Planters and Planners

Do you really know what goes into your food and where it comes from?

Knowing where your food comes from is very important. It’s more nutritious as it has not been sat in a truck or on a shelf, its cheaper and keeps travel miles lower which is better for the environment. You can also ensure nothing you are eating is GMO or full of chemicals. Bartering your supply with friends or neighbours will ensure you can have a veriaty of  things to try. 

Improved mental health and wellbeing. Growing your own fruit and vegetables might take some time out of your day, but it is certainly time well spent. Gardening is a great way to combat stress and anxiety, with fresh air and exercise being widely recommended to people suffering with mental health. You can get the whole family involved and teach kids to love fruit and veg.

In the 1950s we used to spend 25% of our budget on food – that has reduced to a mere 10%.  

People now focus on getting the latest phone upgrade, a gadget for their children or the latest pair of trainers. With ever increasing house process this means two parents need to work to cover the mortgage giving them less time to cook family meals.

This combined with the ease of convenience food means food has become a chore and cooking nutritious meals is at the bottom of the list in our priorities after a long day at work. Cheap food is generally very processed food – often highly addictive due to it’s high sugar and salt content with a multitude of ingredients we’ve never heard of. These can all contribute to inflammation in our bodies. Symptoms of which can range from an energy slump after the initial sugar rush to major health problems if we don’t listen to our body’s reaction to these foods. 

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, alzheimers, dementia, cancer are just some of the health problems that continue to rise yet few people are told to look at what is in their shopping basket.

 

‘Let food be thy medicine’ said ….

We can change our health dramatically if we start looking at what we put into it. When a Dr put 2,000 of her patients onto an organic diet all of their health problems disappeared. Women who’d suffered years of infertility were finally able to get pregnant. Yet since the 1960s our food has been sprayed with pesticides and now farmers have to pay to be registered as organic farmers. Organic food, which used to be available to every single person on the planet, is considered by most too expensive to buy thus allowing the cycle to continue.

GOING ORGANIC

There are plenty of organic growers in the UK as well as small groups of people selling food boxes to their local community. Riverfords are an incredible organic veg supplier and Hodmedods sells organic produce all made from their base in Norfolk.

A sick person has one dream – to be healthy. Think of how many dreams we’d have if we were all healthy.

Please let us know if you are a local group or if you know of a local group providing organic products and we’ll add them to this page.

GROWING YOUR OWN

“Growing your own veg is like printing your own money,”  Ron Finley – The Gangster Gardener.

The Ron Finley Project in LA is teaching communities how to transform deserts into food sanctuaries. Everything he is doing in the US can be replicated all around the world.

The best thing we can do is start growing our own veg. Not only will we save money, in the long run, but it is also incredibly therapeutic and means we know exactly what goes on our food.

If money is an issue contact your local council to find where’s your nearest 

Connect with others in your community and convert grass verges to veggie patches or get involved in local community gardening projects already up and running.

Whether you live in a flat, boat, house or caravan growing more fruit and veg is a great way of  reducing toxins going into our bodies and has the added bonus of reducing our food bills as well.

Growing your own veg is not only good for your body but it's also great for your mind too.

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Learn to grow your own

Return to the Earth shows you how to grow your own food and how to free yourself from dependency on the food system. 5 week online courses available. Click above to see when a course is running.

Get Diggin' - Growing veg in other peoples gardens.

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