Food Security and your Pocket Garden

A hundred years ago, most of us were locavores by necessity — all the food you needed was grown nearby, we ate locally and organically, and enjoyed fruit when it came into season. We traded seeds with others and shared the bounty of the harvest. 


Today, the locavore food and lifestyle choice is taking root in many communities. I encourage you to consider planting (or expanding) your kitchen garden. You can start with a pocket garden: a few seeds of basil, tomato, lettuce, and dwarf carrots in a pot — and you can expand it to do vegetables, root crops, melons, and leafy greens. 



  • Growing your own food means moving forward to truly knowing where your food comes from.
  • You enjoy health benefits, delicious flavors, and the added bonus of fostering a connection to nature and to your own little piece of paradise.
  • You save money for your household budget and you won't need to worry about who's handling your produce.
  • You also reduce your energy reliance: consider that anything that is at your grocer's had to be mass-produced, shipped, or trucked to your local store (and much of it had to be refrigerated along the way).



It took us a few years to get our garden started but now we rely on it for daily produce. We have a year-round growing season, but find the best plants to grow in your own region:



We've harvested kale, basil, lettuces of all kinds, tomato, parsley, dill, sweet potato, flax, hot peppers, chinese cucumber, and taro. Some special plants include pineapple, pomegranate, citrus, malunggay/moringa, grapefruit, coffee, and avocado. 


As you get started and grow your garden, also consider supporting your local farmer's market for the most delicious and fresh produce in season. It's a wonderful way to keep your dollars circulating in your local economy and to go back to the roots of having a relationship to your food. 

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