Gardening, in a way, is one of the best home improvement projects you can undertake.
There are a lot of good reasons to grow at least some of your own food. Not only do you know where your food comes from and can avoid eating all those industrial pesticides, but also you will have fresher, better-tasting produce! More that anything else, though, is the powerful experience of watching your food grow by the grace of your own hand.
When we postmodernists think of “feeding our family”, we think of the supermarket. I am not by any means advocating that we should all abandon our careers and live entirely off the land as our ancestors did. Rather I feel that in a time where the word “food” often produces vision of canned soup and artificial flavoring, a little freshness goes a long way. By knowing where our food comes from, and knowing that we are capable of sustaining some part of our lives independently, we can empower ourselves and our loved ones to be proactive about other parts of our lives, and be true agents for change in our world.