Tune to the Seasons, Find Adventure, and Other Ways Growing Food Will Cultivate Your Best Self



Our modern world is a very interesting place: As technology continues to pull us into the future, some of the foundations and frameworks that got us here are starting to fall apart. As we move into a more globalized world, the rural landscapes that have sustained the rise of cities and civilizations the world over are rapidly losing people, farms, and biodiversity. With the daily news cycle force feeding the public the horrible truths of climate change and political unrest, we can all find ourselves feeling a little hopeless. I’m here to tell you that there’s always hope and that hope begins with each of us starting to take a little more pride and responsibility for what makes our lives work.

Growing your own food might feel daunting. Many of us are completely separated from the generational wisdom of food cultivation carried forward by our ancestors. The many conveniences that surround us have made it seem almost pointless to toil away in the dirt and our busy lives have made it feel like we’ve got no time to dedicate to it in the first place. Below I’d like to share 10 totally solid reasons why you should try growing some of your own food.

1. It is super fun. Let’s start with something pretty universal. We all like to have fun, right? And with our social media platforms, it’s even somewhat of a competition over who’s having the most fun. So why not win that freakin' competition? Growing your own food is like baking, cooking, making art, playing music, or writing love poems. It’s taking something that is already beautiful and putting the most beautiful parts of yourself into it. Watching a tiny seed grow into a tiny plant which grows into something you can pick and eat is a magical experience. It will naturally make any space more beautiful and you can take so many selfies with the plants at every stage of development.

There are challenges just like any good video game or puzzle and absolute drama like when a squirrel discovers your tomatoes or the local deer start showing up right outside your doorstep with bad intentions. Becoming a gardener will also give your family so much ammunition during the holidays for terrible themed gifts and your family members may even start referring to you as “the crazy gardener”, “the one with the green thumb”, or even accuse you of being “crunchy.”

2. You will eat better. With so much garbage food touted as real food in the grocery stores and convenience stores of the world, and our relentless schedules constantly keeping us on our toes, many of us have succumbed to the temptations of the frozen food section, the delicious powdered cheeses, and every night restaurant visits or fast food binges. When you grow your own food, you will find yourself holding baskets of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. You will find yourself cooking these fresh crops, throwing them in your lunch bag as snacks, and your mind will be blown by house delicious they are. The reason why these fresh vegetables are so much more delicious than any horrible turnip or cardboard tomato you were forced to eat as a child is manifold. 

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