You can get a government grant to grow food. Grants, Loans & Support.
Earlier this year, in response to President Obama's challenge to reinvigorate local food systems, each of USDA's 26 agencies was asked to come forward with programs that can help support this effort...and they did.
It's no surprise that USDA has programs throughout its operations that can assist farmers, help consumers access nutritious foods, and support rural community development. We provide billions of dollars annually doing all this and more. What may be a surprise is that we have programs all across the Department that can cultivate local capacity to strengthen local and regional food systems. We don't need to create a new slate of programs; we need to make sure that the ones we have work better.
We encourage everyone interested to apply and participate in this U.S.D.A. project.
NOTE: Our small green house is not part of a grant or approved pesticide study, we built it ourselves with our member and sustainer support, and only need it to start early seeds. We grow everything "Pesticide-Free" outside in the sunshine and fresh air; this is how our members, family, friends, neighbors and livestock want food grown. As a result, we do lose a bit more produce to the critters, and we bargain for it, so we grow a little extra to supply the critters too, the chickens take care of the little, bugs.
That being said, some tri-city residents and farmers markets participants have chosen this route and they have our support. We continue to encourage folks to grow to their ultimate potential and to help the supply of local, affordable and alternative food supply. They may be millionaires soon! and you can be too (LOL-LOL).
In our final blog on depression we focus on the foundations of depression and how to fight depression at the root. Today many patients are clearly unaware that most medications and doctor endorsed treatments merely aid with covering up symptoms.
For example, if someone is standing on a nail they can either a) step off the nail or b) keep standing on the nail and take an aspirin (or other pain killers/ anti-inflammatories) to deal with the “symptom” of standing on the nail. Standing on the nail comes first, the pain comes second. If we never step on the nail there is never any pain and therefore no need for the aspirin.
The question is, what causes depression so we can avoid it altogether? What comes first? The reason simple cures for depression are never discussed with most patients is that there is very little money in helping people cure themselves.
There is no money to be made off healthy people and there is no money to be made off dead people, the focus of conventional medicine is on the in-between…….people who are not truly alive yet are not yet dead. Conventional medicine traps people in the middle or the “in-between”. Oddly enough North America’s health care system focuses on citizens having a long (drug dependent and expensive) comfortable death and never a long vibrant life.
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Whether you’re growing baby carrots in containers or in the ground, you’ll enjoy the fact that these small root veggies grow so quickly. You can grow them for snacks or to add to your favorite stews or salads. It can be disappointing to pull carrots from the dirt, to find nothing but roots or a misshapen carrot. There are simple steps you can take to make sure that your baby carrots don’t end up a disaster.
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Step #1: Grow Carrots in Containers
Some gardeners have done well growing carrots directly in garden beds and raised bed gardens. Growing in containers will give you the best results. Choose clay or wood pots with drainage holes for water. You can drill them yourself, and you need at least four holes to ensure proper drainage. The size of the container should be 10 inches wide and 10 inches deep.
Step #2: Pick the Right Potting Soil
Avoid using garden soil, which is compact and will make growing carrots difficult at best and a failure at worst. The roots won’t be able to expand, and you’ll end up with great looking greens on top, but no carrot at the bottom when it’s time to harvest. The soil should be loamy or sandy and you should add compost that has rotted for some time. You should be aware that some gardeners have expressed concerns for the asbestos content of vermiculite, which is often recommended for helping to keep the soil loose. Do your research before adding any to your soil mix, especially if you want to grow organic carrots. The total soil amount that you’ll need is two and a half gallons.
Step #3: Sow Seeds and Water
Plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep in the soil. When they grow 2 inches high, thin them. The seedlings should be one inch apart when you’re done. The thinning gives the carrots enough room to grow underground.
Step #4: Companion Planting with Radishes
Maximize your gardening efforts and container gardening space by growing radishes among the carrots. Radishes grow fast, and you can harvest them long before you need to thin out carrot seedlings. You’ll also grow more food, and get the satisfaction of immediate growing success, which will encourage you as you wait for the baby carrots to grow.
Step #5: Do the Popsicle Stick Test for Watering
Growing baby carrots successfully requires you to water them at the right time and in the correct amounts. If you water them too much, you’ll rid the soil of much-needed nutrients. If you underwater them, the carrots won’t grow at all. Try the Popsicle stick test before you water. If soil sticks to the Popsicle stick when you place it in, then you don’t add water. It’s also a good idea to add mulch to the top layer of the soil, to keep water from evaporating and reducing your need to water.
The different varieties of baby carrots are ready to harvest in 55 to 65 days after planting. Pull them out of the ground when they’re about 1/2 inch in diameter. You can also just pull one out to see if it’s the size you want. Know that you know how to grow baby carrots in containers, try expanding your indoor veggie garden!
It is convenient for some of us to make our pet foods, for others it may be time consuming and require special attention.I found that the prices offered by the farms and producers are reasonable here on local harvest and from the product descriptions, they seem to be of high quality and beneficial. Happy shopping!
Organic Weight Loss - Eating Organic Foods Can Help You Lose Those Extra Pounds
Right now, it seems like everyone is looking for the secret to weight loss. There are tons of diet pills to choose from at the mall, and the latest quick fix diets are heavily publicized. The truth is, there’s no healthy miracle diet that will help you take off 20 pounds overnight, but there are things that can give you that extra boost to finally take the weight off once and for all. One great “extra boost” is organic food. These are foods grown without hormones, preservatives, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. They are designed to grow naturally in the environment and work within the human body who eats them. Eating healthy with organics can help you finally take off those excess pounds naturally.
When the nutrients in an organic fruit or vegetable are compared to their traditional counterparts, they’ve been found to have significantly more beneficial substances. In some cases, there are as many as three times the amount of certain beneficial nutrients found in organic foods. In one study, organic oranges were half the size of the traditionally grown oranges and still had more vital nutrients. Eating appropriate amounts of organic fruits and vegetables can even replace your multivitamin, by giving you every essential nutrient you need. When foods are not genetically and chemically altered, they are nature’s finest.
If you doubt that organics are healthier for you, consider the fact that the artificial chemicals used in many foods are relatively new and have only been consumed for a small fraction of the time humans have been around. Our bodies are not designed to process these artificial chemicals. Hormones, preservatives, and pesticides can not be processed by the liver and therefore place excess stress upon the organ. The end result is a build up or artificial products in the fat stores of your body and this has been linked to storing even more fat. If you’re concerned about removing these chemicals from your system sooner rather than later, you can go on a juice fast just prior to starting an organic diet, but this should be supervised by a nutritionist or medical professional.
We’ve mentioned that natural nutrients and a lack of harmful chemicals helps your body function more efficiently, but you’re probably wondering how this helps you to finally lose weight. First of all, when you eat natural organic foods your body is able to digest them quickly and efficiently. When it does not have to deal with extra chemicals, your metabolism increases (which is essential to weight loss), and you are also able to gain the full energy potential of your food. This means you’ll be less fatigued and ready to get up and move. You’ll have the extra energy you need to exercise and burn off even more calories. Studies have also found that laboratory rats who consume organics sleep better. That means you’ll be even more rested and ready to conquer the day, and perhaps even a morning walk or jog.
Another advantage to your body working properly is that you’ll be less likely to get sick. Eating organic helps provide your system with the proper nutrients to stay healthy as well as providing your body more energy to fight off infection. You’ll also be motivated to keep up with your organic diet when you realize how healthy you feel.
While switching to an organic diet is a great way to lose weight, do remember to eat the right organic foods. Try to eat fresh, unprocessed foods that contain a lot of fiber, lots of fruits and vegetables are the perfect choice along with small amounts of protein and carbohydrates. This will help you lose even more weight and most importantly help you feel great.
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Government advisors recommend ‘food for the brain’ campaign
A significant contributor to the increasing rate of crime, aggression, depression and poor school performance is poor nutrition. That’s the conclusion of the inquiry held by the Parliamentary Food and Health Forum, who issue a report urging for government to fund a campaign to research, increase awareness, and encourage us to eat more fish and whole foods, high in essential fats, vitamins and minerals.
