How growing your own food helps reduce your environmental impact

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

Have you ever thought that growing your own vegetables or herbs sounds like fun? I thought so too when my husband and I moved to the country last year. Only thing was, I had zero gardening skills and could hardly keep a succulent alive indoors. Fast forward to today, I am definitely still a novice gardener and my thumb isn't quite green yet, but I'm discovering that I have the capacity to learn these things and it's really not as hard as I had anticipated. It takes patience, yes, but I think we all have the ability to learn how to grow things! I mean, it's practically in our blood, right? Many of our grandparents or great-grandparents were farmers and probably also kept a seriously impressive vegetable garden. (Plus, our ancient ancestors started farming over 14,000 years ago, so...)

Twentieth Century Farming
My great-grandpa Bill farming the land his grandparents homesteaded in 1884. My grandparents live on this land today.

Gardening is fun and rewarding. Maybe it's because I'm new to growing my own food, but each fruit or vegetable that comes out of my garden feels a little like magic. But of course, nature is magical! What adds to the joy for me is the fact that gardening helps to lighten the load we life-crushing humans place on our environment. How, you ask? I would be happy to explain!

Every time I go to the grocery store, I take a deep breath as I walk through the automatic sliding doors with my reusable shopping bags in hand because I know I am going to face a shit ton of plastic packaging over the course of the next sixty or so minutes. Oftentimes, even the produce items are immersed in plastic packaging - plastic produce bags, plastic netting, plastic netting with plastic labels, hard PET packages, plastic banding,