that the group leverage
its numbers to acquire deals and discounts.
upon a time (not that long ago) one could purchase a flat
of 6 seedlings for
the price of 2 (or less) today. I think that if we focus on
product(s) and on group buying power (i.e.
volume), we might acquire some significant cost reductions. Maybe a committee should
gardened veggies in this area
for 30 years. Along
the way I learned
some things. When this
area was settled
the color of soil was considered an indicator of quality, the
better. Our black soil
black gold and there was actually a land rush.
They were wrong about the soil.
Our black soil is an alkaline muck that hardens to near
rock when it
dries. The settlers
didn’t help. They used
slaves to grow cotton. Cotton
is particularly hard on soil and it
leached what little nutrients there was, then they put down
built up salts.
urban sprawl, many (if not
most) residences and/or properties in this area are on top the
farms. Combined with
farming damage, construction
contamination, runoff, smog and drought, it should not be
surprising that this area is
not particularly prone to good veggie growth.
However, in my opinion, there is nothing better than a
tomato, especially compared to the mushy, tasteless, mutated
hybrids sold at
grocery stores. I
academics for such perfectly formulated hybrids (crap), but I
of this message is that growing
veggies successfully is a considerable challenge and prices
growing veggies is
highly desirable, one must provide extra effort and pay
premium for virtually
every square millimeter of fruit. So I
suggest that we organize and pursue group/volume procurement
On 10/10/[masked]:04 PM, Julia Lewis wrote: