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Happy 2017 - The Sun Will Shine!

Bryon Pike

Happy 2017 - The Sun Will Shine!

... And it'll rain, snow in some places. The bees and hummingbirds will come as in thousands of years before. Plants will grow. Give paper/pixel thin unreality a break and daydream for a few about next summer's garden!

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Edible Family Values

Bryon Pike

Edible Family Values

Most spiritual traditions believe in blessing food before it's consumed, which seems like a pretty good idea.  Whether one looks at it from a scientific or spiritual perspective, or both, it's easy to be awed by how soil, water, air, seeds and sun become the food that sustains us. Beyond stated blessings though, no matter how heartfelt and earnest, it's interesting to think that the power of food begins with how the plants that become our nourishment have been cared for. Heirloom seeds have been cared for through generations of people and tradition. Open pollination expresses genes in harmony with environment via bees, wind and other natural forces. Not dousing the environment with toxic pesticides and fertilizers seems an additional way to keep...

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What does "open pollinated" and "heirloom" mean?

Bryon Pike

What does "open pollinated" and "heirloom" mean?

There's more to deciding what to grow in your garden this year than pretty pictures in a seed catalog! It's been said that the seeds we plant reflect the values of the people that grew them and the places where they were grown. This is obvious when considering run of the mill, bland grocery store produce varieties, bred for chemical factory farming, shipping and shelf life, vs. flavor, beauty, nutrition and hardiness. But there's even more to it than that. It's important for 21st Century gardeners to understand how things were done long before factory farms and genetically engineered seeds. Open-pollination is...

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