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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Everyone Should Have a Potager ~ Going Beyond Salt and Pepper!

Everyone should have a Potager, which is French for “kitchen garden” and “providing vegetables for the pot”!  It can be simply a small variety of herbs, edible flowers, vegetables and/or fruits right outside your kitchen door.

Do you like walking through your garden just for the aroma therapy that the herbs and flowers provide?  Right under our noses, (literally!) is a powerhouse of missed goodness that can revolutionize our culinary creations, but also our health and wellbeing.

Anybody who knows me, knows how passionate I am about taking responsibiity for my own wellness through real food.  The kind of food you grow yourself or are forunate enough to access from a local farmer.

Many an ill could be lessened or stopped in it’s tracks if we were proactively applying the the foundational adage,  ‘let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”, by keeping a simple potager of herbs, edible flowers and weeds.

Having a personal relationship with our food, as many a gardener can tell you, has so many benefits that go well beyond the physical nourishment it provides.

Herbs and flowers are wonderful for the whole garden environment and everyone who enters it!  When you begin to sow seeds, your intention and action energizes the space.

This energy, though invisible, is as sure as gravity.

And, what is seen, is the results of the life energy which is charging the well “intended” garden!

The most overlooked yet incredibly essential ingredients to better health and wellness is the herbs and weeds growing outside your door!

Many of us like the idea of having an herb patch either in our yard or in a sunny window, yet it is one of the most under utilized items in the garden.

So let’s change that right now!

I was, like most people, missing out on the tasty and powerful properties of herbs, simply because I was limited in my understanding of  how to used them.

So I want to share with you some simple facts & tips of ways that I am learning to get the most out of my herb garden.

Growing herbs for food and medicine is generally so easy! It requires minimal effort and is extremely cost effective! Store bought cut herbs sell for a premium. In my permaculture garden, where I have no water source other than the rain from the heavens, my herbs do exceptionally well with little to no attention. The secret has been that it is well mulched to retain moisture.

Herbs and spices are not just for flavor.

Herbs have carminative properties. What does carminative mean?

Herbs carminative properties make it easier for you to digest your food so that your system doesn’t have to work so hard. Carminative herbs actually reduce gas and bloating and other digestive discomforts.

You’ve probably heard that you are what you digest, not just what you eat.

One thing that you can do is activate your herb cabinet by moving some from the cabinet to the table for easy access and start adding them to your meals when you sit down to eat.

Here are some easy tips:

I love to use fresh herbs by the handful!  I just chop different combinations of herbs like  parsley, sage, garlic chives, cilantro, rosemary and thyme and sprinkle them on sauces and dishes at the end of cooking so that they are barely cooked and retain their fresh flavor.

I often saute chopped onion, garlic and sometimes fresh ginger  or curry spices, like tumeric and chili peppers to add to cooked squash that I have blended up into a sauce that is then poured over potatoes, roasted veggies or rice.

Be brave and play around with these!

You can also dry your herbs for making your own herb blends.

Make your own Rosemany, Thyme Salt Blend.  All you need is 1 Tbl powdered Rosemary, 1 Tbl of powdered Thyme and 1/2 Tbl of fine Sea Salt.  Mix and fill a salt shaker. Now it is ready to add to any dish right at the table. Don’t worry so much about what it “goes with”.  Begin to experiment  and discover new flavors and influences.

Another blend to make is for sprinkling on hot cereal, yogurt, toast, smoothies etc.  Add 2 Tbls of powdered cinnamon, 1 tsp. of powdered ginger, 1/2 tsp. of powdered clove and 1/2 tsp. of powdered cardamon.

I also love fennel.  You can save the seeds and use them whole  or make a powder.  You can make a nice fennel rice by sauting over low heat, 1/2 Tbl. of fennel seed and 1-1/4 cup of jasmine or basmati rice in a pan until lightly roasted, stirring occasionally, then add a 2 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook until water is gone about 15 mins.

