April 8, 2014
Sprouting seeds for eating and cooking is all the rage these days. While seeds evolved to resist digestion by animals, the sprouting process unlocks nutrients and makes the plant proteins, fatty acids and vitamins bioavailable by turning off the enzyme blockers seeds have for protection. Tom Stearns, owner and founder of High Mowing Seeds, spoke with the Non-GMO Project about sprouting and the amazing work that he and his team are doing. High Mowing Seeds is a small but growing (pun intended!) company specializing in organic and heirloom seeds.
About High Mowing Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds began in 1996 with just 28 plant varieties. After tilling up a portion of his backyard and turning his shed into a seed packing area, founder Tom Stearns had no trouble selling the seed he grew that first year. Suddenly, what had started as a hobby became a practical business pursuit as Tom realized the growing and unmet demand for organic seed. This demand allowed Tom to expand the business beyond his backyard, renting parcels of land to produce the seed he was selling through a handmade catalog. By 2001, business had grown to such an extent that Tom began to contract with other local farms to grow seed, in addition to continuing to produce seed himself on High Mowing’s own 5 acres.
High Mowing Organic Seeds has grown exponentially, and what started as a one-man operation is now a thriving business making available to home gardeners and commercial growers over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seeds. True to our roots, High Mowing Organic Seeds continues to grow many of the varieties we sell on our 40 acre farm, setting us apart from the majority of other seed companies. –High Mowing Seeds
The Safe Seed Pledge
The Safe Seed Pledge was created in 1999 when High Mowing Organic Seeds guided a coalition of nine other seed companies in drafting a statement about the signers’ stance on genetic engineering. Over 70 companies have signed the pledge, ranging from large seed companies to family-owned businesses such as High Mowing Seeds. In signing the Safe Seed Pledge, High Mowing affirmed their commitment to non-GMO seed.
Sprouting: A great DIY project for families!
The Non-GMO Project is very excited to announce that High Mowing has worked very hard over the last few years to get all of their sprouting seeds Non-GMO Project Verified! According to High Mowing, “Fresh homegrown sprouts are a delicious, healthy, easy-to-grow crop that can be produced indoors all year round. Growing sprouts does not require any special expertise and almost no special equipment (not even soil!), and they can be grown where space is very limited. Those interested in eating a ‘localvore’ diet may find sprouts appealing because they can help reduce the need for imported fresh produce after the growing season ends in cold northern climates. They are a fun crop to grow with kids, since the short time between germination and harvest helps keep kids interested in the process. They can provide an array of vitamins and minerals, are live, raw, and vegan, naturally low in fat, and always cholesterol free. A number of studies have been conducted in recent years on the possible health benefits of this nutrient-dense food, with particular interest in broccoli sprouts.”
You can grow sprouts easily in your kitchen in jars, trays, or woven bags. All the details and instructions are on the High Mowing website here.
Watch a “how-to” video by High Mowing Seeds here:
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