Why Buy Organically Grown Heirloom Seeds?
We are given so many beautiful elements to work with in nature. We jump at the opportunity to use wood to hand craft tools, use leather to make bags, shoes, decor, and stone to build foundations. So why is it so foreign to grow our own food? There is something so intentional about growing our own foods and using them to better our health.
So what does Organically grown seeds even mean?
We provide seeds that have not been contaminated or treated with chemicals or genetically modified. This also means that they will not rely heavily on getting sprayed when planted. Once you are ready to plant your seeds they need to be planted in organic soil and kept away from harmful chemicals to ensure they are still organic because organic seeds do not ensure organic plants unless they are cared for with organic materials.
But we have grocery stores so why bother growing our own food?
If you're like me and you do your best to shop organic because you want to avoid consuming pesticides and other chemicals then keep on reading. Here are a few facts about your grocery stores that you may not be aware of.
I think we have all probably noticed the water misters in the produce section but what if you were told that it isn't always just water?
Not too long ago, at my local grocery store, I went to grab some veggies and when I looked up at the mister I saw a big jug of chemicals that was directly connected to hose. So I did some research on what exactly those chemicals are. The top chemicals that came up were Sodium Ortho-phenylphenate (SOPP) and Thiabendazole (TBZ). These are both considered fungicides meaning they simply just delay mold spots and rot. So already this means that they are not organic because they are being sprayed. Both of these chemicals can result in anemia, kidney damage, and in high dosages, bladder tumors, dizziness, nausea and retina damage. So what about the produce that isn't constantly sprayed? I can't speak for all grocery stores but my local stores have the organic and the generic (GMO/sprayed) produce touching. When both types of produce touch, the organic produce can no longer be claimed as organic because now it is absorbing all of those pesticides off of the "generic" produce.
We do our best to shop organic but even the organic produce is coated in chemicals from our grocery stores. So why are we paying extra for what we think is the healthiest option when we can just grow our own foods ( for the most part)? Here is where we at Larkspur step in to provide you with Organically Grown Heirloom Seeds to help you get just one step closer to leading a healthier lifestyle.
What is an heirloom seed?
Heirloom seeds are seeds that are passed down from generation to generation without being cross-pollinated. These seeds have been passed down for at least 50 years, since before the modern industrial agriculture farming began. The best part about heirloom seeds is that you can take the seeds every year and replant them again the next year or give some away to friends and family, most of them will even replant themselves.
As always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me.
If you would like to shop our heirloom seeds, I do local markets in Gresham Oregon and will happily send over a line sheet.
- love ya, Averie