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There are so many reasons why you should grow your own food, and continue to nurture your vegetable gardens as a source of food, fun, community, life and sustainability. Let Pip inspire you with some insight into the benefits of home grown food, cooking with fresh ingredients, the philosophy of permaculture, and the belief in the goodness of PIP –pollination, inspiration and propagation.
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Why grow your own food?
There are many things we can do to live a more sustainable life and growing our own food is one of the most empowering and high impact of these. Much of the food we eat has travelled a long distance to reach our plates and we often import foods from overseas which we can in fact grow in our own backyard. The average distance that any single item of food on our plate has travelled is a massive 3000km!!! When we grow our own food we reduce that distance to a few steps from the back door to the garden. Imagine all the fossil fuels this saves.
Not only are vast amounts of our finite reserves of fossil fuels saved when we grow our own but so is another precious resource. Water. Growing food at home uses 5 times less water than the amount of water it takes to grow food commercially for supermarkets.
Growing our own food good for the environment and it is also good for us. Organic, home grown vegetables are cleaner, tastier, healthier and contain more nutrients. The process of growing and harvesting them keeps us physically active and connected to the cycles of nature around us. We get to experience the joy of watching something grow.
Many children are growing up in the city and are completely unaware of where their food comes from. Many don’t even know that carrots grow under ground or that milk comes from a cow (not a carton!). Growing our own food is not only a great way to educate kids (and ourselves) about where our food comes from, it is also great inspiration for us to be creative with our cooking and try new things. What child wouldn’t want to eat a carrot they had helped grow themselves?
Another reason it is wonderful to grow our own food, is the joy of having an abundant harvest which we can swap and share with our neighbours, friends and family. You who else you might find with a green thumb living right next door!
Growing food isn’t as difficult as it may seem. See Pips Tips for information on how to get started.
It is said that we are what we eat. Why be a boring green bean when you could be a purple king bean? When you eat the veggies you’ve grown yourself, you are eating the love and nurture that you have used to grow them.
Autumn has provided ripe fruits and vegetables. Try some delicious Autumn recipes such as Pumpkin and Citrus Cake and Fig and Honey Jam.
Now is also a good time to cure olives and preserve some summer fruits and citrus to ensure that you can store and enjoy your harvest right through winter.
Growing food is a wonderful creative and playful experience. From the building and design of the garden to the planting and harvesting of it, each step is a creative and inspiring journey. Creating a garden from scratch is like painting a beautiful wok of art on a blank canvas, only you can eat this canvas!
Time spent gardening keeps us active and healthy, it teaches us patience and good observation skills and it also produces food. This means we don’t have to work so hard to make money to buy food. That means more time for playing!!!
Children also love playing in the garden and watching the things they plant grow. Dirt, worms, flowers and yummy smells, its like a giant edible jungle gym! Through watching their garden grow children also learn about the cycles of life and gain an understanding of the environment and where their food comes from.
Did you know that plants have been proven to grow in response to different styles of music? When plants are played, traditional, classical music their growth is enhanced where as when they are played hard rock, techno or heavy metal their growth is inhibited.
6.5 billion humans share this planet and its finite resources with countless other plants and animals. In some parts of the world there are many people who don’t have enough nutritious food to eat on a daily basis. In other parts of the world masses of nutritious food is thrown away and wasted. Within every community there are those who have enough food and those that don’t. Starvation and malnutrition isn’t because there is a lack of food on a global scale it is because there is an unfair distribution of food and wealth.
When we grow our own food, we often produce a surplus. Far more zucchinis or tomatoes than we can eat ourselves. This is a great opportunity to share the abundance of your garden with your neighbors, friends and family. Its also a great way to start a conversation with that neighbor you’ve only ever said hello to. You never know they may be an avid gardener who has a wealth of knowledge and ideas and produce to swap.
We can also share our ideas, knowledge and inspiration. Growing food is a continual journey of learning and its fantastic to be able to share that journey with others and inspire each other. On your forum you can share your ideas, questions and thoughts, and stay tuned to Pips Blog where Pip will plant more seeds of inspiration.
Permaculture a philosophy for life.
Permaculture is an integrated design system that helps us live more lightly on the earth. It integrates the wisdom of traditional knowledge and modern scientific understanding to lead the way in the practise of sustainability from the individual to the local to the global level. It is based on the three basic ethics of
- Care for Earth
- Care for People
- Share the surplus
These are the ethics which underpin send me seeds pip. Having sustainable sources of seeds and growing our own food is just one thread in the fabric of a sustainable lifestyle.