Growing Groceries

Program Contact: Kate Ryan, Workshop Coordinator
(425) 357-6024 • kate.ryan@wsu.edu

Why grow your own food?

1. Better nutrition.
Studies show that garden produce often has more vitamins and minerals than delicata squash
supermarket produce shipped from far away.

2. Save money.
One $3 seed packet can provide enough fresh carrots to supply a family for two-three months. Growing your own food involves a small investment up front, but can save families hundreds of dollars in food costs each year.

3. Know what’s in your food.
Many families are concerned with the products used in commercial agriculture and their potential effect on health. Growing your own food gives you control over the choice to use pesticides or not and which ones.

4. Get/stay fit.
Building raised beds, raking , hoeing, weeding, planting, turning compost, and moving dirt, are all great forms of exercise.

5. Join the Eat Local movement!
Grown at home or the nearest community garden is as local (and fresh!) as it gets.

6. Enjoy seasonal eating.
Growing your own food allows you to reconnect with the variety of fruits and vegetables it’s possible to grow and preserve in our region throughout the year.

7. Create a wildlife habitat.
Diverse gardens provide an environment that attracts beneficial wildlife such as pollinator and beneficial insects as well as pest-eating birds and amphibians.

lettuce wall8. Protect water resources. EPA estimates that cancer-causing pesticides contaminate groundwater in 38 states, polluting the drinking water for more than half of our nation’s population. Growing your own food using compost and mulches can help reduce the overall amount of pesticides used.

9. Protect and promote biodiversity.
Home gardeners often grow unique varieties for their taste and suitability to different growing conditions. Maintaining these unique varieties helps ensure a resilient gene pool of biodiversity for future generations.

10. Help beautify our communities!
Beside growing lots of healthy food, home and community gardens are a great way to beautify neighborhoods, and can help bring pride of ownership to any area.

Resources

GG-1-Healthy-Soils-Presentation-by-Dr.-Doug-Collins-Ecological-Soil-Management-2015

Dr. Collins’ additional soil references

Soil Fertility in Organic Systems

Snohomish County Community Gardens

Growing Groceries classes

Check out the 2017-2018 schedule!

Upcoming Events

Jan 17

Growing Groceries: Vegetables A to Z #1

January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jan 19

Cascadia Grains Conference

January 19, 2018 - January 20, 2018
Jan 24

Growing Groceries: Growing Tree Fruit

January 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jan 31

Growing Groceries: Small Fruits, Big Harvest

January 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Feb 14

Growing Groceries: Vegetables A to Z #2

February 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Feb 21

Growing Groceries: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, & Pollinators

February 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Feb 26

Master Beekeeper Apprentice Level Course

February 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mar 07
Mar 21

Growing Groceries: Vegetables A to Z #3

March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Resources

Washington State University