Vegetable seed grown for sale needs to be cleaned, processed and dried to an appropriate standard. Many farmers and growers imagine that these processes must need expensive and specialised machinery, and as such are put off the idea of growing seed commercially. However, in practice most small seed companies both in the UK and farther afield achieve excellent results with low tech equipment, often adapted or made on-farm.
Kate McEvoy outlines the basic underpinning knowledge needed to produce good clean saleable seed that will store well, and then looks at growing, harvesting and post-harvest techniques
that can be used by new entrants to seed growing when they are processing different types of wet and dry seed.