Grow Fresh, Grow Local
Buying fresh, buying local works. But growing fresh, growing local is even better. If you want to save energy, time and money, then invest in growing your own food.
We are focusing this year(2012) on raised beds, twelve to be exact. We are using Southern Exposure Seed Exchange's Virginia Heirloom Package as a starting pointing, all seeds having a Virginia connection and/or history. These seeds are open pollinated so the seeds they create can be used to replant in the future.
We've already planted the cold weather crops, including peas, spinach, lettuce and collards. Even though the weather has been awesome this spring, it's still too early(for me anyway) to plant tomatoes and other warm weather crops.