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Edible Gardening As Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle
With all the distractions that day-to-day life brings, it can be incredibly difficult to find time to maintain the basics of a healthy lifestyle: time to exercise, time to relax and reflect, and time to eat well. When I first started growing food, I found it helped me make time for the latter two.
Growing up, I remember eating home cooked meals every night with my family. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this practice deeply informed who I am today. During my first year of college, I lost touch with family dinners and quickly adopted the usual diet of my peers- skipping breakfast, high-speed cafeteria lunches, and erratic fast food dinners. Needless to say, I wasn’t at my healthiest at that point.
This all changed by my senior year. I had moved off campus and in with a group of friends who tended a large garden and cooked dinner together every night. The change that working in the garden made to my diet was incredible. I used to think kale was disgusting, but it looked so beautiful growing outside that I couldn’t help but want to harvest and cook it every night. Lunchtime sandwiches were filled with fresh lettuce, cucumbers, and basil straight from the garden. I spent entire weekends canning tomato sauce and salsa that we shared throughout the winter. I began to hold a deeper appreciation for the family dinners of my youth and the relationships that it fostered.
That initial experience growing food ultimately inspired two of us to start a business called the Seattle Urban Farm Company. Our goal is to bring the excitement of growing your own food and the lifestyle changes that it brings to a wider audience.
We strongly believe that tending your own garden improves your diet, gets you outside for some active relaxation time, promotes environmental stewardship, and gives you appreciation for what your local farmers do as a vocation. We also recognize that not everyone has the time to design, construct, and maintain their own edible landscape. We hope that by bringing these resources to you, you can reap the benefits of having your own food garden without it becoming an overwhelming investment of labor and time.
So whether you do it yourself or move ahead with professional assistance, I encourage you to get outside and plant some vegetables! You’ll be surprised by the changes it brings about. Spring is just starting and you still have this entire growing season ahead of you, so get outside this weekend and start designing your own home farm!
If you need extra vegetable inspiration, visit the local Farmer’s Market. Asparagus is one of the earliest locally grown perennial edibles (great to grow in your garden) and will be in season soon! Check out this recipe for Asparagus with Pesto and Grilled Shrimp from our friend Christina Conrad and then imagine how great it would be to make this with your very own home-grown crops!