Mano Farm is quiet, lush, and beautiful. It’s also home to All Good Things Organic Seeds, the only organic seed company in Southern California. Last month, I met with the farm’s co-founder Justin Huhn to talk about seeds, seed saving, organic farming and plants for my podcast Sustainable World Radio. Justin took me on a tour of the farm and shared his knowledge about some of the unusual plants residing there including Czech Lavender, Purple-Throated Mullein, and Korean Licorice Mint.
We visited the yurt where seeds are dried, fermented, and processed for saving and walked through the medicinal herb garden and food forest. During my visit with Justin, I renewed my admiration for comfrey; it’s a living fertilizer and friend to trees and soil. We sang the praises of the much-maligned Dandelion, a wonderful medicinal herbal medicine and tasty bitter green. And last, but certainly not least, I learned that you should never harvest Burdock seeds without a wood chipper, lots of dedication, and a hazmat suit.
Click here to listen to A Conversation With Organic Farmer Justin Huhn.