025 – Gardening with Children

025 – Gardening with Children

with host Linda Borghi

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Linda’s history goes way back regarding gardening with children. Hear Linda’s stories working with children. Kids today need to be connected to the earth for good development. Kids that get “soiled” are healthier. This investment with children when they are young, will help them to be so much healthier and wiser for the experience.  Studies show that children who grow some vegetables are more apt to eat vegetables. When gardening with children, you will grow so much more than food. You will plant important skills and seeds of joy in your children!

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024 – Milk Crate Farm

024 – Milk Crate Farm

with host Linda Borghi

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Linda’s been back on tour!  New tagline: “You are just one seed away!”  From what? Well…Everything!

Here I am by the Hudson River and wherever I go, the first thing I think about is, what can we grow here?  How about a mini milk crate urban farm? Yepperooni!

Check out the versatility of growing like this and all the easy details step by step!  Learn how simple it can be to grow some of your own food!

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023 – Food Waste & Red Wigglers

023 – Food Waste & Red Wigglers

with host Linda Borghi

Linda’s experience with what an intimate relationship with waste looks like.  

Find out why 50% of food today is wasted and an innovative, easy solution.  

Hear the wisdom of a dedicated worm farmer!

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022 – Puerto Rico: A Blank Canvas

022 – Puerto Rico: A Blank Canvas

with host Linda Borghi

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According to a  2016 article, for the first time in 30 years, Puerto Rico began to experience an agricultural renaissance. After Hurricane Irma, they are a blank slate. A new story can be written.  There are sustainable, resilient resources that can be accessed to help write a new story for Puerto Rico.

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021 – The Future Lives in the Fall

021 – The Future Lives in the Fall

with host Linda Borghi

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Gratitude is the Attitude…as Linda is harvesting seed from her 600 square feet yard farm, she is always amazed at the miracle of seeds to secure the future of life on the planet.  Even after disaster, we are so grateful that nature has a code of recovery.. Gems of wisdom in this podcast to help all of us seize the opportunities for regeneration, including  Biodynamic solutions for disaster recovery.  Discover Linda’s  “Java Juice” that produces 5 foot basil plants!

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To Till or Not to Till?

“A new idea: If we revive the tiny creatures that make dirt healthy, we can
bring back the great American topsoil. But farming culture — and government— aren’t making it easy.”
Folks, we have a soil crisis and our future depends on shifting from the practices that have destroyed it’s fertility.  This need is at the heart of the Farm-A-Yard revival to equip folks to ditch the grass and grow food using organic/biodynamic practices that can heal the soil, the food and the people!
Here are some excerpts from an excellent article by Jenny Hopkinson…
“*AMERICA USED TO* be famed for its rich and fertile topsoil. Prairie and
forests were virtually untouched when settlers first started dividing land
into fields across the Southeast and Midwest, making for rich dark soil in
which to grow food and fiber.

Since the invention of the plow, farming has focused on disrupting the soil to make it productive. Most farming methods, whether conventional or organic, are based on “tillage” – the premise that to plant crops and
control weeds and other pests, the soil must be broken up and turned over, then amended with chemical fertilizers or organic compost to boost
fertility. And it worked for a long time.

But tilling, it turns out, kills off many of the microorganisms that build
the soil. It churns up their habitat and exposes them to air; it also makes
it easier for soil to be washed off the land by rain and wind. Over time,
the damage has built up: More than 50 percent America’s topsoil has eroded away. In areas of the Southeast, the country’s original breadbasket, it’s almost all gone.”

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020 – Yard Farming in the Bronx

020 – Yard Farming in the Bronx

with host Linda Borghi

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You can farm anywhere and anytime, you just need the tools.  Hear how Linda’s business background led her to an opportunity to farm in the Bronx and create an energy that influenced a whole neighborhood!  Check out how to have “green” garlic 24/7 and also how to grow in a milk crate! Anyone can grow anywhere, anytime!  Get connected to the beautiful transformation happening in the Farm-A-Yard movement across the country. When you download the Farm-A-Yard Podcasts, it helps us spread the movement.  thank you!

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What is Biodynamic Gardening? Part 1

Biodynamics is “beyond organic” because of its complete, whole system approach. It offers a simple way to heal and nourish your growing environment.  It connects you to the cycles of the moon, seasons and natural rhythms of nature’s ways.  It is a sustainable way to grow nutrient dense foods because it puts more back into the soil more than it takes out.

Some of the practices are very different from conventional way, but when you begin to practice and apply the principles, the results are undeniable and they are already proven to produce high quality, nutritious food by working with nature, not against it.

The use of preparations, based on plants and minerals, brings vitality to soils and can take your growing experience to another level.

The preparations and the Stella Natura planting calendar really help to organize and simplify your gardening experience.

A major perk to growing biodynamically is that the costs of implimenting these practices are minimal. Biodynamic methods build soil value exponentially with less and less effort over time.

