Those who have tasted a summer tomato on the vine or a crisp cucumber plucked from under the leaves know the intense flavor of fresh-picked produce is unrivaled by anything found in a supermarket.

As of late, growing my own food has been a huge component to adopting a vegan, clean eating diet. It has inspired me to take an interest in the origins of my food and make better choices about what I put on the plate.

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Heirloom Tomato in bloom and almost ready to harvest! Organic and fresh!

If you are considering or new to gardening, growing your own vegetables and herbs is fun, healthy and economical. Not convinced? Consider these benefits of growing your own food!

Fresh Produce and Flavor. Fresh food is the best food! Ever consider how long the food on your supermarket shelf has been sitting there? Or how long it traveled from the farm to your table? Homegrown, vine-ripened tomatoes have fuller flavor, and include more varieties than store bought.

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Save Money on Groceries. As you begin to stock your pantry with fresh produce from the backyard, you’ll make fewer trips to the grocery store. A packet of seeds can cost less than a dollar. Not only will you save on what you grow, but also save on what you don’t buy!

Reduce Your Environmental Impact. Sustainable and eco-friendly, growing your own food organically without pesticides and herbicides can reduce unnecessary air and water pollution.

Break a Sweat. Get your exercise in with planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. If you have kids, they can join in, too. Gardening is also a great way to relax, de-stress and center your mind while getting fresh air and sunshine.

Build a Sense of Pride. This is one of my favorite benefits to growing your own food. Watching a seed blossom under your care to become food on your plate is gratifying. Growing your own food is one of the most purposeful and humbling things you can do – it’s work that directly helps you thrive, nourish and maintain your health.

 

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