February Newsletter 2024
February 20, 2024

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Should we feel guilty for growing a garden?

Embrace Your Green Garden

A Message from Whole Circle Farms
As spring approaches and our gardens begin to awaken, it’s essential to celebrate the beauty and bounty of homegrown produce. Yet, amidst the excitement of cultivating our own nourishment, there’s been a troubling trend emerging in the media.
You may have come across articles suggesting that growing your food in your backyard is environmentally unfriendly compared to conventionally grown produce. These pieces often bombard us with guilt-inducing statistics, detailing the carbon emissions associated with each vegetable plant or serving of food consumed.
But let’s pause and ponder: why should we feel guilty for nurturing our own gardens? Why should we be made to question the sustainability of something as natural and beneficial as growing our own fruits and vegetables?
At Whole Circle Farms, we believe in embracing the power of regenerative agriculture, whether it’s tending to hemp fields, grazing our farm animals, feeding our chickens table scraps, or cultivating backyard gardens. We understand the importance of reconnecting with the earth and taking pride in the food we grow.
Consider this: while industrial agriculture may boast efficiency in production, it often overlooks the hidden costs. “Conventionally grown” produce undergoes extensive processing, from machine harvesting to transportation across state lines, leaving behind a significant carbon footprint.
In contrast, home gardens promote sustainability by reducing reliance on fossil fuels and minimizing transportation emissions. Additionally, they provide an opportunity to compost kitchen scraps, enriching the soil and diverting organic waste from landfills.
So, as you tend to your garden this season, remember that you’re not just growing food – you’re nurturing a healthier planet. Embrace the joy of homegrown produce and savor the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your food comes from.
Together, let’s reject the guilt and celebrate the abundance of our gardens. Join us in cultivating a greener future, one seed at a time.
With gratitude for your commitment to sustainability,
Rochelle and Peter Koch
Whole Circle Farms

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