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Hello, my name’s Logan and I am a grade 12 student. As required by my school district's ministry I must complete a Capstone project in order to graduate high school. The project involves researching an essential question, which students choose based on their interests. Being someone who enjoys gardening, that is the focus for my project. Specifically, my essential question is: "What is the link between gardening and health?" As the school year progresses so does the completion of my Capstone project, so I must gather information on my question. I am hoping to gather first hand research from people, who garden, on their thoughts of my question. The following link leads to a survey which I have created to try and learn more about my essential question from the public. I would very much appreciate it if you could take the time to fill it out, in order to help with my graduation project Thank you.

 
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Specifically, my essential question is: "What is the link between gardening and health?"
In gardening I can grow any available variety I want. If I go to the grocery store you have these new varieties that are only geared toward disease resistance and/or output of the crop and don't care about the taste or even the nutrients it contains. This year even the famous Grainger County tomato has changed its variety, sadly. Is it a tomato, yes, but it lacks something to be desired.

Fruit even tastes different homegrown than store bought. I really have bought pears from Wally World that taste like brake cleaner. Something is going on there that isn't good for your health.
 

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Survey taken. I encourage you to continue your study and specifically the link between growing and consuming nutrient dense food and health.
 
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If I go to the grocery store you have these new varieties that are only geared toward disease resistance and/or output of the crop and don't care about the taste or even the nutrients it contains.
I basically agree with this, except that I think the pressure from the store is in terms of appearance, output and disease are farmer's problems. Disease resistance I don't disapprove of, better than spraying for prevention. I always grow some potatoes, If I could I would grow all my own, I am told the average potato crop is sprayed six times before harvesting, I would love to avoid that in a staple.
 
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I basically agree with this, except that I think the pressure from the store is in terms of appearance, output and disease are farmer's problems.
There is a big box grocery stores warehouse located next to where I used to deliver to and they would reject the whole trailer load for one pallet of "blemished" produce. So you are exactly right.

Here in the US farmers can get more chemicals than a gardener so that tells alot of what you are eating from store bought unblemished food. Maybe why that pear tasted like brake cleaner but I'm sure it came from South America so no rules there I'd say. One of my friends used to say that he would rather just buy vegetables than to have to grow them and use some kind of chemical on them. Then I think about cereal crops that are resistant to weed killer so they can spray the whole field and still be able to harvest the grain.
 
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Farm cottages in the East of England used to come with a half acre garden. A quarter acre would be grown as wheat for bread, the other half of the garden would be vegetables. With a few hens and an occasional rabbit a family lived on that.
Have you come across William Cobbett 'Cottage Economy'? Much more fun than the better known 'Rural Rides', the comparison of bread and potatoes is great :) The bread , of course, would have been whole grain.
 
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I was a Baker for many years. The company decided to put out cheaper made products but if person didn't look close never really noticed.

Anymore they are more interested in filling your gut and making a dollar than caring what they are feeding you.

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