"A landmark study on the topic by Donald
Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at
Austin's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in
December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They
studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950
and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding "reliable
declines" in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron,
riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. Davis
and his colleagues chalk up this declining nutritional content to the
preponderance of agricultural practices designed to improve traits
(size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition."
The Organic Consumers Association
cites several other studies with similar findings: A Kushi Institute
analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium
levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37
percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. A
similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980, published in
the British Food Journal,found that in 20 vegetables the average
calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium
14 percent. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat
eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our
grandparents would have gotten from one.
What can be done? The key to
healthier produce is healthier soil. Alternating fields between growing
seasons to give land time to restore would be one important step.
Also, foregoing pesticides and fertilizers in favor of organic growing
methods is good for the soil, the produce and its consumers.
The article above touches on a few important points, first agricultural practices.
Mass produced foods are grown for their size and yield, not necessarily nutritional value.
This is one of many reasons we work to grow so much of our own food.
Second, Feed the SOIL to feed your plants.
There are so many organic options to feed your soil. We don't need synthetic, chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
is a fungi that has a beneficial relationship with a plants roots.
When Mycorrhizal fungi comes into contact with a plants roots it begins
to colonize, or multiply, on the roots and begins to spread out into
the surrounding soil.
Saving seeds from your garden bounty
is like putting money away for a rainy day. Best of all, saving your
own seeds is one of many ways to regain control of your family's source
FIRST and most important: Seed Saving
from your own harvest is preferred. Store bought produce can be GMO or
even hybrid. Even organic store bought can be hybrid. Hybrid seeds
can be sterile and will not produce true offspring from saved seeds.
sibility if you grow multiple varieties of the same crop.
Tomatoes for example. You can avoid cross-pollination by creating
barriers of plants and distance or planting only 1 variety to save
seeds from each season.
Regardless of plant type,
one rule is universal: The seed must ripen on the plant in order to
ensure best rate of germination. This means your peppers must turn red,
orange or yellow (whichever color when fully ripe), your eggplants and
cucumbers need to turn yellow, your beans and peas must be "rattle
dry" in their pods, and your corn must be left on the stalks until the
husks turn paper-brown. Pumpkins, watermelons and melons must be
vine-ripe; keep them a few weeks longer in a dry place until they are
PICTURED is a very over-ripe Cocozelle Zucchini.
You'll see that the skin started to yellow (and harden). Once you have
saved seed, clean it and allow it to dry thoroughly. Seed that is not
absolutely dry when stored will develop mold, which will kill it.
Dry seed should be put away in
airtight containers in a dark, cool place until needed-always date the
container. Some seeds will keep for many years
Below is our VIDEO about pollination and cross-pollination.
Another request from our inquiry was starter packs for beginners. We have offer several options and now we've added one more!
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Lettuce, Roma Tomato, Black Beauty Eggplant, Blue Lake Bush Beans, New
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Globe Radish, Yellow of Parma Onion and Black Beauty Zucchini
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A more recent addition to our combo packs includes our homesteader packs.
now we have created on more combo pack. This one includes PRINTED
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well as seeds, germination supplies, organic pest control and organic
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