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Salt Spring Seeds Heritage and Heirloom Organic Seed Catalog / Catalogue

The Zero Mile Diet Seed Kit

Special Introductory Offer  $36 a Kit 

This kit is for gardeners or groups of gardeners eager to become more self-reliant in food. The 12 seed packets contained in it are Blue Tinge Ethiopian Wheat, Faust Barley, Golden Flax, Multi-hued Quinoa, Amaranth Mix, Heritage Bean Mix, Darlaine Soup Pea, Winnifred's Garbanzo, Manitoba Soybean, Russian Kale, 20 Lettuce Blend and Amish Paste Tomato. Included in the box, apart from the seeds, is a 20-page comprehensive growing guide. A treasure trove of possibilities for the ardent grower!

From the introduction in the Guide:

The beans, grains and other seeds in this Kit could help you grow most of your own food.

   If you are living on a piece of farmland, you could easily grow them all and get a rich and diverse harvest. By combining them with locally grown vegetables, fruits and nuts, you could become close to 100 per cent self-sufficient in food.

   In an urban environment, you could sow these seeds with family, friends and neighbours as you convert lawns into gardens. One family might have a shady spot for growing greens or peas while someone else could have a hot spot for growing beans and soybeans. City blocks could garden together whereby many households could create a shared food harvest and thereby lessen reliance on food coming from elsewhere.

  •     It is time indeed to create new ways of nourishing ourselves. The way we mass-produce food is undoubtedly one of the major reasons for accelerated and drastic climate change. Industrial agriculture as currently practiced is unsustainable in the manner in which it pollutes and destroys our environment and us.
  •     The agriculture we now have is all about ownership, secrecy and control. It designs Terminator seeds. It blasts genes from foreign species into seeds so that plants can survive powerful herbicides and pesticides. It tells farmers what seeds they are allowed to grow.
  •    A community-based agriculture could replace our corporate-based one with a spirit in which seeds are openly, lovingly and enthusiastically shared. It would be an agriculture in which the growing community could stretch across the country, with small and larger communities pooling their experiences, observations and seeds so that everyone worked together to create the best possible diet for all.

Salt Spring Seeds Heritage and Heirloom Organic Seed Catalog / Catalogue

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