NPR

Seeds Of Change: Mini Gardens Help Drive The Growth Of Food At Home

Container kits, designed for urban living and planted with recipes already in mind, are appealing to people who are interested in home cooking, food-sourcing and the environment.
Seedsheets are made of weed-blocking fabric, a thick layer of soil and dissolvable pods full of organic seeds. Source: Courtesy of Seedsheet

The short, but intense, growing season in Vermont might be a drawback for some, but for native son Cam MacKugler, it's turned out to be the key to developing his container garden kit start-up, Seedsheet.

"Up here in Vermont," says MacKugler, "we don't have a lot of time to grow our food, so the goal is to get as much as you can as quickly as possible."

A house-sitting stint on a co-worker's farm in 2012 is what inspired MacKugler, an architect working in sustainable design in Middlebury, a small town in western Vermont. "I was paid with access to the backyard garden," he says, "and I was

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR4 min readTech
Bolton Defends Trump's Canceled Iran Strike: Don't Mistake Prudence For Weakness
In Jerusalem, where he's meeting with Israeli and Russian security officials, the national security advisor says the U.S. military is "ready to go" as he warns Iran against seeking a nuclear weapon.
NPR4 min readPolitics
8 Political Questions Ahead Of The 1st Democratic Debates
Twenty candidates will take the stage over two nights in Miami this week. With front-runner Joe Biden under pressure, can another candidate, like Elizabeth Warren, make the most of the opportunity?
NPR3 min read
Bad Things Happen Out Of The Blue In Sadie Jones' 'The Snakes'
The author says writing this novel was like writing an "anti-murder mystery." Murder mysteries are nice and tidy, she says, but this disturbing morality tale is about unforeseeable tragedy.