The Parliamentary Food and Health Forum want more money spent on researching the link between diet, nutritional supplements and mental health; doctors to be better educated; mental health patients to be checked for nutritional deficiencies as a first line procedure on the NHS; and government funded healthy breakfast clubs at schools; government campaigns promoting the importance of optimum nutrition for mental health.
Patrick Holford, director of the educational charity, Food for the Brain says: “Less than half a percent of all money for medical research is spent on nutrition largely because there are no patented, profitable drugs at the end of it. Most doctors today have virtually no training in this area and simply don’t know that improving diet and supplementing specific nutrients often works as well, if not better than drugs for treating depression and mental illness. We welcome this report, which fairly and squarely recommends that government should put more money where our mouths are."
“We desperately need funding to follow through on extremely promising preliminary studies that suggest that optimum nutrition can improve behaviour, academic performance and reverse symptoms of depression and even schizophrenia”. The Food for the Brain website, www.foodforthebrain.org, provides free on-line advice for those with mental health concerns.
“Our results are extremely encouraging.” says Mary-Ann Munford, former NHS Primary Care Trust CEO, now director of the charity’s outpatient clinic, the Brain Bio Centre in London, which is pioneering nutrition-based treatments for ADHD, depression, schizophrenia and dementia. “I’m convinced that an optimum nutrition approach is a vital, and often ignored, piece of the equation for reversing most of the prevalent mental health disorders GPs see on a daily basis.”
Recent research has reported: • Children with learning and behaviour problems improve focus, concentration and school grades when given essential fat supplements; and IQ scores when given multivitamins. • Eating breakfast and a low glycaemic load (GL) diet, low in sugar, improves behaviour and concentration. • Supplementing essential fats improves depression. • Supplementing B vitamins improves depression and symptoms of schizophrenia, and stops or slows down memory decline in older people.
“Optimum nutrition is a forgotten factor in mental health today” says Professor David Smith, chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Food for the Brain Foundation and Emeritus Professor at Oxford University.
“The Associate Parliamentary Food and Health Forum” launched this report on 30 January 2008 following a year long inquiry into the links between diet, mental health and behaviour.
From the Garden to the Kitchen, in Aromatherapy and in Crafts
Lavender plants are so versatile. Lavender buds, flowers, leaves and stems have multiple uses.
Lavender is an attractive plant that bursts into a profusion of beautiful purple-colored blooms. The flowers give off a strong, pleasing aroma when crushed. When dried, lavender retains both its color and scent, which has made it a favorite in centuries past and in modern times.
Lavender plants make a nice addition to the home garden. Low growing varieties form attractive borders; larger plants are used for wonderful, aromatic hedging. Lavender attracts butterflies, too, making it an all-round favorite with gardeners.
Lavender has definitely made a comeback. Lavender farms offer an assortment of lavender products; lavender festivals introduce people to lavender's uses in the home and on the health front. Trendy restaurants use lavender flowers to enhance the look and taste of popular dishes.
Lavender essential oil is used for a number of health conditions: to soothe the skin, for digestion, for headaches and insomnia, for nervousness and anxiety, for depressive feelings, and for stress relief.
Soothing lavender essential oil can be added to water and used as an aromatic mist for areas where you spend many hours.
Energy practitioners use lavender misting to clear negative energy and clean auras. A lavender spray mister containing lavender essential oil can be used to spritz skin and hair.
Oil is extracted from lavender plants and is used for perfume. Lavender oil can be added to bath water for a pleasing aroma. A few drops of the oil can be added to your pillow, to help with a restful night’s sleep.
Follow a healthy regime of skin care. There are many ways to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant. You do not need to purchase expensive products to get skin that is soft, smooth, and healthy. Keep your hair sparkling and healthy looking and purchase clothes that are up to date with colors to enhance your features.
Did you know that 75% of Americans are actually dehydrated on a regular basis? Get into the habit of drinking more water. (The "8 Glasses of Water" thing isn't accurate. You can actually obtain at least 4-6 glasses of water from your food alone!). It's important to be hydrated in order to get clearer glowing skin, healthier hair, and also to feel healthier.
Be hygenic. Wash your face every day and night using the correct skin cleanser for your skin type. Clean inside your ears, but don't press down the wax. Brush your teeth twice a day. Floss before bed at night, with a little tooth paste in your mouth to keep your gums healthy. Shower at least once daily to avoid body odor.
