Grow Your Own Popcorn

by Seasonal Wisdom on April 23, 2014

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This summer, why not grow your own popcorn? And not just any popcorn either. We’re talking untreated, organic and non-GMO popcorn, which is getting harder and harder to find in grocery stores … and seed catalogs.

Seasonal Wisdom teamed up with Angie’s Popcorn and Fiskars to make it easier for you to grow popcorn in your own garden this year.  We’re giving away TWO garden prize packages with untreated, non-GMO Boomchickapop™ popcorn seeds, Fiskars garden tools and more. You’ll be popping your own homegrown corn before you know it! Hurry — This random drawing ends at midnight on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Congratulations to Cindy from Virginia and David from Pennsylvania for winning this random drawing.

Grow your own popcorn with this Grow Some Boom giveawayWhat’s Going On?

When Angie’s Popcorn approached me recently about participating in their summer-long “Grow Some Boom” campaign, I was already familiar with the products. I first bought their popcorn, because of a relatively small logo on their packaging that said they didn’t use GMO corn.

Finding non-GMO popcorn in your stores isn’t easy these days. It’s getting more difficult to find non-GMO corn seeds for your garden too, according to the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

What’s a GMO? Basically, this term stands for genetically modified organisms, and is commonly used by the public to talk about foods that have been genetically engineered.

This isn’t your typical plant cross breeding, according to Sustainable Table.

“With genetic engineering, genes from completely different species can be inserted into one another,” writes the website. “Scientists in Taiwan have successfully inserted jellyfish genes into pigs in order to make them glow in the dark.”

Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my pork glowing in the dark. And I don’t want my corn and my popcorn genetically engineered either.

Unfortunately, approximately 88 percent of corn grown in the United States is now genetically engineered.

“The majority of genetically engineered crops grown today are engineered to be resistant to pesticides and/or herbicides,” writes Sustainable Table, “so that they can withstand being sprayed with weed killer while the rest of the plants in the field die.”

Sadly, the United States does not require genetically altered foods to be labeled, although 64 + other countries (including China and Russia) do require labeling, according to Just Label It!

Last week, the state of Vermont took steps to start requiring mandatory labeling on GMO ingredients by July 1, 2016.  Definitely a move in the right direction for those who want to know what is in their food. Here’s more from Treehugger.

Grow Some Boom

So to make a long story short, you can see why the timing could not be better to grow your own organic, non-GMO popcorn.  Besides, the weather is finally warming up after a long winter, and corn seeds should be planted after the last frost date in your area.

Grow your own popcorn with these Boomchickapop seedsHere’s what we’re giving away in this random drawing … TWO Grow Some Boom Packages with:

  • Untreated, organic and non-GMO Boomchickapop seeds to grow your own popcorn
  • Boomchickapop non-GMO popcorn, to eat while you’re waiting for your own popcorn to grow
  • Boomchickapop garden bag for tools, supplies or whatever you want

This Fiskars 3-piece Softouch tools will help you grow your own popcornFrom Fiskars, two winners will each receive a 3-piece Softouch® Garden Tool Kit for digging, weeding, loosening the soil and more.  All with a lifetime warranty.

Enter to Win

Before midnight on April 30, 2014, enter to win this Grow Some Boom drawing by using the Rafflecopter device below.  It’s easy to participate, and you have multiple chances to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This random drawing is limited to residents in the United States.  Please check your spam folders to see whether you’re one of the two winners! Congratulations to Cindy from Virginia and David from Pennsylvania for winning this random drawing.

Good luck all, and happy gardening!

Disclosure: If you read this blog often, you probably know already I’m a paid writer on Fiskars’ national Garden Experts Team. The Fiskars products were provided at no charge for this random drawing, but I was not paid by the company to conduct this promotion. Angies’ Popcorn packages also were provided at no charge, and I was compensated by this company for the promotion.  But my opinions are always my own.

More Help to Grow Your Own Popcorn

Grow Some Boom and Boomchickapop Facebook Page have growing tips and photos from gardeners around the nation.

Popcorn growing tips from Utah State Extension

Want to try sweet corn instead? Blue Jade Corn is another corn you need to try. It’s one of the few sweet corns to grow in containers!

