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This is an entry in 365 reasons to grow, buy and eat local food - a collaborative book project. Talk about this entry.



Although we listed reasons under separate headings (Grow, Eat, Buy/find) at our first workshop it may be useful also to have a simple numbered list as below. Some adjustments for duplication may still be necessary.

  1. Excitement of first green shoots
  2. being outdoors
  3. graded exercise for health and fitness
  4. learning about what grows well where, locally
  5. knowledge of growing techniques
  6. invoking wonderment, reawakening a sense of wonder in the natural world (quote FWD c77?)
  7. seeds burst forth
  8. mental wellbeing
  9. seed collection
  10. conservation
  11. harvest, and abundance
  12. sense of community
  13. groupwork
  14. meeting new people
  15. productive, unpressurised way of socializing
  16. generates sense of belonging
  17. mindfulness via growing local food
  18. awareness and appreciation of seasonality
  19. knowing, or getting to know the producers or growers
  20. being able to trust the provenance of produce
  21. growing confidence
  22. building self esteem
  23. learning and sharing knowledge
  24. shared kinship with local growers across the country (UK) and worldwide
  25. enhancing the environment
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  26. enhancing environment quality
  27. free stuff: foraging, blackberries
  28. helps biodiversity
  29. keeps open spaces
  30. composting is a form of recycling
  31. reusing old pots and containers
  32. getting stuff to reuse from the wider community
  33. promoting localism which also helps road safety
  34. lower carbon footprint in growing the food
  35. lower carbon footprint in distributing the food locally
  36. encouraging cycling, several members cycle to the plot
  37. encouraging local schools and others in partnership working, which fosters social inclusion eg there is currently a group doing work experience with Communigrow
  38. local food projects can help build local communities online
  39. local food projects generate community involvement
  40. Communigrow's plans include solar water heating
  41. working with local food projects can combat depression and reduce anxiety, there is a lot of evidence-based research on the impact of the environment on health and mental wellbeing
  42. contact with nature
  43. community activity, for example growing food: the whole is greater than the sum of the parts
  44. the scents of growing crops
  45. birdsong out in the fields
  46. seeing more wildlife
  47. experimenting with different growing methods
  48. practising ingenuity
  49. using appropriate technology for growing local food
  50. learning more about appropriate technology
  51. devising new appropriate technology
  52. welcoming rain
  53. appreciating sunsets when still out in the fields
  54. learning about the importance of using water wisely
  55. learning about how to keep soils healthy
  56. learning about how to do more with less when growing food
  57. learning about seed saving
  58. the joy of nurturing living things
  59. doing stuff for others boosts happiness, doing stuff for others with others, eg whne growing food, boosts happiness even more (ref?)
  60. sitting in the growing field, just listening to nature
  61. being up with the lark, literally
  62. learning the patience to wait for the right or auspicious time for planting
  63. local food growing can be bee-friendly and so aid resilience of pollinators
  64. finding new varieties of fruit or vegetables to grow
  65. finding crops to harvest even in early spring
  66. returning to an overwintering crop for the first spring crop
  67. participating in a local food project, for example in growing food, can increase your learning curve, there is always something new to learn, new challenges
  68. sustainable decentralized farming systems can help regenerate local economies (end grow)
  69. fresher food
  70. tastier, more flavoursome food
  71. healthy eating - you are what you eat
  72. the challenge of creative cooking
  73. the fun of devising recipes
  74. experimenting with different combinations of herbs in cooking
  75. learning to make use of abundant crops eg "What can I do with 50 globe artichokes!"
  76. Preserving food to extend the season
  77. sharing local food
  78. unpolluted or less polluted food
  79. food with less packaging
  80. shared meals, including outdoor meals
  81. discovering new tastes
  82. using appropriate technology when preparing food
  83. appreciating ugly veg
  84. surprises in vegetable boxes
  85. getting youngsters to appreciate real food
  86. teaching cooking skills
  87. learning about how to do more with less when preparing food
  88. more vitamins from fresher food
  89. doing stuff for others boosts happiness, doing stuff for others with others, for example when preparing food, boosts happiness even more (ref?)
  90. the pleasure of shelling peas in the garden on a warm sunny day
  91. mindfulness via preparing and enjoying local food
  92. Seasonal treats and specialities (heading: listings, recipes, etc)
  93. participating in a local food project, for example in learning about preparing food, can increase your learning curve, there is always something new to learn, new challenges
  94. community activity, for example preparing for a food event: the whole is greater than the sum of the parts (end eat)
  95. local food can offer greater variety than can be found in shops
  96. preserving diversity of crops and varieties
  97. local food can cost less and be better value
  98. local food purchasing can also increase awareness of fair trade and ethical consumerism
  99. seeds can be used in art projects
  100. crops can provide materials for local crafts
  101. an involvement with local food projects can lead to learning more about wider food issues such as the value of organic farming, food security and food justice
  102. participating in a local food project can increase your learning curve, there is always something new to learn, new challenges
  103. finding new varieties of fruit or vegetables to prepare and cook
  104. developing relationships with farmers market traders
  105. conviviality of farmers markets
  106. getting food without having to get in the car, or travel other than on foot
  107. enjoying community food events
  108. local food can provide ingredients for home made wine or locally produced ciders
  109. participating in a local food project, for example in discovering more about local food and where to find it, can increase your learning curve, there is always something new to learn, new challenges
  110. when you know where your food comes from it gives you reasons to savour it (end finding)
  111. learning about history through local food
  112. learning about sustainability, more generally, when involved with a local food project
  113. learning about your own local community
  114. helping set up community food events
  115. encouraging and discovering the the joy of sharing more generally
  116. being involved with local food projects helps you learn about and appreciate local distinctiveness
  117. involvement with local food projects can stimulate awareness of the issue of food waste and ways of tackling it
  118. involvement with local food projects can stimulate awareness of wider issues such as food security, food sovereignty and food justice
  119. ...


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