Improve the flavor of your meals and be kind to the environment. Growing your own fruit can help reduce our national energy use. Food travels an average of 1500 miles from where it is grown to your refrigerator. Reduce the distance by growing some of your own fruits. Substitute raspberries, currants and elderberries for a traditional hedge. Espalier fruit trees or train grapes on an arbor for a decorative and edible screen. Or substitute fruit and nut trees for traditional shade trees in your landscape design. No room? Try growing in a container.