I was just at the Kingston Seed Summit and was very inspired by Raoul's (and Arvana's) work. I'm a CSA farmer and I was extremely discouraged by the cucumbers this year. Cucumbers always seem to be a challenge but this year because it was so wet I think there was a large cucumber beetle population. Most of the first planting was killed by leaf damage from cucumber beetle alone and then of course there was the mildew later on.
I thought that I might like to try something with cucumbers similar to what Raoul did in Kenya with potatoes but I don't know where to begin. How do you select varieties for such a trial? Or would it be a case of needing to developing new varieties through crossing? I know cucs are not self pollinating, does that make it more difficult because I can only try one at a time? I guess I have a lot of learning to do over the winter. I'm going to start by reading Return to Resistance but any suggestions are welcome.