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Mele Kalikimaka a Hauoli Makahiki Hou! (“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” in Hawaiian)

I hope everyone had a great year and are looking forward to more awesomeness (including growing the best food ever) in 2014! It was a great year for Beyond Organic Consulting. Winning 2nd place out of 47,000 entrants in the Transformation Contest was such an honor. Getting the new book, Beyond Organic…Growing for Maximum Nutrition, out on Amazon was also fantastic. According to the publisher, the print version should be available soon–stay tuned.

Take good care of yourself and your soil (which will in turn take care of you), and have the best year ever!

New Book–Beyond Organic…Growing for Maximum Nutrition–Get your Free copy Now!

Jana Book Cover Revision 072713As a Thank You for your support (in many ways besides voting for me in the Transformation Contest), my gift to you is a copy of my new book–Beyond Organic…Growing for Maximum Nutrition. It’s on Amazon.com. Just click this link:
http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Growing-Maximum-Nutrition-ebook/dp/B00DYFHTN4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375296204&sr=1-1&keywords=beyond+organic+gardening+for+maximum+nutrition

(You have the option of reading my book on a Kindle device or on your computer with download of a free app available at Amazon.)

This free book offer is only available Sunday, August 4 through Tuesday, August 6, after that it is $9.99. Feel free to share it with friends. The more people who download my book and write favorable reviews, the more my book will go up in the ratings and be easily found.

Mahalo (Thank You) for your interest and support!

Jana D. Bogs, MS, PhD

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

Beyond Organic Consulting

Food Production Consulting from Garden and Farm, to Food Product and Nutritional Supplement Production with a Focus on the Ultimate Nutritional Content, Superior Flavor, and Extended Shelf Life achieved with Environmentally-Sustainable methods. The aim is to “Create Health from the Soil Up” by producing Nutrient-Rich foods using “Beyond Organic” techniques.

I work with gardeners and farmers performing soil and plant tissue tests to determine what their plants need to express their full potentials, and create “Beyond Organic” quality foods.

I work with food product and nutritional supplement companies to acquire the best quality “Beyond Organic” ingredients, develop recipes/formulations for unique, tasty products, and assist with packaging and marketing.

Be a part of the Next Wave in the nutrition marketplace–Go “Beyond Organic”! More farmers using “Beyond Organic” methods are needed. More “Beyond Organic”
food product and nutritional supplement producers are needed. Consumers want the best quality. Buyers are ready, ARE YOU? Let’s work together to bring GREAT products to the marketplace!

Jana Bogs, PhD

(808) 938-9888

Helping you create the Best Food Ever!

5 Hot Trends for Food

1. Rejuvenative foods—for the “Baby Boomer” feeling the aging process, as well as younger people who’ve perhaps indulged a bit too much in junk food and are now realizing why it was called “junk”. The stressful world in which we find ourselves spurs us to deep nourishment—just to keep up. So what are rejuvenative foods? “Superfoods” which pack lots of nutrients into a not-so-calorie-laden servings. Think kale chips—yummy superfood with a spicy coating, low-temperature dried to crunchy perfection.

2. Sustainable foods—the buzzword with a lot of meaning for conscious, thinking individuals. Organic, yes–even “Beyond Organic” foods, nutritionally-balanced from the soil up. No room here for nasty chemical sprays or genetic modifications brought to agriculture by Big Chemical corporations. Instead, our World is refreshed with wholesome, natural products.

3. Living foods—raw foods, as nature intended, with their full complement of live enzymes and nutrients undamaged by heat. These are powerful healing and energizing foods. Food scientists do their magic by combining these miraculous foods in tantalizing ways and packaging them so they stay vibrant until consumed.

4. Exotic foods—Consumers these days want more than just lunch, they want an adventure! Bring on the durian, the mangosteen, the abiu, the cherimoya. Never tried these? From lands far away come the king and queen of fruits, along with the princes and princesses.

5. Nutrition-Farmed foods—These foods have been carefully produced using a “Beyond Organic” Growing System™ which maximizes nutrient content, flavor, and shelf life. The growing system can enhance all four of the above categories. It all starts by balancing the full spectrum of soil nutrients so the plants can express their potentials. The lucky consumers are, in turn, supported in their own amazing potentials.

Healthy Plants = Healthy Body

Dragonfly Ranch: Healing Arts Center hosts

Healthy Plants: Healthy Body

A presentation by Dr. Jana Bogs at 7pm
Preceded by a potluck at 5pm

Saturday, March 12th
“How do we get food back to its former state of glory, nutrition and deliciousness?” asks health educator, Jana Bogs, PhD.

A free Quest for the Best ™ — “not because it tastes better, but because it is better.” By growing organic, nutrient-rich produce, Bogs believes we can have not only high quality great tasting foods, but also the most nutritious and long-lasting foods.

The topic of “beyond organic” farming and sharing the benefits of healthy produce for our environment, our future, and ourselves will be followed by a discussion with questions and answers. Bogs’ goal is “to supply improved nutrition within a sustainable context, making a positive impact on the health of a multitude of people and animals.” She believes this requires “sparing the environment the consequences of toxic chemical production methods and giving plants the exact balance of nutrients they need to express their genetic potential.”

