There are lots of reasons why you should consider growing your own food. Whether you have a lot of land or a small yard, whether you are rich or poor, and whether you have years of experience of are just starting, growing your own food has something for everyone.
Learn More about the World
When you start to get your hands dirty with soil, you start to engage with the world in all new ways. First, you’ve got to pick what it is you want to grow, which means you have to find out what grows well in your climate. Before you even see a sprout poking out of your yard, you’ll have gone a in depth lesson on Mother Earth, and it only gets better.
One you find out what it is you can grow, you’ll then need to understand the mechanics of the plant – when to water, how much sunlight it requires, and if there are any specific oddities about the plan. As you plant row by row of fresh vegetables, you’ll become an expert on each one.
Becoming a Part of the Environment
I like to think of each plant planted as an insertion of yourself into Mother Earth. Truly, you’re creating life, which in turn breeds other life. Experiencing this first hand opens your eyes to a whole new world. You’ll be able to look out your window and see the things you’ve created.
Not only does this provide you with a sense of satisfaction, but it also helps facilitate a feeling of strong environmental value. You’re being more “green” by being your own farmer, no doubt about that.
Help Keep the World Healthy
As your plants nourish the soil and help create new habitats for all types of living things, you’ll also be taking cars off the road because of the decrease in demand for the vegetables you grow. Simply put, when you grow your own food, other food doesn’t need to be grown somewhere else, shipped to you, and refrigerated the whole way.
This saves a ton on CO2 emissions, not just from shipping, but also from your trip to the store!
Keeps you Healthy
That healthy food in your backyard is yours. You know exactly what is it you put into it. That gives you the unique opportunity to grow organic, fresh food in your garden, providing your family with sustenance untouched by chemical growing methods.
On another note, it keeps you physically active. You’ll spend a lot of time digging, planting, and tending to your mini-farm, which means lots of activity. This is also a great way to get your kids involved and physically active. Farming is fun – believe it or not!
Finally, it even adds a little longevity to your bank account. By planting and growing your own food, the price to start a garden is quickly offset with the first harvest. This saves you lots of money down the road, and you’ll soon be giving away food to friends and family!
Finally, farming from home is relaxing, and some studies actually suggest gardening helps with depression. Getting yourself out there, being active, and actively thinking about a project keeps our mind tuned with the world around us. Remember, you don’t want to over think anything – relationships, life, or work. Farming provides an escape!
Originally published Nov. 15th 2011.