Why It's More Important Than Ever to Grow Your Own Food

Ever wondered whether it's worth the time and effort (not to mention money) to grow your own food when it's so easy and convenient to just buy what you need at the grocery store?

I did—but after more than 12 years of growing my own food under a variety of challenging conditions, I can confidently say it's always worth it.

Here are eight research-backed reasons you should seriously consider growing an edible garden this year.


Growing food can save you money.

Like any financial investment, your potential return largely depends on what you choose to grow. Not all crops have the same monetary value, but knowing what to grow can offer significant savings over supermarket purchases.


Growing your own food results in less waste.

When you grow your own food, you not only minimize waste, you double the amount of food in your garden (without having to plant more plants) because you can harvest and use the entire vegetable from top to tail.


Food you grow is guaranteed to be fresh.

And since your food is just steps away, you can pick your vegetables at peak ripeness (and peak nutrition) in the proper season, with flavors and textures that surpass those of commercially grown produce.


Homegrown produce doesn’t get recalled.

When you grow your own food, you control your growing environment. And that means you don’t need to worry about E. coli, salmonella, or listeria outbreaks, as long as you keep a tidy garden and have a clean water source.


Growing your own food makes you happier.

By working in your garden or running your hands through soil, you inadvertently inhale M. vaccae, which (according to a 2019 study) has anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory, and stress resilience properties.

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