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The 6 Amazing Benefits of Gardening in Your Backyard

Outdoor Happens – by Elle Meager – Posted Oct 21, 2020

Author:

Elle Meager

Jack of all trades, master of some. Precision editor, wild garden grower. Loves creating stuff. From food forests and survival gardens to soap and yoghurt. A girl on a farm with two kids and one husband (yep, just one – although another one would be handy). Weirdly enjoys fixing fences and digging holes. Qualified permaculture teacher and garden go-to.

Ah, the reward!

The value that you get from gardening is much more than the vegetables your plot produces. It can be therapeutic, healthy, educational, communal, environmentally friendly, and good exercise. The vegetables you harvest are just the tip of the iceberg, gardening offers us “sow” much more.

It’s true: Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes! Here are 6 amazing benefits of gardening in your backyard.

Table of Contents

1. The Health Benefits of Gardening

Gardening as Exercise

Absorb Some Vitamin D

2. Benefits of Gardening for Kids

Gardening Encourages Picky Eaters to Try More Vegetables

Incorporate Gardening into Your Home School Plan

How to Grow Your Own Food

Where Food Comes From

How Plants GrowBackyard Ecosystems

Woodworking

Physical Literacy

Emotional Maturity

Gardening Decreases Allergies in Children

3. Benefits of Gardening for Mental Health

The Antidepressant Properties of Soil Microbes

The Joys of Harvesting Your Own Food

4. Benefits of Growing a Vegetable Garden

5. Benefits of School and Community Gardens

Community Gardens Build ConnectionDetroit: How Community Gardens Can Transform a City

6. Benefits of Gardening for the Environment

Your Garden Minimizes Your Carbon Footprint

Gardening Saves Bees

Go OrganicMaximize Your Nectar Flow

Make Bee Watering Stations

Designate Space for Native Bees

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Organic Food Is A ‘Human Right’, Says Leading Food Scientist

Dr. Rath Health Foundation – Oct 2, 2020

“A leading food scientist argues that to stamp out pesticides from our fragile food systems is to protect those most prone to ill health.” [Source: newint.org]

Research shows that exposure to commonly used pesticides is linked to an increased mortality risk and the development of cancer and other diseases.

Switching from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to produce grown organically, even just for a few days, significantly reduces the levels of pesticides in the body. Demonstrating this, a study published in 2015 by researchers in the United States examined 40 children aged between 3 and 6 years old. The results showed that an organic diet quickly lowered levels of several pesticides in the children by between one-quarter and one-half. Consistent with other research reporting similar findings, the study joined a long line of scientific investigations confirming the benefits of organic food.

Nutritionally speaking, the benefits of organic food are now well known. In 2014, in what is arguably the most comprehensive analysis to date, an international team led by Professor Carlo Leifert from Newcastle University in the UK found that it contains up to 69 percent more of key antioxidants than regular food. Based on an analysis of 343 peer-reviewed studies from around the world, Leifert’s findings destroyed the myth that organic food is nutritionally indistinguishable from that produced using pesticides.

To learn more about the health benefits of organic food, read this article on our website.

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China topped list of organic exporters to the EU in 2019

Natural Products Global – June 30, 2020 – Jim Manson

China was the biggest exporter of organic agri-food products to the EU during 2019, followed by Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Ukraine and Turkey, according to new analysis released by the European Commission.

Colombia and Kazakhstan entered the top ten suppliers for the first time.

The Netherlands was the single biggest importer of organic imports into the EU (32%). Other important importing EU Member States of organic products include Germany (13 %), the UK (12 %) and Belgium (11 %). Organic imports in Member States which joined the EU after 2004 remain minor at slightly above 3 %.

The ten most imported product categories represented 82 % of total organic import volumes in 2019. First came tropical fruit, nuts and spices with 27% (0.9 million tonnes), followed by oilcakes (mainly for animal feed) with 12 % (0.4 million t), followed by cereals other than wheat and rice and by beet and cane sugar (both 7 %, 0.2 million t).

Overall, organic import levels remained stable in 2019, amounting to 

3.24 million t of organic agri-food products. Commodities represented 54% of 2019 imports, a slight decrease compared to the previous year. The share of imports of other primary products increased to 38 %.

For some of the products categories surveyed, organic imports represent a significant share of total imports. Of olive oil imports in the EU, for example, almost 20 % are estimated to be organic. For the other product categories, organic imports represent up to a maximum of 10 % of total imports, and for the large majority less than 5 %. Overall, organic agri-food imports are estimated to represent about 2 % of total volume of agri-food imports.

