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5 Best Reasons to Grow Your Own Food

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Growing your own food is one of the first steps towards a more self-sustaining lifestyle. And you do not have to be an experienced gardener to start enjoying the fruits, literally and figuratively, of your labor. Whether you are trying your hand at vegetable gardening or growing some herbs in containers at home, here are some of the best reasons why you should keep at it.

1. Save more and enjoy more for less
It may not seem like much, but you can save more over time when you start growing some edibles you often use at home. This could be anything – from herbs like basil to onions or tomatoes and more. There is a long list of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that you can start cultivating even in small spaces. Some could easily thrive in containers so having no backyard for a traditional garden should not be a problem.

2. Freshness
Why pay more for fresh produce when you can harvest or pick some from your own garden. Planting and cultivating edibles provide you with a constant source of the freshest ingredients for your meals.

3. Get introduced to a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs
Gardening can be an educational hobby. It offers plenty of opportunities to learn more about the food you can grow at home. It may even introduce you to some unfamiliar plants that you can easily add to your garden. Growing edibles opens new doors to a whole new world of tastes and flavors you would normally not pay attention to if you rely chiefly on supermarkets or other ready sources of produce and food products.

4. Good for your health and the environment’s
Buying fewer food items that travel thousands of miles to get to you may not be the sole solution to environment problems. But it is a small step towards minimizing your personal impact and carbon footprint. Gardening not only helps you source the freshest food and ingredients at home. It is also a good form of exercise and has a therapeutic effect that will help soothe your mind and body.

5. Gives you a choice on how you grow your food
One of the downside of buying produce from sources you know little about is that you have no idea what went into growing it. You will have no idea of what types of pesticides were used. Growing your own food, however, gives you a choice and control on how you cultivate them. You can use your own chemical-free fertilizers or pesticides and not worry about the potential harmful effects of having them in your food.

The Perks Of Eating Locally

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We all know how locally grown food helps keep people healthy with its natural properties. We also know how locally grown food helps keep places sustainable with its environmental benefits.

But you know what?

There’s more to locally grown food than it seems to be.

Here are the perks of eating locally:

It helps us become more mindful.

That is, when it comes to health. Eating locally grown food doesn’t only help keep us healthy with its natural properties, but also help us become more mindful about what we do every single day. This includes what we eat on a daily basis, what we drink on a regular basis, what we do on a daily basis, and where we go on a regular basis – all of which are considered important factors when it comes to a person’s overall well-being. One slip in any of these will result to a person going back to full circle with his progress on becoming healthier.

It helps us become more aware.

That is, when it comes to places. Eating locally grown food doesn’t only help keep places sustainable with its environmental benefits, but also help us become more aware about what we do to our environment. This includes how we treat even the smallest of insects, how we treat especially the biggest of trees, what we do to help maintain our surroundings, and where we go to help improve our surroundings – all of which are considered important factors when it comes to a place’s overall well-being. One slip in any of these will result to a place going back to full circle with its progress on becoming more sustainable.

How about you?

Do you know any other perks of eating locally? Let us know in the comments section below while checking out Volunteer Alameda to see how you can maximize the impact of those mentioned above.