Readers Share: Why I Grow My Own Food

Readers Share:  Why I Grow My Own Food

There are lots of reasons that people choose to homestead.  In my book giveaway last month I asked people to share why they grow their own food (or want to).  The answers were so fantastic I had to publish them!  Can you relate?

Here they are:

arugula, garden, organic, vegetables, homestead, self sufficiency

So it will be healthier food for my family.  ~ V.B.

It is important to control the quality of our food.  ~ D.S.

I’m still learning about gardening, I think it’s a lifetime process. Gardening gives me and my family a sense of security.  ~ K.S.

Our 2 1/2 yr old grand daughter loves to pick & eat green beans, peas, cherry tomatoes, etc. She loves the smell of all the fresh herbs. We are teaching her at an early age where good food comes from.  ~ H.N.

I love to grow my own food because it feels like a miracle every time a seed germinates, every time a plant flowers, every time a fruit ripens, and every time my harvest never even gets inside the house. So much of it gets washed in the hose and eaten in the yard! What bliss!
– A.Y.

I grow my own food to reduce my carbon footprint and so I know what chemicals were used (none!)  ~ I.B.

I grow my own food to gain greater food independence, variety, nutrition, knowledge of what I’m eating, and, of course, the joy of working in the dirt!  ~ J.K.

arugula, vegetables, seeds, seed saving, homestead, self sufficiency

I don’t like not knowing where my food comes from, and I love gardening (from seed) and watching something grow and reaping the rewards.  ~ D.K.

We’ve been looking at permaculture for awhile now and have realized its just the easiest way to get lots of food out of the ground while also feeding the soil!  ~ T.Z.

We’ve grown our food before. We plan to move from an apartment as soon as possible so that we can return to growing as much as possible. But we’re now dealing with disabilities, so we need to be able to work smarter, not harder.  ~ M.O.

Because we don’t have money not to. If we want to eat healthy that is! Our whole family enjoys it also!!  ~ L.

mesclun greens, leafy greens, lettuce, organic, garden, homestead, green living

I love gardening and permaculture is a step above and beyond.  ~ L

Love being self reliant!  ~ J.O.

I grow my own food to enjoy the freshness & cleanliness of the harvest.  Additionally, these fruits & vegetables have excellent flavor.  ~ G.E.

This year we have known or grown over 600 jars of pressure canned fruits, vegetables, meat and fish in our off the grids home of 11 years. We are ALWAYS looking for ways to improve our yield, produce new, better, healthier crops in our raised and flat bed gardens.  ~ L.R.

There are few activities that provide as much satisfaction as growing my own food. It is basic to a good life!  ~ T.P.

I grow my own food because I want to know what I am really eating.  I want to avoid GMO foods most of all.  ~ J.E.


What about you?  I can relate to pretty much all the reasons expressed above:  joy of growing, health concerns, care for the planet, self-reliance, saving money, love of family.

Thanks to everyone who shared – its wonderful to feel like part of a community of people who care about the planet, their families, and their health.

Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton is a yoga & fitness teacher, blogger, and green homesteader living in the British Columbia mountains. She spends most of her days chopping wood, digging dirt, learning to fix things, and babying her 3 cats. She's very keen on furry creatures and the smell of balsam fir trees.

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