Schedule of Events
Garden Variety Tour
Join Gwenael Engelskirchen, High Mowing Organic Seeds Trials Garden Manager, on a walk through the trials field. She will highlight some of over 800 varieties growing in the trials garden this year.
Tour of the HMS Warehouse
Join Tom Stearns, President of High Mowing Organic Seeds, for a tour of the HMS warehouse. Learn about the history of HMS while touring the warehouse. Take the journey a seed takes when it arrives to the warehouse. You’ll see some of the machinery used to clean and pack seeds and much more. From Morrisville drive east on highway 15 through the town Wolcott. You’ll pass Fischer Covered Bridge on your right. Turn left into the Fischer Bridge Industrial Park driveway. From Hardwick drive west on highway 15. Turn right into the Fischer Bridge Industrial Park driveway. High Mowing Organic Seeds warehouse is the white building to your right as you drive up the driveway.
Tour of the HMS Breeding Field
Join Jodi Lew-Smith, Director of Research & Production at High Mowing Organic Seeds, for a tour of the breeding field. She will discuss aspects of the breeding program at HMS. From Morrisville drive east on highway 15 through the town Wolcott. You’ll pass the HMS warehouse (on the left), keeping going east about one mile. Turn right on Kate Brook Road. From Hardwick drive west on highway 15. Turn left on Kate Brook Road. High Mowing Organic Seeds Breeding field is on the right.
Bejo Seeds Variety Tour
Join Jan van der Heide, from Bejo Seeds, on a variety spotlight tour of the Bejo Varieties being grown in the High Mowing Organic Seeds Trials Garden. This walk will focus the Bejo varieties of carrots, cabbage, onions, leeks, as well as a few other vegetables.
Vegetable Lacto Fermentation
Join Chef Ryan O’Malley and students from the New England Culinary Institute for a workshop about lacto fermentation. Learn great tips about how to store garden fresh vegetables.
Self Guided Tours of Trials
Enjoy a self-guided walk through the High Mowing Organic Seeds Trials Garden. This is a great way to explore the garden at your own pace.
Organic Seed Production
Join Tom Stearns, President of High Mowing Organic Seeds, for a workshop about organic seed production. Learn about seed production at HMS as well as gain insight about general seed production worldwide.
Garden Fresh Grilling
Join Geoffrey Slate, High Mowing Organic Seeds Inventory & Purchasing Manager, for a recipe/cooking demo. This “Chef Demo” will feature High Mowing Vegetables grilled in a Vegetable Panzanella.
Seed Saving for Home Gardens
Join Katie Traub, Farm Production Manager, for a workshop about seed saving. This workshop will feature several different vegetables and methods of saving seeds. Learn about what equipment to use, when to identify that the seeds are ready and more.
Stump the Farmer Q & A
Join Jodi Lew-Smith, Director of Research & Production at High Mowing Organic Seeds, and Paul Betz, owner and farmer of High Ledge Farm and HMS winter sales staff, in a Q & A discussion about vegetable growing. Share your growing questions with our duet farmer team!
Seed Swap Extravaganza
Join Jacob Keszey, Sales & Customer Service at High Mowing Organic Seeds, for an interactive seed swap! Bring labeled seed containers of seeds to share or just come by to see what seeds are available. We encourage you to share the stories that go along with your seeds. High Mowing will have seeds to share and will provide empty seed packets for newly acquired seeds.
NECI Showcase Meal
Chef Ryan O’Malley and students from The New England Culinary Institute (NECI) will serve an array of locally produced food in the Local
Foods Showcase. Taste many wonderful dishes all made from local ingredients.
Local Musical Duet
We are very happy to announce that Jeanne Miller from the Butterbeans and Max of the Mud City Ramblers will be playing music during the NECI showcase meal. They are going to fuse their wonderful musical talents and perform an acoustic set between 4 and 6pm.
Farmer mixer and bonfire: Join us after the day’s event, around the fire for a social farmer mixer. Feel free to bring snacks and instruments.
Join Sara Schlosser, owner and farmer of Sandiwood Farm and HMS winter Sales & Customer Service Staff, for an evening tour of the trials garden. This walk is open to everyone, but might specifically be enjoyed by those who work in the catering or restaurant industry.
The children’s tent is a great place to spend some time with your family. There will be many fun and educational activities to participate in. The tent is not intended to be a place to leave children, but rather a place for family fun. We are not able to provide childcare, but we will be offering many hands on activities for you and your kiddos to enjoy! The children’s tent will be open from noon to three.
Stop by the tasting station to sample some of the varieties we are growing in our Trials Field this summer. The tasting Station will be open from noon to three.
Zero Waste Event
Join us in making this event as close to Zero- Waste as possible. We will have the composting station open during the NECI meal for disposing of food scrapes and other waste. We will provide place settings but feel free to bring your own reusable items to reduce waste. Please plan to carry in and carry out your belongings.