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Nan Fischer

Nan Fischer is the founder of the Taos NM Seed Exchange, a free community service for home gardeners to trade seed. She has been working with plants for 40 years as farmer, landscaper, home gardener, and nursery owner. She holds a degree in Plant Science from the University of New Hampshire, and shares her knowledge by teaching others how to grow their own food. She is a home and garden writer who takes time out for reading, hiking, gardening, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Recent Posts

Grow Your Own Organic Protein - The Why, What, and How

Posted by Nan Fischer on February 15, 2018 under Home Gardens & Growing

Concerns about agriculture’s negative impact on the environment and its substantial role in climate change have driven many people to turn to vegetarian and vegan diets. Fruits and vegetables use...

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Grow Sprouts and Microgreens for Fresh Food in Winter

Posted by Nan Fischer on February 02, 2018 under Home Gardens & Growing

Buying produce in winter is iffy. Prices can be high and quality low. Storms and freezing temperatures can decimate a crop, further raising prices. Some of your favorite foods may not even be...

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7 Organic Gardening Tips for February

Posted by Nan Fischer on February 01, 2018 under Home Gardens & Growing

It’s cold. It might be snowing. You might be in the midst of a messy thaw. But you can’t deny the sun is moving north, and the days are getting longer. Garden season is not far behind! Brush off...

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How to Grow Root Crops in Your Organic Garden

Posted by Nan Fischer on January 12, 2018 under Home Gardens & Growing

To pull fresh produce out of storage in the middle of winter is to be transported back to the long, warm days of summer. Root crops are some of the easiest to store, whether you have a root cellar...

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The 14 Best Seed Companies to Plant in Your Organic Garden

Posted by Nan Fischer on January 04, 2018 under Home Gardens & Growing

Now that the holidays and their aftermath are history, it’s time to concentrate on the gardening season ahead. Seed catalogs are going out in the mail, so it’s the perfect time to research...

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How to Grow Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes in Your Organic Garden

Posted by Nan Fischer on December 14, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

Most holiday dinner tables will have some variation of potatoes and/or sweet potatoes. Plan now to grow your own in your organic garden for next year’s dinner!

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11 Sustainable Holiday Decorations That Are Good For The Planet

Posted by Nan Fischer on December 04, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

If you need a change from the glitz and glamor of lights and shiny ornaments, decorate with materials from nature this holiday season! Soft, subtle colors and textures are festive and relaxing.

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Buying and Planting a Living Christmas Tree

Posted by Nan Fischer on December 04, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

It’s time for the annual ritual of buying a Christmas tree. These trees are grown on tree farms, and it takes about six years for one to grow to a saleable size. They are pruned repeatedly to grow...

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7 Indoor Gardening Tips for Thriving Houseplants

Posted by Nan Fischer on November 27, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

Just like we slow down in winter, so do our houseplants. Thriving in summer, they are subjected to low light levels, short days, dry heated air, and a chilly house in winter. As their growth...

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How to Grow Squash and Pumpkins

Posted by Nan Fischer on November 10, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

November signals the beginning of the holiday season, which also means it's pumpkin pie season. There's nothing like making a pie using pumpkins from your own garden! Winter squash may also grace...

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