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Our kitchen is overflowing with food from the garden. The harvest this year is exceptional and better than I had hoped for. I'm often amazed at how easy it can be to grow lots of food. It's actually a lot easier to grow it than to do something with it afterward, especially foods with a short shelf life that don't lend themselves well to storage. We've had a good melon crop and friends have been bringing over their extras. You can only eat so much melon.
For several months of the year we produce over half the food we eat. September is probably the best month of all. Food from the garden is on the table for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between.
We at CobraHead are very happy to be involved in what is referred to as the food movement. I would summarize that as a current trend toward eating better quality food than what is offered by the corporate mainstream's fast food and factory farm offerings. At the core of the movement is "grow your own" and "buy local". Another factor of the food movement is the saving of grown foods genetic gene pool that has been developed over thousands of years of seed saving in agriculture. It's difficult to imagine that there are those who would destroy our food heritage merely for profits, but it's too true.
A champion and pioneer in working to save the wondrous variety of food available to home gardeners is Jere Gettle and his company, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Baker Creek is hosting a new event this week in Santa Rosa, California called The National Heirloom Expo. CobraHead is happy to be an exhibitor at the show. Anneliese and Geoff will be representing the team and we think it will be a landmark event.
I see the food movement as part of a logical approach to the issue of sustainability and planet health. I'm quite sure only gardening on a small scale will resolve many of the problems humans have created with the earth. So with that, get out in the garden. Do your part to save yourself and the planet.
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Noel and the CobraHead team.