Category Archives: Gardening

The Four Steps Required to Keep Monsanto OUT of Your Garden

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 4, 2014

Seed catalogs for the 2014 growing season are arriving in mailboxes across the Northern Hemisphere with home gardeners everywhere starting to plan which seeds they will sow in their spring gardens.

A positive trend in recent years is the growing number of gardening enthusiasts choosing to plant gardens using organic and/or heirloom seeds.

What most of these home gardeners don’t realize is that corporate behemoth and GMO titan Monsanto has been gobbling up the seed market faster than a caterpillar can munch a tomato plant! With one fell swoop in 2005, Monsanto grabbed approximately 40% of the US vegetable seed market with its acquisition of Seminis.

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Victory for Rosie’s Garden but USDA a No Show in the Process

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 27, 2013

raised bedsThe story of 4 year old Rosie and her garden that was threatened with removal in a subsidized housing development in South Dakota continues to develop at a rapid pace.

According to Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), the property management company handling the 8-unit rental property and the property owner where Rosie and her single, disabled mother Mary live have mutually agreed to build the family a new raised bed vegetable garden next spring. In addition, the garden will be available for other tenants of the complex.

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4 Year Old’s Veggie Garden Must Go Says USDA Subcontractor

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 23, 2013

kitchen gardeners internationalWith each passing day, it seems the United States of America, “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” is becoming more and more like the Communist Russia I learned about in elementary school where people weren’t allowed to grow their own food unless the State “allowed” it.

In this latest crackdown on citizens simply trying to provide for themselves using the most basic of skills – gardening – the USDA’s Rural Development Agency is forbidding Rosie, an industrious 4-year old girl in South Dakota from using a small, unused area outside her subsidized housing unit to grow green vegetables.

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Roundup: Quick Death for Weeds, Slow and Painful Death for You

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist May 17, 2013

roundupYou’ve seen the commercials.

All American Dad, pump sprayer in hand, attacking those pesky weeds growing in the cracks of his family’s driveway with a vengeance. He chooses Roundup, of course.

Why?  Because Roundup kills weeds to the root so they won’t come back making you the laughingstock of your suburban neighborhood.

Roundup, Roundup everywhere. Most homeowners use it without a second thought. Many schools even use it, blithely spraying around planting beds and sidewalks where children walk and play, tracking its residues into classrooms, cars, homes and little bodies. Read more…

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