Impact of Growing Your Own Food

There’s a variety of reasons why growing your own food will have an impact on your life. Although growing your own food can seem time intensive, in the end it can reap a lot of benefits. For instance, growing your own food helps benefit your physical and mental health, the environment, and the local community.  

The physical labor of maintaining a garden can help keep you physically active and healthy. When you spend time outside in your garden, you are soaking in vitamin D through the sun, one of the essential nutrients you need to survive. Sunshine also helps prevent depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system.

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There's a lot of personal satisfaction that comes from growing your own food, like having a greater sense of accomplishment from growing nutritious food from a tiny seed or transplant. Growing your own food starts as something small but organically transforms into a lifestyle, and a healthy one at best. When you grow your own food, you fully decide what grows in your garden and have a greater control over if pesticides or fertilizers are used. By having your own local source of fresh fruits and veggies to eat, you are able to connect to nature and eat delicious, healthy produce grown by you!

There’s undoubtedly an environmentally friendly impact as well. Growing your own food isn't just giving you nutritional value, it's also adding nutrition into the soil and saving energy as well. According to The Eco Guide, “Agricultural products are one of the top two commodities transported by semi-truck in the US...Each gallon of diesel it burns releases 22.38 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere”. You may think your small vegetable garden isn't having that large of an impact on the environment, but when it comes down to crunching the numbers, you’re doing more than just offsetting your own carbon footprint.

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If you purchase a Fresh Start Kit from Pop Up Produce, you're not only impacting your own life but also having an impact on someone else’s. For every Fresh Start Kit purchased, Pop Up Produce donates one to a family in a food desert. Someone else’s life is then changed for the better. Next time you begin planting your garden, think about all of the benefits that it will yield in the long run, and keep growing!