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.
by Jared Neibaur
My ancestors used many different tricks to make things last. Replacements just were not available like they are today. They couldn't zip over to the hardware store and buy a new part. Most things were hand made to begin with, so there wasn't a replacement to be found unless they made it themselves. This is world in which this wire wrapping method was born and used.
This technique wasn't only used on handles, I've seen it used on wagon tongues, floor joists, rafters, and other places. I've mainly seen it on wood but I have also seen it replace bolts on some wood to metal applications and so on. It really isn't the strongest or cleanest repair method that I have seen, but it works in a pinch. It is also a secret from a lost era. People are no longer able to fix things because they don't know how, modern circumstances no longer force this kind of creative thinking. I hope by sharing this method with you, I can save one more piece of history.
There is so much talk in the world today about organic food, gmos, preservatives, etc. Everywhere you look there seems to be someone telling you how bad certain ingredients are. I’ll be honest…this is not one of those articles. I want to tell you why I love to eat meals from home, food that I’ve made from scratch. It’s not only about eating healthy, it's about ENJOYING what I eat! There are few things more comforting than a good home cooked meal, or better yet, a scrumptious homemade dessert! Mmm…makes me smile just thinking about it. Like so many others out there, I really love good food, and in today’s world that often means out of someone’s own kitchen and made with love.