PROMOTING GOOD HEALTH
THROUGH HOME GARDENING
One in three children are being diagnosed as overweight or obese, and families are looking for help. This alarming trend is creating demand for more farm fresh food, a need for more farmers, and increasing popularity in home gardening.
Students thin beans in the Baldwin School garden
While some people feel fresh fruits and vege- tables at farmer's markets seem expensive, other people have an appreciation for the value, because they have tried growing their own food. Many of the local farmers avoid the use of toxic chemical pesticides and herbicides. As I gaze at all the holes eaten into my cabbage leaves, I wonder how they grow such beautiful organic produce.
As agriculture shifts away from factory farming and back toward a small farm economy, this will create more jobs, and eventually a critical mass will help lower farm fresh food prices. In the meantime, however, below are some other reasons why it is important to start supporting this trend and buy locally.
WHY BUY LOCAL?
Did you know that local food, bought fresh or home grown, is more nutritious and better tasting than imported food? And not only is local food better for our health, it is also better for the health of our planet. At times it may seem expensive, but in the long run, health costs incurred by eating cheap food have proven to be much more costly for individuals, families, businesses, and society.
Have you ever considered the energy spent to bring in apples from, say, the state of Washington? There's the transportation to a processing facility, where the apples get waxed, and then the transportation a distributor on the east coast before delivery to the consumer via the supermarket. This requires fuel as well as wear and tear on trucks. Local growers are your best bet for quality affordable organic produce, herbal remedies, and natural skin care products.
One of Rhode Island's greatest resources is her rich soil. Rhode Island's vibrant small farm community includes farmers markets, pick-your-own farms, farm stands, and grocery markets that love to feature regional produce. Consider visiting farms and farmer's markets to gather information about starting your own school, community, or home garden.
Content development managed by:
Wendy Fachon, MBA
Health Economist and Elementary Educator
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