My family is restarting our garden. We used to have one, but we neglected it for the past couple years and it grew full of weeds. This year, we're weeding it out and planting TONS of plants! We've already put four tomato plants in the ground, plus we've bought starters for more tomatoes and twelve other types of plants! My mom is planning to buy some organic seeds at PCC or Whole Foods in a bit so we can grow lettuce, snap peas and more.
In Costa Rica, we learned lots about the banana plantations and the importance of buying local and organic produce (it was a school trip, so we had to gain something educationally while we were there). As you obviously know, I've been super involved in cooking and buying organics. In fact, this year, my New Year's Resolution was to eat only all-natural foods, and I've stuck with it (unless I have to eat something artificial at someone's house to be polite) wholeheartedly. Even so, what I learned in Costa Rica opened my eyes to the fact that purchasing local produce and growing your own food is way more impactful than I thought. There will be more posts to come about the problems with banana plantations and (hopefully) some thoughts from my classmates about Costa Rica as well.
Today, I went to the Issaquah Farmers' Market and bought all those plant starters for the garden. The Seattle Tilth brought organic plant starters from a few different farms in Washington State. While I was there, I interviewed two people: Joyce Behrendt from Ode To Joy Farm (she has a booth at the Farmers' Market) and Justin Davis from Seattle Tilth. Below are their interviews. My questions are in bold, and the person's answers are in normal text.
Does your farm sell organics? If so, share a piece of information that will motivate readers to purchase organics.
We raise all organic, all free range animals. I believe that the flavor of an organic animal or organic animal product is better and fresher. By not using pesticides and letting the animals run free, our products also have better nutrition.
My mom was able to capture the last half of Justin's interview on video. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ_8IajIhqA&feature=youtube_gdata to watch it!
Stay healthy, and if you have space for it, start a garden! It most definitely isn't too late to start. My family is still in the process of weeding ours out (and believe me, the weeds completely overtook the place!). I'll be posting some progress pictures of my garden to show you all that you can do it, and so you can watch our plants grow up!
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