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April 7, 2016

Our ancestors used to spend much of their time growing their food and flowers. We’ve lost this direct connection and the associated sensations and benefits.

Farming can:

  • Minimize stress
  • Enhance mental clarity
  • Provide feelings of reward
  • Reduce the risk for obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and premature death (considered a moderate-level activity by the CDC)
  • Provide fresh food!

 (Michigan State University 2014)

How I add this to my life: I ALWAYS plant at least one tomato plant each year. Sometimes, it’s only in a pot on my back doorstep. For several years, I volunteered on a farm that provided employment for disabled adults.

 And you?


From → A to Z Blog

  1. This is an excellent post for living a healthy lifestyle. It is so amazing how much our society has changed… I’m sad about it too! There are some programs here in Washington State that teach disabled and troubled kids to farm to earn money… it is nice to see.

    • Gwynn, Nice to hear that those programs are around the country. There is so much to be gained by sinking our hands in the earth — good microbes that make us feel good!

  2. Stopping by on the A-Z trail. I live in a farming community (although not a farming family myself) so enjoyed your blog.

    Fangirl Stitches cross stitching A-Z
    Travel like a Geek Harry Potter Tour

  3. Yeah, sadly we are one of those families who have lost that connection to food

    Open Minded Mormon A-Z

  4. I love growing a garden of flowers and plants, then adding in some healing and culinary herbs, but sometimes all of this gets quite wild and unsightly. Oh well.

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