Ever heard of the "Dirty Dozen"? They're the 12 most pesticide-contaminated fruits and veggies you can buy. Experts recommend that you buy these 12 organic, even if you can't buy all your produce organic. We here are RVG are not rabidly political, but most folks agree that eating food that's been sprayed with bug-killer is not the greatest for your health. If it can be avoided, it should be.

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So we wanted to let you know that we're putting together a 12-part series on how to grow the infamous members of the Dirty Dozen yourself. There are a few reasons why we decided to do this:

1. It gives you back control. Big Food has its place, but you deserve to know what, exactly, you're eating. And if you choose to not ingest pesticides, you shouldn't have to pay $5 for organic celery.

2. Wouldn't you know, everything on the list can be grown in Southern Oregon. It just seemed ripe for the pickin'.

3. It might encourage you to try growing something you wouldn't have before, which is cool.

So with no further ado, ladies and gents, the Dirty Dozen.

Some of these articles are already written, and some are yet to come. We hope you share your tips on growing each of these foods!

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