The 7 Day Farmer

Posted: September 20, 2008 in Things To Do
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Wellllll….i would hardly qualify to be called a farmer..

Amidst the  ‘ubah gaya hidup anda’, ‘spend wisely’, ‘grow your own vegetables’ ( not mentioning ‘Abolish ISA’ ) slogans going around, I signed some petitions, and grew my own vegetables…

 Weelll….sprouting alfalfas could qualify as growing my own vegetables, can ? can ? can ?

 Thanks to Ms Chuah for providing me with the alfalfas seeds – my try-out before investing in my own seedlings.( just in case the sprouts turns out ‘too green’ for my palate ) ( alfalfa seeds can be purchase from most organic shops)

 Step 1 . prepare the media, a sieve would work well, line them with cloth / cotton (this remind me of the taugeh science project back in primary school) for this 1st trial , I lined the sieve with tissues. Make sure that the cloth/cotton/tissues are constantly wet/ moist ( I have the sieve on top of a bowl filled with water and the water level just nicely reaching the tissues to wet them)

 Step 2. Scatter the seeds…..may tall trees grow from seeds I sow….

 

NB: I was not sure will the seeds be ‘attacked’ by ants / lizards/toyol , so I had the bowl on top of a plateful of water – as a kiasu measure.

 I store them at the kitchen-with some sunlight but not under direct sunlight

After 12 hours

After 48 hours

 

After 48 hours

After 5 days

Each day a happy moment -observing the progress.

 Day 7 Alfalfa cheese sandwich

 

 

Did a brief google on Alfalfa sprouts :

  • And how the professional does it..

http://www.backyardnature.net/simple/alf-spr.htm

  • Benefits of alfalfa sprouts :

http://www.isga-sprouts.org/alfalfa.htm

Studies in humans, animals and cell culture systems suggest that dietary phytoestrogens play an important role in prevention of menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease. Broadly defined, phytoestrogens include isoflavones, coumestans, and lignans. Alfalfa sprouts, soybeans, clover and oilseeds (such as flaxseed) are the most significant dietary sources of isoflavones, coumestans, and lignans, respectively.

http://www.pyroenergen.com/articles07/sprouts-health-benefits.htm

Alfalfa sprouts contain significant dietary sources of phytoestrogens-known to have preventive elements for cancer, heart diseases, menopausal symptoms, and osteoporosis.

  • Side effects

http://www.vitaminsdiary.com/herbs/alfalfa.htm

Alfalfa can aggravate systematic lupus erythematosis, an inflammatory disease.

  •  Safety of raw alfalfa sprouts

 http://www.fcs.uga.edu/pubs/current/FDNS-E-33.html

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/news/Pages/PH08-10-ConsumerWarningAlfalfaSprouts.aspx

 http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1999/199_sprt.html

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