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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

7 Season Extenders to Enjoy a Longer Harvest

Posted by Nan Fischer on October 16, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

Fall is officially here! It’s a beautiful season of cool, crisp days, and stunning colors. Temperatures will continue to go down, frost will come, and your garden will be done until spring.

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How to Grow a Cover Crop this Fall

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

Just because it’s fall and your garden is probably done producing does not mean the growing season is over! Especially because it is fall, it's time to plant a cover crop for better soil and...

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6 Organic Gardening Tips for October

Posted by Nan Fischer on October 02, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

Let the raking begin! Or not. After a beautiful display of fall colors, those pretty leaves will be all over the ground. There are two schools of thought on dealing with fall leaves, but we'll...

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A Guide to Foraging Wild Edibles

Posted by Nan Fischer on September 15, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

Before nomadic peoples settled down and became farmers, they foraged their food. They were aptly called hunter-gatherers. After 12,000 years of deliberately planting crops, foraging or gathering...

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How to Start a Community Organic Garden

Posted by Nan Fischer on September 08, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

Community gardens are sprouting up around the world! As more and more people want healthy food, they are finding ways to grow their own. If they live in the city or have no knowledge of how to...

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10 Organic Gardening Tips for September

Posted by Nan Fischer on September 01, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

September begins the real wind-down of the garden season. There is still much to do, but it’s also time to slow down, take stock of how the year went, and start thinking about next year!

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The Difference Between Heirloom, Open Pollinated, and Hybrid Organic Seeds

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

It can be overwhelming when you are planning your garden. There are many decisions to make, and the choices seem endless. When you are buying organic seeds and plants, you need to decide if you...

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Perennial Food Crops

Posted by Nan Fischer on August 20, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

Every spring, you spend countless hours (not to mention many dollars) on improving your vegetable beds and planting them in anticipation of a bountiful harvest a few months down the road. What if...

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Gardening for Native Bees

Posted by Nan Fischer on August 13, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

The worldwide decline of pollinators has been in the news for several years. Pesticides, habitat loss, disease, parasites, and climate change are taking a toll on their population.

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11 Organic Gardening Tips for August

Posted by Nan Fischer on August 03, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing

The heat is on! August brings those lazy, sultry days that make September such a treat. However, this is not the month to be idle! Shorter days mean plant growth is slowing, but their maturity and...

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