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Plant a Garden to Grow Food

Stef McDonald


If you have space, grow vegetables in a garden or plant a fruit tree. Without a yard, you can use pots and planters on a patio or grow herbs in a pot near a window. There is great satisfaction in the DIY spirit of growing and harvesting your own food—and your small contribution helps fight climate change, too. But the words of writer and farmer Wendell Berry might best describe the reasons to plant a home garden: "One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race."



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  • Justine Highsmith

    Over the weekend, I planted a raised-bed herb garden with my parents on their little porch. Now they can enjoy fresh herbs for cooking and sprinkling on salads when they step just outside their door. Any space can be transformed into an urban eden!

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    spence paternity leave building a garden. was extremely enjoyable. Digging in the area for the planters, hauling rail ties to build them, figuring/struggling out how to align the drilled holes for the rebar. Then selecting seeds and seedling. Loved that a) it felt like I was learning knew stuff for the first time in a long time and b) got to move on a project without any collaborators to align opinions with. I love my work and I love playing on a team, but doing something knew and on my own was both challenging and a blast.

    • Stef McDonald

      And it's great to get your hands dirty! I really do feel connected to the earth when my hands are digging into the soil.