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What is Permaculture and How Is It Relevant? -Video: 76 min – A Must Watch

Deepgreenresistance.org – May 28, 2020 – Video 76 min

👍👍👍 …A must watch!.

In the first part of this lecture we will cover a wide range of 10,000 years of agricultural history. We will deal with the origins of agriculture, its expansion and problematic elements such as deforestation, monoculture and colonialism as well as chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In the second part we get to know permaculture, its founder Bill Mollison and its basic principles and ethics as a viable alternative.

Boris Forkel is a radical environmentalist, social rights activist and permaculturalist located in Germany.

VIDEO LECTURE 76 Min

You can learn more about his work on his website BabylonApocalypse.org.

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Canadian organic growers Seed Directory

COG – May 4, 2020

Suppliers

DeDell Seeds

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.dedellseeds.com
Contact email info@dedellseeds.com
Contact phone number519-264-2676
Supplier Location7079 Century Drive Melbourne, Ontario N0L1T0
 Supplier DescriptionDe Dell Seeds is proud to be a family owned and operated seed corn company, specializing in Non-GMO and Organic seed corn.

Golden Acres Farm

Contact emailgoldenacresfarm@hotmail.com
Contact phone number519-656-3152
Supplier LocationGadshill, Ontario, Canada
Ordering instructions/detailsContact us
Supplier DescriptionWe sell our seed garlic at the Stratford Garlic Festival, the Toronto Garlic Festival, mail orders and farm gate. Contact us for our descriptive catalog in PDF and to ask any questions. Buckwheat is sold mainly as a cover crop for farmers and gardeners. Pick up at our farm or possible delivery.

Greta’s Organic Gardens

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.seeds-organic.com
Contact emailgreta@seeds-organic.com
Contact phone number613-521-8648
Supplier LocationOttawa, Ontario

Hawthorn Farm

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.hawthornfarm.ca
Contact emailsales@hawthornfarm.ca
Contact phone number519-343-3375
Supplier LocationPalmerston, ON
Ordering instructions/detailsonline, mail, email, phone
Supplier DescriptionHawthorn Farm is a family owned Canadian company dedicated to producing high quality, open pollinated certified organic seed.

High Mowing Organic Seeds

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.highmowingseeds.com/
Contact emailquestions@highmowingseeds.com
Contact phone number802-472-6174
Supplier LocationWolcott, VT
Ordering instructions/detailsPlease feel free to place an order on our website, by calling one of our friendly sales representatives, or by mailing in our order form from our catalog.
Supplier DescriptionHigh Mowing Organic Seeds is an independently-owned, farm-based seed company dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture and providing farmers and gardeners with the highest quality certified organic seed.

Hope Seeds

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.hopeseed.com/
Contact emailhopeseed@eastlink.ca
Contact phone number902-286-4673
Supplier LocationAnnapolis Royal, NS Canada
Ordering instructions/details
Supplier DescriptionHope Seeds is a small but committed seed company, with a dedication to local and sustainable agriculture since our beginning in 1993. We offer certified organic and sustainably-grown, heritage and open-pollinated garden seed.  We’re committed to high quality, organic growing, and local food.

Norseco

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.dominion-seed-house.com
Contact emailmail@dominion-seed-house.com
Contact phone number1-800-784-3037
Supplier LocationCanada
Ordering instructions/detailsPhone: 1-800-784-3037 Fax: 1-800-282-5746 Internet: mail@dominion-seed-house.com Mail: Dominion Seed House P.O. Box 2500 Georgetown (Ontario) L7G 5L6
Supplier DescriptionFounded in 1928 in Montreal, initially under the name W.H. Perron, NORSECO is today one of the most important distributors of vegetable and flower seeds, as well as horticultural products, in Canada. Dominion Seed House takes care of all the needs of home gardeners for flower and vegetable seed as well as for gardening tools trough its mail and Internet catalogues. Our organic vegetable seed line is available since 2005.

Ontario Seed Company (OSC)

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.oscseeds.com
Contact emailseeds@oscseeds.com
Contact phone number(519) 886-0557
Supplier LocationWaterloo, Ontario
Ordering instructions/detailsPlease order using our secure website or give us a call.
Supplier DescriptionOntario Seed Co., Limited is a family owned, Canadian seed processor. We have sold seed and gardening products for over 120 years.