Bogs’ passion is to “create health from the soil up.” She has a PhD in Horticulture and Food Science/Safety and is exploring the cutting edge of what is possible in nutrition. To learn more about Dr. Bogs’ research and how you can be part of the solution, the public is invited to join her, free of charge, at the Dragonfly Ranch for her presentation.

Barbara Moore, soul proprietress of the Dragonfly Ranch: Healing Arts Center in Honaunau near the ancient Place of Sanctuary, says, “Dr. Jana Bogs is a gift to our community and it is an honor to host her talk.” Since 1974, Moore has crafted a modern day sanctuary for travelers looking for an authentic Hawaiian experience. Her award-winning treehouse-like B&B with indoor/outdoor lodging offers eco-spa pamperings in a lush jungle setting. Moore also grows an organic garden with food that she offers to her health-conscious guests.

“I welcome anyone interested in the subject of healthy food to join us for a healthy potluck meal at 5 pm so we can get acquainted and chat about our gardening experiences before Jana talks at 7,” says Moore. The Dragonfly is located 1 ½ miles down Highway 160, known as the City of Refuge Road. A map is available at www.dragonflyranch.com. Anyone with questions may call Barbara at 328-2159 or Jana at 938-9888.

“In the Sweetness of Friendship,
let there be Laughter
and the Sharing of Pleasures ”
Khalil Gibran
Barbara Ann Kenonilani Moore
President of Big Island Health and Wellness Alliance
soul proprietor of Dragonfly Ranch: HEALING ARTS CENTER
Voted #1 B&B in West Hawaii by readers of West Hawaii Today daily paper
(808)328-2159
http://dragonflyranch.com
where Aloha abounds
72 degrees and sunny on Big Island’s Kona Coast

The Future of Farming

Published in The Kohala Mountain News, Story and photo by Dr. Frederick Kennedy

Dr. Jana Bogs and Sustainable Kohala will host an evening presentation on February 13 to discuss a fundamental paradigm shift in farming and gardening–to a focus on growing more “nutrient rich” foods.

Bogs will describe the history which explains how the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables has suffered dramatic losses over the past 60 years due to the influence of big agribusiness. She will show how nutrient density can be regained.

Due to the ‘unsustainable’ practices of agribusiness farming, the nutritional value of fruits, vegetables is much lower than it was early last century. USDA documentation and several scientific studies prove this claim.

Nutrient testing of produce reveals that, in some cases, organic produce has a higher nutritional value. However, this is not a consistent finding, and, unfortunately, sometimes organics have lower nutrient levels than conventional. An apple can be perfect by organic standards (no bug or weed killers) and yet be significantly lower in nutritional value than a conventionally-grown apple. Soil mineral balance is a critical factor which is often overlooked.

Bogs explains, “In the 1970’s, as some people became aware of what big agribusiness was doing to our fundamental sources of nutrition, our fruits, vegetables and grains, the need arose to distinguish healthy food from plants that were grown expressly for profit margin. That need was filled by establishing standards and practices that would assure food buyers they were not getting pesticides, herbicides, chemicals (such as left-over bomb materials) and, later, genetically modified organisms in their food. It was a new movement and direction in farming and gardening, and it was called “organic.”

Today’s organic standards and practices tell the farmer/gardener what he/she cannot do, in order to earn the label “organically certified.” The standards and practices are ‘restrictive’ rather than ‘prescriptive.’

Bogs will explain how a new paradigm in gardening and farming is going “beyond organic” to “nutrient rich” standards and practices. This is a perspective that, while it meets and exceeds organic standards, it is prescriptive rather than merely restrictive. It looks to see what is needed to optimize the genetic potential of the plant. Rather than telling the farmer/gardener what he/she cannot do, it prescribes for them what they need to do to grow the very best quality food.

Bogs defines “best” for the consumer as the best tasting, the highest nutritional value, the most appealing and beautiful; for the merchant as the longest shelf-life and the most desirable product; for the grower as the highest yield, the lowest insect pressure and the most disease resistant; and for the environment as practices which ensure clean air, water and soil.

The February 13 presentation will take place at 7 p.m. at the Kohala Intergenerational Center (KIC) located behind the Hisaoka Gym in Kamehameha Park. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Jana Bogs is a nutritionist, food scientist, and horticulturist.

Creating Success for Hawaii from the Soil Up!

Growing better quality, Nutrient-RichTM foods can make differences in the lives of producers, marketers, and consumers, as well as the environment. Scientific studies confirm significant declines in nutrient content of produce since 1940. Greater quality is achievable through sustainable production methods, utilizing soil and plant tissue testing for determining nutrient inputs. The aim is to give the plants everything they need to achieve their genetic potential and provide highly nourishing, nutrient-dense foods for humans and animals.

In addition to quality improvements, producers can realize greater crop production yields with soil balancing programs. Producers may also experience less pest and disease pressure without the use of expensive toxic “rescue” chemicals. Why is that? Healthier plants are more resistant to pests and diseases. Greater crop yields and fewer losses will, of course, equate to greater income. Furthermore, better tasting produce sells for premium prices.

