An Announcement For The Season
To our community far and near:
As Autumn explodes into being, we want to check in with everyone. This growing season has been an incredibly difficult learning experience. We tackled viruses and learned how to test and how to cull. We sacrificed a lot of chocolate to the potato, land and related deities. We weathered flooding, frigid soils and excessive heat and humidity. We grieved when we saw the pollinator population has declined from last year. We did some hard math and found that we could, indeed, pay our employees $15 an hour. We forced the whole crew to emphasize rest - we even hung up a hammock...and used it! I, Catherine, am still struggling with depression and related mental health issues, and have been learning how to take care of myself. And we are still examining the futures of the farm: What does collaboration mean? How do we establish social sustainability? How do we heal wounds, compost the waste and renew ourselves as a healthier, happier entity?
These are the big questions we carry into the winter, and we hope to sort
through them and emerge re-born in the Spring.
For now, though:
Harvest has begun, though the beautiful rains are keeping many spuds growing strong. The sunchokes are just beginning to bloom, the wild gingers are holding their own and the Solomon's seal is trying to stay above the weedline. I am training a new employee so that we can keep up with this busy season. We are disinfecting the root cellar and setting aside pre-orders. We'll be selling tablestock as the weather turns to freezing, and we will be listing un-certified seedstock by January.
We're now fielding questions from customers and we expect to hear from you! Please contact us with any concerns, comments or inquiries. We would love to hear about your growing season and own learning curves. Your communications bring new light and pleasure to these soil-filled days.
Wishing you all the Best,
Catherine and the Crew at MTT
Milkweed Tussock Tubers
Rejuvenating Ecosystems, Taste Buds and Garden Plots With Radical Roots
A Short Spud Story
Milkweed Tussock Tubers is located in the St Lawrence River Valley of Northern New York. We are a small-scale spud and root operation begun in 2016, and St Lawrence County's only regenerative potato farm growing both table and self-tested seedstock. MTT promotes rare and unusual varieties while rejuvenating the ecosystems and communities in which we are based.
We are driven by three objectives: restore and re-popularize unusual and endangered root crops; farm in the most ecologically responsible way possible; and teach others to do the same. We offer a diverse array of tablestock potatoes (papas), are building our varieties of unique seed and are restoring four threatened potatoes. We are also establishing our selection of native roots, and offer one variety of sunchokes (ohnenna'táhtsi) while we cultivate two others. In a few years, we also hope to offer wild ginger and Solomon's seal, returning diversity to terra, textile, tonic and table.