Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Live Entirely on Local Food

Can you imagine?  Do you grow your own food or shop local?  I LOVE growing my own organic food.  It is healthier for our bodies and better for the environment.  For lunch today, we ate sauteed swiss chard, garlic, onions and green beans over rice.  It was delicious!


For dinner we'll have an amazing homegrown salad with cucumber and delicious radish (pictured above).

From Earth, We Are One

90% Of The US Could Live Entirely On Food Grown Within 100 Miles

With a third of the food produced in the world wasted, might one of the solutions be to source local, organic produce from nearby locations and reduce its transit process? A recent study concludes “yes”. 
According to a new study by Elliott Campbell, a professor at the University of California, Merced, 90% of Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their homes. It’s hypothetical, of course, but the potential of this finding is intriguing - as well as hopeful. 
Campbell concluded that while the potential to eat locally has declined over time, there is still grand opportunity to conduct change and for local farms to supply surrounding areas with enough food to thrive. 
The professor used data from a farmland-mapping project support by the National Science Foundation and data about land productivity from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He and his students at the university looked at the farms within a local radius of every American city. Next, they calculated how many calories the farms could produce and then estimated the percentage of the population that could be sustained entirely by food grown by those farms. 
Said Campbell
“Farmers markets are popping up in new places, food hubs are ensuring regional distribution, and the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill supports local production — for good reason, too. There are profound social and environmental benefits to eating locally.”
He and his students were surprised by the potential they found in major coastal cities. For example, New York City could feed only 5 percent of its population within 50 miles. But extend that radius to 100 miles, and the number went up by 30%. And the greater Los Angeles area could feed as much as 50% within 100 miles.



Professor Campbell and his students also played around with different diet scenarios and discovered interesting results. For example, local food around San Diego can support 35% percent of the people based on the average U.S. diet. But switch that to a plant-based diet, and the number shoots up to 51%. 
“Elliott Campbell's research is making an important contribution to the national conversation on local food systems,” said author Michael Pollan. “That conversation has been hobbled by too much wishful thinking and not enough hard data — exactly what Campbell is bringing to the table.”
This information is exciting for the environmentally-conscious economist. Big shifts will happen in the near future because they have to, and this finding is just one more piece to the puzzle illuminating how it will all be made possible.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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JULY Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region


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Monday, June 29, 2015

JULY Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region

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I am so excited about all of the amazing heirloom seed varieties we've added this year.  All of our seeds are open-pollinated, non-GMO & non-hybrid, organic, heirloom seeds.  Great germination too!
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seed planting as well as SEED SPECIALS!
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JULY Seed Starting Guide
for the US by Region


SEED SPECIALS thru 7/7/15
Sow Indoors: Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Corn, Okra, Peas, Pumpkin, Winter Squash and Watermelon
Transplant: Peppers and Tomatoes
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!!! 
Our favorites: Basil, Cilantro and Parsley
Don't forget
 WILDFLOWERS!


SOUTH FLORIDA  
Sow outdoors: Beans, Summer Squash, Peas and Okra

Prepare for FALL Planting!  Solarize your soil and get your seed-starting supplies ready. 


SAN DIEGO 
Arugula, Beans, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber,
 Mustard Greens, Okra, Peas, Peppers, Pie Pumpkins, Radish, Radicchio, Summer Squash and Tomatoes     
 Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow 
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!!
Don't forget the  Wildflowers

 
SOUTHWEST  
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Pumpkin, Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Tomatoes
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Melons, Mustard Greens, Peas, Pumpkin,
Summer Squash and Winter Squash
Transplant: Lettuce, Melons, Peppers, Pumpkin,  Squash and Tomatoes  
Don't forget the Herbs and  Wildflowers!
 
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Arugula, Beans, Beets Corn, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard Greens, Okra, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radish, Radicchio, Summer Squash,
Swiss Chard and Tomatoes 
Pretty much EVERY Herb!!
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!
 
 
  
SOUTHERN INTERIOR 
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage
and Cauliflower
Sow Outdoors: Beans, Carrots, Collards, Cucumber, Okra, Peas, Pumpkin, Rutabaga and Winter Squash
Transplant: Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes
Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow
Don't forget the  Herbs  and  Wildflowers
 
 
CENTRAL MIDWEST
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Leeks and Lettuce
Sow Outdoors: Bean, Beets, Carrots, Chard,
Collards, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard Greens,
Okra, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Summer Squash,
Winter Squash and Turnips 
Don't forget the Herbs  and  Wildflowers   

NORTH CENTRAL ROCKIES 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beets, Carrots, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant: Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower 
Don't forget the  Herbs  and  Wildflowers   

MID-ATLANTIC
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi and Lettuce
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, CHARD, Collards, Cucumber, Endive, Kale, Leeks, Peas, Pumpkins, Radish, Rutabaga, Summer Squash,
Winter Squash and Turnips
Transplant: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce and Turnips 
Our Favorite Herbs:  Basil, Borage, Catnip, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Parsley
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!!
Don't forget the  Wildflowers
 
 

MARITIME CANADA & NEW ENGLAND 
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks and Lettuce
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, CHARD, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions and Turnip
Transplant: Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Endive, Kale, Leek, Lettuce,  
Don't forget the Herbs  and  Wildflowers  


HAWAII 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard Greens, Onions, Radishes, Rutabaga, Summer Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes and Turnips 
  Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!!!
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!  


ALASKA 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Lettuce, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Turnips  
Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow
Pretty much EVERY Herb!!
Don't forget the    Wildflowers
   
 
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If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  What will YOU plant this JULY?
 
Sincerely,                                   
Mary
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
Thomas A. Edison 
 "The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway."
Michael Pollan 

Happy Planting!!!


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Planting Heat Tolerant Veggies



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June 26, 2015

Recently, we shared our Organic Pest Control series.  It was very popular and we are happy to answer any additional questions you might have for us.
 
For some of our customers it has been a very wet year.  For some it has been VERY hot and others very dry. For this reason, and because using less water is more sustainable, I've been working on articles about growing heat-tolerant veggies and drought-tolerant varieties. Enjoy!

HEAT TOLERANT VARIETIES     

 
PEPPERS love Heat!



AMARANTH thrives on heat!
Some varieties of Amaranth can be
traced back to the 1700s


 
Tomatoes grow well in the heat but require plenty of moisture.



Many BEAN varieties can withstand extreme conditions. Pole beans, in particular, climb with success in harsh temperatures with little moisture



Zucchini and Seminole Pumpkin,
 which is an heirloom variety that can still be found growing wild in warm, humid environments, will stand up to sweltering summer heat. 
 


 
CORN grows plentiful in the heat!
Blue Corn are our favorites 
 


OKRA grows very well in the heat and can produce quite well in the summer.


MALABAR SPINACH
is a vining
variety that does well in heat.
 

Malabar spinach is fast growing and tolerates high rainfall. This is a fast growing vine plant and produces best when trellised. Stem tips (6-8 inches) are harvested 55-70 days after seeding. Repeated harvests of new growth stems can be made through out the season.


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