Isn’t it mind-blowing that a teeny, tiny seed can grow into a spectacular, productive, healthy, delicious plant to nourish you, your family, and your friends? We think so, which is why we’re excited to offer our new class Start Seeds Indoors. We’ve partnered with a Boulder, Colorado, company, The Urban Farm Company of Colorado, to offer an entertaining 30-minute class that gives you all the information you need to get started with your own seeds.
“Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.”
―Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education
You may be wondering why starting your greens from seed is worth the effort. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons.
- It can save you money. Although there’s an up-front investment, once you have the basic equipment, starting your plants from seed is a huge money saver. In our class, we estimate it will cost you about $15 to grow 32 plants; if you bought those same veggies from the grocery store or farmers’ market, they’d cost closer to $80. That’s more than 80% savings.
- It allows you to grow much more food. First, starting veggies from seed indoors extends the growing season, especially in colder climates, which allows you to produce more food. Second, if you start your plants indoors throughout the growing season, you’ll have mature seedlings waiting in the wings when you’ve ravenously consumed your outside plants. In other words, you’ll rarely have a day without a garden-fresh salad.
- It’ll help you connect. When you grow your own veggies, you reconnect with nature and get a front-row seat to the wonders of life. This experience can offer moments of introspection and deep gratitude. Plus, research shows that growing your own food can improve your mood. You know exactly where the seeds came from, the environment in which the plants grew, how they were treated, and how they were harvested. You get to watch in awe as the seed germinates and grows from its humble beginnings. It feels good to eat food you know so well; it’s tastier, healthier, and better for the environment.
- You’re making change. When you grow your plants from seed, you’re wresting a little bit of control from large agricultural and consumer product companies, and you’re taking a stand for small-scale agriculture, self-sufficiency, and local eating. Your homegrown veggies require less energy to produce and no packaging for transportation. The small and thoughtful act of growing your food is empowering and important.
- You’re building community. One happy byproduct of growing a garden full of goodness is that you usually end up with more than you can eat. Your neighbors would more than likely enjoy the fruits (or veggies!) of your overabundance. Or, they could swap their bounty with yours: zucchini for peppers, lettuce for cucumbers, arugula for mustard greens, or tomatoes for thankfulness. What an intentionally selfless way to build community and create a more robust gift economy.
Ready to give seed starting a try? Check out our 30-minute Start Seeds Indoors class. You can see the class preview and download the step-by-step PDF to get a sense of the process and a list of all the supplies and equipment you’ll need. Let us know how it goes!
The simple act of sowing a seed, saving a seed, planting a seed, harvesting a crop for a seed is bringing back this memory—this timeless memory of our oneness with the Earth and the creative universe. ―Vandana Shiva, YES! Magazine