Thursday, May 30, 2013

Grow something

After all the complaining about GMOs and conventional farming, it still never ceases to amaze me that people won't take the time to grow a single fresh item of their own.

While I'm obviously a huge advocate of voting with your dollars by supporting humane farming practices and buying from local and organic farmers , the best way to get connected back to the earth and to food is to grow it yourself.

No matter where you live, what kind of space you have or what kind of time you have, you can grow something. Got a window sill and no time? A simple clay pot and a little dirt can yield fresh herbs.

Got a deck? Consider a planter box for some tomatoes or lettuce. Got a yard? Consider mixing in vegetables among your flower beds or creating a veggie patch. Start small and build up to more.

A few years ago, I started with herbs on the window sill before graduating to a couple small beds in my yard last spring. This year I added a planter box on my deck. Next year, I plan to rip out a portion of my yard for a large gardening space.

There's nothing quite like the joy of picking those fresh fruits and veggies knowing that it was your hands that tilled and watered the soil, and your sweat and energy that went into producing your meal. If you have children, it's a great way to teach them about food and help them connect with nature. Plus, it tastes better than anything you can buy at the grocery store and you can rest easy knowing that your food is pesticide and herbicide free.

So, get your hands a dirty. Grow something. Anything. And enjoy the ultimate in fresh and whole this summer.

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