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Can Growing a Garden Save the World?

by on December 14, 2011

UrbanFig: Garden PlotThink back to the last road trip you took. For me it was a drive from Alabama to Virginia at the beginning December to celebrate my beloved’s birthday. Between rest areas and eating on the go, by the end of the day all I wanted was a hot shower and a pillow. If I feel like that at the end of a journey of a few hundred miles, what must life be like for the average produce that has to travel about 1500 miles before it reaches the American dinner table?

Fresh food is important, and growing a home garden is definitely an easy way to make that happen. Anyone without an interest in selling prepackaged junk will admit that fresh food just tastes better. How can it get more fresh than growing it in your own back yard?

The quality and nutrition of food breaks down over time. When it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, they start to lose valuable nutrition as soon as they’re picked! Of course anyone growing a garden probably doesn’t know much about that because some of those beautiful veggies never make it inside once they’re picked!

There is nothing like eating a fresh picked tomato or cucumber right from the vine and once you’ve grown your own you will never be able to stomach those mealy, flavorless imposters from many grocery store produce aisles. Couple that sense of satisfaction with the knowledge that you are reducing your carbon footprint and the number of food miles your dinner had to travel and you just might be on the road to saving the world after all.

If everyone were to grow just one vegetable plant at home that might normally travel thousands of miles to reach them, imagine the impact on the air we breathe and the fossil fuels we use. Not a bad way to relax at the end of a day at work, huh?

If you’re new and still learning how to garden, be sure to check out our starter packages and let me know if you have questions or comments at michael@urbanfig.com.

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Beth Jones December 14, 2011 at 5:21 PM

I totally agree. While I have a (small) soft spot in my heart for big farmer’s (my grandpa was one)… I completely agree it’s time we get back to the basics and grow our own foods as much as possible. I love the home gardening trend and being a part of it! I’m constantly trying to get others to follow to, lol!
We went for quantity, and succeeded. Now it’s time to strive for quality. 🙂

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Michael Nolan December 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I love the last line of your comment, Beth. That is perfectly stated and truly quote-worthy.

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