One thing that makes biodynamic gardening different is the preparations. There are nine of them that act as remedies to vitalize any soil.

The first step in having a yard farm is to set your intention.  Why do you want to be a yard farmer? Write it down.

Next it’s important to observe your plot area and assess if it is suitable for growing what you would like to grow, or learn what already grows well in your area in order to minimize your labor and make your project more likely to be successful.

Get a soil test.  We LOVE soil and helping people heal their soil so that they can grow and enjoy nutrient dense food!  The soil is indispensible to sustaining life on earth. We will talk more about soil in the next blog.

Stay tune for more first steps for growing biodynamically!

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019 – The Wealth in Weeds

019 – The Wealth in Weeds

with host Linda Borghi

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It is not common for the words “weeds” and ‘wealth’ to be put into the same sentence.  Find out why Linda values weeds so highly!

After a 3 week trip wrap up of Linda’s travels, first  to her son’s wedding, then on to conduct 7 workshops at the Healing Farm, Linda shares why she felt so rich when she arrived home. One year earlier, there was only fire ant drilling holes everywhere in her yard.. Find out what has happened and what she is now doing with all her new “wealth”!  Links provided for all those who want to learn about biodynamics and how to get started using this method. Then go farm-a-yard…biodynamically!

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I Learned How to Prepare, But I Didn’t Consider Myself a “Prepper”.

We should be talking about this…What is your plan in a crisis situation?

Watching the hurricane disaster in Houston and now in my own “backyard”, really confirms how important it is to have a plan and to make “preparations”.

For me, I had the opportunity, when I was young, to learn from others about being “ready”, and now with the internet, it is easier than ever.  You can learn about almost any topic online and watch YouTube tutorials, etc.

When we were raising our children in snow country, it was considered a normal activity to put up the harvest for the winter and prepare for the probable loss of conveniences.

I learned how to prepare, but I didn’t consider myself a “Prepper”.

Being prepared should just be a normal life activity.

It all starts with a plan.

How true it is that not having a plan is a plan to fail.

Hurricane Matthew last year was a helpful reality check for me, I had never experience a hurricane.   It was a great teacher!  After you pass through a real emergency, you really know what you need to do better.

So I learned more through the experience and I am better prepared this time….I think.  🙂

There is always something that can be improved upon!

Preparation considerations overview:

Here is my short list:

  • Make a plan… ahead of time.  There are great planning templates on line to choose from to help you customize what will be best for your scenario. There are templates for families and/or businesses to get you started.

 

  • Figure out how you would live without a mobile phone or GPS maps (learn to use a map). What will be your plan for communication with your family? Set up an out-of-town contact point person so that members of your group can call if your local circuits are busy or unavailable.

 

  • Make a supplies checkoff list online AND print it out.

 

  • Practice the plan (live a weekend at home without the modern conveniences and also practice your evacuation plan) and know how to use the tools and equipment. (ie…how to start a fire, how to use a camp stove, how to install a wick for your oil lamp, how to set up a tent and rainfly…you get the picture.)

 

  • Water, Water, Water…How much will you need? Learn how to store it safely. Invest in a water filter that doesn’t require electricity. If you use large barrels, have a pump, or buckets to draw the water out.

 

  • Gather a few friends and neighbors and talk about preparing. Build alliances and collaborate.  We are better together.

 

Because of my work as a food educator, I was looking for high quality storage food that I could have on hand for myself AND also that I felt good about recommending.  It was really hard finding food that I would want to eat myself.  I am so accustom to growing some of my own food because the produce in the grocery store is so “old” already and contaminated with chemicals.  I was REALLY PICKY about making an investment in storage type foods!

After much disappointment, I am happy and grateful to report that I found a company that truly shares my values and has a proven track record of working hard to stay on top of this challenge to provide clean, healthy food that’s ready when you need it.

This is high quality food that you will have no problem eating even when there is NO disaster.

They also have the “Simple Plate” meals that are ready in 20 minutes for people who don’t have time to shop and chop.  They deliver right to your door and ready when you need it.

The food is not only healthy and non-GMO but also absolutely delicious! Frankly, I was shocked at how delicious it was.  The freeze dried process is way superior to dehydrated foods and the taste proves that!

I know I am not the only one who needs “convenience food” when I am busy or especially when I am traveling… I love taking this food along with me and not having to grab some toxic food-like substance because there is no other choice.   It is light as a feather and all I need is water, or I can just eat it right out of the package.

To learn more and get some to try for yourself, go to:

www.freezedriedtastings.thrivelife.com

Sign up and you are a member for life with no annual membership fees and there are easy options to waive your initial account set up! That’s what I did.  No minimum order required unless you want free shipping, and who doesn’t want free shipping?

Ask me how to get food for free by just inviting some friends and have your own tasting.