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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 

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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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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