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The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Table-top Farming (making sprouts)

This stackable tower is a bioset sprouter. Here is how it works: you place sprouting seeds in the clear trays and place them on the bottom solid white tray. Then cap off the tower with the top white tray and fill with water. The top and clear trays have a drip spout that runs the water from the top, through each clear tray, and is caught in the bottom tray. Twice a day empty the bottom tray and fill the top one with water. In about 3 -5 days you have healthy sprouts to add to salads and sandwiches. How easy is that?

4 days after starting

Home-made chicken salad with home
grown sprouts
I purchased the bioset from Johnny's Selected Seeds about 20 years ago. I still order the sprouting seeds from them.  And I've always sprouted a different seed in each tray, as shown in today's pics. 

The other day an idea hit me up-side my head...why not try putting several kinds of seeds in a tray and start it, then a few days later do another tray, and a few days after that start the third tray? This way I'd always have a variety of sprouts to use.

Well, we never know if an idea will work until we try it, so now I am putting on my Mad Scientist safety glasses and throwing caution to the wind. Will report back if the results are a success or failure.

Marcheta *going for it


  1. What a neat way to combine science, agriculture and cooking!
    Good Job Marcheta!

  2. Thanks, Noel! When I came here to reply to your comment, I noticed that 2 images were not displaying. I think I've got that glitch fixed now :)