7 reasons for growing native plants

 

1) California is a world hot-spot for native plant diversity, with more species than all other states combined. Northwest California is one of the most bio-diverse regions. We have the opportunity to recognize and restore our native food diversity and learn the many uses and benefits of our native plants.

2) Native foods and native plants are endangered, California has the most endangered species of any state, due to habitat loss, caused mainly by deforestation, agriculture, and urban sprawl. Native plants are the structure of habitat so we can all help build habitat by planting natives on land we use.

3) Native plants can be very useful, native plants can be and have been used for almost everything, from food and medicine, to ornamental values and attracting birds and butterflies, to producing materials like fuel, wood, tools, crafts, fibers, glues, dyes, disinfectants, fragrances, fertilizers and more.

4) By growing native foods/plants on land you use or have access to; you are more likely to use and become familiar with your native foods/plants, which can have many health benefits.

5) Native plants and native foods fit the local ecology, native foods are designed to grow here, they do not need fertilizers, pesticides, or much water once established and when planted in their natural locations. Native plants have evolved and survived on these lands for thousands of years.

6) Native foods can reconnect humans to our local environment and teach us how to interact in a more positive way, leading to a more sustainable future where humans and nature have a beneficial/symbiotic relationship.

7) Native foods are highly nutritious super foods, they are unaltered from their natural state. All wild foods contain far more nutrients than their domesticated relatives, nutrients humans need in their diets for our health to be at an optimal level.

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