pinta and the gold hued red marked Tiger’s Eye (see articles on our site). I am particularly attracted to seeds that have black...
This video by professor and botanist Dr. Richard Hebda looks at ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change within your garden. He specifically focuses on water managed landscape techniques, techniques for preparing excellent soils, the advantages of diverse and dense plantings, and the (numerous) benefits of mulch!
For more great gardening resources: www.growingfood-together.com
How Peru’s potato museum could stave off world food crisis
Read the Guardian article here.
With a climate changing faster than most crops can adapt and food security under threat around the world, scientists have found hope in a living museum dedicated to a staple eaten by millions daily: the humble potato
This spud’s for you: A breeding revolution could unleash the potential of potato
Potatoes that are resilient in the face of climate change is more important forever. This article talks of some of the challenges of breeding and selecting climate-smart potatoes.
Starting with 2 potatoes, in two years, Scott Harris harvests 120 pounds!
Read about Scott's success growing Ozette-Nootka potatoes in Metchosin, BC.
Looking for Heritage Seed Potatoes?
Ironwood Organics produces seed potatoes of several varieties including Ozette-Nootka and Bauer Grun Rotes Auge.
Likely tubers that have been virally cleansed are available from the Fredericton Research and Development Centre. Order yours by contacting Sylvia Soucy
You can also search the Seeds of Diversity directory for a supplier near you.
We thank Mrs. Gretchen Bauta and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation for supporting the preservation of heritage potatoes and for supporting the Crop-Climate project to grow, observe and record the climatic characteristics of Canadian potato varieties.