If you’re the type of person who worries about pesticides, preservatives, and GMO’s, then you’ve no doubt heard of the dirty dozen. If not, it’s a yearly report put out by the Environmental Working Group based on an analysis of fruits and vegetables around the country. It lists the 12 foods with the most residue from synthetic chemicals that could be bad for your health.
This report has inspired many people to start growing their own fruits and veggies, but growing enough to where you don’t have to go to the grocery store for them is a big undertaking. However, it is very doable. In this article by Melissa K. Norris, she talks about what vegetables she never shops for and how much of them she has planted. She also provides a link to a chart that shows exactly how much to plant for a year’s worth of food.
She writes, “One of the reasons we plant a garden is to be able to harvest and preserve enough food to take our family through an entire year until the next planting and harvesting season. As we shared in Episode #81 with my father and 17 Self-Sufficiency Tips from the Great Depression and 1940’s, almost all of the food they ate was what they grew and put up themselves. This used to be a way of life, planting and putting up your own food to see you through. It was how the pioneers did it…”