Nutrition 301: Growing Your Own Food

If it’s good enough for the White House it’s good enough for the rest of us, right. Well, maybe if we also had a staff of hundreds to tend to that garden. With the growing concern over our food supply and the rising cost of food many people are resorting to growing their own produce. And yes, some have even gone as far as to have their own chicken coups. The primary reason to grow your own food is to ensure it’s 100% organic, pesticide free and are not GMO (genetically modified). If you have a good size back yard with a patch you can farm, this may be a good solution for you. Companies are creating products that make it easy for amateurs to grow their own food. Did you know you can grow tomatoes in pots, no need to dig around and deal with the worms and other wild life. (I’m a city girl). Being a city girl is no excuse. Sky rises and apartment buildings are getting in the game with rooftop gardens.

If you’ve been to the grocery store or an all-organic store such as Whole Foods, you know buying organic can pack a punch to the wallet. I’m in a personal slow conversion to buying more organic. I focus on foods that are likely to have high levels of pesticides such as apples and root vegetables (potatoes, beets, etc.). Foods such as bananas and avocados, hard skins, are likely to have less pesticides because you don’t eat the skins. GMOs are also an issue. I find it disturbing that this practice is banned in other developed countries, but farmers are almost coerced into having to use GMO seeds for their crops. (Whole other discussion – search on Monsanto).

Here are some resources to help point you in the right direction:

Try growing just one thing. I tried tomatoes. Didn’t go so well the first time around, but can’t wait to give it another go. I did grow some basil. As for me, I think I will pay someone to get my garden started and then maintain it myself.

I’m just keeping it new.

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