Earth Day Celebration at ACE Hardware in Waimea (Kamuela, Big Island of Hawai`i)

Come see Dr. Jana Bogs, author of

“Beyond Organic…Growing for Maximum Nutrition and Flavor”

Nice one       book cover And FLAVOR 2

 

At the Earth Day Celebration at ACE Hardware in Waimea, Saturday, April 18, 10am-Noon (Free Event)

  • See videos on Beyond Organic food growing
  • Book Signing
  • Get your questions about growing nutrient- dense foods answered

 

  • Website: www.BeyondOrganicResearch.com

Big Island Avocado Festival and a Visit with the Mayor

Aloha All,  My good friend, Dr. Randyl Rupar, is the driving force behind the wonderful Avocado Festival each year.  This Saturday, February 21, will be the 9th Annual festival, which features live music, a myriad of vendor booths, and, of course, lots and lots of avocados!  Avocados are incorporated into interesting and delicious dishes, some of which will be entered in contests and given out as free samples.  This is a free event for the public to attend and located on the magnificent, historic grounds of the Sheraton Kona Resort overlooking lovely Keauhou Bay.  Please come!  For more info, visit www.AvocadoFestival.org.

This festival is a huge amount of work for Randyl, and he and I visited the mayor of the Big Island, Billy Kenoi, on February 10 to ask for his blessing and support of this amazing event.   Mayor Kenoi received us very warmly.  I was pleased to be able to also share my vision of Beyond Organic agriculture with him and his staff.  My concepts were well received, and he thanked both Randyl and me for the work we do.  In turn, we thanked the Mayor for his help in keeping GMOs off of our island and stopping the incinerator project, which supports the return of green waste to our soil through composting and mulch instead of burning it.

Avocado Festival Flyer 2015

Kohala Chapter of Hawaii Farmers Union United Established and Working

Here’s a sneak preview of an article I submitted to the Kohala Mountain News.  You heard it here first!

Kohala has recently formed a chapter of the National Farmers Union, an organization established in 1902 to unite farmers and others interested in food in cooperative efforts of education and legislation.

The National Farmers Union mission is to advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation. National Farmers Union advocates sustainable production of food, fiber, feed and fuel.  The Vision of the National Farmers Union is to continue to be the respected, influential and independent national voice and coalition leader that bridges family producers and consumers on behalf of a vibrant and growing grassroots membership.  See more at: http://nfu.org .  Follow the drop-down tabs to get to the Hawaii section.

Our local chapter joins seven other chapters in Hawaii, falling under the umbrella of the Hawaii Farmers Union United.

On December 9th, elections were held and a board established.  Dash Kuhr is serving as president, Nate Hayward as vice president, Jim Land as secretary, and Andrea Clipson as treasurer.  Other board members include Clarence A. “Cab” Baber, Gail Byrne Baber, Jana Bogs, and Peter deVries.

Cab Baber with Senator Thielen and her hempcrete building block

Cab Baber with Senator Thielen and her hempcrete building block

Our board has been busy attending influential, legislation-related events on Oahu and the Big Island.  Some items on the legislative agendas include industrial hemp production, an on-farm mentoring bill, direct farm to school food sales, legalizing cottage industry sales (items made in home kitchens), and cow share and raw milk legalization.  Our board members found our elected legislators very interested in the needs of small farmers.

Our last meeting, on January 8th, hosted Ed Boteilho Jr. of Cloverleaf Dairy here in Hawi.   After his family’s more than 50 years of milk production, he is forced to sell due to price controls by Meadow Gold, Hawaii’s only milk processor.  Boteilho is hoping that Ulupono, a Hawaii-based investment company, will take over operations.

To address concerns about the dairy expressed by some of our members, the Kohala HFUU passed a resolution which recognized Mr. Boteilho’s history of avoiding rBST (genetically-engineered hormone injections) and GMO (genetically-modified organism) practices (which are common to the dairy industry) as examples of good management essential for the future sustainability of the ‘aina.  The resolution supports the operation of a local non-GMO dairy in North Kohala; and supports all regenerative practices related to dairy farming and farming in general.

Our Farmers Union chapter meets once a month, at 6pm on the Thursday nearest the new moon at the Kohala Hub in downtown Hawi.  We have a yummy potluck dinner featuring locally-produced foods, interesting speakers, and just plain fun.  Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 12th at 6pm.  Please come join us!  Our membership goal for 2015 is to have 200 members.  The nearest chapter is in Kona, so we expect to welcome members from the Waimea area too.  Come help us improve our local food production and “Keep Kohala, Kohala” by sharing your mana`o.

Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) a Hauoli Makahiki Hou! (& Happy New Year!)

Aloha All,  Another year has zipped by!  I hope it has been a great year for you and your garden or farm.  For me, a big thing was getting my Beyond Organic book published in printed form.  It has been well received and is being sold in over 20 locations around the Big Island.  There are more exciting happenings in the Beyond Organic world that are in the works!  I will roll them out as they come to fruition over this coming year.  Hint: One is an online teaching and support program to help everyone achieve the goal of growing the most delicious and healing food ever.  If you aren’t already a subscriber to this blog, just sign up in the box on the right to stay in the loop with the latest happenings.

