Posts by Petra Page-Mann

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 

Seeds, Chefs, and Sustainable Agriculture

By Petra Page-Mann / January 14, 2014

What sows local food? Seeds! Most of the seed sown in the Northeast is grown in arid climates, often thousands of miles away.  However, a burgeoning awareness that local food starts with local seed has come to the table, with passionate voices joining the conversation. “Food is life,” says Scott Signori, head chef and owner…

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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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From Seed to Shining Seed

By Petra Page-Mann / March 27, 2013

Welcome to our new feature column on the topic of seeds! As local and organic become mainstream, the seed sowing our food has largely been left out of the conversation. Why does seed matter? In no way small or simple, each seed (open-pollinated, hybrid, GMO) sows a story much larger and more complex than its…

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