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Proper planning can increase garden yields per amount of space used and energy expended. Using five dimensions lets you grow a lot of vegetables even in a small space. We'll explore each of those dimensions and look at examples of how to make them work. Techniques are also applicable on small farms.

Learn how to grow the perennial "broccolitas", sea kale and Turkish rocket broccoli. Through pictures and discussion, we will learn how to grow and eat them, understand pest and disease issues, and talk about their potential as a new spring agricultural crop.

Amy LeBlanc, a contributing member of Seed Savers Exchange (ME LE A) and farmer at Whitehill Farm in Western Maine, began her presentation by remarking on the multitude of reasons for saving seeds. “We save seeds with a sense of honor and responsibility, to perpetuate our own history and our own food supply,” she declared. She added that saving seeds is a community duty and also an historical act.

This issue is on the topic of corn. When one takes a look at what has happened to this noble plant, one can get quite depressed and heart sick. We all know that corn was the staple around which many native cultures in this hemisphere based their livelihoods. Most of us are aware that with the advent of GMO corn and wall to wall planting of it in parts of the Midwest, that culture has been gutted with small farmers bought up by those with larger machinery and more capital to build CAFOs for pigs who never see the light of day.

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