About the gorgeous photo:  This glass house scene was borrowed from the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh.  The conservatory was built by Henry Phipps in 1893 as a gift to Pittsburgh.  A great gift that keeps on giving!  We are fortunate in Hawaii because Poinsettias love to grow outdoors here, sometimes creating tall “hedges” of brilliant red around Christmas time.

I hope you have a wonderful, colorful Holiday Season and all your Dreams come True in the New Year!    Jana

How's this for an amazing Christmas Garden?

How’s this for an amazing Christmas Garden?

 

Please join us for a great gardening event at Basically Books in Hilo this Saturday, July 26 at 2pm

061914 Cover with Flavor BEST ONEThree speakers–all about growing great food!

Dr. Bogs covers all aspects of what makes food more nutritious and shows that even foods produced under certified organic systems often have little more nutrition than their conventionally grown counterparts. Throughout the book, Dr. Bogs reveals how our personal health is directly tied to the nutritional value of the food we eat and how that value directly ties to the health of the soil in which the food was grown.

Meet DR. JANA BOGS

Dr. Jana Bogs is a nutritionist turned horticulturist with the aim of growing the best quality food possible, the most nutritious and the best tasting. Jana works as a soil and crop consultant on the island of Hawai ‘i.

Ask the Garden Guy covers science-based answers to questions asked by Hawai‘i’s gardeners – from fruits and vegetables, pests and weeds to plant propagation; from bumpy hibiscus leaves to sour citrus. Learn about growing tea and asparagus, applying organic pest control and controlling slugs and snails safely.

Meet NICK SAKOVICH

Nick Sakovich is Professor Emeritus of Agriculture of the University of California . Nick is a UH Master Gardener, teaches garden classes through UH Continuing Education and writes a weekly gardening column in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Plants of Hawai‘i – How to Grow Them explores Hawaii ’s verdant environment, examining both ornamental and food plants. This easy read book contains a description of each plant and its origins, as well as information about propagation, culture, and pest control. The latest edition of this gardening classic includes a new chapter on Integrated Pest Management.

Christine Reed will discuss the recent update to this gardening classic by Fortunato Teho.

FORTUNATO TEHO was Hawaii ’s gardening expert for a quarter century. Through his newspaper columns, radio and television broadcasts, personal appearances, Teho’s influence on home gardening in the islands was unparalleled from the late 1940’s until his death in 1986.

Basically Books

160 Kamehameha Avenue Hilo , Hawai‘i 96720

808-961-0144

BBinfo@hawaiiantel.net

www.BasicallyBooks.com

Dr. Bogs to Speak at Tutu’s House in Waimea (AKA Kamuela) this Saturday

heal food, self, planet

Dr. Jana Bogs will be presenting a powerpoint on the benefits of growing foods for maximum nutrition at Tutu’s House this Saturday, July 19, from 1 to 2:30pm. There will also be time set aside to get your questions answered. As always, events at Tutu’s House are free of charge. Tutu’s House is located in Kamuela in the Kamuela Business Center (Upper Level) at 64-1032 Mamalahoa Highway, #304, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743. Reservations are not required, but appreciated. Just call Tutu’s House at 885-6777. Mahalo and see you there!

‘Beyond Organic: Growing for Maximum Nutrition’ a must-read – by Diana Duff

Published Sunday May 4, 2014 in West Hawaii Today

Jana Bogs’ book about her nutritionally enhancing growing system is out at last. The publication of “Beyond Organic: Growing for Maximum Nutrition” is good news for farmers and gardeners anxious to learn ways to grow more nutritious and delicious vegetables and fruit.

The book reminds us why we might want to enhance the nutritional value of our food. Bogs includes statistical information on the decline in nutrition in our soil that directly translates into the crops grown in the depleted soil. The nutritional decline also accompanies a noticeable loss of flavor and a reduction of shelf life. Perhaps, if tomatoes and green beans grown today tasted like those our grandmother grew, folks might prefer them to sweets and fast-food and approach the USDA recommended daily minimum of five servings of fruits or vegetables.

Bogs makes the link between reduced nutrition in our crops and the increase in pest pressure and diseases in plants which transfers to an increasingly diseased human population. She points out that cancer, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are all affected by our diet. Improving our diet could reduce the incidence of these diseases.

The growing system Bogs has developed began with her PhD work with apples. For her dissertation research, she compared cultivation systems from the soil, through the fruit, all the way to the effects on human blood when the apples were consumed. Bogs found that apples grown in a biologically enhanced organic system had higher levels of antioxidants and were preferred in taste tests by consumers over conventionally grown apples. Conventionally grown apples are, however, usually dowsed with more than 30 applications of chemicals which could also adversely affect their taste.

