paul wheaton wrote:
Sepp is a breeder.
I think I have to let it go. I cannot commit to anything at this point.
Good choice of book to lend. I have it here and read it over Christmas. Definitely worth the read.
I've been saving seeds for a while and choosing from the best of each generation.... more like a mass selection rather than directed breeding.
There is one dilemma with directed breeding and that is the inbreeding eventually needed to stabilise the variety. Mass selection techniques may produce less change but is likely to produce a wider genetic base which should mean a more resilient variety.
Just some thoughts.......
Casey Halone wrote:
Food Matters changed what I eat period.
Mekka Pakanohida wrote:
Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution that movie did it for me. I got crushed at the end of the movie, don't want to get into it... ..felt horrid for a family that didn't switch over to organic and kept spraying chemicals.
@Silverseeds - My local library is pretty good and I will look for the book there to cut down carbon emissions from mailing books around.
John Polk wrote:
If you're into potato breeding, look no further than right here in Washington. Tom Wagner lives in/near Everett, and has been breeding taters for 50 years. He recently started a web site (and has sold out of several varieties already), which is currently undergoing some upgrading. He sells TPS (True Potato Seed).
His site is: http://newworldcrops.com/wp/
More info @: http://www.snovalleytilth.org/home_files/Tom%27s%20Taters%20.pdf
If you want to experiment with taters, Tom is the man to contact!
silvereeds - Thank you for the inspiration. I have been doing this in a very small and unscientific manner on my tiny converted front lawn. I will do my best to get this book, though it will be a couple of months until I get some money coming in. I wish someone with more land could be the recipient, but if no one else will, then I will take it off your hands. Though, actually, it's possible I have plenty of info in the vast library I already am not reading.
I am often trying different things out, and writing about them in The Farmers Almanac (Harris Publications). Unfortunately, I am a terrible record keeper, though I try and try to do better.
The main area where I need improvement is closely observing for the desired traits and choosing those for seed. Too many times I forget to do that and end up with whatever I remembered to save. It is always nuts around here, with various remodeling and writing projects going on, visiting vagabonds and so forth. Mostly it is just me, though.