From “buy local” to “grow local”

As an aspiring farmer and local eater, the phrase “grow local” encompasses more of the values I want to see in our society, where the emphasis is less on a culture of buying and more on a culture of growing.

The benefits of growing your own food can be manifold—such as reducing your carbon footprint via the miles food traveled to reach your plate, knowing if any chemicals were used to produce your food, eating fresher, and becoming more in tune with nature. And it’s also easier to do than you might think. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned working on farms over the past two years is that it doesn’t take much time, effort, or space to grow a meaningful amount of food for one person.

I’ve illustrated below an example of growing kale in a container with potting mix—an easy way to get a plant started if you don’t have garden space or soil. Try it yourself or with your favorite vegetable. Maybe one day having vegetables growing at your house will be as common as having house plants.

Written by: Li Schmidt // Photos by: Ruven Stein

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A bag of organic potting mix ranges $15-$20. Try combining with compost to maximize use.
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For kale, use a planting pot that is at least five gallons. The plant will reach 3-4 ft in height once mature.
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Plant seedlings usually range $1-2 at a nursery. Seedlings give the plant a better chance at reaching maturity because of more advanced root development.

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Place the planted pot in a sunny location.
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Water with a gallon once a week or more, depending on soil moisture. The soil should be moist an inch under the surface of the soil.
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Harvest the lowest leaves on the plant 1-2 times a week and enjoy! Your plant will be harvestable for about six months with proper care.
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Eat Like Your Farmer

Pesto, Fried Egg and Sauerkraut Sandos

By Eden and Dylan

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First, we gathered pecans from the tree next to the chicken coop. Little did you know that these nuts have a beautiful shell that resembling a small, brown, speckled egg.

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To get into the nutty goodness we employed the smash and grab power of a mortar and pestle.

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While the pecans were roasting, bringing out a rich aroma and buttery flavor, we harvest the last of our tired summer basil that’s been adding depth to our dishes for over five months.

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We tossed the aromatic nuts and fragrant basil into our newly salvaged Cuisinart along with some fresh feta, a dash of vinegar and Tuscan blend Olio Nuovo from this year’s harvest.

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Your trusty companion pesto hides under a deceptive cloak. While it may appear healthful, as it is green, remember you are actually enjoying the triple fat combo: delicious animal fat, scrumptious fruit fat and decadent nut fat.

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No chicken makes a better egg than your backyard hen. She getting all of your kitchen scraps, which means a diversified and nutritious diet. The proof of can be seen in a dark, luxurious colored yolk. Can you tell which egg is from our backyard?

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Sauerkraut is easy to make: salt and cabbage. This batch fermented on our kitchen table for one week. It’s tangy, full-bodied and great for your digestive system.

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This sandwich is living proof that meat is not necessary for a satisfying snicker snack/meal.

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Thanks for reading. Eat like your farmer. C ya next time, folks.