The journey of food from seed to plate can be a long one. The practice of commercial farming leads to the consumption of an incredible amount of natural resources in order to get the finished product to you. Commercial farming also uses many chemicals which can be harmful to you and our planet. These practices are far from sustainable.
Here we will explore a much more natural and sustainable journey of food from seed to plate. It all starts with a garden. Growing your own food can reward you in many ways. First, you will know where your food came from and how it was grown. You will know if it was sprayed with toxic chemicals. You can choose your seeds wisely and ensure that you are not consuming untested GMO products.
Secondly, organically grown vegetables become much more affordable when you grow them yourself. A packet of organic seeds usually costs between $1 and $3 and can produce several pounds of food.
Another great thing about gardening is the reduced stress on the environment. Your food won’t have to be shipped halfway around the globe, consuming tons of fossil fuels. You won’t be condoning the run-off of farming chemicals into our lakes and rivers.
So how can we help?
This site will show you how to plant a garden to get the most production possible per square foot. It will give you tips on planting, caring for the plants through the growing season, and when and how to harvest.
It doesn’t end there. You don’t harvest the crops and just toss them on your plate. You need delicious recipes using items that are in season together. And we can help! A lot of new gardeners end up with tons of vegetables that they don’t know what to do with. In addition to recipes centering around garden fresh veggies, we will teach you how to store what you can’t eat right away. Freezing, canning and preserving all extend the usable season for your crops. Dehydrating is another great option. Learn how to get the most out of your backyard vegetables.
The garden is in full swing right now, so be patient. We’ll be adding pictures and information as soon as possible.
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