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Everything Petroleum Does, Hemp Does Better Becca Wolford, Contributing WriterWaking Times We are in an economic crisis. But don’t panic, there are always good things that come out of crises. Our economy, put simply, really sucks right now. Here is a simplified example: A country has good currency and a strong economy. (image from Here are the main reasons for our economic state today: 1. 2. 3. If you look at history about 100 years ago, when the big oil boom started, that is when the economy surged and the population started seeing an increase. The United States uses 25% of the world’s daily oil supply, and imports 70% of that. Oil is not a renewable resource, and it is a DECLINING resource. Global oil production is declining at 8-10% per year. Now, this is not the end of the world as we know it. Hemp does everything that petroleum does, AND BETTER! Extracting fossil fuels are harmful to the environment and to human health. Petroleum-based plastics are not biodegradable. Why are we not allowing our farmers to grow hemp?

How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. Lumber Seed potatoes Soil Careful attention to watering The Times' guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below: Plant as early as April or as late as August 1, with an approximated 3 month till harvest turnaround time. Here are some pointers from the article: Cut apart larger seed potatoes, making sure there are at least two eyes in each piece you plant. Seattle Times via LifeHacker.

US Seed Companies Pledge to Be GE-Free For newest list go to: US Seed Companies Pledging to be GE-Free Recently a project called the "Safe Seed Initiative" was launched by the Council for Responsible Genetics and the High Mowing Organic Seed Farm. Virtually every seed company in the US was given an opportunity to sign on. The Safe Seed Sourcebook Winter 2000 Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. California: Abundant Life Seed Foundation PO Box 772 Port Townsend, WA 98368 Bountiful Gardens 18001 Shafer Ranch Rd Willits , CA 95490 Environmental Seed Producers PO Box 2709 Lompoc, CA 93438 Horse Creek Seed Santuary PO Box 1476 Santa Cruz, CA 95061 KUSA Seed Research Foundation PO Box 761 Ojai , CA 93024 Santa Barbara Heirloom Nursery PO Box 4235 Santa Barbara, CA 93140 Colorado: Beauty Beyond Belief Wildflower Seeds 1730 So. Sunnyland Seeds PO Box 385 Paradox, CO 81429 Connecticut: New England Seed Co. 3580 Main Street, Bldg 10 Hartford, CT 06120 Florida: Idaho: Illinois: Iowa: