Organic Gardening

Organic foods have become more and more prevalent in recent years. While many people understand that these foods are more nutritious and healthier than conventionally grown foods, they lack the understanding of why. There are several differences between organically grown foods and conventionally grown foods that really set these two groups apart. Organic gardening represents another growing trend around the country. With the cost of organic produce growing, many consumers have sought out to produce their own organic fruits and vegetables.

Those who do purchase organic foods typically do so because they believe organic means no pesticides. This is actually not the case. There are organic pesticides, the top two being copper and sulfer. Organic pesticides are produced from natural sources, and may undergo a light processing, if any processing at all. Conventional farms use synthetic pesticides, those created by people.  The same applies to organic gardeners; not using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides is part of it.

Organic gardeners maintain a different view of plants and the growth process. They strive to allow natural processes, working with nature instead of against it. This means working with a natural water supply, and managing insects and wildlife naturally. Organic gardening begins with ensuring the soil is nutritious. This means adding organic matter to it regularly; grass clippings, dead leaves, and dead plants. The heart of organic gardening is allowing the natural process to take its course with as little human intervention as possible.

Because organic gardening does not use synthetic products, it is beneficial to the environment. There is great debate about organic farming as a whole, because many critics argue that the US Department of Agriculture does not monitor organic farming adequately. And, that many organic farms do not farm in the ways mentioned above. However, organic gardening, when done appropriately, is better for the health of the environment.

Plant selection is a key component in organic gardening. It would be very difficult and near impossible to grow an avocado in Ohio. Selecting plants that are natural for your climate is essential in an organic garden’s success. Produce that is natural for your location are better grown organically than with pesticides. Plants that are not natural to the area may encounter a host of problems with the soil, insects and other natural occurrences.

Organic gardening is a growing trend that can reap nutritional and environmental rewards. Keep in mind, though, that organic is more than pesticides use. Organic, is a mind-set and entirely different approach to the gardening process.

The Amazing Benefits of Growing, Sharing & Eating Locally Grown Foods

Locally sourced and organic foods feature numerous benefits over store bought and traditionally grown foods. There is a substantial difference not only in the way locally grown produce looks and tastes but also in its nutrition content. Participating in your local food market can help to build and promote a positive connection without your environment and community. There are tons of reasons to buy local, take a look.


The quality of locally sourced foods far surpasses what you buy in the grocery store. Tomatoes are a perfect example of this. In the Northern part of the United States, a significant amount of farming can be completed during the summer months, however, during the winter it is difficult to find locally grown tomatoes. The only tomatoes available are those that have been trucked in from California or Mexico. The imported, traditionally farmed tomatoes are dull in color, and in flavor, but they sure last a while in the refrigerator. On the contrary, when the summer months arrive, and tomatoes are farmed locally, the result is a vibrant, juicy, flavorful tomato.

Local grown foods are better quality for a number of reasons. Produce is picked and consumed at the prime time. Farm products like cheese and livestock are processed locally and crafted for the best flavor. Locally grown produce and foods are also more nutritious than traditionally grown foods and are often grown with less or no chemicals.

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Local Grown Food

Health Benefits

Studies have shown that locally sourced and organic foods have more nutrients, including antioxidants, than traditionally grown foods. Nutrients are lost between the time produce is picked and the time it is eaten. Traditionally grown food features a much longer time line; it is picked, cleaned, transported, shelved, and waits to be purchased. Locally grown food is picked and typically bought within 2-3 days. This shortens the timeline profoundly and increases the nutritious content of the food.

Studies also show that people who have allergies to foods or preservatives often find their symptoms lessen or go away all together when they eat only locally sourced and organic foods!

Environmental Benefits

Buying locally sourced foods is beneficial for the environment. First off, purchasing locally saves auto emissions; if you buy local, you’re not traveling miles away for the big fancy grocery store. Additionally, locally grown food is typically grown with substantially less, or no pesticides and chemicals.

Buying local food helps to preserve genetic diversity. The debate of genetically modified foods is a valid one and many recognize the currently agricultural system as being based on these types of plants. Local farmers grow a variety of crops to offset this challenge and are able to focus more on flavor and harvest, as opposed to survival and shelf life.

There is significant evidence that pesticides are wreaking havoc on the environment. Supporting farmers who do not use them is a huge benefit to the environment.

Community Connection

Supporting local business is great way to help build the local community. Local businesses support the community in which they are located often sponsoring the local little league team or donating a gift certificate to a benefit dinner. It is important to support them in supporting the local community.

Local businesses help build jobs and support a healthy local economy. A great example of this is a study completed in Texas. This study identified that for every $100 spent at a chain bookstore, $13 re-entered the local economy. However, if that same $100 was put into a local, independent book store, $45 was put back into the local economy. Buying local supports your local economy.

A sense of community is built when doing business with your neighbors. Consumers feel better about their purchases when they know that they are backed by a neighbor and local community member.

Let’s Learn from Daryl

Daryl Bragg is a 72 year old retired teacher turned farmer, and owner of Bellevue Gardens in Manvel, North Dakota. He is a wonderful inspiration to those who question the importance of buying local. Daryl owns 5 acres of property in Manvel that he independently farms, often spending 8-9 hours every day to maintain his crops. Daryl takes his produce to local markets and gas stations selling it for very reasonable prices to the local community. He doesn’t stop there, he also donates the crops he works so hard to grow, to local food banks and needy families. Daryl is the ultimate example of why buying locally sourced foods is so valuable.

Organic Gardening in Manvel North Dakota

Manvel North Dakota

Wrap Up

Buying locally is more nutritious, better for the environment and helps to build a connection within your community. Growing, sharing, and eating locally sourced foods is the best solution for your health, environment, and community.

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