Growing your own food leads to delicious nutrition and meals | News

Achieving a healthy lifestyle is not easy.

Experts say cooking for yourself, eating right, and exercising can lead to a more fulfilling life.

However, there are other ways to experience real nutrition: grow your own food.

Bakersfield Live spoke with the individuals involved in Edible Gardens about Bakersfield to understand the benefits of creating your own garden in your own space.

“Fresh food and nutrients are good … in the long run,” said Dylan Wilson, director of the Edible Schoolyard Program in Kern County. “It’s really simple.”

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These gardens are planted with the sole purpose of harvesting items and preparing them for consumption, said Susan Tangman, chair of the Department of Family and Community Engagement at Bakersfield College.

The Grimmway Family Education Trust provided grants to Edible Schoolyard Kern County, which then created gardens at Buena Vista Elementary School, Arvin and Shafter. Furthermore, BC and Cal State Bakersfield have revealed the land designated for this endeavor in 2021.

Students, from preschool through sixth grade, experience growing their own food and then preparing servings of fruits – and vegetables – from their work. Children learn about seeds and harvesting.

Wilson said the nutritional value of vegetables and fruits would be instilled in students as well.

“By involving them in the experiment, they are 100 percent more likely to try it,” Wilson added.

Bella Miraso, kitchen teacher at Buena Vista Edible Schoolyard, said she loves when kids grumble about healthy food — and yet they come back for seconds and thirds.

“There is a food literacy component to what we do,” Wilson added. “So we teach the students … how it is grown, how you can eat it, prepare it. You can make it not only nutritious, but also delicious.”

Benefits of growing your own food

Experts have said that the closer your food is to fresh soil to your table, the better. Buying carrots at a grocery store means the product has traveled many miles on trucks and trains before being used in cooking.

Therefore, there are many ways to make sure that your food is as fresh as possible.

Soil, seeds, sunlight, and water are all you need to create an abundant feast in your space, Tangeman said.

Tangeman added, Gardening outside adds to your health because your body absorbs sunlight.

However, many Bakersfield residents may experience a failure to grow produce in their backyard. The soil may contain past contaminants, which can stunt product growth, said Emily Crown, Buena Vista Edible Schoolyard garden teacher. Moreover, the lack of prior knowledge of the plant also contributes to its fall – seasonal vegetables bloom only in certain conditions.

The USDA Farmer’s Almanac offers online tips for growing your own vegetables, ensuring bountiful bounty. The type of soil, water and sunshine needed are also disclosed within these databases.

Crown also recommends filling a bucket with potting mix purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s and using already planted plants or transplants.

Many readers may not enjoy the luxury of a spacious garden. But even these people can try fresh produce by growing herbs. These plants can tolerate cold, Crown said, if stored in a covered location.

Moreover, people who grow their vegetables should practice crop rotation. The product will contain most of the nutrients.

You can reach Ishani Desai at 661-395-7417. You can also follow her at @idesai98 on Twitter.


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