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    Posted July 9, 2012 by
    gig harbor, Washington
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    From garden to table

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    Channel Your Inner Pilgrim


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MavisGarden of Gig Harbor, Washington, is on a mission to harvest 2,000 pounds of fresh food this year right out of her suburban backyard. In order to achieve this goal, she's channeling her inner pilgrim. "I think it would be a hoot to go back in time and be a pilgrim.  I mean, think about it, you'd get to wear the same outfit everyday, you'd save a ton of money on beauty products and meal time would be a snap because you wouldn't have to get in the car and drive to the store.  You'd just use what you already had available in your pantry, or salt barrel, or whatever it was they used to store their food."
    - stein0726, CNN iReport producer

    If people would channel their inner pilgrim a little more, think of all the food we could grow.


    So far this year I've harvested over 125 pounds of fruits and vegetables from my backyard garden. My goal is to harvest 2,000 pounds by the end of the year.


    Sure, maybe it's a little extreme, but the way I see it, I'd rather spend my time growing as much of my own food as I can, rather than shopping for it.


    I live in neighborhood of about 20 homes, and only 2 of them have vegetable gardens. How crazy is that? I mean, I'm pretty sure 100% of my neighbors eat. So why aren't they trying to grow at least a little bit of food on their own?


    The way I see it, if the Pilgrims could do it, so can you. So can anyone.


    With all the advantages nowadays like running water, potting soil and garden centers to help get you started, there is simply no excuse not to grab a shovel and start digging.


    Learning to grow something as simple as a carrot, can be empowering. Once you harvest your first crop {no matter what the size} you'll start to gain the confidence you need to expand your next garden, and to try new things.


    So what are you waiting for? Get out there and grow something!

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