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Sprout It! Grow It!

Sprouting

I sprout at home, and I usually have a rotation of lentils and black eyed peas happening in my urban kitchen. I also sprout with a mix from Food to Live with alfalfa, broccoli, clover, and radish seeds. One-quart ball jars and plastic sprouting lids are preferred. Cheese-cloth and rubber bands work, too. 

The videos below give a solid overview of sprouting. My best advice is to dive in and see what works for you as far as flavor and texture goes. I like my sprouts long and earthy, so I tend to let them go for a day or two longer than most videos show. Sprouts are tremendous food heroes. They give our bodies a boost of nutrition including higher amounts of protein, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, and vitamins C and K than un-sprouted plants. Also, keep in mind that sprouts can cause digestive issues, so pay attention to health and safety measures when learning how to sprout. 

Gardening

Gardening is not just for little old retirees, stooping in the hot sun under massively floppy straw hats. It's for everyone, and it's going to be more necessary as our soil erodes due to a lack of crop rotation and petrochemicals, among other factors. Pandemics, water scarcity, and overpopulation all point to the need to grow food for ourselves. Bonus: gardening is exercise and feels good. 

These videos might inspire you to find those stiff, old gardening gloves and get to work. "How to Start a Community Garden" is one of many on YouTube, so check out more videos to get you started. And, the film The Need to Grow (it's worth the money, believe me) is a testament to human ingenuity and resilience. Soil technology might just be the way we get out of the climate and food mess we seem to have created. Kiss the Ground on Netflix is awesome, too. A heartfelt thank you goes out to smart, diligent, and badass Action Heroes everywhere. 

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Sprouting / HGTV Sprouting for Beginners / DIY Indoor Gardens - Sprouts / Gardening / Starting a Community Garden / Film - The Need to Grow / Got Kidz? Check out Sprout It in KidZone

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