Why I Rarely Go To The Grocery Store

Someone asked me recently why it was that I hardly needed to go to the grocery store.

After researching what is really going on with our food system, it’s imparative eating healthy is important to me. When I first moved into this food desert city in the south, I found that there is very little healthy food in the grocery stores. The stores are loaded with packaged, processed “food-like” snack substances with long ingredient lists (that are hard to pronounce!)  If the ingredient list is longer than a few ingredients, then it is too processed for me!

I live in the city in the upstairs of a back house under a gorgeous massive oak tree.  I am an urban farmer. I eat seasonal, local produce, cook from scratch and have little need to buy much at the grocery store.

I eat mostly a fresh diet of veggies, fruit, some grains, seeds, beans, eggs and  a little pasture raised meats. I also make my own probiotic foods like saurkraut & kefir, fresh nut milk, salad dressings, sauces and I have a great pantry to make shopping a breeze.  My personal pantry grocery store is just steps away!  I am a “semi-prepper” as I have always thought it was a good idea to store some extra food and supplies in case of an emergency of some sort.

Eating seasonally, has been sooo rewarding especially being in a different part of the country with new special foods to this area that were not frequently on my plate in my past location.and exciting especially when you get to eat some of what you grew yourself.  I am able to get a lot more fresh food diversity in my diet too.  So I capitalize on whatever is in season and put some of it up in the freezer for the winter too.

I harvest weekly from the public permaculture/perennial garden that I manage and other yard gardens that I work in.  I get unlimited herbs all year, which make a big difference for making the ordinary, extraordinary,as well as for medicine and teas.

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Plus, I support local farmers and get seasonal veggies regularly from them to round out what I have growing and so that I can have access to a larger variety of produce without having to grow it all myself. I think it’s the best of both worlds!

I also am able to get pasture raised meats and eggs from local farmers.

Often I can find some organic options for dried beans, nuts and grains, pasta, coconut oil, olive oil, coconut milk/water and some dried or canned tomatoes/unsweetened fruits, sea salt, pepper, teas at discount stores like Big Lots.  When I do, I stock up.

Neighbors with fruit trees are often happy for others to harvest fruit so that it doesn’t go to waste.  A great opportunity to offer your help and take home some bounty to be canned, frozen or dried.

You can do this too!  Just start.  Take little steps. You’re body will thank you!

 

014 – For the Love of Gluten-Free Food

014 – For the Love of Gluten-Free Food

with host Linda Borghi and guest Carmela Decker

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Carmela, a farmer’s market buddy of Linda’s, was born and raised in Italy before moving to the United States, and she caters and sells pre-made gluten-free meals, and discusses delicious and healthy food choices for people who have challenges with wheat products.  Make sure you check out her website and facebook feed for some terrific eyecandy treats.

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013 – Creating Pollinator-Friendly Lawns

013 – Creating Pollinator-Friendly Lawns

with host Linda Borghi and guest Leslie Inman

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Bees aren’t the only critters who need our help!  Join Linda & Leslie in a discussion of how native pollinating insects need native plants to thrive, how insects feed birds and bats, etc. and help form a foundational layer of our food web and ecosystem.  How do you start building a native pollinator refuge?  Let us help!

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Why Living in the City and Growing Your Own is a Good Idea

Just in case you need ANOTHER reason to grow some of your own….

” New data presented last week at a children’s health conference show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular Roundup weed killer, is detected in pregnant women and could lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes…”

“…preliminary results were presented at CEHN’s conference last Thursday in Washington DC. Learn more about the project here.”

“…this is the first U.S. study to demonstrate glyphosate is present in pregnant women. “Everyone should be concerned about this.”

“Preliminary work detected glyphosate in the urine of 63 of 69 (91 percent) pregnant women receiving prenatal care through an Indiana obstetric practice. Researchers collected the data over two years, from 2015-2016, and found that women with high levels of glyphosate in their bodies…  are seen as risk factors for many health and/or neurodevelopmental problems over the course of an individual’s life.”

“Additionally, women living in rural areas had higher mean glyphosate levels than women in urban/suburban regions. This suggests that proximity to corn and soybean fields that are heavily treated with glyphosate is a route of exposure for these women.”

“According to Dr. Winchester, much more research on glyphosate’s impacts is needed, and more data is needed on levels of exposure through food.”

“Debate has been raging about the continued use of glyphosate in light of the 2015 classification by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. …One study found that chronic, low-dose exposure to glyphosate  led to adverse effects on liver and kidney health.”

AND, Why Am I NOT Surprised!!!

“Since the release of the IARC determination, Monsanto has made several efforts to discredit the scientific findings… However, a New York Times report revealed collusion between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Monsanto to suppress cancer findings in EPA’s carcinogenic review of glyphosate.”

So, besides growing food in the city, we can also work together for more change.

“The mounting evidence of glyphosate’s hazards is piling up and environmental groups, like Beyond Pesticides, are urging localities to restrict or ban the use of the chemical. Beyond Pesticides promotes these actions and many more through the Tools for Change webpage. This page is designed to help activists and other concerned citizens organize around a variety of pesticide issues on the local, state, and national level… talk to your neighbors about pesticides with our factsheets.

So, Folks, buy and support organic food and agriculture.
To find out more about the work Beyond Pesticides is doing on organic integrity, check out Keeping Organic Strong, or to see all the reasons to go organic, visit Eating with a Conscience.

Yesterday, Beyond Pesticides and Organic Consumers Association sued Monsanto for misleading and deceptive labeling, claiming no effect on people and pets, despite scientific evidence that glyphosate impairs the functioning of the human gut bacteria, essential to human health.

For complete article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58e3f715e4b02ef7e0e6e172

012 – Building The Healing Farm Community

012 – Building The Healing Farm Community

with host Linda Borghi and guest Kai Cole, Tribe Architect

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Meet an incredible woman who loved building with blocks from the age of 5, and now designs and creates spatial healing  environments for people to thrive in.  Her journey through Calculus and Fluid Dynamics brought her to major in Architecture. Her career title: Tribe Architect.  Little did she know that her journey and calling would bring her to  design and develop the vision of the 100 acre Healing Farm in Hudson Valley, NY.

Kai is also a Radio Host in NY City and now the Healing Farm is launching Healing Farm Radio!

Find out what this superhero gal realized was most important in order to make your best crafted designs happen.

Kai loves creating spaces for people to grow and heal, Healing Farm is home to diverse energizing and restorative opportunities including Biodynamic farming education. At the Cosmic Communityfest running August 4-6, 2017, participants can learn how to draw a labyrinth with Linda and so much more!  Don’t miss Stewart Lundy, from Perennial Roots Farm, show you how to  make an Orgone Box to germinate your seeds!

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My Freckled Farm: Urban Postage Stamp Front Yard Garden

You’re not going to believe what my beautiful, red headed, very busy daughter did in her corner of a big city neighborhood!

Sara started out a couple years ago… carving out some of the grass in her front yard to begin to grow some heirloom seeds she got from her family in Mexico.  That little tiny patch gradually grew and transformed.

They are a family of 6 (4 of them are hungry growing men & boys!) She is able to supplement fresh fruits and veggies for them right from her front yard.  In her backyard she has mature citrus trees for the best oranges, lemons, lime, tangerines and grapefruit you’ve ever tasted! One son even has a small business selling the citus to a local juice bar!

Well, the neighbors have been watching and the relationships in the neighborhood are growing too!  🙂

Sara’s creativity didn’t stop with farming her yard.

This entrepreneurial gal hosted a “Sister’s Supper” for her entrepreneurial friends who had cottage businesses. They were invited to set up small tables in the garden with some of their unique creations to sell.

    

    

Late afternoon summer breeze, music, tablecloths, picnic blanket, sundresses with patio chairs scattered around was so inviting!

Sara prepared fresh delicious produce from her garden, invited friends and neighbors and added wine!  What a night to remember enjoying great company until the sun went down and many lingered when the garden turned magical with lights illuminating the space.

One of Sara’s many talents is that she is an amazing photographer, capturing the vitality and diversity that a little nurturing can accomplish.  She has had a pair hummingbirds nest and grow their young and bees and other pollinators just love her yard!  

