Green Living Feature of the Week - Home Organic Gardening
Posted Nov 24 2009 12:00am
A key concept for sustainable living is the effort to eat locally as much as possible. The ecological benefit of eating foods grown locally or regionally, rather than transported thousands of miles, is obvious: less waste of precious fuel resources, and reduced pollution from burning of the fuel. Additionally, large-scale industrial farming is also heavily dependent on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Negative effects of chemical fertilizers include the consumption of energy and other resouces and resulting pollution from the manufacture and transport of fertilizers, and chemical runoff into water tables. Pesticide use has negative effects on species other than the targeted pests, and there are many natural, organic pest control methods. While there is no guarantee that all locally-grown food is organically produced, in general, small local farmers tend to be better conservators of the land.
Other benefits: locally-grown food is fresher, and purchase of locally-grown food keeps community resources close to home, benefitting local farmers instead of large agri-business.
Organic home gardening is the ultimate in sustainable, local growing. One's own yard is the closest possible source of fresh foods. No transportation is required. The home gardener can assure that pesticides are not used, and home-produced compost can replace chemical fertilizers.
Urban Homesteading is a growing trend (no pun intended). Many home gardeners are devoting their entire yards to producing their own food. There are a multitude of resources out there on the web. Check out Path to Freedom . It is one of my favorites.