No matter where you live, anybody can grow their own food at home today!
In the era of social distancing, self-isolation and quarantining, many tasks once regarded as normal can now be incredibly daunting. For example, a chore as easy as going to your local supermarket has become risky, with the potential of getting yourself, and those closest to you sick. Staying in isolation is truly the only way to ensure that you’re safe in this current moment. With the majority of daily tasks now being done from the comfort of our homes, we still have to risk our health every few days to get food for ourselves, or our family. Fortunately, no matter where you live, it’s easy to grow food in your own backyard- or even indoors, with the process known as homesteading!
The term originated in the mid-1800’s, when the passage of The Homestead Act provided public grants of 160 acres of land to Americans who agreed to live on it for 5 years. The purpose of the act was for citizens to farm and improve the land in the newly acquired western territories of the US. Hundreds of thousands of people claimed land by the end of the program, and centuries later, the process of farming and growing on your own land is now known as “homesteading.”
If you live outside of a rural area, it can be intimidating to grow your own food. As a suburbanite, I grew up going to the grocery store and out to restaurants to eat, as most who grow up in these parts of America do. Whether you’re urban or suburban, growing your own food can be rewarding, and will give you a better appreciation and understanding of how food from the farm really ends up on your table. It can also be a fun activity that can be enjoyed with the whole family!
Let’s get started! For the purposes of this blog, we’ll focus on something anyone can start doing today: growing fruits and vegetables in your own home. It’s easy!
1. First, think about what produce you’d like to grow and purchase the seeds either online or at your local nursery.
2. Next, you’ll need a decent sized container to fill with soil, finding the right container is probably the most difficult part of this process. Make sure you get one that fits inside your house, or in your backyard.
3. Once you get these, it’s pretty simple from that point. Just plant the seeds, put the container in direct sunlight, and water them frequently!
4. In a few weeks, you should have plenty of ripe produce to choose from. Now you can pick them, prepare them, and eat them however you want. Yum!
Congratulations, you’ve successfully started your own homestead! You’ll quickly realize there’s nothing better than fresh fruit and vegetables, and that having a self-sustaining food source is essential in helping you better prepare for the future.
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While you’re at it, check out these social media influencers that have successfully created their own self-sustainable food source!