September 24, 2017

Just In Time…For Christmas

You are invited to participate in a squash growing competition!

I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘nutrient dense’—it’s everywhere. But what does it really mean? We would like to find out, and with your help we will. The USDA has compiled an extensive food nutrient database at This information allows you to quickly determine what nutrient levels are typically found in many different fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, green beans, etc. The database is useful except for one missing piece. It does not ask the most important question—how much nutrition should these foods contain? Many researchers and nutritionists are deeply concerned that nutrients in today’s fruit and vegetables are on a steep decline.

This competition aims to answer the question ‘How much mineral nutrition should butternut squash contain?’ We also want to highlight the best genetics in order to help growers achieve higher nutrient density.

Think you have butternut squash worthy of bragging rights?

To determine the nutrient density of your squash, a lab analysis is required. Here is how to get started:

  • Sign up for a free information pack at This package contains a detailed explanation of the process, a submittal form, and goes over the basics of how the lab analysis will be used to compute the nutrient density score.
  • Grow the very best quality squash you can any way you wish; organic, biological, conventional, etc.
  • Submit your squash with the submittal form before November 1, 2012.
  • All participants will receive a copy of the results, statistical analysis, and conclusions derived from the squash competition.
  • Prize winning growers and representatives from the seed companies will be highlighted on a free teleseminar mid-November 2012. Prize money will be paid before Thanksgiving 2012.

Sign up now! or if the internet is not your thing, call 507.235.6909. Who knows, it might earn you an extra $1,000 just in time for Christmas!


  1. m. j. tuveson says:

    Would enjoy participating in the squash growing from an organic focus as you stated in your Acre’s Jan 2012 article, Seedling Vigor. I plan to share your very clewar seed saving guidelines with herb club members. Am looking forward to reading everything on your website.
    Living on a former tobacco farm (central KY) that has not had anything except organic input for over 10 years.. Land grows wonderful weeds! Topsoil pile had great tetsukubota, jarradale and butternut squash with no fertiliztion.

    M J Tuveson

  2. Thanks M J,
    I would be glad for your participation in the competition. This is a collaborative effort. ~Jon

  3. Our Worms and Bees are already in the starting blocks, and the Soil is starting to steam!
    Now, if only the ice would melt! Many Thanks from North Idaho. May the Best Squash win!

  4. The Bees and Worms are already in their starting blocks, the soil is starting to steam and the compost pile is ablaze with an odor of anticipation! Now, if only the ice would melt! Many Thanks from North Idaho! May the Best Squash Win!

  5. Luke Wangen says:

    MJ do not forget the Bible. Reading/re-reading Genesis, Adam and Eve, will give you some insight into a potential weed issue. I think it is great that you are organic. It has taken me many years to realize, but the Bible has all the answers we seek. It is my belief that God has given us everything we need, somewhere on this earth. I am very excited about this competition, although I will be in a first year garden, with store bought seeds. I already am disadvantaged in many variables. However, it is still going to be a fun growing season for all! I have a butternut squash that is still in the garage from a different garden last year. It has no bad or soft parts. To bad this competition wasn’t last year! Lets all exceed expectations with nutrient density!

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