How to Avoid the High Cost of Groceries
Thursday, July 28, 2011
"Today's high fuel cost has affected what consumers are paying for produce at the grocery store," says Jeffrey Schwartz, executive director, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc. "Starting a vegetable garden is a creative way for consumers to save money on their weekly grocery order."
Turn your energy into doing something about the high cost of groceries and save money at the same time. It is not too late to start a garden in your backyard. The season is still young and there is opportunity to plant some of your favourite vegetables to feed your family.
Daniel Hoffmann, an organic farmer from Brampton Ontario, established The Cutting Veg and offers the following recommendations to start your home garden:
• Feed your soil lots of organic matter before planting. Options include compost made from your kitchen scraps, animal waste, and mushroom compost.
• Mulch your garden with straw or leaves to: retain moisture, suppress weeds, increase soil heat, and to further enrich your soil's health.
• If you are gardening for the first time in your current location, ask neighbors who garden what they have found to grow well in your environment.
• It's not too late to plant the following: tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, peppers, basil, carrots, beets, potatoes, onions, salad greens, and more!
Growing vegetables in your garden gives you quality produce that is better, fresher and cheaper than any grocery store can offer. Better yet, you just step outside to harvest.
Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada is a national non-profit credit counselling organization that teaches consumers about personal finance.
Consolidated Credit's unbiased debt-counselling service offers alternatives to help people get their debts under control. Alongside assisting with consolidating payments, Consolidated Credit experts focus on education and understanding. Strategies include teaching basic but vital concepts such as how to budget, understanding credit and how to manage money.
Consolidated Credit also offers a free web-based budget and debt analysis tool and a plethora of website resources for people interested in learning more about debt and credit on their own, including tips on smart spending, buying a car, taking out a student loan and a survival guide for holiday spending. Its online learning centre offers free personal finance education booklets, financial calculators, resources, tips and suggestions. Also offered is a free iPhone and iPod application, "Budget Tool", which can be used to manage expenses on-the-go.
About The Cutting Veg:
Daniel Hoffmann is an organic farmer from Brampton ON. He established The Cutting Veg which provides organic produce and garden coaching to the GTA. The Cutting Veg (TCV) is a community-health promotion enterprise rooted in organic farming. TCV runs 4 programs aimed at cultivating personal, social, environmental, and economic health. TCV grows a variety of vegetables and herbs, which are sold at farmers markets, and through Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSA).
In addition to produce sales, TCV runs the "Global Garlic Project." Specifically, over a dozen varieties of garlic from around the world are cultivated, including Tibetan, Persian, Italian, Russian, Korean, and Israeli.
TCV also provides Food Coaching Services, which offers garden & composting project support, agri-business training, food-based workshops, and part-time farming internships.
Finally, TCV offers one-on-one "Wellness Counselling" for individuals who want to take steps forward with their health and happiness. Collectively, these programs are helping TCV towards the achievement of its quadruple bottom line: Personal health, Social health, Environmental health, and Economic health. TCV is owned and managed by Daniel Hoffmann. Daniel is a Social Worker (BSW), Counsellor, and has been farming in B.C. and Ontario since 2000.
For more information about The Cutting Veg, contact Daniel Hoffmann at (647) 388-7444 or email@example.com or visit our blog at www.thecuttingvegtoronto.blogspot.com.
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