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Growing your own food is a great way to get outside for some fresh air and physical activity. The physical activity required in gardening has proven to promote physical health, and the planting, weeding, watering and harvesting can add purposeful physical activity to your day to day routine. Growing is also a great learning experience for children, who are more likely to try new foods if they’ve helped to grow it.

You can choose to grow organically, and save some food miles by eating your own produce. Growing food connects us with nature and reminds us of the hard work that goes into feeding us all.

When was the last time you ate a tomato straight from the vine or podded a handful of freshly picked peas? You may be surprised by how different the flavour of foods can be when eaten straight from the plant. Seeing seeds germinate and caring for plants until they are ready to harvest can create a great sense of accomplishment.

Edible Cardiff is an exciting, grassroots network of ‘growers’- local people, groups and organisations across Cardiff who grow their own produce –fruit, vegetables, herbs, salads, flowers and trees. Whether it’s just a pot of herbs on the windowsill, or pitching in at the local allotments, there has never been a better time to join them, and start growing food.

If you’re an experienced grower with tips to pass on, or just starting out and want to meet some other newbies, you can join the movement using #GoodFoodCardiff.