Concerned about cost, source, even the methods used to grow your food?
GROW YOUR OWN!
- Health. Gardening provides exercise and food.
- Variety. Home gardeners select vegetable varieties for taste or appearance—not on how well a vegetable keeps in the refrigerator, or how well it travels to market. Striped tomatoes, anyone?
- Heritage. Remember your Grandfather’s amazing heart-shaped tomatoes? Bitter melon, cream peas, mizuna, and Thai eggplants are not available at the grocery store. Grow your history!
- Cost. Heirloom tomatoes can cost $6.00/lb; a large tomato may weigh a pound. A packet of organic heirloom seeds is about $2. Not rocket science!
- Safety. When you grow your own organic veg, you know how it was grown. Not shipped across the world, or sprayed with chemicals, or stored in a cooler for 6 months. Eat local!
Gardening is a productive hobby, and there is always more to learn.
“Though an old man, I am but a young gardener” Thomas Jefferson
Homeplace Earth: Attend the GROW Biointensive Mini-Farming Workshop at Fool For Art! Cindy Conner, founder of the sustainable agriculture program at Reynolds is giving a free workshop. Great for all food gardeners wanting to make their gardens more sustainable and productive.
Urban Homestead: Pasadena family grows most of their own food on a tiny urban lot. See how they do it.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange: Organic, heirloom seed company located in Mineral, Virginia. Specializes in seeds for the mid-Atlantic region.
Virginia Cooperative Extension: Expert answers for all your gardening questions.
Guide to Virginia Vegetable Gardening by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing
Rodale’s ultimate encyclopedia of organic gardening: the indispensable green resource for every gardener
The self-sufficient life and how to live it: the complete back-to-basics guide by John Seymour with Will Sutherland