40 years ago a junior high boy was fascinated as a fellow student  described earning a trip to the Minnesota State Fair with his prize winning potatoes.  Seeds were planted in his mind and soon he began a small garden in an unused area behind the outbuildings of his family’s farm.  Plants grew readily in the deep, fertile glacial deposits of the Upper Midwest where abundant productivity was almost assumed.  In time the boy learned of something called Organic Gardening, the ideals of which were very appealing, but soon college, and then graduate school, marriage and paying the bills, diverted his focus…

Still, seeds had been planted.



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