5 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 30, 2011

I absolutely love growing some of our food. I dream of the day when I can grow the majority of our food, but I believe that’s many years off. I am still very much in the early learning stages of vegetable gardening, and hope that all the knowledge that I accumulate over the years will allow me to someday grow most of our food.

5 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

1. Organic – When you grow your own food, you have complete control of the soil, the fertilizer, the pest deterrents, and what the plants and vegetables get exposed to (minus the natural elements.)  You can grow organic vegetables and fruits for a fraction of what you would pay for them in the store, as well.

2. Therapeutic - There is just something primal and therapeutic about digging in the dirt, tilling soil and planting seeds and plants. When I work in the garden, the world disappears and I get to help something grow.  Therapy.

3. Pioneer-ish - It takes me back to the old days. What did people do before hypermarkets and supercenters?!  They grew their own food! There’s a part of me that longs for those days…the work ethic, the sustainability, the simplicity.

4. Educational – What better way to teach your children about plants, foods, the environment that with a garden. It’s practical, hands on work!  There really is no better way to learn. This year, the kids will get their own planter box and their own large pot to grow seeds. I want them to take pride in the food that they grow, and the food that we grow as a family. I want them to enjoy watching the green beans grow long, and the tomatoes change from green to orange-ish to bright red. I want them to love picking the food that will be on the table minutes later.

5. Economical – While gardening does require an initial investment, over the years it will pay itself back as you learn, grow your garden and learn how to keep up with the harvests. I love that I can pick tomatoes for several months, rather than having to pay for them at the store.  My $3 tomatoes plants will produce at least $30 worth of store bought tomatoes, if not more!  Simple savings.

Now, there are many, many, many other reasons to grow your own food.  If you’re not convinced, maybe one of my Facebook friends will convince you…fun, mine, self-reliance, environmental ethics, return to roots, freshness, cultivating pride, motivating kids…read more!

Do you grow your own food?! Why, or why not?!

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Melissa Miller April 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm

We planted a small garden last summer and the kids loved it. We are going to plant another one this year, just waiting for the weather to warm up. I let the kids pick what we are going to grow-tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, pole beans, cucumbers, pumpkins just to name a few things. They love just going outside and picking the veggies and then washing them off and eating them.

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Melanie April 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

We grow our own food in a ever growing (size wise) garden. It is education for the kids, they learn about plant life cycles, how sun, rain and nutrients are essential to plant life. There is a sense of pride for them when they start with seeds or small plants that turn into lettuce, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, watermelons, pumpkins, peppers and carrots. It’s all organic at a lot cheaper price. We grow enough to share with neighbors or others who are in need. We will be learning how to can and store more of what we grow which helps us be more self sufficient, especially with the even increasing prices of food. And anyone can grow vegetables, even if they don’t have a lot of space. Almost anything can grow in a container.

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Claire Chapin April 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Quesadillas are great! You can put almost anything in them! Great way to use leftovers, a little cheese and kids love them, plus they can make their own! Also save all those left over bits of veggies and store them in the freezer. Great for soup or stews and no waste!

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Lisa Stice April 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

We have been growing a small garden each year for the last 3 years. The kids really enjoy going to the garden and picking out something to eat. Now if I could only get them to weed it for me. I suppose that will happen when they keep their rooms clean without me asking.

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Jean April 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Over the past couple of months I’ve been moving our family away from processed foods and more to whole foods…I want to get back to the way my grandmother did it….grew her own, made her own, etc. We don’t have the space to plant a garden this year, but next summer we’re planning on a move from Long Island to PA and with that comes lots of land and lots of fruit/veggie growing! I’m so excited and apparently I’ve been talking about it alot that my 6 year old son keeps asking when can we move because he wants to start growing some free food! LOL

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Gail Becker May 1, 2011 at 4:04 am

This year my garden is bigger than in the past. I love to grow veggies & flowers! Feels good when what you plant grows & it sure does taste beter than from the grocery store. I still like to do farmers markets because their food also tastes better than from grocery store. I’ve noticed that potatoes from my local farmers last longer, don’t have yucky smell & taste better.

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TheGourmetCoffeeGuy May 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Great post about reasons to grow our own food, at least seasonally. Agree with every point you make. Wise and common sense plus the food you grow always seems to have a “special taste.” It’s so much fun picking fresh tomatoes, for example, to add to your salad. One additional benefit is the opportunity to share with older neighbors, friends and family some of your own produce. Usually there is never enough to go around but what you give as a gift is always appreciated.

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Tara May 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm

We are enlarging our garden and I also joined a local CSA so that we can try to get more locally. I don’t know how much I will save, but I do feel better supporting our local farmers. And even though we are in the middle of town, we have starting keeping chickens!

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