Bogs identifies the steps to growing nutrient rich crops. Step one is to have a comprehensive soil test done on your growing area followed by applying the recommended amendments. Bogs recommends selecting plant cultivars, usually heirloom varieties, that optimize nutrient uptake. Once plants are established, she recommends doing tissue testing to discover additional plant needs followed by application of the required elements. The final step in her system is saving seeds from the best plants for replanting. This nutritional boost can enhance flavor, shelf life, appearance and appeal, which means more nutrition from less food. Bogs sees this growing system as a partial solution to some of the health issues that plague us today. She points out some of the reasons that nutritionally grown foods can solve some of the world hunger problems far better than genetically modified crops as well as conventionally farmed or even some organically grown crops. She also explains the ways that nutritionally grown crops have less environmental impact.

One of the highlights of Bogs’ book is when she discusses the inputs that plants need for optimal nutrition. By presenting information on many elements that are necessary for optimal plant growth, she delivers a knowledgeable mini lesson in soil science.

Bogs lives on the Big Island and is available to guide interested farmers and gardeners though the process of improving the health of their soil, their plants and ultimately their food and themselves. She can give personal advice on ways to collect soil samples and get a complete soil test. She can also guide you through the process of amending.

She will present her new book and answer questions at Tuesday’s “Words and Wine” at Kona Stories Book Store in the Keauhou Shopping Center starting at 6 p.m.

If you can’t make her presentation, check out the book for some excellent information on ways to get more nutritional bang from you fruit and veggies. Information on Bogs and her growing system is available online at beyondorganicresearch.com. Get yourself and your family growing and eating more nutritious food, then watch for improvements in your health.

– See more at: http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-features/beyond-organic-growing-maximum-nutrition-must-read#sthash.5OrlkdCJ.dpuf

Dr. Don Huber Shares Critical Information on GMOs and Glyphosate (RoundUp®)

Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus from Purdue, has spent many years teaching students how to grow better crops. Currently, he is focusing on disseminating information on the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the herbicide glyphosate (commonly available as RoundUp®). Most grocery store items contain one or both. Major GMO crops are engineered to withstand heavy use of glyphosate, hence the term “RoundUp® Ready”. So the cultivation of GMO crops results in the use of more chemicals, not less. These GMO crops have significantly less nutrition than non-GMO crops because glyphosate ties up soil nutrients and kills beneficial microorganisms which make nutrients available to plants.

At a recent meeting in Kailua-Kona, here on the Big Island of Hawai`i, Dr. Huber shared a Power Point presentation with many shocking slides. Thousands of studies show the dangerous health effects of the use of GMOs and glyphosate (RoundUp®). Their use has been positively correlated to the sudden rise in various diseases such as diabetes, autism, celiac disease, Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, acute allergies, and liver disease, as well as reproductive failures, miscarriages and birth defects (see charts below).

Learn more about GMOs by reading my book, Beyond Organic…Growing for Maximum Nutrition, available on http://janabogs.com.

Alzheimer's GMO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kidney Failure GMO

Dr. Bogs and her Garden Win Second Place out of 47,000 Entrants

Transformation Contest Winner (1)Dr. Bogs entered a 90-Day Transformation Contest in January of this year. The main theme of her transformation entry was growing her Beyond Organic, Nutrition Grown vegetable garden and, of course, eating out of the garden daily. Dr. Bogs grew a great garden and blogged about it each day. She was chosen as one of five finalists in the health division of the contest. The final decisions were determined by online votes. In the end, Dr. Bogs came in second place in her division and was awarded $7,500. More important than the money, the win was a true honor given that the contest started with over 47,000 entrants.

Dr. Bogs is a Finalist in a World-Wide Contest–Please Vote!

Aloha Friends! I (and my garden) was selected as a finalist in a world-wide contest I entered online. Please vote for me so I can win!

My project was to grow and consume a lot of my own “Beyond Organic, Nutrition-Grown” food, which I wrote about daily on the contest website from January through April.

I have a good chance to win my division (the Health division) because there are only 4 other contestants. (There were 47,000 at the beginning of the contest.) The top prize is $15,000!

To vote, you can log on with your Facebook account by hitting the Facebook tab at http://www.transformationcontest.com/voting.aspx

If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can go to http://www.transformationcontest.com, register, and then vote.

You don’t have to buy anything, but you have to be registered one way or another to vote—that makes the voting fair because it prevents people from voting more than once. I heard that the Transformation Contest will be run again soon, so you might enjoy participating. It is fun and they offer nice newsletters about achieving your goals which you can opt out of at any time if you don’t like it.

Once you get to the main page, look near the top for “Vote now” or the “Voting” tab. Once you are on the voting page, click on “Health” and scroll down until you see “Vote for Jana”.

Thank you so much for helping me with this! I have a friend from the Kohala community, Maureen, who has already received $2500 and is a finalist in the Overall division. She would appreciate your vote too!

Please contact me if you have problems logging on. Voting ends Friday afternoon, May 31. Thanks again! Dr. Jana