What you see here started with a small handful of seeds, planted in a former front lawn.
The time is now my friends to radically transform our food systems and our relationship with our food.
We can grow 100% of our vegetables and fruits right in our communities. No long-distance shipping, no guzzling of fossil fuels, no heavy inputs of pesticides, no wasteful plastic packaging needed.
We can grow food in our yards, balconies, windowsills, rooftops, abandoned lots, our neighbor’s unused space, the strips of land between the street and sidewalk, at our schools, churches, businesses and the list goes on!
This food can be more nutritious, delicious and rewarding than anything we buy at the store.
It will be work. No delusions about it. But the best things in life take work.
But if you love it, if it feeds your soul, if it gives you a reason to wake and puts you to bed with a smile on your face, is it really work?
We don’t have to do it alone. We can do it with community. We MUST do it with community.
The resources exist to make this happen. The knowledge exists to make this happen. People have been hard at work for decades and centuries. They invite you to join them.
Here are some of my favorite seed companies that exist to aid in your new-found passion for growing your own food!
Seed Savers Exchange
Seeds of Change
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Truly my favorite seed companies are the local seed growers that exist in your region.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting
San Diego Seed Company in San Diego
Crispy Farms in Orlando
Whitwam Organics in Tampa
Melissa DeSa‘s Southern Heritage Seed Collective in Gainesville
And have been greatly inspired by Rowen White‘s Sierra Seed Cooperative
and the work of Indigenous Seedkeepers Network.
You’re going to need some help. Here is my beginner’s guide to gardening with a plethora of resources.
Make sure to follow Epic Gardening, Niki Jabbour and others and follow Humans Who Grow Food for inspiration!
Photo by Sierra Ford Photography