The “Grow Your Own Food” movement has thousands of new followers every day. In fact, many households from one end of the world to the other have made growing their food a sustainable way of life.
Our family, too, considers being able to harvest fruit, flowers and produce directly from our garden as a blessing.
But what are the benefits of doing so?
There are so many – too many! – to cite. Here below, we list the most valuable ones to us. There is no particular order, as we find all reasons equally important.
You know what you get. When you harvest from your plants, you are absolutely sure of what ends up in your plate. And, of course, where it’s from. The taste is awesome, the produce wholesome and the colors are vibrant.
Your food is clean. When tending to your seedlings and plants, going organic is a must. In this way, no chemicals or man-made additives access your body through produce. The food is safe to eat after a simple water rinse and only delivers valuable nutrients to you.
You reconnect to the Earth. In this hectic day and age, we tend to forget the simple things. Like the ground under our feet: it is not there only for us to walk on, but also – especially – to give us healthy, nutritious food. By growing your own produce and taking time from a busy day to marvel at Mother Nature, you learn gratitude. You also grow in love, by making sure the little seed entrusted to your care actually makes it to the fruit-bearing stage. And you enrich your own spirit by digging your fingers and toes in the rich soil. “Voluntary simplicity” becomes a way of life.
Your children learn. Have your children participate when you sow, water, prune and harvest. They learn to appreciate the value of simplicity from a small seed on up, as well as the hard work that comes with making sure only good food reaches their plate. They develop respect and awe for the cycle of nature, of the seasons and of life.
You waste less and share more. Growing your own food calls for long hours of hard work and a continuous effort in tending to plant needs. Instead of wasting what you harvest, you then will want to share it with whomever is in need. At the local market, amidst friends and family, in the neighborhood.
You feel good. A little time and attention go a long way in your garden. And it rewards you with a sense of accomplishment that is immense. In fact, knowing your love helps a tiny being flourish into something edible is nothing short of a miracle. Be grateful for this gift of goodness!
Do you have any comments or additions based on your experience?
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Hi there! My name is Michelle. I’m an American living in Italy, mom of two girls, a lover of travel, music and good food shared with loved ones. I am a freelance grant writer and a former agricultural development practitioner, having worked mostly in rural Africa for 18 years. I look forward to creating a space here – with your help – where we can exchange dreams, ideas and kindness to start shaping a better tomorrow.