The photo above is a picture of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Store in Mansfield, Missouri. How cool is that?
Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds dating back to the 19th century. They offer nearly 2,000 varieties, from over 100 countries, of vegetables, flowers, and herbs - the largest selection of heirloom varieties available in the United States.
They are - by far - one of my favorite seed companies. But why do I love them so much and why am I so passionate about heirloom seeds?
Last week I touched on the importance of making healthy choices at the grocery store. This week I want to explain, in a practical manner, the variations associated with organically, conventionally, and genetically modified foods and crops.
Organic is quite the buzz word these days, and rightly so. As people become more educated about the common agricultural practices adopted by our country, they are able to make more informed decisions about the quality and nutritional value of food that's available for purchase.
The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic...
Last week I shared with you some commonly misunderstood gardening terms. This week I feel led to share the importance of making healthy choices at the grocery store.
Did you know that according to Harvard Men’s Health Watch,
Estimates suggest that less than 30% of a person's lifetime risk of getting cancer results from uncontrollable factors. The rest you have the power to change, including your diet. Your dietary habits can promote cancer or protect against it.
And, High anti-oxidant foods are important for cancer prevention…choose different colored fruits and vegetables (oranges, beets, tomatoes, etc.) to get the...