Growing your own
One of the best ways to assure the quality of your food is to grow it yourself. Start a food garden and learn the age-old skills of working with the soil, the satisfaction of being self-reliant and observing the cycle of seasons. Gardening is one of the best ways to connect to nature.
Here are a few things to think about when starting a garden:
- Soil types in Northeast Ohio
- Soil contamination issues
- Ecological, organic gardening practices
- Maximizing production in a small space
- Beyond fruits and vegetables to food self-reliance (raising chickens, bees and livestock which is legal in Cleveland and Cleveland Heights at this point)
Community Gardens of Northeast Ohio
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Examples of practical self sufficiency
- Buying fresh locally grown produce in bulk
- Canning and freezing fresh foods for use all year
- Growing your own vegetable garden
- Planting your own fruit trees and berry plants
- Raising your own poultry and small livestock for eggs and meat
- Making you own wine, beer, cheese, sauerkraut, pickles and other things
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