Seed Facts from our Garden Center

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[We hope you can read the descriptions on these seed packets from Uprising, they're fairly delightful...]

Seeds are the LIFE! What would our species be without seeds? Extinct, most likely.  The seed is a miracle package of DNA – some of which adapts just a tiny bit each year to the climate it matured in.

Some seed facts:
Open-pollinated means seed that has been allowed to pollinate freely. This is why locally acclimated,  open-pollinated seed is how agriculture first evolved and what will save it for future generations.  Since the proprietary model took over less than 100 years ago,  the USDA reports that 97% of their listed varieties have disappeared.  This makes the work of saving seeds regionally absolutely vital for the future of authentic agriculture.

Hybrid seed DOES NOT mean GMO seed. Hybridization is a human controlled natural process whose history,  Read more Seed Facts from our Garden Center …

The Cheese Whisperer: Cheese on Fire

geitostWhen cheese makes headlines, sometimes it’s in unexpected ways. Last week I heard a news story about traffic jams and road closures caused by a large fire. Of cheese.

According to a variety of sources, including ABC News, on January 23rd a large truckload of 27 tons of brown brunost cheese caught fire in a tunnel near the Norwegian town of Narvik. It took local authorities four days to put it out. Fortunately no one was injured, but the tunnel, located north of Oslo, is likely to be closed for at least 2 weeks. Such is the power of cheese.

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In the Kitchen with Jill…

Ever have a Pupusas?  These El Salvadorian little treats are magical little stuffed goodies, usually with cheese, meat or beans.  The are so popular in their country  El Salvador the government has declared the second Sunday of every November “National Pupusa Day.” They have become quite chic here in the states there is even a food truck dedicated just to them.  Part of the allure is the simplicity of Read more In the Kitchen with Jill… …

Master Seed List

 Click HERE to see the MASTER SEED LIST

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Key to abbreviations:

TSC – TERRITORIAL SEED COMPANY

US – UPRISING SEEDS

SSE – SEED SAVER’S EXCHANGE

IE- IRISH EYES GARDEN SEEDS

H – HEIRLOOM

ARK – ARK OF TASTE VARIETY

NW – NORTHWEST HERITAGE

O – ORGANIC

OP – OPEN-POLLINATED

C – ESPECIALLY SUITED FOR CONTAINERS

HY – HYBRID

F – ESPECIALLY SUITED FOR FALL/WINTER HARVEST

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Practicing Paleo

dinner1.13Well it’s a good thing I put practicing in the title because this week was not my best in execution.  The house was full of sickness and I was unable to find the willingness to care. Doesn’t that sound contradictory? When you are sick aren’t you supposed to do the things that make you feel better, or is it ok to just have comfort and soothing? I did have bone broth which I had made weeks ago to sip on, but what I really wanted was mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, potato leek soup and toast.  I will confess to the toast…and a lot of it.  Oh sure I could have dragged myself away from the bed and Read more Practicing Paleo …