I watched with interest the article on the Doomsday Vault. Of course there are plenty of questions like, who's going to go up to Norway and get those seeds, will the earth be too polluted to plant them, and will there be any bees left to pollinate them? It's very thought provoking, but since we aren't going to need those seeds for the foreseeable future (knock on wood), I'm turning my attention to the near term: spring. It's coming, I swear (brave talk--there is 4" of snow on our patio and it's still coming down). I'm thinking about seeds that will produce (pun intended) safe and healthy food for my family.
This year my husband (he of the green thumb) is planning a big vegetable garden. Because Michigan weather is so fickle, we will need to turn our family room into seed starter central. Here is a cool site I found for making seed starting pots out of newspaper. Apparently you can put the whole thing right in the ground. Economical and environmental! Gardening is a fun family activity; everyone gets involved from the selection of the seeds to the composting of the cobs. What I like most, though, is being outside with the kids and having the opportunity to teach them about being stewards of the earth. Doomsday? I don't think so.
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