Bitter herbs have special properties to activate bile and get your digestive system primed and ready to eat.  Besides being useful for digestion, bitter herbs can be used to help with urinary tract infections, kidney stones, fluid retention, achy joints and gout.

An example of bitter herbs are dandelions and coriander.   I dry danelion leaves and coriander seeds from the garden and then using a coffee bean grinder, make a  powder. You can also use a mortal & pestle to grind into a powder and then fill a shaker bottle.

I sprinkle some on the first bite of my food to activate my digestive system.  If you especially like the flavor, then you can sprinkle more on the dish and enjoy, but just the initial tasting of bitters will bring a lot of benefit.

And Don’t overlook Paprika! It has four carotenoids: beta-cryptoxanthin, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. All four function as antioxidants, but the first two are converted into the form of vitamin A that is used in the eyes to turn light into vision and is needed to produce the protein that makes skin.  Be generous with it as it is not an overpowering taste, but blends nicely with almost everything.

There you go!  Start adding more herbs to your meals and get the most out of your herb garden!

010 – The Biodynamic Summer: The Rhythm of the Garden

010 – The Biodynamic Summer: The Rhythm of the Garden

with host Linda Borghi and guest Stewart Lundy

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If you are curious about homeopathic practices in Biodynamic farming, you will be fascinated by this interview.  These two seasoned biodynamic farmers share their experiences of  gardening and farming in harmony with the rhythm of the seasons, and how they practice a culture of sharing and spreading nature’s abundance. Learn about the earth breathing, planting by the biodynamic Stella Natura calendar, and “planting intention” in the stirring and applying of the biodynamic preparations. Also learn how your intention affects living systems and water when Stewart shares his own shocking experiment! To apply biodynamics practices and benefits to your yard doesn’t require understanding the science behind it all, only your desire and will to take action!

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A Truly Free People Can Feed Themselves. Declare Your Independence! Grow a Garden!

As I awaken in so many new ways, to the preciousness of freedom, the one matter that remains the dearest to my heart is the freedom to choose what goes into my body and the right to healthy air, soil, food and water.

IS THERE TRUE FREEDOM WITHOUT THAT? 

We live now in an environment that requires us to question what’s in our air, food and water.  What are the invisible toxins that we are exposed to?

Well, there is a very LONG answer to that.

Rather than go down the rabbit hole on that question, there is enough evidence to make my solution an easy one, to the overwhelming reality of the slow degeneration of air, soil, food and water.

Grow at least some of your own food. Or support someone who does.  We all need to put our shoulder to this!  It’s SO much easier than you think!

I am producing a series of blogs on how to get started with biodynaimic gardening and why it is the best and easiest way to guarantee nutrient dense safe food and simple ways to turn your yard into a yard with real “life force” to support health and healing.

We are on a mission to inspire and empower folks across the nation to convert 48 million acres of turf grass that is polluting our environment BIG time.  Only the collective WE can turn that around across the country!

We even have the best and easiest solution if you want to keep some of your grass by applying biodynamic practices as well!  You can even turn your turf into a regenerating life supporting oasis, instead of a degenerating, toxic producer that is compromising your health and the thriving of your neighborhood ecosystem.

Join this happy, growing, supportive community of urban farmers! https://www.facebook.com/groups/farmayard/ 

You have got to hear what this beginning yard farmer is doing!  http://farm-a-yard.com/p009/

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009 – Time For Food Ownership: Germinating the Neighborhood With Food!

009 – Time For Food Ownership: Germinating the Neighborhood With Food!

with host Linda Borghi and guest Diana Pieri

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Diana Pieri has been farming her yard for just 1 year and she is already infecting her neighborhood with food!  Diana’s enthusiasm for growing food is infectious; she has had amazing results, changing her life after cancer, and now changing her neighborhood, and absolutely loving it.  She was introduced to Farm-A-Yard as a fan of Evan Folds and his “Compost Tea in a Box”.  Now she’s spreading food and compost tea everywhere!  This is the one “bug” we hope EVERYONE catches.