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rob@bepasgarden April 24, 2014 at 4:59 am

Great post! Each year I have a harder time locating organic corn and I started saving seeds last year to ensure I always have some on hand. My wife and I also run an organic school garden program (thegardenatosw.blogspot.com) where we grown strictly organic heirloom varieties. I think it would be awesome to have the kids grow some organic pop-corn in the school garden this year! We are trying to make the children more aware of where their food comes by having them participate in growing it themselves. Growing foods they love like pop-corn really helps to get that point across.

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Deanne Spuhl April 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I’m so glad that there are non-GMO options. My family and I love popcorn. I never really thought about where our popcorn came from until I read this.

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Jane C April 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

My son loves popcorn and I want him to see where it comes from.

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Cheryl April 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm

It’s also difficult to get here and would be fun to show the kids that it can be done in home gardens.

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Jennie Brooks April 24, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I can’t imagine growing my own popcorn but I’ll try anything. boom!

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Denece Vincent April 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I want to grow tasty popcorn for my family. We grow lots of heirloom veggies in our backyard but organic popcorn would sure be a dandy addition!

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Seasonal Wisdom April 24, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Good luck everyone in this random drawing. I’m glad you’re willing to experiment with growing popcorn in the garden! We appreciate all the comments too. Teresa of Seasonal Wisdom.

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Victoria April 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm

The bigger question is what other kind of corn would you WANT to grow in your garden than the GMO type! And, I, and our dogs, LOVE popcorn!

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Victoria April 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

NON GMO, I meant, of course!!!

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Seasonal Wisdom April 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

No problem, Victoria. I KNEW what you meant. Good luck in the drawing and thanks for entering!

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Kelly April 24, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I want to grow corn for popping because popcorn is a favorite family snack. It would also be awesome to say that the kernels came from our own garden. Kids would LOVE that!

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Tamra Phelps April 25, 2014 at 10:51 am

I’d love to do this with my niece & nephews. I think they’d really enjoy growing their own corn.

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Elizabeth B. April 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Nice give-away package. I’ve had mixed success growing corn in past years. Eager to try this popcorn seed.

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Kat P. April 26, 2014 at 11:21 am

This year will be my first garden (first house!) and I am doing everything as non-GMO as possible. Also, no chemicals. I live right on a canal and I don’t want to add unnatural anything to the water!

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Christi April 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

How fun to grow your own popcorn – my boys would LOVE this!

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Mike the Gardener April 28, 2014 at 11:39 am

As always, a great post … and an excellent give away ! Good luck everyone :)

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Daily April 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

we grow corn, not for popcorn at our farm… you gave me good idea what to do this year :) at least a few, for a try … come visit me sometimes :)

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Kathy Hanley April 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

My daughter and I have fun growing vegetables and flowers in our gardens and I think she would really like to grow some popcorn!

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molly u April 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I grow and eat from my own garden

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DAVID YU April 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

I like Non-GMO. Because nature always is good for you and your next generation

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Emily Elmer April 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

Because popcorn is a common snack in my house. And having my kids see it grow would be great :-)

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Karen Farrow April 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

We love popcorn so I think it would be a great family activity

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AN April 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

If I don’t have enough space in my garden to plant all the seeds…(and I win of course) I would gladly share with my neighbors – they would be so surprised.

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Amy Tremmel April 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

Cannot wait to plant with my boys so they can actually see this popcorn grow!!!

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Hayleigh April 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

I’d love to grow organic, non-GMO popcorn in my garden because I LOVE popcorn.

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Jayme April 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

I have yet to find a store bought popcorn that I feel good giving my 4 year old daughter. Growing is the only way to feel safe.

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Sadie B. April 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

I would love to grow my own popcorn in my garden. We eat so much of it, it would save some money.

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Judy Lichtman April 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

My kids and I love popcorn and we don’t like stuff added in.

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Krisi April 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

Love this popcorn…. We eat at least a bag a day =) Great giveaway.

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karen s April 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

Grow my own organic popcorn? Would love to! Or at least try..they say my thumb is brown but I don’t give up easily. I absolutely LOVE Angie’s!

