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Open Pollinated Land-race spinach

I grow my own variety of genetically diverse open pollinated land-race spinach on my farm. The spinach has been selected to quickly grow huge plants that are slow to bolt and that do not attract leaf-bugs.

The most surprising thing about developing the spinach landrace was how quick and simple it was to select for plants that thrive in my garden. Some varieties immediately bolted without producing a harvestable leaf. Bugs swarmed to some varieties. Some varieties grew incredibly slowly. Other varieties quickly grew huge plants that were slow to bolt and resistant to insects.

What if I had only planted one variety of spinach? I might have thought that I can't grow spinach in my garden. By planting a dozen varieties and saving the seeds from those individual plants that grow best for me I've created a genetic treasure for my garden and for any gardner that shares my soil, climate, pests, and cultural practices.

My Other Landraces

Landrace garden crops

Warm Regards,

Blog: Mother Earth News -- Landrace Gardening.

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Food Freedom

In May 2018, Utah's Food Freedom law went into effect. It basically says that people can make/sell food to each other for home use, as long as the buyer is told that it wasn't inspected by the government, and that the seller discloses if their kitchen handles common allergens. Home produced rabbit and chicken meat were included, but not pork, or beef. Raw milk has wierd rules.

What this means in practical terms, is that it is now legal for us to make food at home and sell it to each other without government interference.

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