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Category Archives: Farming

Fertilizing with fish in your home garden

Everyone wants to have an attractive garden with lots of flowers, reduced dependency on water, and if space permits … some home-grown vegetables. The garden at Richard’s house is a combination of fruit trees, roses, and vegetables. Due to the water shortage (which is now debatable as a result of the rainy winter), we typically […]

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Seagate broccoli farming

Seagate broccoli is farmed in two steps.  First the seeds are planted in trays and placed in a greenhouse where they are allowed to sprout. Then some of the sprouts are transplanted onto the farm land. The sprouts are planted between olive trees for protection from the wind and to make use of existing irrigation […]

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Converting tomatoes into Lycopene

Seagate grows and processes our own raw materials into finished products. Once each year, we grow Roma tomatoes on our farm for lycopene production. Although we can grow these tomatoes year-round in our location in Baja California, we prefer to do this during the warmer months, between April and October when the tomatoes will quickly […]

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Controlling insects on Seagate’s farm

October 2016 has become a critical month for Seagate’s harvests. The olives are ripening early and the tomatoes are all ripening at once. Tomatoes generally all ripen and need to be picked all at the same time. That is not a problem because we have a lot of machinery in the plant to handle this […]

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Seagate’s New Tomato Crop – Part 2

For those of you who cannot handle the excitement of seeing the moon move across the sky or the rise and fall of the tides,  then watching Seagate’s tomatoes growing along hillsides in Baja California, might be too much for you. This article is important for those people interested in how we produce the tomato […]

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New Seagate Grape Crop

Fall is the season for grape harvesting in Baja California.  We have been fortunate this year that we have not had to deal with insect attacks and infestations nor very hot dry weather, as was the case during the summer of 2015.  As a result, the grapes are ripening and almost ready to harvest. This […]

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Understanding the Differences of Heirloom, Organic, Hybrid & GMO Produce

Those little stickers on fruits and vegetables may tell you a little bit about where your produce comes from, but the seeds that were used to grow it make a difference in the nutrition you’re getting. That’s why it’s so important to understand how your produce was grown and the differences among heirloom, organic, hybrid, and GMO varieties.

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Seagate’s New Olive Crop 2016

Since our last two seasons were poor years for olive trees and production was low, we are currently being quietly optimistic that this 2016 season breaks this cycle.  In 2015 we had a very very dry Spring marked by a round of “Santa Ana” winds in May — very hot dry winds that blow from […]

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Seagate’s Insect control

Seagate utilizes insect traps in order to keep the fly population under control. Unfortunately olive trees are susceptible to a variety of insect pests. At times, certain fly populations that can attack the trees, burrowing into the olives to both consume the fruit and lay their eggs can almost be out of control. First and […]

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Seagate’s new tomato crop

Seagate is fortunate to be located in San Diego with its farm in northern Baja California because this provides us with a year-round growing season. At least that is the theory. The summers are hot and dry with lots of sunshine. The winters are relatively mild.  However, we have found that certain crops do better, […]

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