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Eliot Coleman: Four Season Harvest

Eliot Coleman – Four Season Harvest
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We understand why people all over the world want to talk to Eliot. We wish we could interview him ourselves! He is truly a master at growing wholesome and delicious organic good for you foods. When we began our journey in gardening, which stemmed from a need to be in better health, Eliot Coleman was the stand out grower, farmer and gardener. He has set what we consider to be today’s gold standard in True organic growing. I lieu of our own interview, below is his book The Four Season Farm, Gardener’s Cookbook, which we love because if you do not grow you Do likely cook. So, it is the best of both worlds. If you decide to go from the table to a garden, you already have the book. Eliot crystallized what organic means in definition and in practice. We are growing from Norfolk, VA, USA and enjoy his books and think you will too.

How can a recipe get you started on growing your own foods? What do you wish you knew about gardening? Do you wish you could ask someone who knew? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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For the Love of Lavender

Lavender Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

We started most of our seedling early in the season inside our mini greenhouse, which is actually a garage with several windows. Lavender was one of the plants we started in our mini greenhouse. We started our seedlings in February just before the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic. Since the pandemic many people have begun their own gardens for a host of reasons. Since our growing season for the seeds we planted did not began until March we planted inside in February and then transplanted them into the outside garden when the season began. There are several benefits to growing in greenhouses. Many gardeners and farmers use greenhouses or some type of greenhouse system to lengthen the growing season. Indeed I have seen some gardeners and farmers growing in snow season. Our homes are a sort of greenhouse for the plants we keep indoors. The plants needs are not the same when they are inside or in some type of greenhouse structure. Richard Bray gives an excellent brake down of the greenhouse in their many forms in “Greenhouse Gardening” . What was most helpful about “Greenhouse Gardening” was understanding how to create an environment in which plants can grow indoors. Bray reminds us that plants have different needs than we do when indoors and that their needs change when they are indoors as oppose to outdoors. Read our review of “Greenhouse Gardening” to learn more. “Greenhouse Gardening” can be found here.

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Mini Greenhouse
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Lavender was one of those plants we struggled with until we had a better understanding of how to care for our plants inside our mini greenhouse. She grew from a simple shoot into a shoot with several leaves. We re-potted her and brought her outdoors once the growing season began here in Norfolk, VA, USA. We were not certain if she would make it. But, these plants will surprise you. Just when you think they will not make it they come back in big and powerful ways. As you can see lavender has gown into a host of shoots with leaves and what we believe will grow into stems of lavender blossoms. We know a few people who like lavender so we kept sowing her until she grew into the large plant picture above. For gardeners and farmers alike the growing process can be one of trail and error even for the masters. Many have great difficulty growing lavender, so we were pleasantly surprise to see her flourishing. One thing to remember about lavender is to keep her well drained and sparsely watered. She does not like much water and her seeds must be properly prepared.

Did you know that besides smelling amazing lavender is an edible flower? Which edible flowers do you like? Many of us enjoy these flowers for their medicinal purposes (such as echinacea). Which edible flowers are your favorite? How do you eat them? We also know several tea drinkers. Share your comments with the community below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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African American Farm

African American Farmers
Source: Clemmons Family Farm
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How far are the local farms from where you live? Do you know your local farmers? Do you know that some farms allow second gleaning for free? My family and I visited a farm in New England when we lived there and picked apples (second gleaning) at a local orchard in the northern part of Massachusetts. The orchard was about an hour away from where we lived. We purchased some apple cider from the farm and got the apples for free. It made a delicious apple pie. Have you considered visiting your local farmer?

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Prince Charles: Pick for Britain

Prince Charles Urging People to Pick for Britain
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During this global pandemic we all have been challenged in unique and new was as we face together obstacles that we have never seen before. The Pick for Britain campaign renews our connection with the earth and the production of food. Prince Charles is no stranger to gardening, farming nor Organics. Nor is he a stranger to the importance of food in our everyday lives. What can you do locally to help your community? What are some of the local initiatives that you can get involved in to help your community? Where is your local food pantry located? Where are your local gardens and farms located? Do they need help harvesting foods so they do not go to waste on the vine? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Factory Farming

Factory Farms, Michele Merkel
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Do you know the sources of your foods? Should the sources of your food be on your labels? Should labels and food production be more transparent? How are you an informed consumer of the number one thing you put into your body everyday? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Soul Fire Farm

Soul Fire Farm
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Who are the Organic Growers in your community? How are you apart of the Organic Farms and Gardens in your community? If you are not a farmer or gardener, are you an organic consumer? How can you get to know the farmers who grow your food? Don’t know, Ask. Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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African Americans & Organic Farming

Do you think that organic foods are for only the rich and famous? Is what we call organic farming today just the way people farmed before scientists begin selling farming products and chemicals? Is organic farming not just not industrial farming? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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The Winter Harvest: Eliot Coleman

Winter Harvest, Eliot Coleman
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Learn more about Winter Harvesting with Eliot Coleman.

Its good to know even the experts have trail and error and must try and try again when it comes to pests. What are your favorite summer fruits and vegetables that you wish you could eat in the winter? What did you think of Eliot Coleman’s organic approach to preventing pests? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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GMO & your Health

GMO and Your Health
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Scientist are often responsible for creating GMOs and ‘food products’. Food occurs in nature naturally and can be cultivated from seeds. If all the food we eat are GMOs, food will cease to be grown in nature but looked at as products. This has health, financial and economical implications. Scientist created chemical pesticides that Organic Farmers state they do not need and are detrimental to food and food nutrition. Further Organic Farmers state that scientist are always pushing products farmers do not need making farming unsustainable and economically impossible unless farmers become industrial farmers. Industrial farmers are known for focusing on quantity and not quality: nutrition. The lack of nutrition in food is said to be the source of many health problems and concerns today. These very food production practices have Organic Farmers returning to the strength, health and nutrition found in food that focuses more on biology rather than science or medicine.

What do you think the profit is in GMOs? Do you think GMOs should be put on the market for sale before they know the effects of GMOs on humans? Do you think they should disclose the effects of GMOs to people similar to cigarette labels? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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The Organic Movement

Real Organic Project
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My Agricultural Grandparents by Eliot Coleman | Real Organic Project

Eliot Coleman believes that food is more of a function of biology than science. He also believes that the USDA could go further in regulating and understanding what true Organic growing means. Do you think the USDA goes far enough? Do you think the USDA is transparent enough? What questions do you have about Organic food? Do you think non Organic food can give your body the nutrients it needs to be healthy and to function properly? Share your comments below with the community by posting it below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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