Growing fruits and vegetables seems overwhelming to most people, but it's actually much simpler than it sounds. All you need is a few square feet of the great outdoors, a water source and a little time. Your grandparents did it, and so can you.

Here are some benefits of growing your own food:

  • Improve your family's health.
  • Save money on groceries.
  • Reduce your environmental impact.
  • Get outdoor exercise.
  • Enjoy better-tasting food.
  • Build a sense of pride.
  • Stop worrying about food safety.
  • Reduce food waste.
  • Eat fresher food.

Even if you don't have a big backyard-or any yard for that matter-you can still grow food. Consider container gardening if you have a sunny porch or patio or an indoor herb garden on a windowsill. You'll be amazed at how many tomatoes or peppers can grow out of one pot.

The internet links on this page will provide you with the information you need to learn about growing your own food. The listing of local resources below offers you direct help in learning how you can become a great farmer - give it a try!


Seedleaf, Inc.
Contact - Ryan Koch

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC)- Peace Meal Gardens
Contact - Rebecca Glasscock


Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service / UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment
Jamie Dockery
859-257-1812 or

Delia Scott
1140 Red Mile Place
Lexington, KY 40504

FoodChain, Inc.
Contact - Becca Self
501 West Sixth St
Lexington, KY 40508

Lexington Farmers' Market
Contact - Josh England
(859) 259-3996
628 N Broadway # 5
Lexington, KY 40508 


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