Thursday, April 7, 2011

Why you should grow your own food.

There are so many reasons that homeowners today are choosing to grow their own food. Not only is there no other way to get fresher, healthier produce than by growing it organically just steps away from your kitchen, but it's also tastier! Have you ever tasted really fresh peas, just seconds after picking? Fresh picked foods are one of life's greatest pleasures, and no supermarket can compete with that.
When you grow your own produce, you know exactly where it comes from. You have the peace of mind knowing that no harmful herbicides or pesticides were used, and no one's labor was exploited in the growing and harvesting of your crop.

If you have children, exposing them to vegetable gardening is a wonderful learning experience. Preparing the soil, planting seeds, watering, and finally picking the ripe produce become lessons in patience and responsibility while providing healthy activities that the whole family can do together. And your kids are more likely to eat the veggies if they grew them!

The next time you are browsing through your local market, take a look at the produce labels for their country of origin. Peru, France, Spain...while great vacation spots, imagine the transportation costs to the environment to get these foods from there to your door. If you grow your own food, you take yourself out of that environmentally damaging process.

Growing your own food can be extremely satisfying! Imagine your pride as you sit down with your family to a meal featuring a veggie that you grew yourself, knowing that you are eating the freshest, healthiest food possible? Yes! You grew that zucchini!

And finally, tending a garden can be lots of fun, and a great way to escape the daily grind and get in touch with nature.

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