Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Dirt 2 Table has been promoting is “Save the Bees and Monarchs” Campaign by giving away free milkweed and dandelion plants to educate people on the role that these plants have for our insect community and ultimately our world. It has been successful! We are giving lots of these starter plants away.
During the day an opportunity presented itself to us as result of a plea on social media. We were able to ship a box of 54 varieties of vegetable seeds to a remote Native American Tribe in the southwest, whose members are quarantined. The only way in and out of their land is by foot, pack mule, or helicopter. No one can go in or come out during the public health crisis. Which means anything mailed to them must be dropped off/picked up at a given point. How fortuitous to have this opportunity come before us on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
This is what the Dirt 2 Table project is about. Community resilience. Less Lawns to grow more food. Helping neighbors. Helping our world.
We are grateful for these gifts.
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A very interesting article about growing food in Svalbard, a spot midway between the north of Norway and the North Pole. The article features Ben Vidmar, founder of Polar Permaculture.
Through Polar Permaculture, he aims to solve one of the biggest headaches of life at 78 degrees north: obtaining fresh food while reducing waste. However, deciding to do something about the problem and making that happen are two very different things. The headaches are many. Average temperatures – while rising fast – are low year-round. In the winter there is no direct sunlight for four months, and no light at all for more than two of those. Even at the height of summer, mountaintops surrounding the settlement are topped with snow.
Swiss Chard is one of our favorites! We will be offering chard seeds in our free seed give away on May 4.
This article describes the benefits of chard *and* provides instructions for cultivating it.
One remarkable attribute of Swiss chard is that it’s packed with nutrients. “The World’s Healthiest Foods,” a website run by the nonprofit George Mateljan Foundation puts Swiss chard near the top of its list of “total nutrient rankings,” with only spinach and broccoli surpassing it. One cup of chopped, cooked Swiss chard provides 636% daily recommended intake (DRI/DV) of vitamin K, 60% DRI/DV vitamin A, 42% DRI/DV vitamin C, and many of the B vitamins. Even more impressive is the assortment of minerals loaded into each serving, many of which are difficult to derive from other foods.
We love basil! This is an interesting article on a scientific experiment that demontrated the highest density of flavor when exposed to 24 hour light.
‘The scientists, who grew basil in shipping containers and monitored every moment of the experiment, thought the basil would do better with some time in the dark to become the best basil it could be. They were surprised they were wrong.
“The highest density of flavor molecules was produced by subjecting the plants to all-day light,” they wrote in their findings. Quantitatively, the light-drenched basil had more flavor.’
20 volunteers, over 3600 more plants, and a lot of tea, laughter and hard work…. almost finished transplanting!! Feel the community love. 💓 #dirt2table