Modern Homesteading: Why Grow Your Own Food?

Local and homegrown food is a satisfying, secure and healthful alternative to the conventional American diet.



Orange Bell Peppers
'Wonder' orange bell pepper.
Photo courtesy SCOTT VLAUN
Homemade Bread
For the best flavor and nutrition, you can't beat homemade bread made from freshly ground flour.
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Fresh Vegetables
You can't find fresher vegetables than those that come straight from your garden.
Photo courtesy WALTER CHANDOHA
Canned Produce
You can enjoy the flavors of summer in any season by learning a few simple food preservation skills.
Photo courtesy WALTER CHANDOHA
Winter Storage Vegetables
Many vegetables store well all through the winter.
Photo courtesy WALTER CHANDOHA
Royal Burgundy Bean
'Royal Burgundy' bush bean.
Photo courtesy SCOTT VLAUN
Cobham Parnsips
'Cobham' parsnips.
Photo courtesy SCOTT VLAUN
Growing Greens
Freshly picked greens from your yard (or a farmers market) make delicious garden-fresh salads.
Photo courtesy WALTER CHANDOHA
Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash.
Photo courtesy SCOTT VLAUN
Fresh Eggs
Fresh eggs from Harvey Ussery's pastured chickens.
Photo courtesy HARVEY USSERY
Cabbage
Cabbage.
Photo courtesy SCOTT VLAUN











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