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In Honor of World Soil Day

By honoring the soil through beyond organic gardening techniques, we can grow amazing foods which help us to be our very best!  Here’s a podcast interview of Dr. Jana Bogs by Jonathan Landsman of Natural Health 365, a very popular website:

NH365 101: Going beyond organic foods – Growing techniques for maximum nutrition and flavor

 

 

 

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(NaturalHealth365) Our foods have been under attack by the biotech industry and its chemical products for decades. And, the negative effects are clear for us to see.

Simply put, many of our food crops have dramatically lost their nutritional value … some agricultural experts would say by as much as 70 percent! This, alone, might be the single most important reasons why supplements have been in such demand.

Is there a problem with organic foods?

The blunt truth is ‘yes!’ Even organic foods have lost their nutrient content – which is why so many people tend to struggle with nutritional deficiencies. (even when doing their best to eat well)

Bottom line: we must find ways to get MORE nutrition from our foods to protect our health or pay the unwanted consequences of sickness and premature death.

Today, on the NaturalHealth365 Podcast, I’ll introduce you to someone that has a solution for this problem. You’ll learn about a system of growing plants that can produce nutrient-rich foods to meet our daily needs.

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  • The best way to start growing more nutritionally dense food.
  • What to do – if you can’t grow your own food.
  • Plus, much more!

About Dr. Jana Bogs

Dr. Jana Bogs is a research scientist and consultant whose motto is “Creating health from the soil up!” Due to health problems in herself and her family when she was growing up, Dr. Bogs became interested in nutrition and decided to get a university degree in that area while also studying many other aspects of holistic health and nutrition – at the same time.

With a degree under her belt, Dr. Bogs started her career in the field of nutrition working with various holistic-minded doctors. However, after a while, she came to realize that our foods are not the quality they could be or should be – especially when considering nutrient density.

This realization motivated Dr. Bogs to create the “Beyond Organic Growing System” (BOGS) – which is designed to bring nutritious food to the world by helping farmers, gardeners and food companies understand how to produce supreme quality food.

Breaking News: Nutrition Farming article in West Hawaii Today

Our Nutrition Farming for Hawaii (NFH) research and demonstration garden made front page news in the North Hawaii News section of West Hawaii Today.  The article is titled Kapaau Superfoods: NFH Project makes Significant Strides in 2017, by Landry Fuller.  Here’s the link– http://westhawaiitoday.com/north-hawaii-news/nhn-news/nutrient-rich-foods-blossom-kapaau-nfh-project-makes-significant-strides.

For crop and soil data from our Nutrition Farming for Hawaii project, see previous blog posts on the BeyondOrganicResearch.com website.  Here’s the link to one– http://beyondorganicresearch.com/blog/category/nutrition-farming-for-hawaii-project/  .  Click on the Home tab to see 5 more articles on the NFH project.

If you like what we are bringing to the world, please share, like, and comment.

Aloha, Dr. Jana

Soil Microbial Analysis Changes with Nutrition Farming for Hawaii Project

Not all microbes are bad.  Human bodies contain about as many microbial cells as actual human cells.  This is called the human microbiome.  We live symbiotically with the microbes.  We actually could not live without them!

Our microbiome shifts as we change our diet and environment.  We receive healthy microbes from good, aerobic (oxygenated) soil.  This is another great reason to get out in your garden!

Beneficial microbiology in the soil is important to hold nutrients in the soil and make them available to the plants.  Measuring the microbial life in the soil is an important part of soil management.  You can’t manage what you don’t measure!

With the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii project, I measured the soil microbiology using my microscope when we were getting started with the garden in the spring.  Bacterial counts were only about 100 per slide field.

We amended the soil with the needed minerals and fertilizers.  These are very important to feed the microbes, as well as the plants.  Some minerals, like cobalt (which is rarely tested, but is on a Nutrition Grown™ soil analysis), are critical for microbes.  The microbes will not be there without the nutrients they need!   We also added a microbial inoculant to help get things going.

Retesting of soil is done every 6 months, including microbiology.  Our latest analysis showed 1500 bacteria per slide field.  A 1500% increase!

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More Impressive Crop Data from Nutrition Farming Project

Work continues in the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii (NFH) Research and Demonstration Garden.  Here are some more impressive examples of increased nutrient content from our first year as compared to USDA Food Nutrient Database published values.

Below are two crops, red curly lettuce and green onions.  Most values show good gains over the USDA values.  You will notice the NFH crops’ phosphorus is not as high.  Phosphorus is a particular problem in Hawaii soils.  We put on quite a bit of soft rock phosphate, an organically-approved type of phosphorus, which takes some time to become fully available to the crops.  I’m not too worried about it because phosphorus is rarely a missing element in human nutrition.  We will continue to tweak the soil to get it just right.  We are just about ready to do a retest of the soil.

What is most impressive on these reports are the gains in elements that are often deficient in human nutrition, such as calcium, iron, and zinc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Farming for Hawaii Demonstration Garden–Early Results

Here are nutrient comparisons of Nutrition Grown™ crops to USDA values in the current official food nutrient database.  Note that these are the first results from the newly amended garden, before microbial inoculants and foliar nutrient sprays were used.

The crop land used for this project had been in sugarcane for many decades.  (Old sugarcane land is typically nutrient depleted.)  Since sugar production ceased about 40 years ago, the land has been used for cattle grazing.

