Provider Snap Beans Truly Provide!

I love these Provider bush beans; they have really done well for me this season.

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The first batch of Provider beans picked this season.

I experimented this summer with seeding them not only in the ground but also in five, 5.34 size nursery pots I had left over from plants I bought years ago. I filled the pots with well composted 2-year-old horse manure and planted the seeds and watered. Like Jack and his beanstalk they grew and grew.

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The garden early on.

Today I picked my first batch of beans and filled a large Tupperware bowl from just those five containers. This afternoon I cleaned, cut off the ends blanched and frozen them using our Food Saver system.

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More beans.

I bought these particular seeds from Jackie and Will at Seed Treasurers, Some of you may recognize Jackie Clay-Atkinson as a columnist for Mother Earth News magazine.

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Beans in the vegetable garden.

They are Minnesota homesteaders who have a small farm-based seed business on the side. Perhaps the smallest seed company in the US, this couple dry the Provider beans seeds, package and label them themselves as a winter business and sell them all over the planet.

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The Provide beans in pots on the day I planted them.

They are open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds, non-hybrid, non-patented, untreated heirloom garden seeds. These are what I prefer for the healthiest garden I can grow. I feel strongly that if I am going to eat organic and non-GMO foods, I had better buy seeds that have been guaranteed to be both.

These providers beans are priced very fairly and they only charge the amount needed to ship them, without adding the all too often $9.95 “handling costs “that so many mail-order business add-on. This is just the kind of small business I like to support – fair and high quality.

With my current foot issue I’ll be sitting on the kitchen stool today and preparing them.

These beans are gorgeous and tasty and I will be definitely be buying Provider seeds from Jackie and Will again next year!

Small House Homesteader, Donna

The Stories of Seeds

I believe strongly that growing our own food, using the seeds we choose, and eating the way we believe, is about not only about personal freedom but also about food and health safety.

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Our firewood edged raised beds in our 2014 garden.

Is not our right to farm and is not our freedom to farm stated in the second amendment? I am very alarmed about the corporate and agribusiness take-over of our seeds and seed banks.

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Early tomatoes in the low beds and in bags, an experiment.

This year I made a conscious decision to purchase heirloom and open pollination seeds to use on our homestead.

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Scarlette Runner Beans growing up a pole.

Not only do I want to support the small business owners who are working to save old seed varities, I just love the stories of the how those older varities of seeds came into being and were saved. Older seed varieties absolutely intrigue me.

I also want to save my own seeds for the following season. I can save a bit of money and more importantly I know exactly what I am growing.

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Our fenced in vegetable garden that adjoins the chicken coop and run area.

I want to help preserve the genetic variety of our heirloom seeds one grower at a time.

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Our pole beans did very well in 2014. I allow the butterfly plants to flourish in my garden bed.

This year I purchased our seeds from Mary at Mary’s Heirloom Seeds and from Jo at Seed Treasures. These are seeds that will grow healthy old-strain plants that are easy to care for and taste great.

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Our sunflower patch is part of our vegetable garden for beauty and to help pollinate the plants.

In Michigan the Right to Farm Act used to protect small farmers and growers like the Small House Homestead but this act has recently been altered. This change directly affects homesteaders and farmers who keep bees and chicken keepers and sell their products. Agribusiness is trying to put the small growers out of business. This has forced many of us to go underground.

If you are not yet aware of these natural wonders of the world – heirloom seeds I hope that I have educated you. Seed’s are the original gift of nature, so please join those of us who want to keep them around.

Will you join me?

Small House Homesteader, Donna