These fruits and veggies carry the lowest traces of pesitcide residue. O.K. to buy conventional.
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These fruits and veggies carry the highest traces of pesticide residue. Best to buy organic.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) Anne Brock, the woman behind floursackmama.com, grows her own organic produce at home with her kids.
As a mom of two, she grows her own squash, tomatoes, kale and more to protect her kids from toxic persistent pesticides.
"[Other benefits include] having easy access to a wider variety of fresh foods, saving money, protecting our environment," said Brock.
It's best to start small by growing one or two things. Brock warns to be aware of the transition period between conventional and organic, consider raised beds or containers or community gardening.
Maintenance is important. It includes building soils from compost, attracting good bugs, using alternatives to harmful pesticides and pulling weeds and rotating crops.
"Gardening is good for the entire family: beautiful, educational, everyone can help, children learn where food comes from," said Brock.