Growing Microgreens & Online Free Class
I recently gathered some micro green items from a local garden 🪴 store to complete a free class at OSU Growing Microgreens. Since growing conditions require lots of sunlight and this is Portland, I’ve decided to get a grow light for any seeds I plant indoors. In my research I discovered that not all seeds are good seeds!
During previous gardening projects I prized myself on using only organic seeds, yet to my surprise and dismay I discovered I was way too “trusting” on the “organic” seed label. Scouring the net for data, I found that Monsanto had purchased organic seed companies including Heirloom companies which made me twinge with familiar uneasiness. To this day, I will never understand why “mankind” feels the insatiable need to tamper with Mother Nature and feels such as sense of superiority to insight such destruction on our planet. I once read in Olgiby’s America book (1671) under normal natural living conditions “Caribbean culture and their people lived to be over a hundred years old, while women had children 80 years old” (Olgiby, 361).
Can you imagine? Living to 169 years old? Being fertile with a fully working reproductive system up into your 80s? Living in Natural Time? Off the land and with the land? An abundance of organic fruits, veggies, non toxic animals? Stress free environment, system, and way of life? Debt-free? Quite unfathomable to our lifestyles to date and we wonder why mental illness and chaos plagues our social media news feed. (Just a thought!)
Back to seeds….
Seed Industry, Monopoly and Securing Organic Heirloom Seeds
According to Organic Authority, their top seed companies include, 1. Seed Saver’s Exchange, 2. rareseeds (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), 3. seedsNOW, 4. your own saved seeds, 5. Safe Seed Resources List (here’s their list)! In another article, “How to Keep Monsanto Out of Your Garden” Small Footprint Family went deep on the importance of organic gardening and the dangers of Monsanto seeds. She provided comprehensive research not only on the clean seed movement but provides an extensive list on vetted organic seed companies not associated or owned by the Monsanto agriculture monopoly. Their “The 10 Best Seed Companies for Heirloom and Non-GMO Seeds” is an eye-opener luckily my previously used seeds and new seeds were on that list: Territorial Seed Company, Rene’s Garden Seeds, passed the test and I updated seeds simply labeled “organic” into a pile I’d have to research further.
For a compact historical snapshot on Monsanto’s switch from being an Agent Orange drug company to monopolizing the global seed and agricultural market check out, Seed Control and GMO Companies, on Planetnatural. For a list of specific Heirloom named vegetables this list provides all Monsanto heirloom seed (Future Farming Organization ). A quick glance for top organic seeds listed on Mother Earth News, however Burpee seeds have come under fire for its affiliation with Monsanto so do your due diligence and research 🧐 before planting!
In the meantime, I started the free Urban Agriculture 🧑🌾 course which is a lot more extensive than I had anticipated.
Free Online Urban Agriculture 👩🏾🌾 Intro
I thought I could breeze through this course but it’s quite extensive with lectures, videos, articles and even PDF textbook reading including two separate papers to submit and 2 quizzes. I was up until 1am finishing a quiz and taking notes from various articles.
Gotta class folks! Will be back with updates until then have a great weekend!