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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Adventures of a Guerrilla Gardener

It is so COOL to see what I can grow in all these random garden locations that I have gradually established around the area where I live.

I just harvested about 70 baby gold potatoes, spring onions, garlic , beets, beet greens, kale, malabar spinach and herbs!  I am ecstatic!

I’m in Fayetteville NC and this is the first harvest of the season. All grown guerrilla garden style in public plots.

I made a Bechamel sauce with rice flour and minced fresh herbs of rosemary, thyme and garlic that I also grew. Poured over the potatoes and beet greens…OH MY! I wish you could smell and taste it!

I could hardly wait to indulge! “Garden Bon” ?(translated garden good!) I am planning a cold borscht soup with the beets and I love them shredded or cubed on salad.

  

“Farm-a-yard.com” it’s a movement, have ya heard?!!

We are just one seed away from food security and “amazingness”! (We create new words here too!!!! LOL!!??)

If you are farming your yard, post a picture and tell us what city and state your are in 🙂

De-Stress- 4 Easy Nature Reboots

“Absolutely nothing that humanity can create will improve human health and longevity more than reconnecting with our mother planet and father sun.” ~Jason Bawden-Smith

Read that again… “Absolutely nothing that humanity can create will improve human health and longevity more than reconnecting with our mother planet and father sun.” ~Jason Bawden-Smith

Absolutely nothing….that we can come up with will improve our health and quality of life more than reconnecting with the nature….

Another translation, “stop and smell the flowers”.

But to REconnect, I first need to have a daily practice of disconnecting….So, what does that mean?

In our busy lives, which seem to get busier by the day, I knew I needed to build in a regular routine, especially because technology beacons me to keep up with the unending emails and assignment deadlines. But alas, what is suppose to save me time, can rob me of true quality of life.

Yet, I am not blaming technology….

Am I the one steering my life?  or am I allowing life to steer me??

Much of the time in the past I was not conscious enough to even ask that question.

But guess what?  Once we are aware, then we can set an intention to change that.  I just needed to take practical action steps to make it real in my experience.

It needed to become just as routine as my old habit had been and it just takes practice to create a new habit.

I had to decide not to let old habits sabotage my plan.

So, what to do first….

Write it down…..you’ve probably heard that before…well, that truly is a powerful first step to making it happen.

Then I put it on my calendar.  I schedule everything else in my life, why don’t I schedule time for me?  If I truly matter, why am I not on the calendar?  All my other “important” things are scheduled.

The routine maintenance of my car is very important to me to prevent a costly breakdown.  But when it comes to my time, it is too easy to take another 10 mins on the computer or my phone, trying to “catch up”, which can end up robbing me of my personal “maintenance reboot” time. This habit can lead to a “costly breakdown” that can take it’s toll on our health and wellness.

When we truly “get this”, it will transform our lives for the better.

I learned from my daughter how important it is to also schedule, “unstructured time”, where you don’t have to do anything.   You can just “Be”.  So that doesn’t mean choosing to be with my phone on facebook or other phone time.

This can gradually help us to live more in the moment as we move through the rest of our day.

This is not just about managing our time.  More and more articles are appearing, concerned about the risks of over exposure to EMF pollution from cell phone towers, electronic devices, smart meters, and especially cell phones. Have you ever heard of a “cancer cluster”?.   Do some research and learn how to protect yourself and your children who are even more venerable. 

Can you hear nature calling?  Every morning I wake up to birds singing right outside my window….but some mornings I don’t even hear them because I am already so busy in my head.  Sound familiar?

We all could benefit from practicing connecting with nature on a routine basis.

So here are some steps and ideas:

1. Number 1 on my list is Grow a garden (are you surprised? LOL!) Grow something right outside your door, so that in your coming and going you can get a regular nature fix.  Stop and smell the flowers, spend a brief time watering and observing the magic going on in the garden. Pick a flower or fruit and bring nature into your house! Take a break from your phone and leave it inside!

2. Schedule a window of time, 1 or 2 hrs daily that you will not check your phone to answer text and voicemail. Or plan a certain time of the day to return calls and answer emails etc.   This will help change your mindless habit of checking your phone every few minutes or every time it sounds an alert.  (No wonder adrenal exhaustion is so prevalent!) Turn it off so you are not tempted or set it to airplane mode to also reduce EMF exposure.

3. Plan for a half or full day of no technology every week.  True story:  Whenever we go camping in the Sierra Mountains of California in the summer, our phones are not be able to get a signal because we are so in the “wild”.  We just turned off our phones and put them away all weekend.  What is funny is, on the way back down the mountain, all our phones start going off ding, ding ding, ding, over and over with download of messages we were not able to get on the mountain!  I love those times of “forced tech detox and decided to schedule voluntary times into my life.

4. Plan a “Re-Boot” Garden Party and invite your friends!  Have your friends “check” their phone at the door, by putting it in airplane mode or turn it off.  Everyone will enjoy some real, uninterrupted “face time” with the group. Plan some stimulating topics of conversation to pull out of the hat and/or mixer, team games and of course some great food from the garden.  Maybe even have a cooking party!

 

 

007 – Miraculous Mycelia

007 – Miraculous Mycelia

with host Linda Borghi and guest Matthew Legatski – The Gourmet Mushroom Guy

Backdrop to this podcast is Linda’s surprise  meeting with mushroom legend, Paul Stamets, Linda and Matthew share a passion for the of mushroom, so good as medicine and food..  Matthew got hooked on mushroom production and learning everything possible about it at 22 years old.  He designed and created his own sterile mushroom lab operation. His knowledge is way beyond his years and he loves sharing about the cultivation and production of mushrooms with everyone! The income potential is explored.  Cool diagrams and slide show links too!

