Nadine Stephenson extols the virtues of homegrown produce.
Nadine Stephenson extols the virtues of homegrown produce. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Returning to homegrown produce

PEACE Festival patrons were enlightened about the benefits of homegrown vegetables by green thumb Nadine Stephenson at the weekend.

Mrs Stephenson said homegrown food tasted better and didn't contain the chemicals mass produced fruit and vegetables did.

She said the health benefits of homegrown produce were enough reason to make the switch and start digging your own vegie patch.

“Before WWII only one in 320 people died from heart attacks but now it's about one in four,” she said.

“Back then everybody grew their own vegetables, from the very rich to the very poor, but now nobody has their own vegie garden.”

Mrs Stephenson, who now gets junk food hangovers if she strays from homegrown food, said growing your own was easier than you thought.

“It's really not that hard. You don't even need to dig,” Mrs Stephenson said.

“It's a real buzz knowing you've grown something yourself and without using chemicals.

“I think people learn to cook more simply as well because the more ingredients you have in something the worse it is for you.”



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