Get enough sleep. Tiredness is not attractive. It is suggested that you should get about 9 hours sleep every night, however everyone needs different amounts.
Do not get obsessed by these instructions and do not get disturbed if you are not able to adhere to them. Because everybody is a different person.
If you are an adolescent [or younger] and involved in strenuous physical activities or sports, then you would require 8 to 9 hours of sleep. But as you grow older or the physical activities diminish, the requirement of sleep reduces. More over people of the same age and same occupation also differ in their sleep requirement.
Thirdly, waking up and sleeping at the same time may not fit in your schedule and justifiably so, if you have night shifts [security persons], traveling [corporate executives, marketing people], irregular working schedule [fire fighters, police, soldiers].
Don't bite your nails, always do them evenly, and file or clip them. Biting nails also gets a lot of germs into your mouth. Keep your nails nice looking. Be patient and wait for them to grow. Buy a nail strengthener (topical) or take gelatin internally to toughen up your nails. Wearing acrylic nails can be beautiful, but when you take them off, your real nails aren't. Plus, it's hard to bring back the health depending on the type of body you have. If you're having a hard time stopping biting your nails mix lemon juice or tabasco sauce w/ your nail polish so when you bite them the harsh tastes will make you stop.
Wash your hair every other day, because your hair has natural vitamins in it and you don't want to keep washing those out every day. But always make sure it looks clean and healthy, not greasy. If you play sports and need to shower everyday wear a shower cap some days.
Make sure you wear deodorant or antiperspirant. Deodorant stops your sweat from smelling. Antiperspirant stops sweating altogether, so it is up to you what to choose. Antiperspirant stops the part of your shirt under your underarms from getting wet. However, antiperspirant contains aluminum, which can lead to breast cancer, so it's not a good idea to use it every day. You should use antiperspirant only for special occasions or find some that doesn't have this chemical.
Always be confident. It's a very attractive feature in both females and males. Don't be cocky, just confident. It really does help.
Wear things that compliment your body shape. If you aren't sure how to (it can be difficult), find a shopping buddy. Ask a friend for advice and tips, or get them to go shopping with you. Pick someone who looks great in their clothes (hopefully someone of similar body type as you).
Exercise at least 3-5 times a week. You don't have to do a hard-core workout, just jog, do sit-ups, just things to get you in shape. A simple work-out would be to walk/jog/run for at least 10 minutes or longer. Try doing sit-ups, crunches, side crunches, and push-ups. This will work-out the main attractive features on your body.
Stretch everyday because being flexible will help your body, which will make you feel confident.
Wear lotion or anything to keep your skin ageless.
Wear attractive perfume/body spray, but be careful not to apply too much. 1 - 3 sprays is sufficient. If you have a strong expensive perfume you may only need to spray once. Your perfume will last longer if you spray the back of your neck and/or your wrists. Don't spray your hair because the oils may cause it to smell different.
Have good posture. Great posture makes you look confident and taller. Try not to lean to one side. Keep your back straight when sitting. It may be hard at first but you'll get use to it.
Have good eye contact with people, don't look at the floor. But don't just stare.
Be mindful of extra hair: for females check your upper lips and side burns and always your armpits. Males and females, keep your eyebrows, nose-hair, ear hair in check. Take a look around for stray hair on or around moles, check the back of your neck and upper back for stray hairs. Proper hair grooming should be practiced on the entire body. Trimming (in lieu of shaving) any long hairs that are below the neck is a good idea.
For girls, if you have blotchy skin, zits, or undereye circles wear a little concealer or foundation. If you want to add some color to your look wear a lipgloss or colored eyeliner.
There are many different types of food co-ops. I have attached a link to a good source of explanation.
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A food co-op is a collectively owned grocery store. Most frequently, a foodco-op focuses on making natural foods more affordable for co-op members, although other products may be carried as well. There are a number of different styles of foodco-op, but all of them share common values of group management and decision making, social responsibility, and equality. Towns of all sizes have food co-ops ranging from very small to quite large, and it is usually easy to find a foodco-op near you.