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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

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