Her pictures are worth a thousand words!  Be inspired!… and then go farm your yard!  Check out My Freckled Farm on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/myfreckledfarm/

Join the Farm-A-Yard Movement Community Facebook Page and let  us know what you are doing in your yard farm 🙂

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Food as Medicine By Evan Folds

Getting Back to Basics–for your HEALTH

Food as Medicine By Evan Folds

Hippocrates famously stated, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Seems obvious, but we have become so disconnected from what we eat that we can go weeks, even years, without eating food delivered as Nature intended. The longer food is stored off of the vine the less nutritious it becomes. Did you know that most apples you purchase at the grocery store are over a year old? If we regard food as medicine, it seems our “apple a day” may well have expired.

In the words of the great Rudolf Steiner, food plants no longer contain the forces people need to carry their will into action. And we see this collective lack of will everywhere today in our politics, on the news and under our proverbial skin.

Could it be that the lack of nutrient density and life force in our food is what is collectively holding us back from realizing the potential we all know is innate in humanity?

Huge question, but it is this writer’s opinion that this is absolutely the case. I have experienced living foods changing and healing, I know people that have cured life threatening disease with juicing and wheatgrass. It takes confident commitment, and a thorough understanding of the origins of illness to begin to understand and apply food as medicine.

Consider that up until 100 years ago all food was alive and intact, unadulterated by the methods of madness devised by modern food science. Our ability to engineer food amounts to a selfish effort of tricking ourselves into believing something is good for us. For instance, high fructose corn syrup is cheap and can make almost anything taste good, but it is increasingly linked to diabetes and heart disease.

Follow me, in pre-industrialized times we could trust that “food” was food. We didn’t have genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the properties of taste and texture that we manufacture in order to manipulate the human palate were rare and revered.

Because food had not been adulterated our bodies did not develop the means to tell ourselves that we are malnourished, only calorically empty. We don’t get malnourishment pangs like hunger pangs that we get when we have not eaten for a period of time. This is why we can eat crap and feel full. Our bodies had no reason to expect us to lie to ourselves.

Eating junk food from fast food “restaurants” is no different than the results of using budget synthetic fertilizers purchased at Big Box stores. They both create obesity, disease and pest infestations. Read the book Secrets of the Soil or watch any of the conscious food or farming documentaries out there like Supersize Me, Forks Over Knives, Food Inc., or Fast Food Nation.

The parallels are life. The sad fact is that we don’t know that we are malnourished until we get sick, and often times that is too late. In short, we cannot blindly believe food to be food.

A perfect example of this is “juice”. Real juice cannot survive the trip from the grower to the supermarket shelf without spoiling. In order to withstand the logistics of our socioeconomic arrangement juice must be irradiated, or pasteurized, which happens to defeat much of the purpose of the original natural nourishment.

In fact, the sugar water that results from orange juice after pasteurization is a tasteless colorless liquid that is stored in huge holding tanks until it is re-engineered to specific taste and texture by the familiar orange juice corporations. They even hire perfume companies to formulate flavor based on market studies, which is why each brand has its distinct taste and feel. Sorry to burst your breakfast bubble, read the book Squeezed by Alissa Hamilton.

The worst part is that the FDA allows orange juice companies to add a manufactured molecule called ascorbic acid that mimics the chemical structure of Vitamin C into orange juice so they can claim 100% of your recommended daily dose.

Our approach to how we nourish ourselves is not nourishing us. Researchers have known since the 1940s that an emphasis on empty artificial fertilizers results in cheaper food, but our economic system is driven by profit, volume and shelf life, not qualitative or nutritional value. It’s a race to the bottom line.

This is exacerbated by illogical government subsidies that encourage farmers to grow food that sells for less than it costs for them to grow it. And on top of that, the subsidies are paid towards the least nutritious crops mostly to corporations who are not even farmers.

How many farmers do you think live in Manhattan? Search online for “farm subsidy Manhattan” and click on the first link.

There is plenty of data to back this up. For instance, the calcium content in broccoli has dropped from 12.9 milligrams dry weight in 1950 to only 4.4 milligrams in 2003 per USDA data. Minerals and amino acids have declined by more than 30 percent in wheat developed over the past 100 years.

