The Benefits of Home-Grown Food

. January 3, 2016.

Society has been domesticating plants for roughly 12,000 years. Although it’s possible, and generally easier, to purchase our food cleaned, processed and displayed in convenient-to-carry packaging, there will always be a part of us that craves a greater connection to the origins of our food. 

Our bodies know the benefits, even in our modern, fast-paced lifestyles, filled with convenience.

Health – When we work the soil,  we are continually exploring unknown worlds Recent studies have shown that exposure to friendly soil bacteria could boost the immune system and improve mood just as effectively as antidepressant drugs.

Gratitude – When we garden, we cultivate for the rain, nutrients in the soil, time, sweat, and labor, as well as for the farmers around the world who struggle with the same challenges. When we harvest a beautiful head of cabbage we see the whole process and taste the pure joy in it’s existence.

Taste – Home-grown food tastes better. It just does. Ask any kid who turns down a plate of veggies from the grocery but comes to the farm and finds his own personal buffet. Fresh picked, organically grown food has more nutrients and flavor because it is fresh. The varieties grown on the small farm can be as diverse as the community’s palate.


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