• To learn how to grow plants in ways that are sustainable and in line with earth systems (water, carbon, hydrogen cycles)
  • To be aware of problems (real or perceived) facing humans in relation to how we grow food, not only here in America, but elsewhere in the world
  • To be aware (and hopefully, start using) of local food sources

Basics to planting
  • Preparing the soil
  • Knowing your plant
  • Mark your area
  • Sow seeds according to best practices / research
  • Water and mulch
  • Weed, water, and organically fertilize
  • Harvest, package, and eat

Information you need to find out about the plant you're growing
  1. Best soil temperature to plant
  2. How deep to sow
  3. How many seeds per row / how far apart the rows
  4. Germination rate and dates
  5. Time to harvest
  6. Nutritional notes
  7. Notes on how to grow it

Terms to know

Must See TV
  • TEDtalks: Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth
    http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_foley_the_other_inconvenient_truth#t-819689 See short here
    Skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin "terraculture" — farming for the whole planet
  • TEDtalks: Pamela Ronald: The case for engineering our food
    Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to isolate a gene that allows rice to survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1990s — and makes the case that modern genetics is sometimes the most effective method to advance sustainable agriculture and enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.
  • YouTube: Feeding Nine Billion Video 1: Introducing Solutions to the Global Food Crisis by Dr. Evan Fraser
    By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the planet - but will there be enough food for everyone? Food security expert Dr Evan Fraser guides you through a whiteboard presentation of his solution to the Global Food Crisis.
  • TEDtalk: Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal
    Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible — but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

Vegetable Notes