Unlike many small home grown seed companies, Victory Seed has a wealth of gardening information on their website. Though their wisdom grew from gardening in Oregon the information on their website is extremely helpful, even for me here in Idaho. There is some great information on seed starting and seed saving. I have often used their localized climate information as well. Besides the gardening and growing information, they have some fun articles about the history of gardening, especially the victory gardens of WWII.
Dunton Family Farms
Victory Seed Company is part of Dunton Family Farms. This family has been farming their ground in Oregon for five generations now. They have been using organic farming methods on their farm since the 1980's. They haven't chased after the USDA's "certified organic" label, which unfortunately doesn't mean much anymore anyway, but they have been certified through a grassroots organization instead. (Find it Here)
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The beginning of the year is seed catalog season and if you are anything like me you look forward to each new seed catalog that will come. I spend time comparing the varieties in each as each company has its own special exclusive seed, for this reason I am always on the lookout for little known seed companies. Last year I came across a small seed company out of Oregon that is dedicated to the preservation of old and rare seed varieties. I was immediately impressed by their commitment to their craft and was later impressed by their helpful website. It was just too good not to share.
Full disclosure here. It is important to note that this review is my honest evaluation of the Victory Seed Company. I have not been paid for writing this article. I personally met Mike Dunton last summer and I was truly impressed by the company's down-to-earth nature. Do them a favor and check them out! Their catalogue and website aren't nice and shiny like other big names out there, but their products and information are real quality.
I am so excited to share the progress of my underground greenhouse with you. I have worked little by little on this project for more than a year now, working on digging and building as I had time and as I found materials. In this blog post I will briefly show the process and some of the highlights of the digging and building. I won’t go into the details of how to build your own, but I hope the future builder will use my project for ideas. I will also be adding most of my info in the captions of the pictures I post. Feel free to browse the gallery.
The vision for this greenhouse was to create something that could be easier to heat and cool in my crazy Idaho climate. I really liked the idea of the walipini (google it) underground greenhouses that have become popular among modern homesteaders. I wanted room to build a medium size aquaponics system and I also wanted something big enough to house a small citrus tree (if I could keep the greenhouse warm enough). The greenhouse I built is the result. Now we have to see how well it works.
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