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Pickled Avocado

Preserving the harvest can be done in so many ways.  

Even Avocados!

Avocados are high in a preferred healthy fat!  Great to take with you for a quick snack, instead of being held hostage in a famished moment and settling for some regrettable sugary choice!

This is a fun item to bring to a party because you don’t have to worry about them turning brown!

First things first!
Here is an awesome tip to make sure your avocado is green and creamy on the inside, and free of brown spots.  The key? Check under the stem.

Now, let’s learn a way to pick a good avocado.
Peel back the small stem or cap at the top of the avocado. If it comes away easily and you find green underneath, you’ve got a good avocado that’s ripe and ready to eat.

On the other hand, if you pull back the stem and find brown underneath, the avocado is overripe, and you’re likely to find brown spots inside the fruit. And, if the stem doesn’t come off, the fruit is not yet ripe enough to eat.

Here is a recipe for Avocado Pickles, but keep in mind, this is not the kind of pickle that is meant for long-term storage. It’s best to give them a couple hours to marinate.  You’ll notice that the avocado pieces have softened and are more tender and have soaked up just enough brine to make them quite delicious.

How to Use Avocado Pickles
Here are some cool tips to consider:

You can slice them or cut in chunks, just consider length so that it will fit nicely in the jar. They can go on sandwiches, salads, or garnish fish.  Of course they are great as a side to anything and eating right out of the jar!

The Avocado Pickles Recipe is at: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-avocado-pickles-231338

YOUR GONNA LOVE THIS FUN VIDEO! http://trib.al/yXGDRJ4

 

Plant Communication-The microbial community in the soil is related to our gut

This is indeed, one of the best articles I have read on the relationship between the soil and the human gut, by Mike Amaranthus and Bruce Allyn, called, “Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People”-The microbial community in the ground is as important as the one in our guts.

So much attention these days is around gut health.   There is an undeniable, vital connection in the soil that holds the secrets of real sustainable healing for the human health crisis around the world.

“We have been hearing a lot recently about a revolution in the way we think about human health — how it is inextricably linked to the health of microbes in our gut…”

“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.”

“These 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.”

This means a lot for a healthy garden which in turn will provide life-force food for healthy people!  Not to mention the $$ that is saved not having to buy all those pesticides, herbicides, fungicides.  On the flip side, all the drugs people take to deal with their symptoms, never address the true causes of the diseases and imbalances that are happening.

It’s imperative that we take care of our soils.  Nothing could be more critical.  We have already lost way to much diversity. We need to stop using toxic chemicals now and replace with simple natural compost teas, like “compost in a box”, to build up the soil’s immune system! (http://farm-a-yard.com/compost-tea/   Can be diluted up to 16 gallons for every gallon of concentrate.)

This is why we want to get everyone to help us “spray the country” with the microorganisms and biodynamic preparations to heal the nation’s soils.  Healthy Soils=Healthy People.

These healthy biodynamic preps work just as dynamically on lawns.  We want to see you grow food, but you can also have a lawn that is safe, by replacing all those toxic chemicals which add to the toxic load generated by the commercial lawn care industry.

This is another way to “vote” with your dollars for long term change that is good for your health, the environment and your pocketbook.

More of this incredible article here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/06/healthy-soil-microbes-healthy-people/276710/

Farming Urban Yards is a Patriotic Action for Local Food Security.

“In our society, growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts.              It is truly the only effective protest,  one that can-and will-overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world-we change ourselves!”

~ Jules Dervaes

Linda inspires and is inspired by people around the country, like a family in Pasadena California. In the middle of the big city, this family has been growing their own food and raising animals in the smallest front and backyard, using every inch of space. They have been doing this for decades.

I Love Jules quote!

Here is my paraphrase:  “When we personally work in harmony with nature, we are doing the single most essential thing to change the world by the fact that such an act transforms us first, then that becomes, in fact, the only way to change the world!”

After decades of living an urban homestead lifestyle, this family is finally not considered odd,  and people are flocking to their workshops and eager to learn the old fashion, sustainable skills of growing your own food, meat, eggs, how to can, freeze, ferment, dehydrate, knit, sew… etc.

They began just for their own self sufficiency.  Over time they started selling to local restaurants and markets.  Now they are a full on educational platform also!  They do it all on a very small residential urban lot in a big urban near to one of L.A.’s mega freeways. They even have goats and chickens!

Join the urban yard farming community movement at Farm-A-Yard https://www.facebook.com/groups/farmayard/

Jules’ message has always been that the Urban Homestead was a Path to Freedom.  He lead this family in this endeavor and just passed away in December 2016.  The family intends to carry on his legacy.

Kudos to this family who are willing to continue to share the wise ways of self reliance.

You can check them out at:

In Memory of Jules Dervaes (1947-2016)

 

 

006 – Biodynamics…It’s What’s for Dinner

006 – Biodynamics…It’s What’s for Dinner

with host Linda Borghi and guest Stewart Lundy

Farm-A-Yard Podcast logo: orange sun with sunbeams rising over a mound of black dirt with 2 sprouts and a microphone in green coming up out of the soil.
Farm-A-Yard Podcast — It’s a movement… have ya heard?

Stewart Lundy, of Perennial Roots Farm in eastern Virginia farms, is serious about applied biodynamic agriculture and has created a rich fertile farm with his partner Natalie. They heard about Biodynamics on a trip to Italy and returned to the U.S and began to practice on their farm in 2010. Bringing Biodynamics “down to earth”, Stewart shows how it works for him. Unique tips on saving seeds.

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Music credit: “Insomnia” by John Sheehan. Used with permission.