The most rewarding things in life are those we work hard for fame, wealth, and even food! Here are 21 grow your own food quotes for a fitter, healthier you.

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Fast and highly processed foods have seen an uprise in the past few years. People are lining up left and right just to get their hands on the next trending fast food item. Fast food is deemed as affordable, convenient, and tasty. And folks who just want a bite to eat can easily get these as they are also widely spread.

But let’s face it, these types of foods won’t be good for us. Even a single meal can leave you feeling sluggish for the entire day. And in the long run, a diet high in processed foods is linked to heart disease, and diabetes (among a handful of others).

One way we can circumvent this is by growing our own foods. And no, we don’t mean planting the whole shebang. But rather planting only the necessities (i.e. tomato, onion, zucchini, etc.). Or you can plant your preferred foods, your choice really! What we are sure about is you’ll be healthier (and leaner) as the healthy foods are easily accessible to you.

So here are the best quotes about growing your own food to make you take the leap to planting your own grub.

21 Quotes About Growing Your Own Food

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#1 “Growing food was the first activity that gave us enough prosperity to stay in one place, form complex social groups, tell our stories, and build our cities.” ― Barbara Kingsolver

#2 “Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food.“ ― Frank A Clark

#3 “Growing your own food is like printing your own money!” ― Ron Finley

#4 “Growing your own food may be one of the most powerful steps you can take for the health of yourself, your family, and your planet.” ― Lindsay Oberst (

#5 “In our society growing food ourselves has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can ―and will ― overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world ― we change ourselves.” ― Jules Dervaes

#6 “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” ― Lewis Grizzard

#7 “I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.” ― David Hobson

#8 “Change the food in the schools and we can influence how children think. Change the curriculum and teach them how to garden and how to cook and we can show that growing food and cooking and eating together give lasting richness, meaning, and beauty to our lives.” ― Alice Waters

#9 “You are also far less likely to waste food when you have nurtured it from a seed into a plant.” — Darina Allen

#10 “A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.” ― Wendell Berry

#11 “I probably grow half my food. It’s a good way to keep perspective.” ― Emilio Estevez

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Enjoying so far? Here are growing food quotes:

#12 “You know, when you get your first asparagus, or your first acorn squash, or your first really good tomato of the season, those are the moments that define the cook’s year. I get more excited by that than anything else.” ― Mario Batali

#13 “We’re only truly secure when we can look out our kitchen window and see our food growing and our friends working nearby.” ― Bill Mollison

#14 “It’s more than just high-quality food for the family table; it’s growing the food in a way that does not harm the environment. That gives me emotional well―being that is important to me.” ― Robert Patterson

#15 “It’s really important to teach people how to get food, how to grow it, how to pick it, how to prepare it and what’s safe to eat.” ― Arthur Potts Dawson

#16 “That’s a big goal of mine, to try and grow as much of my own food as possible.” ― Daryl Hannah

#17 “The first gatherings of the garden in May of salads, radishes, and herbs made me feel like a mother about her baby ― how could anything so beautiful be mine. And this emotion of wonder filled me for each vegetable as it was gathered every year. There is nothing that is comparable to it, as satisfactory or as thrilling, as gathering the vegetables one has grown.” ― Alice B. Toklas

#18 “ Growing your own fruit at home is a wonderful treat and a huge money saver. Homegrown food of any kind tastes delicious and being able to go outside and pick fresh fruit from a tree is something everyone should experience.” ― Julio Belson

#19 “I believe that the energy of humans who touched those beans goes into the beans as well. They become vibrant because of the handling.

This vibrancy is something that a machine or harvester doesn’t have. From my standpoint … I believe that if food is grown and prepared with love … infused with love … well, it can be the humblest of food, but because it’s prepared with love, it’s special.”
― Valerie Phipps

#20 “I’m perfectly happy to eat organic food, but if I choose to pay more for it, I don’t pat myself on the back ethically. Quite the reverse. I think I’m actually being quite greedy because what I’m doing is essentially saying, ‘I want more land to be devoted to growing my food.’” ― Matt Ridley

#21 “It’s become more readily apparent that we need to be growing our own food and growing more things organically.” ― Nell Newman

Wrapping It Up

From seeds to plants to eatable food. Growing your own food definitely comes with a lot of positives. There’s also a joy, pride, and honor that comes with growing your own food. But the best thing about it is that your health is in your hands (both literally and figuratively!).

And sure, it may be a long journey. But the process itself provides lots of positives (gives vitamin D and exercise). When you get that sweet reward of your hardship, you’ll know for sure that it was worth it.

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Hi there! I’m Guy, the guy behind Guy About Home (that’s a lot of guy’s). I’m just your average guy (ok, I’ll stop) living in the USA who is really interested in making and doing.