Here’s 5 Reasons why we should grow our own food:
1. It’s wonderful!
When we grow our own food, we watch in wonder as the tiny seed sprouts, the seedling adds leaves, then a flower. We can marvel at the bees spreading their pollen and we wait in anticipation as the flower slowly starts to turn into a pod that, in turn, magically grows into something we can eat.
2. We take time
When we grow our own food, we learn that it takes time for food to grow. We understand fruit and veggies need to be nurtured and cared for, and that they don’t just come in a carton or a crinkly plastic bag.
3. We see perfect imperfections
When we grow our own food, we see that imperfect is unique and super cool. A lopsided pumpkin tastes as sweet and delicious as a perfectly formed specimen. It becomes the feature of an Instagram photo, and the number of likes it gets for your post on facebook sky rockets.
4. It’s fun for everyone!
Growing food is super fun for whole family: kids and parents and grandparents. Everyone can become enchanted with the daily changes that the veggie patch provides. We can pat and poke and squeeze all the new things we see because new things are sprouting and growing, every day.
5. We feel proud of what we’re doing
We can all feel a sense of pride when we’ve grown and made something. To pick a tomato or a zucchini and know that we’ve played a part in its formation is super rewarding. To present a carrot that’s been tended to every day by us is wonderfully satisfying. When we figure out how we can play an important role in growing our own fruit and vegetables, we feel a sense of responsibility and achievement. And, everyone wants to help and be involved. Watering, weeding and sorting out pesky snails is satisfying, and it’s fun!