This is driven by commercial interests, not human interests. Cheap fertilizer only makes sense until your soil is dead and the toxic rescue chemistry used to try and kill back the problems created doesn’t work anymore.

And this is where we find ourselves today.

Complete nutrition is a result of balance, not force. Pests, weeds and disease in our landscapes are manifestations of unhealthy conditions, no different than what happens to people if they eat fast food every day.

Again, to draw the easy analogy, the average doctor prescribes you a pill, they don’t ask you to change your diet. In fact, most don’t even go to school for nutrition.

Preventative agriculture and medicine prevents return business. May appear cynical, but it is truth. The soil must be alive in order to produce food plants that support life. Everyone knows that we are what we eat. So it’s time that we get our hands dirty, use our buying power and act like it.

Be a farmer, start a garden. Ask questions, be interested in your food, and eat your ideals. The rest will take care of itself.

Local Food Reliance- “Inch by Inch & Row by Row” The Times They Are A Changing!

“Inch by Inch & Row by Row, gonna make my garden grow,  all it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground”…

This is an old song by David Mallett for a new time…

“I bless these seeds I sow…feel the need to grow my own, ’cause the time is close at hand”.

“…sun and rain, find my way in nature’s chain, tune my body and my brain to the music from the land”….”mother earth will make you strong if you give her love and care”.

There is another song…”The Times They Are A Changin” by Bob Dylan

Things are changing whether we are ready for it or not.  There is a strong intention rising across America to localize our food system and it’s more urgent than ever to grow food where we are and to grow the health of our soil.  There is a serious threat to food security by the changing climate globally and steps need to be made now to be able to navigate what is projected in the near future.

We need to take responsibiity for feeding ourselves and grow local food reliance.  There is nothing secure about being dependent on a global food system.  There is no better place to start solving this than our own kitchen table!  Have neighbors over to share some of your garden harvest and talk about this.  We don’t need to look any further than our own yard and working with our neighbors. Local food systems are built from the grassroots up.  It begins with us!

Creating a local food culture, right where we live, requires a commitment to source from our local growers, or they will not be there to source from.

Our consistent, inch by inch efforts, will make this our reality!

I thought you’d enjoy this song!

http://youtu.be/y1oiVEWFHrs

Published on Jan 26, 2016
Music lyrics video for the song, THE GARDEN SONG, written by David Mallett and performed by David Grover and the Big Bear Band

How To Spend Less Than An Hour A Day Growing a Garden

Of course this statement depends also on the size as well as the kind of garden you are growing.  But for most yard gardens, you can manage your garden, once it’s set up, in as little as 3-5 hours a week.

Once your garden is all set up, you can save time managing it by an efficient watering system.  You will find that your garden will grow much more efficiently once you determine how much water it really needs.  Random, over watering or under watering can be detrimental to your outcome.

There are several watering methods and tips to consider before you decide what’s best for your size and kind of garden.  One method that can be used in a part or all of your garden is soaker hoses with a timer.

According to the article in Rodale’s Organic Life, “Studies show that well-designed drip irrigation systems use at least 30 percent, and in some cases 50 percent, less water than other methods of watering such as sprinkling.”

Rain water from a rain barrel provides less chemicals that are in city water, like chlorine, fluoride and other water contaminates. 
If you are using biodynamic methods and teas, it is best to mix those preparations with rainwater also.  Setting up a rain barrel is easy and low cost.Covering the soaker hoses with a good layer of mulch will also hold more moisture and you will have to water less.You’ll also want a pressure regulator, quick connect hardward and Y valves which will save you oodles of time!

 Read entire article here with fantastic tips:

http://spr.ly/61888Yt6y

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/top-10-ways-conserve-water

https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/how-install-rain-barrel

011 – Farming Intentionally

011 – Farming Intentionally

with host Linda Borghi

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This is Linda’s most surprising and empowering podcast yet!  She shares the easiest way to be a yard farmer and the most critical practice to guarantee your success.  You’re never going to guess!!  Learn how to germinate the most important “seeds” first  and what those are.

She tells her personal story of learning about the power of intention and the principle of energy following thought. Linda shares from the heart about her intention for this movement. You don’t want to miss this one!

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