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Allotments have been in existence for hundreds of years, dating as far back as the 1600s when they were known as the enclosures. A large open field would be divided up into enclosures separated by hedging, and the land would become restricted to the owner to grow his or her own produce. Flash forward to the 1900’s and a new focus of farming in a more organic way began to develop, with less use of chemicals and pesticides in an effort to increase health and wellbeing in local communities. In modern society, this is now a much broader practice and many more products are offered in an organic alternative.
We may often pay more for Organic goods, but the kindness it shows to our bodies and our health is priceless, not to mention the benefit to our environment. Organic living has become so popular that there’s now even a whole month dedicated to it: Organic September (check back next month for our blog on this).
At MettaLife we wholeheartedly support the Organic Movement and want to help you live your best organic life all year round; therefore, we have an array of organic, eco-friendly, sustainable and plastic free gifts, daily essentials, clothing and accessories available on our website at the click of a button. You should really check it out…
But before the excitement of Organic September begins, we have National Allotments Week 2020 to focus on! That’s right people… This begins on Monday 10th August and it originated back in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier, happier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities. 18 years on and the campaign week is still thriving!
If you have an allotment yourself, or you’re lucky enough to have a garden at home to grow your own fruit and veggies in, then we’re sure you’re getting ready to celebrate and represent National Allotments Week already. If not, the interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been bigger (since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign atleast) and there’s no time like the present!
There are a number of reasons as to why you should grow your own organic fruit and veggies, either at home or in an allotment.
The first being: it’s a great form of exercise and “you” time! It gets you outside, rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands and knees mucky, going at your own pace and enjoying some alone time in nature. It doesn’t get much better than that…
2: You get to reap the rewards and enjoy your own harvest of fruit and vegetables, meaning you eat healthier, and a bonus: they’re completely free of pesticides!
3: It saves you money. The small costs of seeds, soil and the tools to get you started will be far outweighed by the savings you will make long term, not having to buy fruit and vegetables weekly from your local store, which also wont last as long as your organic produce will.
4: It’s good for the environment. Not only will growing your own food save on the packaging used in shop-bought goods and help you to reduce your use of plastics, but you’re also helping to reduce your personal carbon footprint by growing organically.
5: If you’re someone who’s keen to make new friends or get involved in the local community, keeping an allotment is the perfect door into this. There’s a fantastic sense of companionship in the allotment community and you’ll have friends for life (who may even share some tasty ripe strawberries or spare seeds with you if you’re lucky)
With life having changed considerably this year, you may even find yourself with more time on your hands to start focussing on a new project, and an allotment would lead you seamlessly into a very Organic September. We can only imagine the wholesome joy that is experienced by growing your own food from scratch, cooking it, and then enjoying it with friends and family.
If an allotment isn’t for you, due to limited time, space, resources or whatever the reason, then don’t fret. You can still be kinder to your body and the environment by shopping organically, both with food and material goods. Take a look at or organic, eco-friendly and plastic free range on www.mettalife.co.uk – why not treat your friends and loved ones to.
We hope you enjoy this years’ National Allotments Week and take a wander around your local allotments for inspiration on living a more organic, healthier lifestyle.
From all at MettaLife.
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