Okay, so you’ve heard it all before, right?
Eat clean by going organic, and avoiding those food merchants who stuff us with harmful preservatives, food grown in unknown ways in strange places, and even foods that aren’t real.
Eat green, using lots of fresh fruits and vegetables; cutting down on red meat raised with climate-polluting methods; and avoiding foods that require excessive water for production (pecans anyone?).
Eat lean by avoiding fast foods with their high fat, salt, and sugar content.
But Can I Manage That?
But what’s a person to do?
It may have been good “back in the day” when people lived on small farms and produced much of their own food.
Now, with increased urban living, dual career families, and convenience food–well, it isn’t so easy to put a clean, green, lean meal on the table.
It takes a bit of planning ahead.
Especially if you don’t have a huge food budget, a lot of time, or room for pastures and garden crops.
And besides, what if you live in a city—in the desert, no less?
Now, things get challenging, huh?
Community Gardening Can Be Your Path to Nutritious Eats
At least a partial solution is at hand: community gardening.
Community gardening is a fast growing trend across many urban areas, where Homeowner Association limitations or apartment living prevents growing your own garden from scratch.
Community gardens are popping up on roof tops, vacant corner lots in small towns and, yes, even in Las Vegas!
A community garden is one that shares a larger space that permits the use of individual plots or “boxed” allotments.
The plots are leased on an annual basis, or sometimes donated by sponsoring individuals or businesses.
Local gardeners raise their own gardens on a rented plot, or arrange for the supporting garden agency to raise food with volunteer help.
Many community families find they can get some quality together time during a sunny hour or two a week, planting and growing a variety of fresh vegetables for use at home.
The Nevada climate provides a long growing season with more than one harvest.
And Vegas Roots Provides Extra Benefits for You
Some community gardens, such as our own non-profit VegasRoots garden, provide free mulch, common watering, gardening tools, and inexpensive surplus produce sales.
We also provide educational gardening and nutrition classes.
These extras are supported by donations and sponsorships as well as plot rental income.
Check out your gardening opportunities at VegasRoots.org
We can help you eat clean, green, and lean—right here in the desert!
-Hyrum H. Huskey Jr.