Earth Promise blog: Green Thumb or Not; Change Your Eating Habits

Michelle Obama’s White House garden is inspiring. The First Lady’s agricultural endeavor both introduces and reminds people to get closer to the land; to conserve Earth’s precious resources; and the importance of growing their own healthy food. For some people this is feasible; for others, both time and natural space interfere with this green-thumb movement. There are many accessible sites to help start your own garden, whether it’s an herb garden in your window sill, planting a fruit tree, or planting a fruit and vegetable garden. Here are some sites to help start your garedening adventure:

· Mother Earth News

· Gardeners
· Southern Living
· Organic gardening



If you fall into the category where time and space hamper your gardening efforts, you still can have access to local fresh vegetables and fruit as well as contribute to lessening your carbon footprint. Think about the toxic chemicals that are needed to preserve the food or the amount of petroleum used to deliver your food. Buying local, like growing your own garden, will help support your local community’s economy; lessen the impact on your environment; and allow you to eat healthily. Now is the perfect time to consider purchasing as much food as possible from local sources. Food Routes, which is part of Food Routes Network, is a non-profit organization that “is dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food – the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to their tables.” The FoodRoutes website provides tips on how to buy more local food, where you can find this food in your community, educates about how buying local affects the environment and your health, and has the latest news on farming today. You can even take part in the Buy Local Challenge . This allows you to show your support to those local farmers in your community. It’s time to revitalize the food movement!

For more tips on how you can make changes in this healthy, local food trend, visit Earth Promise.

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