WELCOME TO HEALTHY FRESH HOMEGROWN!
I believe every family can transition from just surviving to thriving by eating healthy, fresh homegrown food
My mission is to empower families with the skills and knowledge to grow homegrown food in order to have a healthier, thriving lifestyle; and I do this by being a valuable resource for information and support on growing food at home.
Hi, I’m Marc!
When my daughter was born back in 2013, we were very grateful to become parents. It was a miracle after having had a stillbirth, several miscarriages, battling years of infertility and my wife coming down with a chronic autoimmune condition.
I knew that my priorities had changed and that as a new parent, I now was dedicated to seeing that my daughter grows up healthy.
Homegrown food was one way I could ensure that the food she eats is healthy and fresh. So I doubled down on what I was already doing and started growing more food in my urban backyard.
And now my school-aged daughter grows her own veggies, fruit and herbs in her own small garden, learning that food doesn’t just come in a cardboard box or plastic bag.
I realized through this experience that my purpose in life is to help other family’s have the same access to high-quality, fresh food grown just steps away from their dinner table.
So that’s how Healthy Fresh Homegrown was born – out of a need I saw to personally help 1,000 families in this new decade live a thriving, healthy lifestyle by growing their own food at home.
I look forward to helping your family!
Wishing you all the best!
The Thoma Family
Victoria, BC, Canada
Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Me
I’m a published author
In my spare time, I’ve written two books! Urban Gardening For Beginners and Herb Gardening for Beginners. They’re available here on my Amazon author page: Author Marc Thoma
I’m a computer geek
I’ve always had a knack for making computers behave and listen to me! So having an online business comes easy, at least on the tech side of things.
I’m learning Japanese
Since my wife is Japanese, I’ve been studying Japanese and trying to at least be able to speak and understand simple sentences, thanks to Duolingo!
I’m a woodworker
Following in my German father’s footsteps, I love working with wood! Especially our local western red cedar, which I combine with gardening by building outdoor structures. Check out my woodworking blog and YouTube channel.
We’re an EV family
In 2018 we took the leap and switched to a driving a fully electric car, a Nissan Leaf. Quite the change considering I used to own two gas-guzzling collector cars, a 1956 and 1966 Pontiac.
Next step will be to install solar panels on our house roof so we can charge the car with locally produced sustainable energy.
I love trains and miniatures
Ever since I was a little kid, I loved trains. Especially model trains since my dad had a layout in the basement. I now have my own N scale model railroad, a great hobby on our cold, damp West Coast winter days. Plus I’ve started building dioramas. Check out my YouTube channel.
Purpose and Values
Prioritize healthy food
Many families value health more so than money or other possessions.
And in today’s busy life where the next meal might be a quick microwaveable tray or fast food takeout, we need to prioritize healthy food, not convenience.
Lack of time, space or knowledge are not valid excuses for missing out on all the health benefits of homegrown food.
Everyone can grow food
Every suburban backyard has the potential to grow a significant portion of a family’s food needs every year. Even a balcony garden or indoor garden can supplement meals primarily made from store-bought ingredients. This can save a family hundreds every year on food costs.
More kids will grow up learning where their food comes from, valuing fresh vs. packaged, healthy vs. preservative-loaded.
Learn to adapt
It sounds simple. Just plant a seed, water it and you’ll get a plentiful harvest.
But then stuff happens. Pests, disease, weather and other challenges may result in a mediocre harvest. That can kill the dream a family has of adding homegrown food to their lifestyle.
It doesn’t have to be that way. I teach proven techniques that work for us and offer coaching and personalized assistance, so that families can learn to deal with whatever nature throws at them.
All problems have a solution
There will be many problems that occur when growing food at home. That’s just the nature of it (pun intended). However problems are meant to be solved.
It may take some research or some trial and error but solutions are out there just waiting for us. Often all it takes is a shift of mindset and someone like me to show you a different perspective.
Work with nature, not against it
Fighting against nature all the time will burn you out. Instead I advocate working with nature instead of against it.
Therefore you’ll only see me recommend organic methods for fertilizing, controlling pests, diseases and weeds.
We need to learn from nature as it has been successful for millennium in growing plants without our intervention.
Save money, be healthier
Homegrown food can have a huge impact on a family’s food budget. This savings will grow (yes, I love gardening puns!) as a family becomes more confident and grows more variety and quantity over the years.
And eating healthier, fresher food can improve the health of all members of the family, from infants to the eldest members.
Healthier bodies means less chronic disease and health issues. Which results in less reliance on the health care system and the high costs that family’s bear either directly or through taxes.
What Others Are Saying About The Help I’ve Given Them
How I Can Help You Grow Food
I have over 100 blog posts and articles on this site, everything from short tips and advice to longer, in-depth articles about a particular topic. Feel free to share a post you find valuable on social media, ask questions in the comment area and let me know anytime if there is a particular topic you’d like me to write about.
I have over 150 videos on my YouTube channel, everything from tours of my urban homestead, to quick tips and advice, to longer, in-depth videos about a particular topic. Feel free to like, share a video you find valuable on social media, ask questions in the comment area and let me know anytime if there is a particular topic you’d like me to make a video about. And be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any new videos when they come out!
I send regular emails out to my list, everything from quick tips and advice, to longer, in-depth emails about a particular topic. Subscribe to my email list by downloading any of my free guides. I’ve linked the Balcony Garden Guide here as that one is quite popular.
I have written two physical books through a publisher and have self-published an eBook as well. Check them out on my author page.
Answers To Some Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you only recommend organic gardening methods?
When it comes to my family’s health, it’s important that the food we grow is clean with no residues from synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
And I want the same for your family, so you’ll never see me recommend products or methods that are not organic in nature.
What’s your best tip for growing food?
It would have to be:
Start small and work your way up to a larger garden as you gain experience and knowledge.
That way you don’t get overwhelmed by trying to grow too much at the beginning.
One of the best way for beginners to start is with container gardening.
When should I plant?
I wish I could tell you exactly, but every region is different. So it is hard to provide general advice. Even within the same neighbourhood, your backyard or balcony may have a different local micro-climate.
I recommend getting a local growing chart either from a local seed supplier’s seed catalogue or a nursery/garden centre. Then experiment. If you plant something too early, you can always use row cover to protect your crops from a late frost.
How did you come to have such a variety of fruit trees?
I lucked out by having established trees already on the property when I moved in back in 2005. The previous owner was an avid gardener.
Two trees did end up dying (one plum and one peach) and actually removed two fig trees (I originally had four!)
But we still get an abundance of fresh fruit every year from our remaining 9 trees!
Do you offer private garden consulting/coaching?
You can sign up for a one-hour garden coaching session, a chance to talk to me one on one and get the help you need. Each online video session is $47/hour.
Do you accept guest posts
At this point I’m not accepting any guest posts, sorry.