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Here’s the Project Challenge: Have every family learn how to #1 Grow at least one kitchen plant, #2 Save money by living simply, and #3 Eat nutritionally for less.

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This down economy has been a shocking thing for me. Every day that goes by, I learn that more and more people are losing their homes and are unable to feed their families. This is not just a problem in the United States – this is a global issue.

Many people cannot afford their homes because they are spending full price on unnecessary items – especially fresh vegetables – which are very expensive because of the great distances the vegetables travel and the chemicals that must be used to maintain them before, during, and after the vegetables are picked.

These same people who are spending unnecessarily are afraid of making that first attempt at growing a kitchen plant which might help them support their family. They need help and ideas on how to feed themselves and their community.

In the end, I imagined a resource people could go to online that offers wonderful ideas for simple living, like meal recipes written by chefs that cost under $10 to prepare, or easy-to-understand tips for growing plants.

Soon the Grow 1 Project was born. As the founder and publisher of the initiative, I want to encourage people around the globe to help each other survive healthier and happier in the down economy we are suffering under; and take this websites lesson on into the future.

Learning to live happily with less instead of forever wanting more is difficult for some, but with millions of people in the United States and billions of people on our planet going to bed hungry, it seems like the right thing to do.

Teaching individuals how to feed their family nutritionally for less, as well as live more simply is my ultimate goal for this project. Part of that goal is encouraging everyone in the world to grow just one kitchen plant. Many people are afraid to get started, but it has been proven the most nutritious and vitamin-filled vegetables and herbs are those that are locally grown. If we could come together to teach people how to grow just one kitchen plant, it would encourage those who want to make a difference for their family and community to get started. was launched last week and is all about real world people coming together to help others. You will find lots of helpful information on the site, such as ideas on how to live simply and sustainably. Basic “how to” instructional posts on how to grow a plant or plant a seed can be found as well. Popular chefs will help contribute on the site with recipes that utilize fresh vegetables and cost less than $10 to feed a family of six. Educating readers about food pantry’s and community gardens is also an important part of the project.

There are no sponsors to help support the site right now, although that might happen in the future – this is created to help make a difference for those suffering in a down economy who need answers. For now, I’ll be the only one publishing the posts and managing the site and I could really use the help of people who would be interested in contributing. Please help the Grow 1 Project – contribute educational videos and posts (they could be posts and information already on the web, republished and credited accordingly of course) – and send people to the site who want to learn how to help themselves and their communities eat healthier in a down economy.

Together we can make a real difference. It is easy to help a family learn how to feed themselves the right way if we all work together. Teaching sustainability, the benefits of nature, healthy eating, and feeding the hungry – all possible with your help.

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!

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  1. This sounds like a wonderful idea Shawna. I started a container garden with herbs, tomatoes and peppers last year and hope to do more this year. It took me awhile to get up the nerve to do it, but now I'm hooked. It's such a rewarding experience.

    I look forward to seeing what great things come from all of this.

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