Most gardeners already know first hand the personal benefits of working in the soil and tending to plants. Alongside reducing stress, getting exercise and being outdoors, gardening provides ample opportunities to connect with and learn about nature. By nurturing a garden, people gain a deeper sense of being capable and strengthen the belief that they can protect their environment by exercising influence over their growing space. These experiences can lead to people feeling more connected to the natural world and may influence the desire to align gardening practices and ways of thinking that limit ecological impact. You may not have realized it, but growing a vegetable garden can help you to become an environmental steward. Although there are many ways to protect and advocate for the natural world, you can easily do your part at home by growing a garden.