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Homegrown

Another spring season is here and we just got our plants in the ground….


On the top deck, we planted Persian cucumbers (that climb up the arched trellis), thyme, oregano, parsley, basil, mint, green onion and cilantro (from seed).


On the bottom two decks, we planted tomatoes (6 varietals!), zucchini and sunflowers (from seed).

All of our transplants and seeds, purchased at SLOAT, are locally sourced and non-GMO. As you can see from the photos, we are still getting free “organic” irrigation from the sky.

When it’s all said and done (soil amendment, transplants, seeds, irrigation, etc), I estimate the cost of growing food at home exceeds the cost of buying it at the store.

Having said that, there is a certain satisfaction in growing your own food, knowing where it comes from, how it is grown and it’s a great lesson and fun experience for our children.

If you have ever considered growing food at home but have yet to try it, I would recommend planting a DIY starter kit in a small area of your backyard to get some experience. I saw a product called SeedSheet on a recent episode of SHARK TANK, which I thought was a brilliantly easy way to start your own garden.

Happy planting!

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My Backyard Farm

In my opinion, there is a lot more to healthy eating than simple calorie counting.  I believe that food source is equally important to our overall well-being.  For example, I purposely avoid animal-based foods that come from a factory farm.  Apart from finding the practices of factory farming objectionable, I feel that they compromise our health, the health of animals and the health of our environment.

Similarly, I make a concerted effort to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, wherever possible.  My family and I frequent our local farmers market to buy organic locally grown produce.  However, this can be a rather costly venture.  For this reason, I have decided to take “local” to the next level in 2013 and create our own backyard farm!

Following are some chronological photos of my D.I.Y. veggie garden “project” this spring season, including some bumps along the way!! Continue reading

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Factory Farm: Where life’s purpose is death

Every time I watch a video documentary on factory farming, it takes me hours (sometimes days) to forget the images of cruelty I witness. The lack of empathy for animals is simply traumatic. After all, animals live, breathe, think and feel just as we humans do. Hugging my dog can mend the wound, but it does not remove the scar. It begs the question….why watch these videos in the first place? Am I just torturing myself? I suppose it would be much easier to ignore these videos altogether and pretend that factory farming does not exist. But is that a worthy solution? In a way, it reminds me of the Edmund Burke quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” For that reason alone, I think it’s more important to be aware and informed, rather than comfortably burying my head in the proverbial sand. Continue reading

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