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Before the days of supermarkets, many families relied on growing their own vegetables and preserving them for use over the long winter months.

If you’re thinking about putting in a vegetable garden this season, you’ll have plenty of company. Raising edible plants is the fastest-growing trend in gardening. Whether you hope to save money on your grocery bill, reduce fears about food safety, or just enjoy the flavor of straight-from-the-garden freshness, growing your own vegetables can be very rewarding.

Growing an edible family garden is a great way to get your children excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, it is a great way for children to get exercise and spend time outdoors in an activity the whole family can benefit from.MP900202043

If you teach children to garden, they will experience a joy that will be with them the rest of their lives. However, many kids grow up today without the benefit of having a garden or farming background and access to free play outdoors. They often don’t know what to do in a garden. That’s where parents and grandparents come in. Adults can help kids learn about growing plants in a fun and engaging way. Plus, it will be a special time together outdoors, exploring the land, food, and flowers.

To encourage children to garden, it is important to have them grow vegetables that will mature quickly so that they can see the results of their efforts right away.

From the first crisp carrots of early summer to the last sweet squash of fall, a vegetable garden is a constantly changing delight. There is the pleasure of anticipation in watching as beets and carrots shoulder their way into view, beans swell in their pods, cucumbers lengthen and corn put out silky tassels. Then there is the enjoyment of consuming the harvest, fresh-picked and full of flavor.

As you make plans for a vegetable garden, there’s no better advice than this: Start small. It’s easy to get carried away during spring planting season when good intentions and enthusiasm are riding high. That jumbo veggie patch that makes you swell with pride in May can become an unmanageable, weedy monster in the hot and sweaty days of summer.

Happy Gardening!

Written by: Cynthia R. Shuster, Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Sciences, Perry County, Buckeye Hills EERA

Reviewed by: Joyce Shriner, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Hocking County, Buckeye Hills EERA

Reviewed by: Jennifer Lindimore, Ohio State University Extension Office Associate, Morgan County, Buckeye Hills EERA

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What will be on our plates in the future? What are the food experts predicting we will be eating by 2050? Will our meals look much the same as they currently do, or are we moving in a very different direction? Although no one knows with certainty what the future will hold, an article done on the 2nd Annual Food Day has a discussion about such topics.
The first topic to reach the table is the topic of healthier processed foods. Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center of Public Interest predicts that high sodium, high sugar processed foods will be a thing of the past. The variety of new salt and sugar substitutes will allow the processed foods to taste good while not having the issue of elevated sodium or sugar content. They will be safe and added to a variety of foods such as soups, baked goods and condiments.
Less meat and chicken will be eaten in the future. This panel, which met in Washington DC believes that plant-proteins will replace three-quarters of the animal products consumed today. Due to limited land, energy and water the animal proteins will be decreased in the diets of the future. This will be done through plant-proteins in fake meat, seafood and milk.
We will have health planners much like the financial planners we currently have. Just like we grow our nest egg through the assistant of a financial planner, the health planner will help us to grow our preventative health account. According to panel member David Katz, Director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, the importance of modifying what we eat before we get obese or have our first heart attack is crucial. Health coaches will assist with daily menu planning strengthening our health accounts much like our bank accounts.
Single computerized devices will be useful in the future. Just like the smartphones that have simplified our lives in the technology area, a single appliance will be able to juice, cool, cook and freeze our food all through our voice command. The possibility of computerized grocery carts that will fetch what one says they need as well as online grocery delivery may also become a reality.
Home gardens will be the norm. The gardens of the future will be aeroponic, where the plants are grown in an air or mist environment without the use of much soil. This makes the idea of growing at least one-fifth of the vegetables and legumes we need possible. Community gardens will also continue to be popular in the future.
fresh vegetables will be popular. A numerical value will be assigned to all foods from least to most nutritious in the future. A discount will be applied to those foods that are more nutritious. Currently almost 1700 supermarkets have already implemented this grading scale called NuVal. An example of this currently taking place is at Walmart. The store teamed up with Humana and is offering a 5% discount to all those who purchase Walmart’s “Great for You” labeled foods. These labels are on such foods as fruits and vegetables, fiver-rich whole grains, low fat dairy and nuts, seeds and lean meats.

It will be fun and interesting to see what the future holds in the food future. OSU Extension is in a perfect position to address many of these predictions with their programs now and as they plan for the future. Contact your county Extension Office to see what is available in your area!

Source: Smartbrief Nutrition, Food Predictions for 2050. The Boston Globe, 10/25/12.
Author: Liz Smith, SNAP-Ed Regional Program Specialist, NE Region, Ohio State University Extension.
Reviewed by: Marilyn Rabe, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Franklin County.

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