Grow Your Own!

Check the labels on your store-bought produce. If it is even produced in the US, it most likely is not from the state your in, even more likely, it is imported from another country like, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Japan, Canada. The majority of the food we eat is grown by people we don’t know in a place very far away from where it is being eaten. Growing vegetables at home or in a community garden is very easy. It is beneficial to the land and allows one to produce for themselves in the manner they want.

This is about becoming more self-sufficient. Produce for yourself, your family, and your community. Ultimately, it will create more localization. It will reduce the transportation of goods from across the globe. That means less pollution and fewer chemicals used on the produce to keep it from spoiling before reaching the market.

Growing your own food allows you monitor every step from seeds to harvest. That means you have complete control over how it is grown and harvested. Want organic seeds? Want to use all natural fertilizer? Want to keep pesticides a million miles away? These are now in the domain of the grower.

Community gardens have become increasingly popular. It is a fantastic idea. These are very impactful ways for people of a particular area to come together around gardening and growing food. When planned and managed well, these community gardens can provide bountiful harvests. They can be fun ways to introduce gardening to those who might think it is too much for them to do at their own house and to learn the fundamentals.

Gardening has additional societal benefits in terms of how it changes the perspectives of those who engage in the activity. When you see how soil, water, and seed come together and create beautiful plants and food it makes you more sentimental towards nature. One becomes more environmentally aware, which is critical in our current political atmosphere.

The home garden needs to make a comeback. Think of all the unutilized backyards, front yards, patches of dirt at the neighborhood playground, the rooftops of all the big buildings and warehouses. Homeowners will spend thousands of dollars on putting down a carpet-like layer of grass, then hundreds of dollars on fertilizing and watering that grass. All for the benefit of…walking on it, having it look neat? I don’t really understand. GROW FOOD, NOT LAWNS!

Photo: https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/plan-beautiful-vegetable-garden

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