For me (no kids at home any more), it's just a matter of a lifestyle that I think we should all be working toward. I love the gardening process. It's a stress buster for me, a kind of therapy. But man when it's canning/dehydrating/freezing time - what a sense of accomplishment. When money's tight and I dont have to wonder about how I'm going to afford food, I can go to the pantry or the freezer and there's plenty. I am most thankful to be able to do this. This is also a process for me to getting deeper into the country where I can really live my lifestyle choice. So on we go!