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Growing up in her father’s garden in the Finger Lakes of New York, Petra believes each seed and each of us is in the world to change the world. In 2012 she founded Fruition Seeds to share the seeds, knowledge and inspiration gardeners need to be more successful in the Northeast.  Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation by contacting her at petra@fruitionseeds.com 
Two seedlings growing out of soil blocks.

Soil Blocking in Five Easy Steps

By Petra Page-Mann / April 5, 2021

Soil blocks can lead to the remarkable health of transplants compared to their cousins grown in cell trays.  The Dutch have been developing modern soil blocking for nearly a century.  Planting seeds into cubes of soil was documented 2,000 years ago in Central America, as well.   I love soil blocks for the remarkable health of transplants compared…

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Easy Ways to Harvest More this Fall

By Petra Page-Mann / October 20, 2020

Here in the Northeast, finding easy ways to extend our season is essential to eating well as the days grow short.   After years of working on farms and experimenting at Fruition Seeds, here are the four keys of season extension:  sowing the right seeds,  using the right tools,  at just the right time,  and harvesting…

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A handful of garlic with flowers in the background

Secrets of Storing Garlic

By Petra Page-Mann / July 20, 2020

The storage life of your garlic is a complex equation. I love eating garlic all season long. I’ve let untold bulbs of garlic sprout, shrivel and mold over the years. My hope for this article is to save you time, money and heartache, so here is how to store garlic well, for seasons to come.…

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Don’t Judge a Carrot by the Cover

By Petra Page-Mann / April 6, 2020

At first glance, the “Dulcinea” is simply a carrot. But this new variety is so much more, and could outlast us by countless generations. Don’t judge a book by its cover … or a carrot, either. Dulcinea is a new carrot variety, the collaborative vision of a farmer, public plant breeder, a seed company and countless…

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seed saving fruition seeds SFQ cilantro

How Long Do Seeds Last?

By Petra Page-Mann / January 13, 2020

Fruition’s Seeds Storing Strategies  Whether you have a handful of your family’s heirloom beans or you simply wish to keep your germination rates high for next season, storing your seeds well puts your mind at ease and will surround you with abundance for years to come.   How Long Will Seeds Last?  Many seeds will maintain great…

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Six Mistakes to Avoid When Planting Garlic & Shallots

By Petra Page-Mann / October 7, 2019

Here are the keys to surrounding yourself with beauty and abundance. Garlic and shallots are among the easiest and most rewarding crops to grow, though harvesting gorgeously massive, long-storing bulbs not a cakewalk. I’ve grown garlic here in the Finger Lakes for over nearly three decades and here are six mistakes I’ve made. In sharing…

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Stories, Seeds & Infographics

By Petra Page-Mann / April 6, 2018

New ways of telling stories in the 21st Century There are so many ways to tell a story. Over tea, reading a book, at the theater, or in the Small Farm Quarterly. In the 21st Century, ‘infographics’ are a fresh way of telling your story. And just in the nick of time.  The attention span of American adults continues to…

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New Heirloom Vegetables for the Finger Lakes

By Petra Page-Mann / January 8, 2018

Visionary collaborations are creating new varieties to thrive in the Finger Lakes — which ones will become heirlooms for future generations? Although they materialize everyday before our eyes, new books are written by people who spend countless hours and often years writing them. The plants that feed us daily also are created by people who…

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Fruition Seeds: A Model for Collaborative, Regional Seed Development

By Petra Page-Mann / October 7, 2013

  With over thirty years of combined agricultural experience, Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann co-founded Fruition Seeds in 2012 to improve and develop our regional genetic resources. Currently growing over sixty seed crops on three acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes of New York, they are dedicated to organic, open-pollinated and regionally adapted…

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The Case for Regional Seed

By Petra Page-Mann / July 1, 2013

There is so much in a seed. Each seed tells the story of its entire life history, millions of years in the making.  A few seeds, in a single generation, may travel the globe.  Most will stay within their watershed and most likely, their microclimate.  In this way, seeds become profoundly adapted to place.  The…

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