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Monica April 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

Our family loves Boom Chicka Pop so much that it is hard to keep it in our house. It would be wonderful to grow some ourselves to keep our pantry stocked.

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Crosson47 April 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

I want to grow non-HMO corn to teach my son how to garden and eat health, non modified foods, and he loves popcorn. I want to show him how popcorn is really made and that it does not come from a box!

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Amy April 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

We live in Sonoma County and are lucky to be able to know exactly where most of our food comes from. However, we worry about GMOs. I love the idea of adding non-GMO corn to our garden!

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Trista April 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

Great post!! We are trying to cut all GMO foods out of our diets…. Which honestly is quite hard! Popcorn is such a weekness of mine and I’m so in love with your product and the idea of growing my own nonGMO popcorn!

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Mandy tiffany April 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

Great giveaway! This would be fun to try to keep my babies and I busy and for them to learn some new things :)

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Kelly April 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

I think it would be a really fun/cool thing to do with my three kids :)

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Karla April 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

I would love to grow popcorn that is healthy and yummy for my family.

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Christina April 29, 2014 at 10:12 am

I would love to grow this for my family especially since prices are so high and what better to have something grown from your own garden that u know is safe for u and ur family to eat :)

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samantha April 29, 2014 at 10:12 am

Id like to grow it because keeping my children healthy is important to me.

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Delinda Clark April 29, 2014 at 10:12 am

Thank you for this opportunity, and thanks for the free seeds! They are in the ground now :)

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Jennifer Herman April 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

I would love to grow them in my garden. I love having the fresh organic options to use in my families diet.

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Chad April 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

I am so wanting this! We grow only organic here in our gardens, and yes..it is getting harder and harder to find the seeds to start with!

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DENISE ZBIERSKI April 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

I haven’t grown anything in a long time and it’s time I start again! This seems like the best way to start!

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John Herman April 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

I would like to have this. I take pride in growing my garden and I would like to add this to it.

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Cathy April 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

Love BoomChickAPop Popcorn!!! :)

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Ivana V. April 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

It’ll be my first time growing corn & after reading about what a GMO is, I would definitely like to try growing non-GMO (pop)corn!

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Bridget Taylor April 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

Love organic popcorn.

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Sharon G April 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

I love to garden and I love popcorn so this is perfect for me. I hope I win.

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monica g April 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

I love growing my own food and gardening!

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Melissa Sly April 29, 2014 at 10:23 am

so cool, we have tried to grow corn before but have only had luck with the indian corn.

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Sharon G April 29, 2014 at 10:24 am

I would love to win this! I love to garden and I love popcorn….

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jeff k April 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

would love to show my two daughters how popcorn is grown – and specifically give them a non-gmo option

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Kelli April 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

I have a four year old boy that would love to grow popcorn in our garden

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Melissa April 29, 2014 at 10:33 am

I’m always looking to try new things, especially if they’re healthy!

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Sheryl Edwards April 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

Never tried growing our own corn for popcorn before but it sounds fun & nutritious! I like the idea of non-GMO and organic! Our family does really enjoy popcorn as a snack and we eat a lot of it!

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Jennifer S April 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

This is my family’s FAVORITE popcorn! How awesome it would be to grow our own! My kids would be so excited to watch it grow!

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Courtney M April 29, 2014 at 10:40 am

My mom and I garden together, it’s a bonding thing for us..we grow many veggies organically, I think it’d be great for us to try something new like growing popcorn!

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Alicia April 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

My family has a large garden and a compost pile in our backyard. Gardening is big for my dad! And Boom Chicka Pop is big for me =D

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Sara April 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

Our family just loves your popcorn, and what a great weekend activity it would be to plant our own!

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sharon April 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

I would love to eat something that i know is real and true and actually have taste. This would be my first attempt at a garden. :)

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Robin April 29, 2014 at 10:47 am

This looks interesting. I’ve never grown my own, would like to actually try this. Good luck and thanks for the chance.

#boom

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Karen April 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

Organic, non-GMO popcorn would be the only choice! We are what we eat and we really need to clean up our act.

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Dawn K April 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

We have started a little organic garden with herbs and some veggies, would love to add corn to the mix!

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Jill Waldren April 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

What a great giveaway! Gardening supplies and Angie’s Popcorn! Awesome!

