The Surprising Benefits of Growing Your Own Food

by Simplify

Eugenia Diaz had a dream. She dreamed she could grow her own food. She dreamed of being in tune with the seasons. Finally, she was able to find land, put in the work, and make her vision come true.

Diaz explains her favorite part of growing her own food is living in harmony with nature’s systems, and regenerating the land for generations to come. She had a vision, and after coming here, used clear actions to remake the land into her vision. It turns out the vision was real. It was just waiting to be created.

Diaz gardens across a space that is about 1,700 square feet. There, she grows a variety of vegetables and herbs, including corn, Chinese long beans, a variety of carrots, dahlia flowers, rhubarb, black beauty eggplants, Hokkaido pumpkins, zucchini, Lisbon white onions, and so much more.

It’s always exciting to watch the seasons change, and to harvest the food that is ready to be eaten at the end of the season.

One of the benefits of growing your own food is that you can eat it right away, and it is so fresh. Diaz demonstrates how she makes ice cream.

She uses physalis berries, basil, cashews, and stevia as a sweetener, and blends them into a juice. After pouring the juice into a popsicle mold, Diaz adds an edible french marigold flower, as a decoration. Then, she freezes the mixture.

Physalis berries

Hours later it is ready. Diaz tours her garden, while enjoying her fresh, healthy, homemade ice cream. She says, “Today, I can eat an ice cream with the foods I planted two years ago, reminding me to look at the bigger picture, and generate new ideas for a better future.”

Diaz explains that we don’t need to wait for our visions to come true. “With courage, we can pave any path,” she says. “And craft a life that is true to ourselves.”

Grow your own food

What visions and dreams do you have for the future? Let us know in the comments, what steps you can take to turn them into a reality.

For more on Eugenia Diaz's story, discover  how she created an off-grid garden on abandoned land or living off the grid and growing her own food.

To see more videos, check out the  Eugenia Diaz YouTube channel.

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  • Mad21689024 Mad21689024 on Jan 30, 2023


    We have similar space outside our house and try to grow plants basically flowers and vegetables

  • Ownway Ownway on Jan 31, 2023

    Already containers and on my balcony... the most satisfying thing for disabled veteran... pick tomato and chives and spinach growing up balustrade... lol