Home Farming

My oldest son loves Triscuits. They are his favorite cracker and he could easily eat a whole box for lunch. :) To my surprise, the last few boxes I purchased had packages of seeds in them. I almost threw them away, not knowing what they were, but my son saved them and asked if we could plant them. I thought it would be a great homeschool project, but since we were leaving for our road trip I left them on the counter to plant when we returned.

I was excited when Triscuit contacted me last week regarding their partnership with Urban Farming to help create home farms. The seeds that you find in your cracker box is just one way Triscuit is trying to promote community based home farms.

I LOVE this idea. Ever since I read Joel Salatin’s books and Square Foot Gardening I have been interested in urban farming. I think it is a great way to save money on food, impact your environment in a positive way, eat healthier, involve your kids in food choices, and develop a sense of community.

My parents designed their patio to make room for a small backyard garden. This year my mom grew tomatoes and squash. My nine year old nephew received garden supplies for his birthday. He now has a small garden and provides fresh lettuce and cucumbers for his family.

Triscuit is working with Urban Farming to fund and help create 50 new community-based home farms throughout the United States. Go to the map and find a groundbreaking near you.

You can visit Triscuit’s Home Farming website to learn more about this effort, get growing tips, and put your own farm on the map.

I can’t wait to get home and start our small herb garden with our seeds. Do you garden? If so what are you growing this year?

Disclosure: I received crackers and a gift card for gardening supplies from Triscuit.


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Comments

  1. Coralee says:

    We planted a garden for the first time this year. SO excited! We have actually harvested only radishes so far – but everything is growing well. Space wasn’t an issue for us, so we have traditional rows. We planted peas, chives, radishes, carrots, lettuce, swiss chard, beets, green onions. tomatoes, winter squash, zucchini, pumpkins, beans, cucumbers, melons and corn. It has been so fun for my two small boys to play in the dirt and help care for the plants (and pick weeds!) Anyway, I’m all for urban gardens. It’s amazing what you can get to grow in very small places.

  2. Your post reminded me that I’ve been wanting to blog about our deck garden myself. We live in farm country, and we were even offered land at our church (my husband is a pastor) to continue our garden if we wanted. But we decided the deck garden was enough for our first attempt at more than a couple tomato plants and *A* lettuce =)

    http://mamaonabudget.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-deck-garden.html

  3. Heather says:

    we have two large raised beds. We have a pretty big yard, so we wanted to have a good sized garden.

    In the first garden we have corn, pumpkins, watermelon, and carrots. Although right now the pumpkins have pretty much taken over, and I am going to be hosting my own pumpkin picking for our friends this year. For whatever reason I had it in my head that you only get one pumpkin per plant, so I planted 6!!!

    In the second garden we have regular cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, beans, two tomato plants, two pepper plants, lettuce, eggplant, and summer squash.

    We also have a planter with strawberries on the deck, which is going in another raised bed at the end of the year. We have several pots of herbs that go on the deck in the summer and a table by our front window in the winter.

    The only things I have harvested so far is lettuce and herbs and strawberries, but I am excited about what we will get in the coming months.

  4. Judy says:

    I would love to garden, however I petrified of worms. It is a real fear. I saw in one of the pictures the garden in containers. That I would try.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      I’m petrified of snakes & rats. Yes, I guess I am saying I would rather starve to death than be bitten by (or even come in close proximity to) a snake.

  5. Barb says:

    Their is nothing like picking a fresh cucumber, tomato, squash or onion from your garden to include in your family meal. We are fortunate that we live in the country so planting, harvesting and preserving our crops is a normal summertime routine . Throw in a full time job and it makes it all very challenging but oh so rewarding. I realize most families do not have huge back yards to till up for a garden but do not let that stop you. Keep it simple. Fill up a few tubs with potting soil. Add some seeds or plants , water and add occasional miracle grow.You and your family will benefit from home grown fresh fruits and vegetables. By the way, my family saves seeds from the previous years crops to start young plants the following spring. Therefore we do not have to spend a ton of money to buy plants for the garden. In our garden this year we are planting 3 varieties of tomatoes. ” Big red” one slice will cover the whole slice of bread for a tomato sandwich. Romas to make homemade salsa, and cherry tomatoes for salads. We also have squash, green beans, cabbage, corn, sweet potatoes, beets,cucumbers, onions, and bell peppers. Since canning can be so time consuming I freeze the fruits and vegetables that can be frozen. Now we are just praying for a little rain.

  6. Melissa says:

    I have a small yard so I bought some containers and am trying that. I planted chives, patio tomato, staight neck yellow squash and cucumbers. We have had really bad storms so they are getting the beat down every afternoon. We will see if they make it! Tomatoes on the vine already but nothing ripe yet. Chives doing just fine, planted those from seed and they are ready to cut whenever I need them.

