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IT'S TIME TO EAT LOCAL
by Stokes Seeds
March 22, 2015

IT'S TIME TO EAT LOCAL

Across North America, communities are continuing "eat local" campaigns. Reducing your carbon footprint while supporting local food systems is something everyone should and can do. A carbon footprint is a way of measuring the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced. It is measured in units of carbon dioxide. It is estimated that the average food travels 750 miles from pasture to plate. Think of the energy that has been used to freeze or refrigerate and truck that food around.

Sourcing local products that are not naturally produced in your area can be a trial. But, we all can make some "baby steps" towards the eating local concept. Start by visiting your local markets, bakeries, butchers, breweries and wineries. Also, consider growing your own vegetables from seed. A few packets of seeds and you will be eating fresh produce all summer with plenty left over to preserve or freeze for the winter months.

INDOOR SEED STARTING - FUN, EASY, ECONOMICAL AND REWARDING

Now is the time to start your seeds indoors. Many seed varieties have unique requirements so the key to success is to do a little research on your seed before you start. If you are looking to grow a new vegetable variety or add a punch of color to your flower garden review our seed starting guidelines which offers information about soil prep, moisture, temperature, light, transplanting and more.

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