Organic Meadow

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.organicmeadow.com
Contact emailking@organicmeadow.com
Contact phone number519-767-9694 x 430
Supplier LocationGuelph
Ordering instructions/details
Supplier DescriptionOrganic Meadow is a farmer owned cooperative serving organic farmers throughout Ontario. We have a full line of organic field crop seed.

Osborne Seed

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.osborneseed.com
Contact emaildave@osborneseed.com, jules@osborneseed.com
Contact phone number604-518-6953
Supplier Location2428 Old Hwy 99 South Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Ordering instructions/detailsCheck out our online store at the link above. You can also request a catalog and order over the phone – 360-424-SEED (7333).
Supplier DescriptionOsborne Seed Company is celebrating our 30th year of serving the agricultural community! Catering to the needs of our growers is what drives our whole business; impacting how we source seed, do variety trials, share resources and information, and provide customer service. Give us a call, we may be the wealth of information you need! If you want more info, check out our trial blog: http://vegtrials.blogspot.com

ProRich Seeds

Contact emaildeb_prorich@hotmail.com
Contact phone number1-800-361-1593
Supplier LocationMount Elgin, Ontario

RDR

Supplier Homepagehttp://semencesrdr.com/

Speare Seeds

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.speareseeds.ca
Contact emailinfo@speareseeds.ca
Contact phone number519-338-3840
Supplier LocationHarriston, Ontario, Canada

Terra Edibles

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.terraedibles.ca
Contact emailkaryn@terraedibles.ca
Contact phone number613-961-0654
Supplier LocationFoxboro, Ontario
Ordering instructions/detailsOrder by mail, phone or on our secure website. Payment by credit card or cheque.
Supplier DescriptionIn business since 1992, Terra Edibles offers organically-grown (many certified organic), open pollinated seeds for heirloom tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

TourneSol Co-operative Farm

Supplier Homepagewww.fermetournesol.qc.ca
Contact emailsemences@fermetournesol.qc.ca
Contact phone number416.504.1653
Supplier Location1025 ch. St.Dominique, Les Cedres, Quebec

Urban Harvest

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.uharvest.ca
Contact emailgrow@uharvest.ca
Contact phone number416.504.1653
Supplier LocationToronto, ON, Canada
Ordering instructions/detailsOrder through our on-line store, or down-line an order form from our web site and fax it to 416.504.7426. Or give us a call and we will happily take your order in person.
Supplier DescriptionUrban Harvest Organic Seeds was founded in 1997 to supply heirloom vegetable seedlings to urban gardeners. In 1999 we added 25 varieties of heirloom seeds. Since then we have expanded to over 380 varieties. We grow some of our seed ourselves in Schomberg, ON and in our greenhouses. We also contract several farms to grow seed for us. Our mission has always been to grow the highest quality open-pollinated organic seed in order to protect our food diversity.

Veseys

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.veseys.com
Contact phone number1-800-363-7333

West Coast Seeds Ltd.

Supplier Homepage https://www.westcoastseeds.com/

Contact email

customerservice@westcoastseeds.com

Contact phone number  604.952.8820 or 1888.804.8820

Supplier Location    Delta, British Columbia

Ordering instructions/details  Order on-line 24/7, phone (open 7 days a week Jan 15 – May 15 each year) or fax 604.952.8828

Supplier Description West Coast Seeds established in 1983, with over 1,100 varieties of veggies, herbs, fruit, flowers, as well as microgreens, sprouts and new for 2019 Certified Organic cover crops. Canadian family owned with a passion to help farms and gardeners grow 12 months a year.

William Dam Seeds

Supplier Homepagehttp://www.damseeds.com
Contact emailinfo@damseeds.com
Contact phone number905-628-6641
Supplier LocationDundas, Ontario
Ordering instructions/detailson-line store, by mail/fax/phone, or visit our retail location. See website for directions.
Supplier Descriptiona family owned importer of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Emphasis on professional quality seeds; better strains for market and home gardens.

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Coronavirus Will Lead to a Rennissance for Decentralization, Permaculture, and Mutual Aid – video – 48 min

The Conscious Resistance – Apr 25, 2020 – Video 48 min

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In this video John Bush talks about the opportunity we have to further the philosophies and strategies of decentralization, permaculture, and mutual aid. He will discuss the failures of a centralized economies, food production systems, and social organizations and will present a more viable alternative. An alternative we can all play a role in bringing to fruition. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

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