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Restorative gardens: The backyard as a healing sanctuary

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Who would have thought that the humble activity of pruning roses, digging trenches, or planting bulbs can help you live a happier and longer life? The good news is, this activity is accessible to everyone, young and old – and it doesn’t matter if you have that rare ‘green thumb’ or not.

A 2016 research gathered substantial evidence to support the claim that gardening can have long term effects on the overall physical, psychological, and social health of an individual. In addition, the study have concluded that this type of activity can reduce or even prevent several health issues that are common today.

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So what are the specific benefits of gardening to our overall well-being?

First, as a physical activity, gardening is estimated to burn 200-500 calories in every hour you spend with your plants. Children and even the elderly can enjoy such benefits that can help maintain a healthy weight and fight the causes of obesity.

Taking care of your plants and home-grown herbs can also contribute to the increase of your bone density – second to weight training. In fact, a recent study has indicated that women who do weekly activities from doing yard work and gardening have higher bone density measurements than those who are inactive.

Aside from its physical benefits, gardening is also one of the best and cost-effective ways to improve one’s mental health especially for mothers with depression. This is because of how gardening immerses them natural and healthy environment while promoting an active engagement in such creative and positive routine.

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In fact, further studies have claimed that sufferers of dementia can rely on horticultural therapy, a non-pharmacological option that helps improve the patient’s attention, reduce stress and help improve their sleep patterns.

Outside health, gardening can also be a potential source of additional income. Hobbyists can channel their passion into business by serving as suppliers to organic restaurants and other local food businesses. Especially with the emergence of the farm-to-table concept, small and independent farmers play a key role in building sustainable businesses. Many of today’s most successful restaurants source their ingredients from local farmers, cutting carbon emissions from long-distance delivery and empowering the lives of small-scale growers.

The rise of farm-to-table restaurant concepts

Everyone in the food industry has seen the increase of the healthy food demand and how consumers nowadays choose fresh and organic products over their genetically modified and preservative-enhanced counterparts. While fast food chains and traditional food houses remain popular, ‘organic’ restaurants are gaining momentum. So what propelled such change?

 

The truth is, experts suggest that the idea of choosing organic and natural is nothing new. It is rather just a comeback of the “real” food—and restaurant owners especially in the U.S. are starting to realize that this food choice trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  This is where the farm-to-table movement entered the scene.

 

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The farm-to-table movement in the food business is centered on the rise of home-grown restaurant concept with its key passion of providing sustainable and locally-sourced meals to their customers. In fact, the popularity of this kind of foodservice can be credited to how consumers started to care more about what actually goes into their tummy and where they come from.

 

Going organic and home-grown does not just benefit the industry but also the customers that it serves. For instance, restaurant owners can enjoy a limitless source of creativity in experimenting with different flavors, thanks to the availability of newly grown herbs and other seasonal produce.

 

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Choosing organic through a farm-to-table concept for restaurant owners also offer a long list of advantages. Locally-sourced ingredients and home-grown produce give them the opportunity not only to try out new recipes and flavor combinations but also to introduce a whole new set of exceptional food choices.

 

Lastly, having a kitchen garden means emphasizing fresh and healthy servings for your patrons. Most health-conscious consumers prefer homegrown ingredients and locally produced meals for several reasons other than enjoying the benefits of fresh and healthy food consumption. One is, they are able to experience seasonal ingredients and unique flavors that other type of restaurants cannot offer.

 

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The food business as a whole is a trillion-dollar industry that is staple to virtually all countries, and in many cases, it defines a specific culture. In the restaurants segment, it is the most popular place for urban residents, employees, entrepreneurs, and even ordinary individuals. With the farm-to-table concept on rise, new trends will eventually emerge and niche investors are always on the lookout to tap into these potentially viable businesses.

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