The Importance of Home Gardens in the 21st Century

June 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm 1 comment

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Everyday we hear reports about the unhealthy side-effects found in the foods we buy and eat. Large food growers introduce chemicals to grow food quicker, last longer on store shelves and use pesticides to prevent crops from being destroyed by pests. In this country, it’s cheaper for a family to eat fast food and other processed foods than it is to eat organically grown fruits and vegetables. In addition to the quality of foods we eat, we as a nation, spend less time outdoors or engaging in physical activity and that has contributed to the highest levels of childhood obesity ever seen in US history. As a result, 1 in 3 children born after 2000, will develop childhood diabetes, a sobering statistic never before seen in this country. Given these alarming facts, home gardening is becoming an important factor to living a healthy lifestyle.

In an effort to get Americans growing again, Corona Tools announced its Garden Stimulus Giveaway as a way to get the word out to gardeners and would-be gardeners to inspire them, make a difference in their lives and get back to a more natural way of life. Our goal is to raise awareness as to the importance of taking even the smallest first step by encouraging people to utilize just a small portion of their living space and get growing. The idea behind the Garden Stimulus has one purpose, providing access to all the tools and resources they need to put their small space to better use and grow an edible garden. Whether it’s planting tomatoes in a pot and utilizing space on a balcony or patio, to taking up a section of grass that might better be served as a vegetable garden. Or perhaps introducing gardening to our children in hopes they spend less time indoors and get out in the garden.

As part of the Garden Stimulus, Corona Tools is awarding one home owner whose ready to make a difference by providing all the garden tools they need to get started. We partnered with some of the garden greats such as TheSoilSisters and BGgarden, who will help the home grower design a space that’s not only aesthetically pleasing but maximize the space, sun exposure and organization of plants. Annie Haven, who sells her 100% natural manure teas which help plants build healthy root systems and thrive naturally. And Chris McLaughlin, author of “The Idiot’s Guide to Composting” to help home growers understand the benefits of utilizing food and other green wastes to produce home grown, nutrient-rich soil.

To help spread awareness, we’ve turned to Twitter and Facebook and asked people to send out tweets about the Garden Stimulus to be re-tweed by their followers so that others may become aware of our cause and the importance of growing a vegetable garden. Some initial feedback we’ve received has been met with scepticism and might be viewed as spamming by some. However keeping in mind our intention of spreading awareness we aim to get the word out to as many people as possible and to plant the “gardening seed” in everyone. Regardless of whether people participate and enter the promotion or simply decide to make a difference and start planting, Corona Tools and our partners are committed to one ideal, getting America growing. We’re all here to help by offering a garden stimulus for a couple lucky home gardeners, but we hope others realize the importance of gardening and the value it brings to each of us. Let’s all work together to make a difference.

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  • 1. Bren  |  June 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    It is amazing how Twitter can touch someones life : Including my own. This is a touching post. Thank you! ( lost for words) Most importantly I want to wish you and the other Dads out there a very Happy Fathers Day!

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Many of the photos featured on Corona Tools Blog are the talents of Brenda Haas of www.BGgarden.com

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