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April Freeman April 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

This is a great giveaway, this year my family and I commit to ourselves to only plant non gmo organic seeds, this would be a great starter for us, Thank you for the chance and good luck everyone else.

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Carole b April 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

I love popcorn and it would be fun to grow good healthy popping corn!

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Matt Carroll April 29, 2014 at 11:13 am

I prefer to plant non GMO seeds (like this popcorn) because no one really knows the long term affect of eating GMO foods.

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Gerry April 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

Growing your own always taste better.

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Juanita April 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

I would love to win because I would love to start teaching the grandbabies how important it is to put back what you take from the earth

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Lori G April 29, 2014 at 11:18 am

I would like to grow corn in my garden. I’ve recently moved to a new home and I have lots of space to plant and grow. It would be neat to grow my own popcorn seeds. They would make great gifts!

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David Bluestone April 29, 2014 at 11:19 am

I love Boom C-Pop popcorn and I’m so glad they had me click through to your site. Great stuff!

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Amy April 29, 2014 at 11:23 am

It’s shocking how hard it is to stay away from GMO seeds. This is my 2nd year of consciously gardening and its scary how many plants/seeds are GMO. Thanks for the chance! Whenever I see boom chika pop in the store I smile.

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kaye newman April 29, 2014 at 11:42 am

I love popcorn. I eat it everyday. I think this would taste yummy! I would love to plant it in my garden.

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jules frazier April 29, 2014 at 11:42 am

Greetings, I would love to share this with my little Grandchildren. When I was little my Father always planted corn. When my Father was planting fields of corn, peanuts, beans, etc. it was organic “to me”. I purchase most of my food for Whole foods, because I want organic! I want my grandchildren to want organic! Thank you, for this great giveaway, and the great memories!

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Leighla April 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

Woo hoo love popcorn :)

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Claire April 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

popcorn is an awesome healthy snack

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tara pittman April 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

We eat a lot of popcorn for snacks.

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Becky Shipley April 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

So sad that so much of our food is GMO :( But yea for Angie’s popcorn!

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samuella April 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

my grandkids would love growing their own popcorn. They love it as an after school snack.

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marya oakes April 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm

We have friends that grow Amish popcorn, and it is so good. Small, and with delicate kernels. We would love to try growing something similar.

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Kelsey April 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm

My family is trying to add more organic and non GMO foods into our lives. Popcorn is a favorite snack and we’d sure love to try this brand and our own homegrown seeds.

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Sarah B. April 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Popcorn is healthy and delicious, and GMOs are EVIL! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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lana simanovicki April 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm

we eat popcorn all the time i would plant it beacuse ist healthy and good for me and my family

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Korie B April 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

I live growing organic and knowing that in some small way, I am helping the environment. I’m also hooked on popping my own popcorn, so this would be the best of both worlds!

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Rachael Alexander April 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I’m trying hard to get organic .. for my family and myself to be healthier, more sustainable and more conscious of what we put in the ground, our bodies and other plants and animals. Also, trying to teach my kids the value of Non-GMO veggies and plants :)

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miranda April 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

My kids love popcorn, and how fun to grow it!

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Allison April 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Not only is this popcorn an awesome snack- it’s great seeing the work that Angie’s Popcorn is doing to educate and promote better sustainability and environmentally friendly methods!

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Eryn April 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I’d like to grow non-GMO popcorn with the teens at our library. We do a monthly movie night with the teens, with popcorn. I’ve started showing them how easy it is to make fresh airpopped popcorn, over the packaged microwavable stuff. How great would it be to take it to the next step of having them plant & harvest their own non-GMO popcorn right from the library yard?

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Leah Brislin April 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Popcorn is our favorite snack, and this would be a great homeschool project!

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Brooke Torkelson April 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I’d love to try a non GMO popcorn in our garden this summer as I severly suffer from migraines and my family LOVES popcorn!!

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Cindy Collins April 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I Absolutely Love Gardening Please Please Please Say This Is For Me & My Green Thumb ^_^

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Diane O. April 29, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I love growing vegetables and fruits–especially anything that is non-GMO!!

