Unfortunately, due to our current living arrangements, my family can’t have an actual garden. We can plant things and what not, but we just don’t have the space that is required to maintain a healthy garden. However, gardens are not anything new or foreign to my family.
In my family, there is a long background of gardens and home grown foods. For my parents, they grew up eating vegetables and fresh foods right from their backyard. Not everything, such as their rice, was home grown, but for the most part things were straight from their backyard. It was nothing special; it is the common way of things in their part of Nigeria. They knew that not everyone had a “garden” (they didn’t think of it as a garden, more so just their main source of food) and actually took pride in having one. They knew the importance of it and didn’t see the value in going out to dine at a place where they didn’t know what was actually in the food (that was really the main concern).
So for both of my parents, their families, and all that were before them, they realized the importance of having a garden way before they knew what a carbon footprint even was. A website I found actually goes in to detail about most of the benefits that my family found in growing their food right from home. The website focuses on the improvement of Australia, and that’s obviously not why my family grew their own food, but the ideas are generally the same. The link is below.