My daughter Vivian loves to eat fresh tomatoes out of the garden, but I didn’t like them until I was in my 20s. I wonder if that’s because we didn’t have fresh, ripened-on-the-vine, heirloom varieties in my backyard. Since we started our own organic vegetable garden in 2011, my family has eaten a wide variety of tasty produce while cutting down significantly on the money we spend buying organic at the store!
A brief bit of history: In the old days, most people grew their own edible gardens, but as commercial agriculture developed more efficient methods to grow large amounts of food cheaply, fewer and fewer people chose to grow their own vegetables.
But then in WWII, Americans (and British) were encouraged to grow as much of their own food as possible to help the war effort.
When the war ended, US chemical factories that had been making nitrogen for bombs started touting nitrogen as a fertilizer for farms. This was the start of chemical farming and vegetable gardening, and also the environmental degradation that went along with it.
Today, there is a renewed interest in growing our own organic, sustainable, local food, and my family is a small part of this movement.
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