1 Really Good Reason to Grow Food This Year

Being prepared.

Being prepared.

If you have been reading here a while, and certainly if you have been growing an edible garden for a few years, you know there are numerous good reasons for people to grow their own food:

1. It tastes better. All of it. Every last veggie tastes better than store bought.

2. You save money. Okay, maybe not at first, but in the long run. Not to mention less Doctor bills, because-

3. It is healthier for you. Fresh produce is higher in nutrients than even organic produce that is older.

4. You are less dependent on others for your food.

5. It is great exercise both physically and mentally.

6. Economic uncertainty.

Now you might be thinking, ‘But GJ, you said ONE reason!’

Of course you are right, and here it is:


Unless you are totally self-sufficient, you are buying something that was grown in California. Maybe it’s nuts, or produce, or an ingredient in something else; but the truth is the vast majority of the food we eat in the US is associated with California farms.

And they are having a horrible year. The extreme drought continues, and here in the northeast we are already seeing the effects.
The price of almonds has skyrocketed, for example; and that is just the beginning.

It gets worse. Even if the drought suddenly lifted, much of this season’s crops are already affected. Not just this season’s either; because so many items end up as ingredients, the prices of other food items will continue to go up even if the drought subsides.

Think about it.
What would you do if suddenly the cost of food tripled?
What if some items you normally enjoy were no longer available?

Now we’re not trying to predict what will happen nor frighten anyone.
For the cost of a few packets of seeds and either some containers or a little part of your yard, you could begin to lay the groundwork, so to speak, for a more secure future food-wise.

Isn’t that one reason alone way more than enough?


March 28, 2014 В· gj В· 4 Comments
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4 Responses

  1. Mike the Gardener - March 29, 2014

    Nice list! had to share on the veg page … just get out and grow people :)

  2. gj - April 1, 2014

    Thanks for sharing Mike! I feel so bad for the California farmers, and I am also personally concerned because our food prices are already getting so high.
    If ever there was a year to learn to grow some food, this is it.

  3. Ms. Hickman - April 2, 2014

    nice to have info on seeds as when I shop the store clerks could not give me a reason why the cost was so much more.
    Thanks as I now know which seeds will work better in my garden this year!

  4. gj - April 2, 2014

    Thanks for your comment and best of luck with this year’s garden! My daughter spent a few summers working at a local hardware store, and nobody else but here knew anything about the seeds they were selling. It’s a shame, too, because people will spend money on something they can’t grow in their area. Good luck, hope it is a great growing year!

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