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Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen

Always believe something wonderful is about to happen…humm…now that is a great affirmation.
Even when my desired outcome in the garden or in life doesn’t happen according to my expectation, nature and life find ways to make it better than I originally intended.

Nothing in creation is without purpose, meaning and useful….nothing.

Patience is an acquired trait, and a very valuable one. It gives me opportunity to discover so many things that I would otherwise completely overlook or even disregard about my environment and more importantly, about myself.

Nature has a way of assisting with developing that trait and many other virtues.

Nature is a living network of miracles.

Nature provides so many opportunities for new, simple, as well as, robust experiences and discoveries that, I can testify, have transformed my way of thinking and living in the world.

When we are connected with nature, we might observe a worm’s process to become a butterfly, which invites us to consider this reality even for ourselves and our circumstances.

Ok, enough borderline deep thinking 🙂

Let it be known, that there is more to this gardening thing and growing your own food than meets the eye! LOL!

We, at Farm-A-Yard know that as you take the path of growing your own, using nature’s methods that honor and coordinate with nature’s ways, will bring you so much more than you could ever imagine!!!

So, always believe something wonderful is about to happen! And with a little patience, you will not be disappointed!

This mindset is powerful!

Now, go farm your yard  🙂

Soil Microbes and the Human Gut Connection

Farm-A-Yard teaches people how to grow healthy soil as the foundation for producing nutrient dense food.

There is great need to introduce healthy, living microbes into the depleted, dead soil caused by modern farming and gardening practices.

The need for microbes in the soil is also the same need in the human gut.
The research is revealing how important the realm of microbes are to human health.
Have you heard the term, “leaky gut”?   Or all the the articles bringing attention to the importance of gut health in healing an array of diseases?

 This is another post of a great article,  “Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People”, this time with more quotes to get you to read more about how microbes work and why we need them!

“Just as we have unwittingly destroyed vital microbes in the human gut through overuse of antibiotics and highly processed foods, we have recklessly devastated soil microbiota essential to plant health through overuse of certain chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, failure to add sufficient organic matter (upon which they feed), and heavy tillage.”
“Soil microorganisms do much more than nourish plants. Just as the microbes in the human body both aid digestion and maintain our immune system, soil microorganisms both digest nutrients and protect plants against pathogens and other threats.”
“For over four hundred million years, plants have been forming a symbiotic association with fungi that colonize their roots, creating mycorrhizae (my-cor-rhi-zee), literally “fungus roots,” which extend the reach of plant roots a hundred-fold. These fungal filaments not only channel nutrients and water back to the plant cells, they connect plants and actually enable them to communicate with one another and set up defense systems.”
“Half of the earth’s habitable lands are farmed and we are losing soil and organic matter at an alarming rate. Studies show steady global soil depletion over time, and a serious stagnation in crop yields.”
“Reintroducing microorganisms into the soil, together with the organic matter they feed upon, has the potential to be a key part of the next big revolution in human health”
Do you need some soil organisms?  www.farm-a-yard.com/compost-tea/
To read the full article by Mike Amaranthus and Bruce Allyn:  https://www.theatlantic.com/author/mike-amaranthus/

008 – Rant on Grass: “No more excuses: You’re Just One Seed Away!”

008 – Rant on Grass: “No more excuses: You’re Just One Seed Away!”

with host Linda Borghi

Linda was asking herself, “Why aren’t more people digging up some of their grass and growing food?  What’s stopping them?  What are the barriers?”   Learn the flipside of the most common barriers and how to do this without being overwhelmed. What is a small action step that you can take right now?  Listen to Linda’s practical advice, and make sure you join the community movement on Facebook where we share lots of information on farming yards, with videos, tips, and more.

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