As the summer season approaches, it’s the perfect time to start planning a garden. Growing your own greens, or other fruits and vegetables, is a good way to reduce your personal carbon footprint. Think of how far some of your food travels to make it to your plate—all that travel means carbon emissions from trucks and planes. For example, one study found that a pound of produce arriving at a wholesale market in Maryland had already traveled an average of 1,685 miles. Unfortunately, long-distance travel is the rule and not the exception for the modern food system.
Even if you don’t have your own yard, there are plenty of edible plants that can thrive in a window box planter. Or you can look to see if there’s a community garden in your area. You can reduce your environmental impact even further by using organic compost. When food scraps and other organic material are composted, it helps sequester carbon.
So this week, start thinking about what you can grow yourself! Below, you’ll find links to some handy resources.