Reconnect With Your Food and Grow Your Own

| 3/4/2011 11:27:54 AM

Tags: Grow Your Own, City Farming, Urban Garden, Balcony Garden,

Mike Lieberman FarmingGrowing our own food is something that is not new to human civilization. People have grown their own food for hundreds and thousands of years. It hasn't been until the past 100 to 200 years that we've put that responsibility in the hands of others and the industrialized food system.

I believe that this is one of the reasons for the health and obesity crisis that our country is currently facing. We have come to accept "food" as things that come out of boxes and packages. This "food" is stripped of nutrition and contaminated with chemical sprays.

Over the past few years, I've become more conscious and aware of our food choices. I now look deeper into them and can see why they matter, not only to my our own personal health, but to the health of our planet too.

It's apparent that we have become disconnected from our food source. We now pick our food off of store shelves instead of from the earth.

This is one of the main reason why I started urban gardening and growing my own food to re-establish that connection with my food. You can do this, too.

I didn't have any experience when I first started in the spring in 2009. During that time I was living in one of the least food growing friendly place in the world - New York City. That didn't stop me though. As I was able to grow on the fire escape on the fourth floor of my apartment building. Since that time, I've moved to Los Angeles where I now have a balcony garden.

Mike Lieberman
3/18/2011 2:56:47 PM

@Fiddlejo Dope. I think I've spoken with the dude who is starting that company. @PinkMuslimah Can't find another good container to use that's eco-friendly and affordable at this point. @Tammie Exactly start small and build the way up.

3/18/2011 10:59:36 AM

There are some cool urban garden ideas going on in Minnesota. I stumbled upon this local outfit working with a modular and sub-irrigated concept. Pretty cool.

3/7/2011 1:17:05 PM

Cool, you use farmer's buckets! So do I.

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