Not Ready for Gardening? Other Ways to be Sustainable. There are other ways to get fresh produce than having your own garden, try out these other options.
You may be interested in sustainable living, but feel like now is not the time for starting your own garden. If you don’t have space, the climate, or the time to garden there are still many things you can do to contribute to the health of the planet as well as your own.
The less your food has to travel, the fewer fossil fuels will be used for your food. When you can, try to buy produce from local farmers or farmers markets. Not only will you be supporting local business, but you’ll also find that the produce tastes delicious and fresh.
Farmer’s markets have sprung up in many urban areas. If you don’t live near farmers, check to see if farmers are coming to your area to sell their harvest. It’s also possible to find local produce at your local supermarket.
Many supermarkets carry produce from local farmers. You’ll simply need to look for labels in the produce section for local produce. This is a great way to support your local farmer without having to look further than your own neighborhood.
Organic products also offer a sustainable solution for families. These products are often more expensive than their non-organic counterparts. You’ll want to look for the USDA symbol for organic produce to guarantee you’re buying organic.
While this can cut down on the dangers of the food you buy, it’s important to know that things that are labeled organic aren’t always regulated as well as one would like. You’re still better off being able to purchase from someone local whom you can trust.
Organic foods also tend to travel great distances to get to the supermarket. That means your food requires the use of fossil fuels. But when you’re not able to buy locally, organic is the next best choice.
Join a Co-Op
Another option that’s gaining popularity is a farm co-op. To participate, you typically will buy a share of the harvest. You might have to pay upfront or through monthly payments. Purchasing a share will allow you to get a percentage of the harvest.
This type of plan will result in getting a box of varied produce from a farm. The vegetables and fruits you receive will be those in season and ready to harvest each month. This is a great way to buy local regularly.
Some co-ops also require volunteer work where you and/or your family come to the farm and actually help to take care of and harvest the crops. While you don’t have to do all the gardening yourself, this gives you a chance to participate in the growth of your food.
It’s really the best of both worlds to help nurture and care for the food you eat without the burden of having to be 100% responsible for your crops. Many people find that this is a great way to get delicious produce at a good price and help their family get involved in food production.
The Intimacy of Food
It’s so common that we don’t think too much about the food we eat. But really, food is the most intimate relationship one has in life. You share your body with food several times each day.
You’ll want to make sure that what you’re eating is something that’s safe and contributes to a sustainable system for the planet. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about adding fresh produce to your diet, but what about animal protein? Check out another post about sustainable livestock.