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Why Aren’t We Growing Our Own Food?

Honestly, why not?  Why do you not grow your own food?  It’s December 13th and I have a cold frame full of carrots, arugula, Merlot lettuce and Mache.  I have some seeds that I sowed a couple of weeks ago that are waiting for things to warm up a little so they can germinate and I can get an early spring crop for my family.  My daughter should be starting solids around that time so I can introduce her to, right from the first few bites, 100% organically home grown food.  How awesome is that!

In almost every country in the world people grow their own food and have been for hundreds if not thousands of years.  The survival of the human race has depended on (among other things) our ability to feed ourselves.  Nowadays however, the ability to feed ourselves seems to depend on our ability to drive to the closest grocery store or pick up the phone for delivery.  Please don’t get me started on absurdity of “finger cooking”.

That’s the evolution of the food supply system I suppose.  I think it’s time for a collective hanging of our heads in shame.

Don’t get me wrong I love that I get to have fresh vegetables all year round, even if organic strawberries cost $6.99 a box, but we need to break our absolute dependence on the food supply system when it’s simply not necessary, like the summer months.  We in the GTA are so spoiled by the 24 hour a day, 365 day a year grocery stores that the idea of rationing produce to last through the winter is laughable. 

Think about it for a minute.  Would you be able to plan your garden so that you grew enough fresh vegetables to feed your family? Maybe.  What about planning your garden, tending to it all year long and consuming only what you can grow? I doubt it.  I am a very accomplished cook and gardener and even I’m having trouble with the concept.  I plan to write more about this topic in the future and, if I can, convince my wife to eat vegetables exclusively from the garden. 

Really folks, there are so many reasons to grow your own food that it’s staggering and I intend on discussing some of them in turn.  Here are a few words to get you thinking about it: genetic, modified, pesticide and herbicide.  I don’t have any of those in my backyard.

I am here to help in what ever way I can in order to get more people growing and eating food from their ownbackyard.

Eat drink and be merry.

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