Balancing soil nutrients takes time, but is accomplished by repeated soil testing and addition of needed nutrients over time. A time frame of three to five years is typically needed to obtain optimal production.  Produce nutrient content and quality (i.e. flavor, texture) is expected to improve in parallel with soil quality.  In addition, decreases in plant pests and diseases, and increases in crop yields are also expected.

The charts below shows first season crops, grown shortly after most of the recommended nutrients were applied.  Even though early in the project, the Nutrition Grown™ crops show higher levels of most of the examined nutrients as compared to USDA values.  Lower values were seen for phosphorus and sodium, nutrients which are typically well supplied (not deficient) in average diets.  Nutrients such as calcium and zinc are often deficient in humans.  These elements were higher in the Nutrition Grown™ crops.  The USDA value for copper in kale appears to be an anomaly, as the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of copper for adults is only 0.9 mg.

USDA Comparison to Nutrition Grown™
 Arugula, young, 3-6″
Nutrition Farming Project—May 2017
(Before foliar nutrient sprays & microbial inoculants were added)
Nutrient USDA Values   Nutrition Grown™   Difference   Difference
   A   B   B-A   %
Protein g/100g 2.5 3.24 0.74 30
Following in mg/100g:
Calcium Ca 165 199 34 21
Iron Fe 1.51 1.81 0.30 20
Magnesium Mg 47 74 27 58
Phosphorus P 52 18 -34 -66
Potassium K 369 498 129 35
Sodium Na 23 14 -9 -41
Zinc Zn 0.47 3.10 2.63 560
Copper Cu 0.076 0.200 0.124 163
Manganese Mn 0.321 0.767 0.446 139

 

USDA Comparison to Nutrition Grown™
 Kale, Toscano, 6-12″ leaves
Nutrition Farming Project—May 2017
(Before foliar nutrient sprays & microbial inoculants were added)
Nutrient USDA Values   Nutrition Grown™   Difference   Difference
  A   B   B-A   %
Protein g/100g 4.28 4.38 0.10 2
Following in mg/100g:
Calcium Ca 150 239 89 59
Iron Fe 1.47 1.15 -0.32 -22
Magnesium Mg 47 80 33 70
Phosphorus P 92 47 -45 -49
Potassium K 491 625 134 27
Sodium Na 38 21 -17 -44
Zinc Zn 0.56 0.96 0.40 71
Copper Cu 1.499 0.058 -1.441 -96
Manganese Mn 0.659 0.989 0.330 50

 

USDA Comparison to Nutrition Grown™
Collards, average 6.5″ leaf pads
From Nutrition Farming Project—May 2017
(Before foliar & microbes)
Nutrient USDA Values   Nutrition Grown™   Difference   Difference
  A   B   B-A   %
Protein g/100g 3.02 3.27 0.25 8
Following in mg/100g:
Calcium Ca 232 306 74 32
Iron Fe 0.47 1.44 0.97 206
Magnesium Mg 27 84 57 210
Phosphorus P 25 23 -3 -10
Potassium K 213 530 317 149
Sodium Na 17 16 -1 -6
Zinc Zn 0.21 1.25 1.04 495
Copper Cu 0.046 0.050 0.004 9
Manganese Mn 0.658 1.175 0.517 79

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The Perfect Soil to Double Food Nutrient Content

Want to learn how to create Perfect Soil and Double Your Food Nutrient Content? Then Join us for this super webinar on Sunday April 30 at 3 p.m with Dr. Jana Bogs. Register for the free webinar here:  https://app.webinarjam.net/register/10970/161e28dc6f

VIDEO– Inquiring Minds want to Know: Differences between Soil Analyses

Hi Friends,  Soil analyses vary greatly from lab to lab. A Beyond Organic soil analysis focuses on increasing crop health and food nutrient content.

Here’s a short video that explains the differences and why it is important to your health and your plants’ health.

Stay tuned for future blogs with additional videos discussing the finer points of minerals on the soil analysis.

I hope your spring is “growing well”–

Dr. Jana

 

Grant received for Nutrition Grown research and teaching garden

Please celebrate with me this new grant for Nutrition Farming for Hawaii™. a project of the North Kohala Community Resource Center.  Working together with the Hawaii Institute for Pacific Agriculture, a research and demonstration garden for Nutrition Grown™ foods is being established.  We will have a large variety of vegetable crops in production and track their nutrient content over time as the soil is improved through the analysis and amending process.  Visitors–from school kids to farmers–will be welcomed to learn from the garden.

I hope you can join with us in whatever way you can, such as by participating in the new online Nutrition Grown™ course, Perfect Soil, Ultimate Food, Vibrant Health and True Success.  Sign up for the updates to receive more info on the course or contact us at info@beyondorganicresearch.com.  We are working on a webpage for it currently.

Blessings,  Dr. Jana

Nutrition Farming for Hawaii Research and Demonstration Garden at HIP Agriculture

 

Nutrition Grown™ news–Online Course to help you grow the Best Food Ever starting soon

Hi,  I hope your holiday season is going well!  My apologies for my lack of blogging lately.  I had to move home and office.  However, I am still on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.

I have also been busy putting the finishing touches on my new online course called Perfect Soil, Ultimate Food, Vibrant Health and True Success.  I’m so excited to share this information in a personal way about growing the best food ever with an enthusiastic, committed group of growers!  There will be videos, group calls, and more.  Each participant will get their soil analyzed as part of the course.  There’s even a certificate program.  So stay tuned for more info coming shortly.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Jana

Merry Christmas from Beyond Organic Research!

Try these fun veggie Christmas ideas to put more fun in your holidays!