Notes from the Sovereign Grower

We’re consistently getting asked by customers and non-customers alike for growing tips. So we decided to start the Sovereign Grower. The idea behind the Sovereign Grower is to help families grow food by utilizing easy techniques and systems we’ve adapted for our market farm. Unfortunately, gardening starts each spring to be a good idea come mid-summer it turns into a forgotten jungle.

So I hope you find these tips and tools useful for your family garden and food storage. We believe if every household grew some of their food, the world would be a better place.

Fun Facts:

  • Some 85 million households in the U.S. have their own little patch of green- the average size of about one-fifth of an acre. All totaled, the U.S. Supports 30 million acres of lawn.
  • A gas-powered push mower emits as much pollution in an hour as 11 cars.
  • Lawns require two to four more water than shrubs or trees.
  • Homeowners are using 50% more herbicides than they did 20 years ago.
  • The average homeowner spends about 40 hours simply mowing the lawn each year.
  • $8.5 billion is spent annually on lawn care products and equipment.

Source: The EPA and National Audubon Society

Would you feel different if your yard held your dinner?

The best way to start becoming food sovereign is to stop wasting.

Waste not, want not. 

Start a compost pile from your yard trimmings and kitchen waste and return all those nutrients to your garden. Compost is a simple thing (nothing is inevitable than decomposition). Fall is the perfect time of the year to start your pile or get your garden site started. If you want to start your garden this fall, gather leaves either by racking or letting other people do all the work and go collect the racked leaves and put them into the area you wish to grow in. 

Tools needed

 

 

Steps

  • Pile leaves up to at least a foot depth. 
  • Water the leaf pile 
  • Lay a UV tarp or weed suppression mat over leaves and secure it with pins 
  • Let the excellent earth workers do the rest. 

Just make sure your growing area will get enough sunshine. Look for a site that will get at least 6 hours of sun or more per day.

By becoming a sovereign grower, you protect yourself from food insecurity and start living in freedom from a precarious global food system.

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