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White House Kitchen Garden

The White House Kitchen Garden
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The White House has an incredible garden. The Chefs got really involved and enjoyed pulling food from the garden that adorned the plates of dignitaries. Its amazing to something go from a seed to a full fledged vegetable or fruit on your plate. Do you think if you grew your own foods your children would eat more fruits and vegetables? Do you think if you ate more fruits and vegetables that your children will eat more fruits and vegetables? Do you think eating more fruits and vegetables would improve your health? 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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Nutrients and Organic

Organic Foods and Nutrition
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The more one learns about Organic Foods, the more one learns how to be a better consumer of foods and organic foods in particular. How has this changed your food buying habits? How do you feel about the nutritional value of Organic Foods vs. ‘Conventional’ Foods. Reports are put out by many sources from scientific to farmer. The scientists as you might have guess see no problem with “conventional foods” non organic foods as they supply the world with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and the additives that we see in foods. Do you think food should be a scientific lab process or a biological process? Share your comments with the community by sharing 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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Sierra Harvest

Sierra Harvest
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Source: groworganic.com

Would you like Sierra Harvest at your children’s school? How can Sierra Harvest help you? Need help with starting your own garden? How can this change your eating habits? Will you allow yourself to eat and live healthier? Why not? 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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Black Men: Health

Black Male Health
Source: American Black Journal
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Are you a black male or know one? What did you learn about Whole Foods? How do the tips for black men’s health apply to all our health? 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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Michelle Obama: Nutrition

Did you know that obesity leads to health concerns? Did you know the Trump administration is trying to end the hard won Michelle and Barack Obama school nutrition Act for kids? How do you feel about your tax dollars being spent on good nutrition for your children? 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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Dick Gregory: Health

Dick Gregory, Food and Health
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How do you choose a healthier diet when you feel that you can not afford it? How do you make the switch from more medicine to more healthier foods? What do you think about eating more fruits and vegetables than meats? 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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What is Organic?

What is Organic?
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Did you learn anything new about organic food? Is organic food the new normal? Do you think GMO (genetically modified food) is okay to eat? What do you want to know about GMOs? Share your comments with the community by posting your comments 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 as what we do. Keep sharing.

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Take me home Echinacea

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We also got an update on Echinacea. She is also doing very well in her new home. We brought these plants out from the mini greenhouse to the outdoors (Sweet Basil & Echinacea). We re potted them into bigger take home pots. These pots will allow the plants to grow a little while before they need to go into bigger pots or outdoors. Both plants can get pretty big (several feet tall). Or they can remain in smaller pots with a smaller root system. Just because a plant stays indoors does not mean it needs to be small. These plants can be planted into larger pots and be allowed to grow big.

We are also looking forward to hearing some good stories about tea from Echinacea. It may be a while so stay tuned. It is said that it takes 2 years before Echinacea can be harvested for tea. Regardless both Echinacea and Sweet Basil have set us off on another worthy and good journey of good nutrition and good health. These simple plants can have transformative powers within and without of us. I have seen a canopy of plants transform a persons day from just another day to an adoring conversation over plants and water. What do plants do for you when you eat them? What do plants do for you when you grow them? How do plants affect your mood and health? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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Near Fatality – The Follow Up

As you might remember, when Roma & San Marzano were transplanted, Roma Tomato was transplanted next to San Marzano. Roma tomato had an ant infestation at the bottom of her pot. This infestation could have happened in the mini greenhouse or outside during acclimation. Either way, Roma was in trouble and we could not tell from top side. We discovered the infestation when we went to remove Roma from her pot and place her in the ground. Roma was uprooted from her new home in the ground and left inches from her mound with no source of nutrition. We are sad to say that Roma did not make it and had to be resown right into the ground. Because it is now April and we have likely seen the last frost for the year, it should now be safe to sow right into the ground and transplanting is not as necessary. Though we do have another Roma plant that came to us as a plant and not a seed. She is growing taller everyday and doing very well.

San Marzano Tomato
San Marzano Hierloom Tomato – Organic Seed
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San Marzan was also tugged from her mound and had to be nursed back into her mound and into good health. We are happy to report that she seems to be recovering nicely and taking to her new home (pictured above). Her stalk is strong and her leaves are high.

As we stated, our goal is to get them into plantlings and outside into the garden fast. As April was the popular month for our Zone (Norfolk, Virginia) for planting. Some seeds should be sown in May (check your seed packages). But, for the most part our seeds should have all gone out in April. So we are filling in our rows as quickly as we can. Speaking of which, you can see pictured in our featured image, green bean and habenaro pepper lined up to be the next transplants that go into the garden. It seems like one after the other these days. They are both acclimating well and looking good for transplanting.

We know a couple of people as stated in a previous article who like it hot. So, this is for you. Stay tuned for updates and harvest season for habenaro. We have a couple questions with answers coming up soon and an update on the Soil Blocks. What did you learned from this experience? What questions do you have? What subjects would you like to see for our next article? 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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