One of the most resourceful and budget friendly projects you can add to your home is a garden. Food has always been a valuable item especially vegetables which tend to be more expensive because they become rotten much faster than other process food. Growing vegetables really only takes 4 items dirt, seeds, sun, and water. So what caused growing gardens to go out of style?
America started off as a farm land. Farming was such an essential job that parents would not allow their children to go to school during the summer months to make sure everything got done. The government adjusted to this and this is the current reason why children do not go during the summer months. America kept to the tradition of letting children out during the summer, yet these children no longer need to work the fields so their family can survive. The fact that children do not need to labor away their days so they can support themselves is a beautiful thing but gardening for fun is very rewarding. The art of gardening in more urban areas has started to become a new education movement as children are learning more about healthy living. One project that has educated urban areas about farming is Cleveland’s Urban Agriculture Project.
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One of the biggest issues with SNAP is its lack of direction for healthy food options. One goal of the project is to use SNAP for more healthy and local fresh produce. The idea came from the success in Detroit and in slow mixing into other neighborhood programs. What many people don’t realize is that poverty can lead to obesity. Many have doubts and wonder, how could you be poor and overweight? Well the problem is not how much you are taking in, it is how you are receiving those calories. If you ate 100 calories from an avocado is it the same if you ate 100 calories in chips? Of course not there is a difference between the way you receive your calorie count for the day. Your body needs certain nurturance that it could not receive from the chips so your body wants more until it is full. This is why many who are living pay check to pay check have serious health problems because society has fallen into the idea that if you have the right amount of calories how you got them shouldn’t matter.
Most people do accept the fact that junk food is not good for your body, but when a bag of grapes is $1.25 a pound and ramen noodles is $.33 cents a pack at that moment the noodles will seem like the right choice when living on a tight budget. This is why planting is so important for our society right now. If this person knew they had some fresh vegetables at home to cook with then what extra cash they do receive with SNAP for food could be used for healthier option because they know that at least they can feed their family.
What is your health worth to you?
Health care is not and probably never will be affordable for anyone on a tight budget. The prices hospitals can charge for the smallest of health concerns scares the life out of people. Some people lose their life savings because of a few hospital bills. This just shows how important eating healthy is for many families. However, it is hard to consider all of this when you know you only have $100 to feed your family of 5 this month. So if you want to support your family but you’re not sure what else you can do, start a garden. This is the time to be creative use old soda liters bottles and another items you have at home.
If you are ready to add healthier items into your life then start today. The food in your body can decided if your going to live a health long life or struggle month to month just to afford your medication for high blood pressure. Cleveland would be the next great spot for this program to flourish because we have a lot of land that could be used for farming while having several urban areas that are not familiar to the idea of growing their own food. Our society needs to learn how to be more independent from mega sized brand name stores so that we can spend more time doing the thing that truly matter to us instead of constantly battling to afford our lifestyles.