In my last two blogs I talked about following my dream of building an Earthship and growing my own food. I love a good trilogy, so in this third blog, I want to share with you the wonders of sprouting.
Over the past 7 years I’ve been encouraging everyone to grow their own greens. Something I’ve learned is that not everyone has a south facing window with good light. This is where sprouting comes in. Sprouts need very little light; we grow ours in an east facing window. In fact, sprouts only need to be exposed to light to increase their chlorophyll (remember chlorophyll from my last blog?) after being in darkness for the first few days.
“Sprouts are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. You could buy sprouts at your local heath food store or grow them on your own for pennies! Sprouts are rich in vitamins, minerals, Amino acids, and live enzymes. They are also an excellent source of fiber and Chlorophyll.”
1. Economics: Seeds can multiply 7 -15 times their weight. At $4.00/Lb for seed, that yields 26 cents for a pound of fresh sprouted indoor organic greens!
2. Nutrition: Sprouts are baby plants in their prime. At this stage of growth, they have a greater concentration of proteins, vitamins and minerals, enzymes, RNA, DNA, bio-flavonoids, t-cells, ect., than at any other point in the plant’s life–even compared with mature vegetables.
3. Organic: No chemicals, fumigants, or questions about certification. You can trust they’re pure because you’re the grower.
4. Availability: From Florida to Alaska, in January or July, enjoy live food anytime and anywhere!
5. Space-Time: It’s easy: just add water! No soil. No bugs. No green thumb required. No special lights. One pound grows in only 9 inches of space and takes 1 minute of care per day.
6. Freshness: Because they are picked the same day they are eaten there is no loss of nutrients while sitting in crates or on grocery store shelves.
7. Versatility: More varieties of salad greens than on your supermarket shelves… including buckwheat lettuce, baby sunflower, French onion, garlic chive, Chinese cabbage, purple turnip, curly kale, daikon, radish, crimson clover, golden alfalfa and more. Your salads will never be boring again!
8. Ecology: No airplanes or fuel/oil consumed to deliver this food to you. No petroleum based pesticide or synthetic fertilizers.
Sprouting doesn’t require any special tools. I started with a stainless steel colander that was sitting unused around the kitchen. Feel free to use something different like a bamboo basket, making sure its openings are small enough to prevent the leakage of tiny seeds.
I’m stoked about sprouting and I wish I would have started sooner. I have no doubts that sprouting will enhance our gardening and help us realize our new goal of growing or acquiring 70% of our food.