Last week I was able to attend the “Seed Class” in Chandler, AZ taught by Kristen Mitchell. Kristen and her husband started Humble Seed in 2009. In the class she taught about her company, “seed lingo,” as well as gave us some facts about the food we eat. Humble Seeds can be purchased at the Chandler, AZ Retail store location or if you don’t live in the AZ area, can be bought on their website. If purchase in the store, they give Arizonians an awesome “Growing Guide” to help you to know when and what to plant.
Heirloom (Heritage Seed): an open-pollinated, cultivated plant or cultivar.
Open-pollinated Plants (Non-Hybrid): are pollinated by birds, insects, wind, or other natural means. Under these conditions the plant will produce seeds naturally. You can take the seed from the fruit/veggie and re-plant it to produce the same fruit/veggie.
Hybrid Plant: Controlled pollination
Some interesting facts that she shared:
-Your dinner travels, on average, 1500 miles prior to landing on your dinner plate
-In the United States, more tomatoes are consumed than any other single fruit or vegetable!
-Keeping the vegetable peels on is recommended where possible because the peel and area just below contain large amounts of nutrients such as fiber.
-Worcestershire sauce, the popular English sauce, is made from dissolved anchovies. The anchovies are soaked in vinegar until they have completely melted. The sauce contains the bones and all.
Benefits of starting a garden:
-Grow herbs and vegetables that are fresher and more nutritional than their store-bought counterparts
-Save money by purchasing seeds in bulk and growing your own foods
-Engage your family around a backyard experience, and educate children on the importance of gardening for a sustainable way of living
I have some non-hybrid seeds that I purchased from Honeyville. I planted them last year and they were fabulous! The plant popped up very quick, the vegetable looked good and tasted good. But of course there are thousands of seeds and I didn’t use all of them. So I learned from the class, that since they are in mylar, freezer-safe bags, I can store them in the freezer for YEARS! Years…I thought maybe 5ish years…but it’s closer to 15-20 years!!! Yea! for my non-hybrid seeds!!! You should get some too! Now if you have questions about your local area and planting a garden, you can always find info from your local College, Permaculture Guild, or Humble Seed’s Facebook page.