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Freedom Seed Winners

February 17th, 2009

After checking the seedling tray every couple hours for the past few days I’m happy to announce the winners of my Freedom Seeds Contest. Oddly enough cell numbers 1 and 2 won, Lee was right. He guessed that #1 would germinate first due to being watered first.
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The winners are: Redclay and Bridgett. Thanks to our very generous reader I was able to pick 2 winners instead of just one. I hope both of you enjoy sowing the seeds of Freedom in your gardens!

fg-logo-shield-300x299-web8Remember, if you want to order seeds from Freedom Seeds to specify on your order form that you heard about it on my blog they’ll give you a 5% discount. Here’s the PDF Freedom Seed List if you would like to order.

Why should you order open pollinated seeds? Here’s a great quote from the book Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age

In the late 1500’s explorers of the New World brought back two types of potatoes to Ireland, and left the plants natural enemies behind. For three centuries, potato growing in the country flourished, even given relatively little genetic variation. But this eventually left them easy prey for various New World molds, viruses, and bacteria that found it’s way across the ocean. Between 1825 and 1849, two-thirds of the nation’s potato crops went bad. Famines during eight of those years took the lives of a million people, and convinced another million to pack their bags for more fertile fields.

Agriculture around the world today is set on the identical course toward disaster. Eager to find a superspecies that can resist pests and microbial enemies, growers around the world are relying on dwindling numbers of carefully designed seed species. These monocultures are genetically “stable,” which means that each seed grows into fruits and vegetables similar in size, color, and taste. Like their predecessors in Ireland, today’s farmers are being blinded by short-term success. Yes, monoculture crops enable them to achieve ever-larger yields of marketable produce or grains at lower costs. But while these crops remain the same, year after year, their enemies are mutating, evolving, catching up, and spreading. Sooner or later, every superspecies meets its superpredator.

Are you concerned about monoculture farming and the dwindling of species variety?

There’s Still Time for Free Seeds

February 13th, 2009

fg-logo-shield-300x299-web4Many of you have commented on the Freedom Seeds for Free post. There is still time to comment if you’d like and one of my loyal readers generously donated money so I can choose an extra winner (so now we’ll have 2 winners – THANKS generous reader). Since Lucy is still on bed rest I had to come up with a great way to choose a winner, I didn’t want to do the number in a hat thing again. Yesterday it hit me, this is a gardening blog so I should do something that pertains to gardening. Since the contest is for seeds, I decided to let seeds choose the winner. How am I going to do it?
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I filled a seed tray with planting mix, added some seeds and whichever cell germinates first is going to be the winner (actually the first 2 cells). I numbered all the cells so they correspond to the number of the commenter. I chose lettuce seeds since they germinate in 3-5 days (originally I was going to use onion seeds, but they take 10-20 days to germinate).
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In order to give you all the same odds, I added 3-4 seeds to each cell. I also chilled the soil on the back porch for a couple hours since lettuce likes cooler temps to germinate. I’ll be patiently checking the seed flat every couple hours for the next 3-5 days to make sure I see which seeds germinate first. There are plenty of cells in the seed tray so we still have room for a few more comments. So head on over to Freedom Seeds for Free and make a comment, you have 3-5 days. Once two seeds germinate the contest is officially over. Good luck to you all!

Anyone care to guess which number will be the first to germinate?

Freedom Seeds for Free

February 9th, 2009

I’m a member of a community called Freedom Gardeners. It is just one of the services provided by the Dervaes family. This is their mission: Path to Freedom strives to inspire individuals to “think globally, act locally” by motivating them to live a simpler and more fulfilling life on the path to eco-stewardship.

Along those lines of helping others learn to live more sustainably, they have started selling Freedom Seeds.

fg-logo-shield-300x299-web1These seeds are carefully chosen open-pollinated varieties and are non-hybrid, non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), non-Monsanto (yeah). You can be certain when you purchase these seeds you are not supporting big agri-business and you’re supporting a family that’s doing their part to help us be more involved in our food.

In order the show my support, I’m ordering some Freedom Seeds and I’m going to be giving away Freedom Seeds to one of my lucky readers. All you have to do is comment on this post, tell me what you would like to grow (if you want, download the seed list and tell me the 3 kinds of seeds you would like). At the end of this week I’ll pick a winner and I’ll order your 3 seed choices with my order.
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You can also download the Freedom Seed List and if you mention my blog you’ll receive 5% off your seed order. If you’ve never grown any of your own food before try starting with some lettuce, it’s a quick and easy veggie to grow. I’ll caution you though, you may find yourself hooked and start growing more and more of your own food (which is a great thing!).

What would you like to grow this summer? Do you start your own seeds? (take the poll)

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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