Gandhi once said, "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves," to which I reply, Mahatma, does your philosophy factor in the sprout? [...] I met the broccoli sprout, which, along with its other sprout cousins, grows from seed to edible snack in about five days, with the help of nothing but some water and a mason jar. On the conference room table sat a couple of mason jars, a pitcher of water, a small roll of sticky mesh - the kind you put in your silverware drawer - and a few packets of seeds. The next day, they were drained and rinsed and the jar covered and set upside down propped at an angle, to allow further draining. Four ounces of sprouts retail for about $2 at a store, so making sprouts at home is a great investment. Toss them in salads or sandwiches, mix into risotto or add a handful to stir-fries for added nutrition and crunch. Growing sprouts Sprouts are ideal for the landless gardener and a fun indoor garden project for children.