The food we grow ourselves will nourish us better than almost anything we can buy in a shop. It’s fresher, we know how it’s grown, and we have the added joy of knowing we grew it ourselves. And the better your soil, the more nutrient-dense your food will be.
Starting to grow your own food is a journey in itself. There’s no universal advice, as we all live in different climates, different cultures, and have completely different opportunities. Some of us have back yards, some have balconies or rooftops, others have farms or urban community gardens.
Here are some resources that we like — we’ll add more as we find them. Please share your favourites with us!
Sara Bäckmo from Sara’s kitchen garden in Sweden has a great series on growing food at home, in a normal backyard. Here’s a couple of her videos to get you started.
Charles Dowding: A long-time advocate of no-dig gardening in the UK, Charles Dowding will give you all the inspiration you need to get started.
Grow inspired with Claire Mummery: Claire has been growing food in New Zealand for 30 years, and has pioneered the use of bokashi and EM in large-scale community projects.
Holmgren Design: Permaculture vision and innovation
Ridgedale Permaculture: Permaculture design and regenerative agriculture
The permaculture student: Website and courses
Geoff Lawton: Website and courses
Permaculture SA: Website and resources
Soil and community
Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web: Regenerating the soil in communities
The Guardian: The link between soil, soul and society
The Conversation: Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world
The New York Times: Climate change threatens world food supply, UN warns
FAO: Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production
The words human, humility and humus all come from the same root. When humans lose contact with soil, they are no longer humans.