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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.

The At Home Organic


100 Miles, 161 Kilometres or Just 10 feet?

All this talk about the 100 mile diet means that more and more people should understand the concept of the locavore

 For those who might not, the gist is that you should be able to sustain yourself and your family on food found within a 100 miles radius of your home.  And as a Canadian, 100 miles is about 161 kilometres, which seems like it’s further, which is always a plus.  Yes I understand it doesn’t have the same ring to it as 100 miles but that’s not the point.  How many yards are in a mile anyway?

 The idea is to support local growers and lessen then footprint of transporting food.  How many boxes of California strawberries did you eat last December? I know I had about 31. 

 In the modern, global economy different foods are available to us that are grown all over the world.  Locavore eating takes into consideration the fossil fuels spent in bringing that food to you. 

Some food transports leave a bigger footprint than others. For example, white truffles from Piedmont are flown all over the world whereas Moroccan tangerines are shipped by boat.  I’m not even going to get started on wine and cheese…

There are so many delicious foods that come from all over the world that would be a shame not to indulge in, but that doesn’t mean that you should not take advantage of your own capabilities. 

Why would you bother buying Californian strawberries in June when you could have your own crop right in your backyard that took only a few steps to harvest rather then a few days on a refrigerated transport truck.  Nevermind the fact that your own strawberries would be harvested at the perfect moment when they taste the best.  They also freeze well so you can have some in December too!

The same is true for so many foods that come from outside our 161 kilometre bubble.  Foods like red and green peppers are some that I find come from somewhere in the States as with many herbs and lettuces.  It is very true that there exists a longer growing season in the Southern USA but that shouldn’t stop you from growing your own foods while you can.  The more you are able to grow and harvest from your backyard the less green house emissions you are contributing to, through purchasing imported foods.

 Some skeptics may say that if you don’t buy those California strawberries that someone else will, but hopefully they’ll be Californian.  Ghandi said, be the change you want to see in the world.  I do love my truffles and French wine, but also, my mustard green lettuce, basil, thyme, dill, arugula, watermelons, tomatoes, cucumbers, ground cherries, hot peppers 10 steps from my back door.

 Eat drink and be merry.

The At Home Organic

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