Thursday, April 2, 2015

5 Ways to SAVE by Growing & Preserving Your Own Food

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2015-04-02_zpslsiismch.jpg

5 Ways to SAVE by Growing & Preserving Your Own Food

  1.  SAVE Money
    Think about  how many tomatoes you can get from one tomato plant (depending on the variety  of course – cherry tomatoes will yield a lot more per plant than a beef steak) in one season.   Then think about 1 packet of tomato seeds 20 to 30 seeds in each packet!  That is an exponential amount of tomatoes & savings!  After your first year of gardening (due to the cost of the tools needed) it will be pure profit & essentially free food from your yard!
    Planting from seed will save you even more money than if you bought plants.  Checkout the huge seed variety at Mary’sHeirloom Seeds
    All of the seeds from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented, untreated, heirloom garden seeds.
    Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.
    Most seed orders placed Monday-Thursday
    are shipped within 24 hours, (except for holidays)”
  2. SAVE Health
    Growing your own food is great for your health on so many levels.  First, growing GMO free plants is better for your health (in my opinion).  Manipulating seed genetics in my opinion will also change the nutritional content of the vegetable/fruit.  Keeping it the way God created it is the only way that I want to grow.
    Also, working in the garden is good exercise and being outside getting vitamin D from the sun and breathing in fresh air is good for your physical health.
    Thirdly and most importantly – being out in nature makes me feel closer to God and working in the garden for me is a healing time both spiritually & mentally. 
  3. SAVE History
    By planting Heirloom Seeds we are preserving seed history (click HERE to read a post about Heirloom vs Hybrid vs GMO seeds).  Not only are we preserving our seed history but if you grow & preserve your own food then we are continuing that self-sufficiency knowledge used by the pioneers.  It used to be that the art of canning and growing was passed down from parent to child but that is now few and far between – we must preserve this knowledge & our history.
  4. SAVE on Waste
    If you grow and preserve your own homegrown produce then you are saving on waste.  Glass mason jars can be used over and over for years and years.  Gone will be the paper, metal & cardboard packaging from your store bought preserved food.  Also, gone will be the Styrofoam, plastic wrap and plastic bags used when buying fresh produce.  And, you could even start your own compost pile and stop using your sink garbage disposal (Mary’s Heirloom Seeds facebook page provides many tips on growing your own food – click HERE)
  5. SAVE Energy
    Not only will you save on gas that you would use to drive to a grocery store but gas will also be saved because your food will no longer have to be transported from the farmer to your grocery store.
As you can see, growing and preserving  your own food will SAVE  money, health, history, waste & energy!

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this terrific post at Together on Tuesdays! I love learning about saving and especially the GMO-free seeds and plants :)

  2. Great tips! I'm always trying to save money by gardening...I don't save many seeds though, but I should!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday! We'd love for you to join us again this week!


  3. Great ideas. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party. Please stop by on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  4. We moved a few years ago & due to illnesses haven't started growing anything here yet. This year, I hope we get to start.


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