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The Multiple Benefits of Growing Your Own Food

Updated on April 17, 2014

Grow Your Own

Fresh food tastes best. The shorter the distance from the field, where the food is grown, to the kitchen, where the food is prepared, the fresher the food will be. The shortest route is from you backyard or balcony to your kitchen.

However, freshness is only one of the multiple benefits the gardener receives for growing his or her own food. While, it is a challenge for most urban dwellers to grow all or even a significant portion of their own food; it is possible even in a small space to grow some of your own food. Vegetables, herbs and fruit trees can be grown in containers on patios and balconies.

Fresh vegetables are not the only food source possible; you add eggs by keeping three or four chickens in a backyard chicken coop.

In addition, to the benefit of high quality fresh food, provided, of course, the methods used are organic, the gardener increases her personal connection with the food she prepares and serves. When you know where your food originates and the route it ravels from field to fork, you know what you are eating and what has been done to the food along its journey.

The food we purchase in a major grocery store does not originate from that store; it may have traveled hundreds of not thousands of miles to get to the stores shelves and coolers. There is an environmental cost to this journey, so reduce the distance your meal journeys and you reduce the amount of gas needed to get it there as well as the wear and tear on the highways, for example.

Gardening provides both a physical and a mental workout. Physically, the various garden acts such as weeding, harvesting planting, transplanting, watering and so on all use up energy and burn off a few calories.

When I step into my garden, I step away from my day-to-day routine and this act alone has a calming and renewing effect. As the ability to grow food increases so does the sense of self-worth and its accompanying self-esteem.

Time spent gardening organically is time invested in helping to maintain and rebuild the local environment. When you garden naturally and incorporate plants that attract, bees, birds, butterflies and a variety of other small wildlife, you are reestablishing an ecosystem rather than destroying one. Your work to grow food revitalizes the earth.

There are multiple benefits to be reaped, when you step outside and start and care for your own home vegetable garden.

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Fresh is Best, thanks for dropping by.

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    Artin2010 

    8 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

    very nice hub Bob. If I grow it, they must come and eat it, and they better say YUUMMie, or I won't invite them again!

    I agree with Rope,"Fresh is Best!" Hub on friend.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Cherry tomatoes are a personal favourite, thanks for dropping by and happy gardening.

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    The Rope 

    8 years ago from SE US

    My fingers are not green, my yard is not fashionable, but for some reason I can grow peppers without even breathing hard. :D: Have found hundreds of ways to use them since they are so profilic. Tomatos elude me but it never stops me from trying. Cherry tomatos are the best I can do but I've come to love them. Green onions are my favorite. I love the garden's aroma when they are close to harvest and use them in almost everything I cook. My dad was a HUGE gardener so I've been around it all my life. You are so right FRESH IS BEST!

    Thanks for sharing such a great "GREEN" reminder!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    All the best, thanks for dropping by.

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    myawn 

    8 years ago from Florida

    I want to start a little garden thanks for great hub I love to eat organic vegetables they taste much better.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you both for dropping by.

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    leveille07 

    8 years ago from east palatka, fl

    I just finished getting a spot ready in my yard, going bigger this year than last

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Bob, I agree. I love picking food out of my garden. Planting time comes early here in northern FL but I do hope to get a small garden started.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    You are making my green fingers itch and we still got to get through February. Thank you for your lovely hub.

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