Category : Carrot Seed Program

Preparing and Planting Carrot Stecklings for Seed Production

Preparing and Planting Carrot Stecklings for Seed Production

Last week we got our isolation tent setup and our carrot stecklings planted at UBC Farm. This is a multi-step process which we documented much of. This is the first year doing the carrot seed project at UBC Farm. The carrot stecklings we are planting are Nash’s Nantes – bred

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Carrot Seed Project – Breeding Flies

Carrot Seed Project – Breeding Flies

One of my favourite projects is our carrot seed project. This project involves growing carrots to seed in an isolation tent to prevent cross-pollination with a common weed – Queen Anne’s lace. I have blogged frequently about this project in the past. Carrots require insects for cross pollination and these

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Carrot Seed Cleaning at Sharing Farm

Carrot Seed Cleaning at Sharing Farm

As we near the end of the growing season we approach the beginning of the seed cleaning season! The Richmond Sharing Farm, and head farmer Kristjan Johannson participated in the carrot seed project this year. This project is exploring carrot seed production in isolation tents to present pollination with the

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Carrot Pollinators – Part I

Carrot Pollinators – Part I

This season we have spent a lot of time talking about pollinators for the carrots. The basic questions about pollinators seem to be as follows: What insect to use as a pollinator? Where/how to purchase the pollinators? How do you maintain your pollinator population? Can you breed your own pollinator

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Sharing Farm Update and Structure

Sharing Farm Update and Structure

On Saturday I got out to visit Kristjan at Sharing Farm to put up their carrot isolation structure and check in on the crop. The carrots are growing well there. But there are some things of note: The control plot has been ravaged by evil rabbits and is down to 3

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Fly Breeding Strategies

Fly Breeding Strategies

So I have been doing a bit of research on fly breeding and am looking for a simple method to attract flies and encourage them to lay eggs. Here’s a quick video I made as I start down this road! This recording is about a week old so I am

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Breeding Pollinators

Breeding Pollinators

As we are growing carrots in an isolated environment we will need to introduce insect pollinators. It is likely our enclosures are too small for bees so an alternative is the Blue Bottle Fly (Calliphora vomitoria) – I’ll let you work out the Latin! We can purchase fly larvae through

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Setting up Carrot Tents #1

Setting up Carrot Tents #1

Last week we picked up our carrot isolation tents and we are ready to set them up this week. So I headed out to Pitchfork Farm with my son to give it a try! The tents are 10′ x 20′ with 6 x 8′ posts. The structure was relatively easy

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Carrots coming to Life

Carrots coming to Life

I was out at Sharing Farm and got to check on Kristjan’s carrots. They are coming to life well! You can see the tiniest of growth coming from most carrots with several off to a great start. There were a few with no signs of life yet, but we can

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Carrot Seed Enclosures Procured!

Carrot Seed Enclosures Procured!

Today I headed down Chimacum in Washington State with Shauna MacKinnon to pick up our carrot isolation tents from Organic Seed Alliance. It is a bit of a trip but a great chance to touch base with folks in person down there and see their new farm site. They had

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Stecklings Getting Planted

Stecklings Getting Planted

This weekend both Jeremy and Kristjan got their stecklings in the ground! This is good timing as they really needed to get into he ground and there should be some rain coming to get them well watered in.

Carrot Seed Update

Carrot Seed Update

As 2016 gets into spring our Carrot Seed project is off to a great start. Here is an update on what has happened to date! Project Summary Due to the overwhelming presence of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota var. carota), the wild equivalent of the cultivated carrot (Daucus carota), in

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