But first, what does Home Farming actually mean? Well, have you ever grown your own tomato on the balcony? Or remember that little parsley plant that you were keeping in your kitchen? Home Farming is about growing your own edible plants at home. It doesn't matter whether that’s in your vegetable patch in the backyard, in your kitchen, or on your balcony doesn’t matter. What matters is that Home Farming can be done by everyone and everywhere, even in the tiniest studio apartment. Fresh leafy greens grown in your bookshelf? No problem. At Yard, we’re doing the groundwork to make Home Farming as easy as possible for you.
So, why should we all be Home Farmers?
We want to know exactly what’s on our plate. Home Farmers can be sure of how the food has been grown, that it has never seen any pesticides and also has been treated with good care. You are what you eat - right?
No food can be as fresh as the one that was grown next to our dinner table. After harvest, fresh produce has to travel all the way from the farm through supermarkets to our kitchen. From the moment they are harvested, the products gradually lose their valuable ingredients. Also, to make them endure the long journey, many fruits are harvested long before ripeness and flavor can peak, compromising not only their taste but also nutritious value. We agree that’s a sad story because we can only be as healthy as our food. Home Farmers harvest just at the right time and immediately enjoy what they’ve grown.
As we Home Farmers only harvest what we need, we don’t have any leftovers spoiling in the fridge. But did you know that most food is wasted even before entering your home? Up to 33% of fresh veggies and fruits are spoiled on the farm, during transport or in the supermarket*. Not to mention the emissions produced by transporting. With Home Farming, we skip all these steps and reduce food waste and CO₂ emissions. What’s healthy for us is healthy for the planet too! :)
The choices in our local supermarkets are limited. There’s one type of basil and if you’re lucky, there are a few types of tomato. But what about that special cinnamon-scented basil you enjoyed during your last trip to Thailand? Or do you remember those small bell-shaped tomatoes that your grandma used to grow? Explore the diversity, regrow old varieties or simply grow more of what you love. As a Home Farmer, you have endless possibilities.
Day by day you can watch your plants grow stronger and stronger. At first, there’s a tiny baby leaf reaching out for light. Then you’ll see another leaf and another one. Isn’t that magical?! And soon you’ll be the proud owner of a happy home-grown plant.
All the little details, such as the way your plant is grown, how it’s taken care of, how it’s harvested and how fast it reaches your plate, influence the quality of your food. And of course, we all care about quality, especially when it comes to taste. Who doesn’t want to enjoy the richest flavors? Become a Home Farmer and experience the true home-grown taste!
These are the reasons to become a Home Farmer. You’re still not convinced? Wondering what Home Farmers do during wintertime? Find out more about Home Farming on yard.ag!
We ❤ Home Farming!