1. Personal Gratification
Seasoned gardeners will tell you that their is nothing as gratifying as stepping out of your back door to cut some fresh basil, pick some tomatoes or dig up some carrots to throw together a hearty lunch. You can guarantee that food that you grow yourself comes from sustainable conditions and that any form of pesticides and herbicides were kept at bay. All these just by the sole energy that you have put in growing your plants.
2. Save Money
Food costs have skyrocketed in the last few decades. All this due to a certain extent to the rise in prices of gas and oil. The majority of food that we consume are being imported, shipped from factories and farms from all over the country and sometimes even worldwide. Various studies have demonstrated that about 40 percent of food is damaged while in transit and have to be discarded. This shows the extent of waste involved. Growing your own crops allows you to have real local produces with guaranteed freshness while taking care of your wallet.
3. Taking Control
Growing your own crops allows you to take control over the type of food you would like to eat and serve to your family. The idea that the food that you are eating daily is safe and highly nutritious is quite priceless. Families way back in the 1940s had that sense of control when they used to provide for themselves.
4. Getting Prepared for Emergencies
A primary reason to start growing your own crops is for preparedness. As food is a crucial resource, living with it is impossible for even the shortest period of time. In times of emergency, whether brought by natural calamities or situations such as the loss of a job, it is of great relief to actually have a stock of food to feed the family.
Quite unfortunately, skills and knowledge for food production are less prominent with every passing year. The younger generations are quite unwary about the value of real food and in some shocking cases, some children cannot even distinguish and name common vegetables such as carrots.The key is to go for educations and it all starts with adults educating themselves about food production. Adults would then be able to impart these knowledge and passion to kids. Planting your own crops is not just a matter of savings and catering for emergencies, it is also about starting a food revolution, albeit a passive one.