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Pinch of seed for pounds of produce

With Stay-At-Home orders currently in place, many of us are trying to limit our number of trips to the grocery stores, making it harder to keep fresh produce on our plates. Growing produce from seed is a great alternative and now is the perfect time to incorporate a minor lifestyle change that will yield major results!

Healthy, homegrown fruits and vegetables are a fraction of the cost, and require no shipping or shopping to get to your plate! A few ounces of seeds will produce many pounds of fresh produce (sometimes too many pounds!). Anyone who has grown a zucchini plant will know. Share with your neighbors, set up a produce exchange with your gardening friends or donate to the food bank.

Seed packets range from 99¢ up to a few dollars. One seed packet is less money than one fast food meal, and keeps producing food all season long! Can your Big Mac do that?

If you don’t have room for a vegetable garden at home, look into community garden opportunities like the ones managed by The Gardens on Spring Creek.

Originally published on January 1st, 2012. Updated on April 3rd, 2020.