In today’s world, most of the food we love, such as watermelon and strawberries can be had on any given day of the year. Yet to call them fresh or even local would be a major understatement. In fact, on average, the food we eat today traveled 1,500 miles from farm to fork, which is not exactly great for the environment.
In this episode we visit with Joe’s then Associate Producer of Growing a Greener World, and homesteading expert, Theresa Loe. (Theresa is now the Co-Executive Producer of the show.) Joe, Nathan and Patti descend on Theresa’s small but productive urban garden in LA to see first-hand how this popular blogger and trained Master Canner incorporates enough produce aesthetically to feed her family of four. Annuals and perennials are intermingled with vegetables, herbs, fruit and chickens for a visually pleasing yet highly productive garden and outdoor learning environment for her two young boys.
Chef Nathan takes us on a tour of a local farmer’s market with tips on what to look for as we shop for super fresh produce. Supporting your local farmer is an important way to reduce ‘food miles’…the amount of resources it takes to get food items from their growing source to your grocer. Learning how to eat seasonally is a key concept in embracing this lifestyle.
And, Patti shows us an inexpensive way to reproduce one of those ‘upside down planters’. When space is at a premium in your urban landscape this could be the way to squeeze a few extra vegetable plants into your garden plan.
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