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10 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food

by on August 12, 2012

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Growing your own food is cool.
Now that we’re condoning peer pressure or anything, but let’s face it, all the cool kids are growing their own food these days. You’ll feel more relaxed and zen-like, we promise.

Growing your own food is safe.
When was the last time you heard about a salmonella recall from home-grown spinach? You haven’t. Food grown at home is safer because we are more aware of everything that goes into growing it. You’re also able to avoid GMO vegetables if you know the source of your seed.

spring_onion_rowGrowing your own food is local.
You will never have to break your brain trying to calculate food miles again. Those tomatoes traveled 20 feet to get to your table, you environmental superhero.

Growing your own food is fun.
Not only do you have the convenience of fresh produce all season, you can also dig in the garden late at night using a flashlight and make your neighbors nervous. Seriously though, gardening is a source of great joy to those of us who do it. We’re happy people, whether you like it or not!

Growing your own food is easy.
Once you see just how simple it is to grow your own food, you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Growing your own food saves you money.
You will spend less on your grocery bill. Period.

Growing your own food is tasty.
Here’s a test for you: Grow some heirloom tomatoes, then go buy one at the supermarket. Compare them for taste. Done.pears

Growing your own food sets a good example.
Your kids are watching what you do. When you grow food, they see it and even if they initially turn their noses up at Brussels sprouts, they will learn from the example you set.

Growing your own food is responsible.
The toxic chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that may be present in store bought produce doesn’t stand a change in your home garden. When you grow it yourself, you know exactly what is in it and more important, what isn’t.

Growing your own food is sustainable.
Buy seed. Grow your own. Harvest seed. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

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