Let’s Grow Food Locally!
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Did you know that the food you eat can account for up to 30% of your household’s carbon footprint? One of the simplest ways to decrease your food’s environmental impact (in addition to composting) is to grow your own!
Growing food at home has countless advantages. First, growing at home eliminates the fossil fuel emissions required to transport your produce. Second, having fresh, locally grown food that is harvested just when you are ready to eat it means there is no need for refrigeration. Third, you are less likely to let food go to waste when you’ve nurtured it along yourself! When these things are eliminated by more and more people, significant levels of carbon emissions are eliminated. Growing your own food means you always have fresh produce on hand, and you can experience the great joy of gardening!
Growing food at home can feel daunting, but we have a few simple suggestions to get started. First, consider growing an herb garden–something hardy that you will use when prepping food. Or consider starting with container gardening. SC staff recommends creating a simple salsa garden–jalapenos, tomatoes, and cilantro–so you will always have fresh salsa at hand during the hot summer months!
If you are ready to up your gardening game, or are ready to jump into the deep end, you might consider adding a raised garden to your home. Raised beds will offer you greater space to grow, and can dramatically increase the amount of food you can grow.
Last month, as part of our new Home Gardening program, we started building raised bed gardens and planting fruit trees for community members. If you are interested in getting a raised bed garden or fruit trees, getting help with an existing garden, or getting some one-on-one garden coaching–we’ve got you covered! Contact Us for more information