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5 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food

You know it’s a good idea and you’ve been thinking about starting. To help inspire you to grab a shovel or build a coop, here are some great reasons to start growing your own food.

It’s Empowering

When you have the ability to work with the earth to provide for your basic needs, you develop a self-confidence and sense of security that is magnetic. If you want to heal your root chakra, forget the deep squats or low tones in meditation. Dig your hands into the dirt harvesting potatoes you’ve grown from seed, and you’ll be empowered.

It’s Sensational

If you have only eaten produce from grocery stores or restaurants – then you have seriously deprived taste buds. The good news is there is a whole new world of taste awaiting you! Wild animals can sense deep nutrition and you still have this ability too. Eat food grown in rich soil and tended with love, and awaken your senses.

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Toxicity

The commercial food supply is toxic. Pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, food coloring, preservatives… Oh yeah, and then there are GMO’s, confined animal operations, feedlots, and factory farms. Do I need to go on?

Variety

Almost all the food Americans eat is derived from just 12 plants. Corn, wheat and soy are the biggest three (and from those three almost all meat and dairy is derived). By growing your own you get to have all kinds of exotic fruits and rare vegetables. Jujubee’s, paw paws, heirloom tomatoes, lambsquarters, purslane, pigeon, rabbit, goose, or goat, quail eggs, lily tubers… the list goes on and on. There are thousands of varieties of beans, pumpkins, squashes, cucumbers, tomatoes and other foods that will never make it to a grocery store or even a farmers market, but you can grow it in your backyard. By widening your variety of foods, you are also increasing the range of micronutrients you consume!

Obesity

Is there any doubt that eating commercially grown food causes obesity? With 67% of Americans either overweight or obese – this just ain’t normal. I’ve seen it explode in just my lifetime. Growing your own food gives you relief from fattening processed foods and gets you outside with fresh air and gentle exercise.

Where can you start?

That’s why I created The Homegrown Food Summit, featuring 30+ experts who share with you different ways to turn your backyard into your own grocery store and pharmacy. You can learn from folks like Joel Salatin, Sally Fallon, and dozens more experts who are passionate about empowering people with homegrown Real Foods. Check it out!

Salad Bar and Harvest pictures licensed under the Creative Commons.

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