Mustard green seed crop production

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2005: $4,514.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
Jodi Lew-Smith
Sweetgrass Farm


  • Vegetables: greens (leafy)


  • Crop Production: organic fertilizers
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: earthworms, organic matter

    Proposal summary:

    With the increase in demand for organic seed, the production of mustard green seed may be a promising venture for the small farmer in the Northeast. This project will experiment with the feasibility of direct seeding arugula plants for seed production. Three methods of direct seeding will be tested and compared to the standard procedure of transplanting thousands of plugs. Hours spent on production for each method and overall yield of viable seed will be compared between systems. Outreach will be through publications and presentations.

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