More than ever, we want to do our part in preserving the health of our community and join in on the movement to minimize waste and green gas creation.
According to the Farmers Almanac Society, a tomato travels an average of 1500 miles to get to our table. That is a huge distance, when in reality the tomato and be grown in our own backyards, minimizing the fuel and energy needed to get it to our tables.
Did you also know that approximate 40% of the farmers crop does not even make it to our table because of imperfections. In our society, we like to eat perfect things. Think about it, when we see an apple that has a minor blemish, we most likely will set it aside and search high and low for that perfect apple. Our society believes that edible things like fruits and vegetables taste better if they look better, but really that’s not the case at all.
Because of this, produce companies are altering the genetic code of fruits and vegetables and using preservatives to maintain that perfection that really isn’t natural.
So how can we avoid this mindset and help minimize waste when purchasing produce and food?
Buying local at the farmers' market is a great first step and can help local growers. However, it's expensive and if you actually think about where the growers are coming from, it’s usually quite far away.
Right now, there is a movement to integrate the personal gardens back into our communities and into our home again.
With urban farming innovations, our generation and our kids generation can learn the benefits of creating their own kitchen garden, be good planet citizens, and integrate healthy living as part of their lifestyles.
With constant innovation of modern technology, urban farming can be very viable and the plants that grow in soil-less environment:
- Grows faster
- Takes 85% less water and energy than traditional farming in soil
- Less pest and disease that exist in soil based farming
- Can be set up to grow on auto-timers and checked weekly
- Harvest as needed (i.e. cut the amount of lettuce lefts as needed while the same plant grows more out)
- Can be set up to grow year-round.
If you’re interested in learning more about this process and wanting to get your kid involved, check out Aeorponics at Go Go Make & Build.
We will show the future young growers the main elements to start up their thriving home Kitchen Gardenown systems!