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Are you going to eat more Fruits and Vegetables

Aree you going to eat more fruits,
vegetables and herbs in 2014?

Grapes ~ Lymphatic system
Parsley ~ Adrenals
Celery ~ Bones
Watermelon ~ Kidneys
Cherries ~ Blood
Oranges ~ Arteries
Dandelion ~ Teeth
Cabbage ~ Colon
Carrots ~ Eyes
Wheat grass ~ Body odors
Spinach ~ Muscles
Blueberries ~ Brain
Watercress ~ Lungs
Apples ~ Capillaries
Ginger ~ Circulation
Lemons ~ Weight loss
Turmeric ~ Anti inflammatory
Cilantro ~ Detox
Coconut ~ Energy
Broccoli ~ Anti cancer
Kale ~ Minerals
Cucumber ~ Skin
Fennel ~ Bad breath
Dill ~ Mucus dissolver
Raspberries ~ Female reproductive glands
Blackberries ~ Male reproductive glands
Beets ~ Liver
Cinnamon ~ Blood sugar
Lettuce ~ Nerves

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Farming, Food

A Letter To Glenda:What’s in Chicken?

Hi Glenda,

My daughter just turned 12 years old and of course we had a pajama party with four of her best girl friends.

One of the girls, I’ll call her Amy, we didn’t know very well. Amy’s parents came to personally drop her off and do the parental check-out of the situation. As older parents sometimes can be, they were a little over protective. And to help them feel more comfortable I offered to show them around the farm a bit.

Amy is really big for her age. She was large – much larger than my daughter in both height and girth. Her parents were fairly short, but large around the waist. From their body size, skin, and quality of their flesh, it was easy to see they ate mostly conventional food.

It just tears me up to see people feeding their kids junk. Especially the really young children. How are their little bodies ever going to be healthy and grow properly? Most people just don’t realize how bad it is, or I am sure they wouldn’t feed it to the kids.

It is so bad, the medical establishment fully expects that one third of all children born in the last decade will have juvenile diabetes.

It is so bad they are starting to screen 6th graders for heart disease.

And the school lunch program is probably some of the worst food on the planet.

I usually don’t say anything to people, because the conversation is so – well, it is not uplifting. And where do you begin? The entire food supply is essentially toxic. They are eating it, and they are feeding it to their kids. How do you begin to tell people that?

But in the way back of my conscience I heard the quiet mantra that always moves me, that get’s me out of bed each day, that drives me…. The mantra of

“Homegrown food on every table”.

What does that mean to me?

It means I get to experience the delightful tastes of fresh, healthy food at each meal in my home. Food that is rich in nutrition with bright beautiful colors and amazing tastes. It means I awake with sheer delight every morning re-discovering that my body moves freely with agility and strength. It mean’s my friends who haven’t seen me in years say “you look great – you haven’t aged a bit”.

I want to share this amazing experience with everyone. And that is what “Homegrown Food On Every Table” means.

So I decided I would try to broach the subject of food with these two parents. This was going to be a tough sell. These people did not look at all like they would want to garden. They looked uncomfortable just being outside. So where to begin?

While I do have a few gardens scattered around, I’ve been working more and more with the higher energetic and nutritive wild foods through edible landscaping. All around my yard is food or medicine growing – but a lot of it cannot be seen by most folks unless I point it out.

Well, one oblivious thing was a flock of 87 pastured chickens we are growing. My husband and I do these big batches once or twice a year to fill up the freezer for our family. We also use them for trading with neighbors and when our hearts call for it, we give them as gifts.

I pointed out the chickens and mentioned to the parents “did you know that Tyson Foods is the worlds largest producer of chicken?” They didn’t know that of course. It was my opening and I pushed on. “Yes, it’s a tough business with a very thin profit margin of only about three percent”.

The husband and wife looked at each other wondering where this conversation was going.

I continued, “in the chicken business the most important, biggest thing, is the weight of the birds – the total sale amount depends on the total weight.

So a common practice in the larger chicken operations is to add a tiny amount of arsenic to the chickens feed. It’s not enough to kill the chickens; it is just a tiny amount. But it gets into the chickens bodies and causes the cells of the chickens to swell and retain water – and wholla! The chickens weigh more. So a little bit of arsenic helps cut down on the cost of feed, and turns out to be a profitable thing to do.

The thing is though, when you eat that chicken meat, you get the arsenic in your cells. Your cells swell and retain water. And you are thinking you are eating healthy because you choose chicken right? But by eating that chicken you will never be able to lose weight.”

The two of them stood there a moment, thinking.

The husband says slowly “they also feed those animals growth hormones to get them fatter and bigger more quickly and we are eating that too. And they give them anti-biotics… ”

There was a bit more silence.

And then the wife says with a burst of enthusiasm – “we have three acres of land”.

If you haven’t bought the Grow Your Own Groceries DVD set – do it now. I promise it’s good. It is really good. After selling thousands and thousands of these, I’ve only had two or three returns.

Get started now and you won’t ever have to eat that chicken.

Grow Your Own Groceries com dvd

Marjory

Education, Farming, Food, Health and Wellness

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What is Mircro Farming?

What is Micro Farming?

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All the elements of this painting were included to reflect Cooperative Extension’s vision for 20th century farming – mechanized farming, crop diversification and rural electrification. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

The move of the American from the country to the city comes with its characteristic feature of concrete and less greenery. In its stark difference with rural centers, the urban centers are severely missing organized implementation of greenery. However, with the passage of more time, the scenario has started to evolve, where an increasing effort may be noticed for urban gardening. The effort is worth appreciating and an increasing amount of professional engagement may be noticed behind it.

 

 

 

It is due to the increasing professional engagement into the scenario that the naming of ‘urban gardening’ has slowly evolved into ‘micro-farming’. The naming may have a direct relationship with a visibly short and crunchy space for accommodating the farming procedure. Yet, the procedure of micro-farming assists the professionals in effective achievement of the ideal environment leading to the generation of fresh flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables for example.

 

 

 

To the amazement of a wide section of the urban population, professionals suggest ideal methods of farming with a suggestion about implementing necessary, result-oriented measures. In such an environment, the fresh crops and vegetables may be a reality. Even though the procedure takes place in a noticeably short area, the farmer can still experience fresh crops and vegetables.

 

 

 

Micro-farming is always achieved in an additional stretch of land, if any, of the urban farmer. However, most of the urban farmers find it difficult to effectively utilize the available additional land at their disposal for the purpose of micro-farming. For that, they need timely, professional advice from micro-farming specialists.

 

 

 

Some of the elementary aspects of any micro-farming effort are enough sunlight and continuous succession cultivated area throughout the year. The two procedures, alongside the effective suggestion by the micro-farming managers, will offer fresh crop all through one single calendar.

 

 

 

Professional micro-farming effort may return with significant financial profit, as well. Efficient micro-farming will result in fresh crops throughout the year. Thus, the customers may receive the scope of consuming the fresh crops throughout the year, when the branded and bigger farming agencies offer cold storage products. Though, in a noticeable difference, the micro-farming products may not be as impressive as the brand farming ones.

 

 

 

Further, the financial profit aspect too may only be relevant with those micro-farming projects that aim to produce large amount cultivation. For most of the micro-farming projects, the aim remains focused to essentially personal consumption.

 

 

 

Micro-farming is a healthy, environmentally friendly procedure of growing fresh vegetables throughout the year. The effort is well appreciated by the agricultural scientists from every part of the world. Aiming for steady and well planned expansion of the practice of micro-farming, numerous agencies have announced financial and other rewards for urban micro-farming enthusiasts.