Building Blocks for Microgreens Production
Recently we were added to the Agrilicious list of farms and are super excited to grow just like our plants! As we reach out to various trade associations like Agrilicious.org, (http://www.agrilicious.org/FloridaMicrogreens) Florida Microgreens is creating educational materials, blog posts, and insider information on growing and learning about food, especially on a smaller more personal scale.
“But I’m not a farmer, I am a dentist” you say.
However, we all want to make good choices about what we eat and how we live. It’s about making small personal choices that have a impact on your family and the community in which you thrive. This is part of the movement for sustainable living and the building blocks of helping the environment.
At Florida Microgreens, education and information about food are the essence of what we produce. We want to share our knowledge and help others make small choices that can improve your life.
Learning About Food is Making Your First Healthy Choice
Learning about how food is grown gives you a better understanding of the choices you make at your local grocery store or farmers market. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that the oranges you eat are grown with good quality water, not waste water runoff from oil drills? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you are eating foods that have one ingredient – not some chemical that was added to the package (MSG or hydrolized Protein found in soy sauce) to trick you into thinking something tastes good? As somebody once said – an Apple has one ingredient. But in today’s day and age, we are learning quickly that even apples and oranges can be at risk in some way. And who has the time to research everything we eat – isn’t that the job of the FDA?
It’s such a scary world when you read about all these issues. So how can one person possibly know what to do, where to shop, and how to protect ourselves?
Our humble advice: start by reading about just one thing you like. For us, we literally started reading about something we can produce at home – sprouts! Sprouts are grown in only tap water with available kitchen lighting. Nothing special is needed to grow sprouts because everything needed is already built into the seeds! Remember growing avocado plants from the pits with toothpicks and water as a kid? Same deal here, nature has packed its own growing kit right into the seeds.
So that’s how we got started making our first healthy choice. After learning about sprouts and later microgreens production we turned our reading toward the seeds and the whole GMO issue. Whoa – that’s a mess too! But lets tackle one thing at a time…
Farming is Scalable to all Aspects of Life
Whether you are making better choices about what you buy (e.g. organic foods), or considering growing something at home such as a jar of sprouts, farming is scalable from the smallest jar to the largest field and is ultimately an education in environmental science, biology, and even chemistry. At it’s core, farming is also family centered learning because it involves one of the most personal things of all – our food! Remember eating at grandmas house for the family dinner?
Farming is as much about this as it is learning about how things are made, why they taste good (or bad), and where they originated. Because its through cooking and sharing food that we invest our in our family. Why not make a healthy choice and talk more about our food. Visit and support your local farmers market to see what the local farmers are producing. Make some small choices that have big effects later. And try growing something at home – sprouts, microgreens, or even a tray of fresh herbs. There are thousands of videos, books, and people that can help and id doesn’t cost much to get started!