Check out this op-ed piece by George Ball, chairman of the W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the largest supplier of seeds to home gardeners in the United States.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Ball extols seeds — “God’s microchips,” he calls them — and the virtues of home gardening. Mr. Ball argues that home gardening provides people with much more than a sense of connection. In today’s shaky economic times, gardening is an excellent investment. A hundred dollars in seeds produces a harvest that would cost consumers $2,500 at the supermarket, a 25-to-1 return, he writes.
With other gardening costs factored in, I doubt the return would be quite that high. Still, no one can argue the bounty — and pleasure — that comes from a simple seed. Take urban farmer James Ware whom I interviewed last year (pictured above). He made more than $2,000 selling crops from two rows he planted at Hands and Heart Farm, a community garden in East New York, Brooklyn.
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