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Growing your own food at home is making a comeback in the 21st century. Here are 5 reasons to do it, from budgets, to diet, to sustainability.

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Historically speaking, growing our own food in our backyards, or even front yards was common practice not too long ago. At one point in history, that practice was discontinued as our uses of our backyards changed for a while into places to play, and not necessarily to work.

But, now in the twenty-first century, we’re looking to make the absolute most of our homes, even if we don’t have a backyard. A big part of this movement is growing our own food again. This takes on different forms depending on our circumstance. But, for now, here are five reasons to do it based a piece we published not too long ago, and this time in infographic form.

Take a look!

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Other advantages

Growing your own food obviously goes beyond the above five reasons, too. Here are a few more :

  • less fuel used to deliver your food
  • options for chemical-free growing
  • greater visibility of food growing process for your kids
  • Exercise and fresh air!
  • a connection to natural processes, and nature in general

Modified to space and lifestyle

A good deal of the above, if you buy in that is, is deciding how growing your own food can be integrated into your life the best. The first consideration is space of course. And with that, another trend seems to be making headway as well; the urban garden. These are often in central locations in neighborhoods that also give you a chance to meet your neighbors.

Since many of us are statistically moving toward more urban lifestyles according to WHO, this only makes sense for all of the reasons cited above. The challenge a lot of the time lands in how cities are zoned for urban gardens and what programs are in place to support them. Even without urban gardens, vertical gardens are another answer to urban lifestyle, with climbing gardens located on apartment balconies growing in popularity.

All about control

This is what it all comes down to; a sense of ownership and control over how you use your property, and how that positively impacts your life. Growing your own food removes all of the steps from garden to table. It puts the decision making process of what you’d like to eat regularly back into your hands, with more visibility on the real costs.

All around, growing your own food on your own property adds dimension to how live your life at home. That alone is worth your time!

Your ideas and experiences

Do you grow your own food? What are some advantages that you’ve found that makes it worthwhile for you?

What kinds of food do you grow, and how do they help you to create your favorite meals?

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced, and how have you overcome them?

Tell us all about it in the comments section of this post.

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Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.