  7. Tracie says:

    This is our first year with a garden. We started with a 3×8 area. We are growing: pole beans, regular and cherry tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, gourds (which my 2 yr old thinks is a bird b/c it had a bird on the package), pumpkin, cucumbers, lettuce, strawberries, red and green bell peppers. We also tried peas but started them to late and they just couldn’t take the heat.
    Our 3 youngest are loving this little project. Now if we can get one of them to eat a few new things….

  8. We have a Square Foot Garden this year and we absolutely love it!! We are growing tomatoes (lots, my son eats them by the pound), cucumbers, green bell peppers, jalapenos, chives & mint. We also planted 3 blueberry bushes. Here are my posts with lots of pictures:

    http://cuttingcouponsinkc.blogspot.com/2010/06/frugal-friday-square-foot-gardening.html

    http://cuttingcouponsinkc.blogspot.com/2010/06/finer-things-friday-our-garden.html

  9. Serenity says:

    No garden for us this year! I *grew* a baby instead :) Triscuits are my favorite crackers so I am going to get a few boxes. Great idea!!!

  10. Erin says:

    Did you happen to see the discussion on raw milk today on The Drs? A representative from Prevention magazine and the regular pediatrician on the show agreed that the dangers of drinking raw milk are far too great to ignore. Apparently, there have been 45 disease outbreaks since 1998 traced back to the consumption of raw milk. I thought you may want to research this topic a bit more before promoting raw milk on your blog.

    • Rita says:

      Your comment isn’t relevant to this post. If you go to: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm you can see a list of all the food products that have been recalled in the past 6 years. There are a lot of them. Bad stuff happens sometimes, but that doesn’t warrant fear-mongering. Maybe she should also rethink any posts involving road trips since so many people die in car accidents each year. Please.

  11. I would love to try to grow a garden! Maybe this is something that Princess Belle and I can try once we are settled into our new place.

  12. Dani says:

    What a beautiful garden. We are growing peppers and tomatoes in pots this year. Next year we have big plans to recycle our house windows (we are getting replacements) and use them for a back yard green house. I’m so excited!

  13. In the spirit of “Square Foot”, we did raised beds in this yard. It also was a great way to deal with our clay and sand background. In a 20 by 24 area, we have 6 beds with the following: lettuce, onions, peppers of various kinds/sizes/colors, eggplants, muskmelon, zucchini, tomatoes, cukes, and carrots.

    The first summer, we got 35+ quarts of ‘maters from 8 plants! It’s AWESOME!

  14. Home Farming says:

    I like the pic pf the staked tomato tied with the nylon stocking. That is really a pretty good idea, kind of stretchy so there is no girdling, yet stable enough to hold it in place. I have not opened a box of triscuits in a while, but I may have to do so just to see what they are up to. Are you going to do a fall garden?

  15. Ra-lynn says:

    Hi Ladies,
    Our family loves to garden and a homestead is on our prayer list. As a home schooling mom we love projects and gardening. Budget frenldy projects are great!

    There is a danger that you may not be aware of in your food and in your SEEDs.
    GMO seeds are out there, and in your Nabisco box of crackers you may have recieved GMO seeds. Nabisco uses GM ingredients in there products. Here is a website that may help. http://www.responsibletechnology.org/ Learn about Genetically modified food/seeds.

    What foods are GM?

    Currently commercialized GM crops in the U.S. include soy (91%), cotton (88%), canola (88%), corn (85%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (small amount), and tobacco (Quest® brand). About half of the sugar beets grown for sugar in 2008 were GM and current projections are that about 90% grown in 2009 will be GM.

    What are other sources of GMOs?

    Products derived from the above, including oils from all four, soy protein, soy lecithin, cornstarch, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup among others. Also:

    •meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed (and the majority of the GM corn and soy is used for feed);
    •dairy products from cows injected with rbGH (a GM hormone);
    •food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet®) and rennet used to make hard cheeses; and
    •honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen

    What are the potential dangers of eating GM foods?

    There are a number of dangers that broadly fall into the categories of potential toxins, allergens, carcinogens, new diseases, antibiotic resistant diseases, and nutritional problems.

    Hope this helps. I hope awarness of the sneeky ways Major food companies are putting GM ingredents in our food supply actually shocks you, but leads you to understanding on how to protect your families.

  16. T says:

    i’m tending my small garden for years now. but this year i decided to grow vegetables. i bought seeds from local garden supply store but since i have a very limited space i decided to put my vegetables in a big terracotta pots. i really love gardening and dreaming of one day, having my own vegetable and herb garden. too much work and it takes a lot of your time but it’s very satisfying when you see the fruit of you labor oh! and not to forget therapeutic.

  17. Paulette says:

    I am done growing my zuchinni and have cucumbers and collards as well as eggplants in my garden. I haveseveral rather large watermelon out there andwas wondering when I will be able to harvest them? I am planning my fall garden and have no clue as to what to grow next other than garlic and new collard plants.

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