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Monday, April 12, 2010

The Seed Catalog

The seed catalog has arrived and it is much bigger than I thought it would be.  It is going to take some serious reading to figure out where we are going with this.  I am also attempting to find straw bales as we are going to use those as the borders for the planting beds.  Found this tip on and it makes sense.  You use the bales to hold the garden together, but the bales also compost themselves into the soil.

In the meantime, I found some pretty good prices on organic produce at the supermarket.  I don't really go there very often but it was on my route today and we needed some (rbst-free) milk so I wandered down the produce aisle and was pleasantly surprised.  Some of the organic stuff on special was less expensive than the pesticide-laden food.

While trying to plan our garden, I am in the midst of my daughter's dance competition season and trying to work out a daily, monthly, annual marketing plan for our store, Super Suppers South Bay.  There are a few other things going on with work that I may be able to write about later that are taking up quite a bit of my time, too.  But, I know that this garden will be great for me and my family and I am hoping we will have a bountiful harvest.

Food for thought...a garden is a great leap of faith and I am jumping in with both feet.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Our Food

I have been educating myself lately on where our food comes from and how the American food system is run by a very few big companies, who control our food supply.  I have watched the movies "Food, Inc." and "The Future of Food" as well as read "The Unhealthy Truth".  It is time for us to take back control of what goes into our bodies.

We are talking about how to plant a vegetable garden in our tiny Southern California backyard.  One of my neighbors has introduced me to Square Foot Gardening which I think will make sense for us.   The girls want to plant strawberries, tomatoes, corn and melons and we are trying to find non-GMO seeds from an heirloom seed company.  I eagerly await the seed catalog so we can begin to plan our garden.  James and I would also like to be able to harvest a daily salad from our garden so I am hoping for a few varieties of lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli and more.

Because I run a food-related business, this is terribly close to my heart.  I believe our store is doing it's part; that we are helping busy people to eat better.  We make the meals and then freeze them so customers get a home-cooked meal without the work.  I hope someday we can add organic items and fresh produce and/or salad bar but I do believe that we are getting people out of the drive-thru and back around the table - which is where it all begins.

I look forward to tracking our personal gardening journey and our continuing journey in the food business.

Food for you teach your kids to read labels and to know what is going into their bodies?