​​Soulfood Sessions with Niya

I started gardening and farming initially to help my family have a better  relationship with food. I just didn’t like how food was tasting and making me feel when I purchased it from the stores.  I’m a cancer survivor so practicing healthy eating habits was always top priority for my overall health as well as my mental health. What started out as a simple hobby has now grown over the last few years into a business where I’m now teaching others in my community how to grow their own food through workshops and coaching. Planting seeds literally and metaphorically is what we are doing at these workshops and those who attend are reaping bountiful harvests!

Why I love teaching others how to grow their own food?

Teaching others how to grow their own food is important for several reasons. Firstly, it promotes self-sufficiency and resilience. By learning how to cultivate their own crops, individuals and communities become less reliant on external food sources, reducing the risk of food shortages and insecurity.

Secondly, it encourages healthy eating habits. When people grow their own food, they have greater control over the quality and variety of produce they consume. This can lead to a more nutritious diet, as homegrown fruits and vegetables are often fresher and free from harmful pesticides or additives.

Additionally, teaching gardening skills has so many social and community benefits. It brings people together, promotes a sense of shared purpose, and enhances social connections. It can be particularly empowering for marginalized communities or individuals with limited access to fresh, affordable food.

Overall, teaching others how to grow their own food is important because it empowers individuals, promotes healthy eating, supports environmental sustainability, and strengthens communities.