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gary April 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

sounds like a fun project

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LauraK April 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

We’ve been gardening semi-organically for several years-phasing out chemicals, hybrids etc. We’re trying to eat healthy and live healthy in as many ways as we can. Just moved to 8 acres and would love to grow our own popcorn!

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Fallon April 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I have some Boom seeds sprouting up right now! I would truly love to get some more for my mother and sister.

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Kellie Rose Wilson April 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I love popcorn but I don’t like eating chemicals. I would love to grow my own organically!

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Rebecca Gibula April 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I would love to win some Angie’s Boomchickapop items to start my garden with!!

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Stacey April 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

We just bought a new house (we’re moving from an apartment) and I’d love to grow some fun stuff in our new yard!

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Trisha Zmijewski April 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

This would be awesome!! I love Angie’s Boomchickapop and I need new tools. :)

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betsy cortez April 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I would love to win a popcorn growing kit because I love popcorn and eat it almost everyday.

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julie April 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

my kids would love to grow their ouwn popcorn, and I would love to teach them all about sustainability

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Christina April 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Great giveaway! I love the idea of growing your own popcorn!

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Georgiana April 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I love popcorn especially with no GMOS! Thank you!

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Meli H. April 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

We love popcorn!!! It’d be so cool to grow our own!

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Maryanne April 29, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I would like to try growing popcorn!

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Shawn E April 29, 2014 at 5:57 pm

LOVE popcorn…and knowing it is homegrown GMO free makes it all the yummier!!!

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audrey vaught April 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I would love to grow my own corn…I just worry about space. I live in the suburbs and only have a small garden..wondering how much space I need. On the other hand who doesn’t want a front yard filled with corn! Grow corn in the suburbs….challenge ACCEPTED!

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Jimmy Arcade April 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I would love to grown my own organic popcorn because our family consumes popcorn in mass quantities and knowing the source of our favorite snack would give us such peace of mind.

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Anna Holland April 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

the best pop corn ever

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Ro M. April 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm

What’s better than a healthy snack!?!

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Rachel G April 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Would love to be able to pop our own nonGMO popcorn!!

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Joan Pero Kinney April 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Growing my own popcorn would be awesome!

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Wiley Hall April 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I like knowing I’m feeding my family healthy food.

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Jennifer Essad April 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm

for the second summer I’m going to try to grow organic vegetables and herbs. It’s difficult since moving to FL the heat really gets to the plants quickly. Our family is trying to purchase organics on a regular basis, we appreciate eating well for our good health

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Renata April 30, 2014 at 5:50 am

GMO-free popcorn is the best and the only kind we eat!

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Toni Purcell April 30, 2014 at 7:48 am

My Dad loves, loves Pop Corn but finding a healthy one that taste great has always been difficult GMO free just could be the answer

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erika campbell April 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

entered and shared

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Becky Kopera April 30, 2014 at 8:57 am

I would love to try this project with my students with special needs!

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Terry Cross April 30, 2014 at 10:12 am

I think the kids would enjoy growing their own popcorn and learning where it comes from.

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sara beth April 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

I’d love to teach our students about growing GREAT popcorn so they NEVER by the microwave popcorn EVER again! yuck! :-D

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Stacey April 30, 2014 at 11:48 am

Would love to grow my own!

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angela April 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Preschool teacher and we have our own garden for every class is our center. What a great teaching tool!

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Katie Johnson April 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Can’t wait to try it!

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Victoria April 30, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I’ve always wanted to grow corn in my garden and what better way to grow it than with non GMO seeds? :)

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Cindy Kuykendall April 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I want to grow food and provide food for my family that is organic not with all the chemicals and stuff. It has to be better for us.

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Tamara B. April 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I’d like to grow organic, non-GMO popcorn in my garden because I want to feed my family healthy foods!

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Karen J April 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Patio garden with potted tomato and pepper plants.

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Diane April 30, 2014 at 11:41 pm

My 2 1/2 year old loves popcorn, and would be awesome to grow our own!

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Chandra Stevens May 1, 2014 at 1:50 am

my husband start our 1st garden together this year.it’s a greatest feeling to see little sprouts coming up from things you planted. I can’t wait to have our first meal of home grown veggies.

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