What does it take to make it your Best Year Ever?

Go forth and Do Your Dreams!

Jana and Zeus enjoying a beautiful day.  Go forth and Do Your Dreams!

“The best year ever in terms of what?” you may ask.  Well, what’s important to you?  Feeling great–having excellent physical and mental health–is a big deal, and can help all areas of your life to be more successful and fun.  Financial success, great relationships, and achieving your dreams–like having an amazing farm or garden–all are influenced by your health.   And your farm or garden can be one of the most important factors in keeping you healthy, especially if you grow with Beyond Organic methods so your plants supply you with amazing nutrition.

Building great soil is an on-going process, taking more intensive work the first few years, but paying big dividends over time–in terms of your plants’ health and your own health.  Most soils need to have nutrients added every few months to achieve the best balance, especially items like sulfur and boron which wash out of the soil quickly.  These nutrients are critical for development of essential amino acids needed for our health.  When beginning the soil building process, it’s good to have your soil analyzed every 6 months, with a minimum of once a year.

Leaf tissue analysis can tell us what the plants are lacking.  Fortunately, custom foliar nutrition sprays can be used to help plants make great food quickly, while waiting on the soil to become well balanced.  Take care of your soil and plants, and they will take care of you so you can have the Best Year Ever!

 

Merry Horsey Christmas!

Jingle Bells and a reason to be Jolly!  These horses got their pasture soil tested and will have super healthy grass in the New Year. Hope you are having a fun Holiday Season!  I’m planning to go trail riding! Merry Christmas!

Interesting New Info on the Health Dangers of Conventionally-Grown Foods (video)

Here’s a video by Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a professor from MIT who also lives in Hawaii part of the year.  She has done amazing research on the effects of glyphosate (the main active ingredient in Roundup© herbicide, the world’s biggest selling chemical).  In this video she discusses its connection to major health problems.  People have been…

GardenDineLove Interview of Dr. Bogs by Emily Pelligra

BEYOND ORGANIC WITH JANA BOGS Hi, Are you ready to explore SOIL? It is the groundwork (figuratively and literally!) of any healthy, hearty garden!! Our guest is Dr. Jana Bogs, a Colorado State University graduate with a PhD in horticulture and food science, who firmly believes that soil is the foundation to growing nutritionally dense…

The Blue Zones–Adopting Life Patterns of Long-Lived Communities

National Geographic explorer, Dan Buettner, studied long-lived communities around the world to determine best practices for longevity.  His book, Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer, was released in 2008, and became a national best-seller.  Then he worked to implement the practices in various places and measure the successes.  He reports the outcomes in his…

Going Nuts for the Holidays! Fun event in Kona!

Patterned after the Avocado and Mango Festivals, Going Nuts for the Holidays! promises fun for all!  This FREE event is being held at the Keauhou Sheraton Convention Center.  Dr. Bogs has been invited to speak on Keeping the Culture in Agriculture, and sign her books in the Authors’ Corner.  Mark your calendar!  A hui hou!…

Dr. Bogs to Speak at Natural Farming Symposium

You’re Invited! The Hawaii Farmers Union United – East Hawaii Chapter is holding the First Annual Natural Farming Symposium, Oct. 1, 2 and 3, 2015 at the Komohana Research and Ag Complex in Hilo, Hawaii. This event features hands-on learning workshops, expert panels and presentations by practitioners, farm-to-table catering, farm tours, including all-natural smell-, fly- and run-off-…

Why Should I get my Pasture Tested?

By Dr. Jana Bogs, nutritional-horticulturist and horsewoman with a Master’s degree in animal science focused on equine nutrition Your horse, or cow, or other grazing animal depends on its pasture to supply it with life-giving nutrients. There is a long list of nutrients in forage, including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, enzymes and various…

Bugs, Pests, Crop-Damaging Insects—Whatever they are Called, they are a BIG Problem!

“What can I put on my crop to kill the pests?” seems to be the question that comes up the most from growers. Whoa! Wait a minute! That may be the wrong question. First, let’s ask why the pests are there eating the crops in the first place. “Because they’re hungry?” Well, yes, but why…

Dr. Bogs’ Video Interview by John Kohler of Growing Your Greens

John Kohler has a popular blog where he encourages people to grow their own food.  Recently he visited the Big Island and came across my book.  Intrigued, John asked me for an interview.  Here it is!