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Growing Groceries

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

Why grow your own food?

delicata squash blooms and maturing fruit.

1. Better Nutrition

Studies show that garden produce often has more vitamins and minerals than supermarket produce shipped from far away.

 

2. Save money.

One $3 seed packet can provide enough fresh carrots to supply a family for 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.

 

vertical wall of lettuce made from wood and tarp.8. 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.

 

Growing Groceries classes

Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 Growing Groceries Education series. Visit GrowingGroceries.eventbrite.com to register online or print out the GG Mail-in registration 2019-20 and mail in your registration at least one week before the class starts. Here is more information about the classes.

Upcoming Events

Oct 16
Nov 18

Beginning Beekeeper Course

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nov 20
Jan 22

Growing Groceries: Vegetables A to Z #1

January 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jan 29

Growing Groceries: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, & Pollinators

January 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Feb 12

Growing Groceries: Small Fruits, Big Harvest

February 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Feb 26

Growing Groceries: Seed Starting and Raising Transplants

February 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mar 04

Growing Groceries: Vegetables A to Z #2

March 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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