Saturday, October 6, 2012

Counting Seeds

Our goal is to start this venture debt-free, so we are making use of what we have. Between seeds Andrew and Stasha have saved and the amazing variety Loy and Elaine (parents) have saved away, we have a lot of seed to get started with. 

A lot of the packets were already opened or were heirloom seeds saved from previous years, so we needed to count them to get an idea of how much we had. We had five willing volunteers who spent the evening squinting at itty bitty seeds and tallying their quantities.

Elaine developed a great method to estimate the tiny seeds- she figured out how many seeds fit in a teaspoon, then counted teaspoonfuls. Pretty smart lady.

We catalogued the quantities in a great big spreadsheet. 

It's pretty cool to really look at each individual type of seed. They really are beautiful.

Our next project is a great big math equation that goes something like this: "If 8 families want X number of X vegetable per week, for X number of weeks, and we already have X amount of seed for that vegetable, how much more seed do we need to order? And if we grow X amount of X vegetable needed to feed 8 families, and that vegetable needs to be spaced so much between plants and so much between row, how much total space needs to be dedicated to that individual vegetable?"

We really know how to party.

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