The ROI (return on investment) of a home garden can be $1,000 a year and $30/hour.
The benefits of a vegetable garden extend beyond the food being grown and the superiority of that food in nutritional value and quality over agribusiness-grown vegetables. I listed some of these intangible benefits in The Hidden Value of Gardens(September 13, 2014).
Thank you, Bart, for sharing your calculations. I suspect my time probably nets out at a much lower rate per hour, but I have never attempted to weigh our small garden's harvest or its value. It is certainly over a hundred pounds of vegetables and dozens of pounds of fruit per season.
One of the many veggies grown in this small plot--chard:
Our scarlet runner green beans--from the vine to the cutting board to the wok to our dinner plates:
One of our peach tree's annual offerings:
This large bowl of peaches represents a small part of the entire crop:
And the end use of the peaches: pies!
Some of our tomato crop, which I used tomake a delicious home-made pasta sauce:From Home-Grown Tomatoes to Home-Made Pasta Sauce (October 25, 2014)
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Gordon Long and I discuss The New Nature of Work: Jobs, Occupations & Careers(25 minutes, YouTube)
The Old Models of Work Are Broken
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