Produce marketers can easily sell this great tasting, high brix produce, which has a long shelf life. Brix refers to the amount of naturally-occurring sugars in the plants. It has been observed that increased plant brix may be related to plant health, produce flavor and shelf life. The long shelf life equates to fewer storage losses and therefore higher profits.

Consumers delight in produce of unsurpassed quality in flavor, full-spectrum nutrition, and extended keeping qualities, while comforted by the fact that no harmful chemicals were used in production. Humans and animals need a broader range of nutrients than do plants for optimal health. Therefore, adding a few elements, like the typical N-P-K, may improve apparent plant health while falling short of producing well-rounded nutrition for consumers. Broad-spectrum plant nutrition may also help the plant to produce a wider range of flavor compounds which may result in award-winning produce.

Finally, with conscientious organic production systems the environment is spared the consequences of toxic chemical production methods—water contamination, soil degradation and erosion, air pollution. Instead, Our World is refreshed by wholesome products and thoughtful practices.

What can the growing of Nutrient-RichTM foods mean for Hawaii? We can improve food sustainability while improving the health of our people and caretaking the aina. We can set quality standards for the world while creating a clear marketing edge for our agricultural products. Nutrient-RichTM demonstration farms will educate all sectors of the populace, and encourage agri-tourism and eco-tourism.

For more information on Nutrient-RichTM food production, soil/plant testing and sustainable production practices contact:
Dr. Jana Bogs (located on the Big Island of Hawaii)

Vision for Sustainable Agriculture

The focus of my research is “Creating Health from the Soil Up”.

Sustainable agriculture encompasses many aspects of raising food, fiber and fuel products. We must care take our soils, water and air while monitoring impacts of methods of production on agricultural workers and consumers. Ideally, we as a global community should be able to produce high quality, abundant agricultural products which enable humans and animals to thrive from generation to generation without damaging our environment. I felt compelled to study the problems in detail in a university setting and build on the work of other researchers in discovering solutions. Research done with appropriate controls and approved methodology is important for broad acceptance.

My research focuses on bridging an understanding from soil health, through plant health to animal and human health. I have been encouraged by various professors and agriculture professionals around our country and the globe who are excited about my research of comparing sustainable organic/biological cultivation systems to conventional systems and testing the effects in humans. My aim is to highlight differences that production management systems have on produce quality, emphasizing nutritional differences and direct effects on human metabolism.

For example, field observations and pilot data suggest that human blood glucose responses differ between fruits of the same cultivar grown under these different methods. It is reported that diabetics can eat high quality, biologically-produced fruit without a large glycemic fluctuation, yet the same cultivar conventionally grown causes a spike in blood glucose. What makes these observations even more intriguing is that the biologically-produced fruits typically have a higher percentage of sugars than the conventional counterparts. In addition, the biologically-produced fruits are reported to taste better and have a much longer shelf life.

The implications of this research are vast. The underlying principles can be applied to any crop.

The roadmap to sustainability starts with soil health, which implies balanced, full-spectrum minerals, active microbial and earthworm populations, and high organic matter content. Some attributes of healthy soil are:

  • Healthy soil supports healthy plant growth. An ideal microbial population helps make nutrients available to the plants.
  • Microbes “glue” soil particles together which decreases erosion and toxic run-off, decreases needed inputs, decreases costs, and saves our top soil. The producers will have good land to pass on to their heirs.
  • Selected microbes trap nitrogen from air which decreases nitrogen inputs, decreases costs, and decreases pollution.
  • Microbial activity keeps the soil temperature more constant (warmer in winter, cooler in summer) which equates to longer growing seasons. More stable ground temperatures may also influence the stability of the air temperature over the land. This may equate to less extreme weather patterns, which would bring better farming and living conditions. Currently, due to extreme weather patterns, some producers are feeling forced to expend large sums of money for greenhouses to protect their crops.
  • Selected microbes clean up toxic conditions, such as “chemically-burned” fields.
  • Microbes and earthworms recycle nutrients in the soil and improve soil tilth.
  • Beneficial microbes and soil organic matter help modulate soil moisture content allowing crops to better withstand fluctuations in moisture.

Moving on to plant health—

Through superior farming practices and wise choices of cultivars, some producers have been able to produce abundant, award-winning crops without harmful chemicals. These truly healthy crops exhibit ideal tissue pH levels, soluble solids concentrations, and mineral balances, along with low nitrates, ammonia, free amino acids and reducing sugars. Fortunately, technology has provided producers with affordable, easy-to-use tools and tests for monitoring soil and plant health. When superior plant health is achieved, then:

  • Insects are less attracted to the plants, so fewer pesticides are needed. This equates to less expense, decreased crop losses, decreased environmental pollution (air, water, soil), and fewer health risks for agricultural workers. Pesticide-free produce may also bring premium prices.
  • Plants are more disease and pest resistant, so fewer sprays will be needed. Again, less expense, decreased crop losses, decreased pollution, and fewer health risks, along with possible premiums.
  • Plants may realize their genetic potential with increased yields (increased profits) and higher quality produce (which brings premiums for the producers, sometimes huge premiums).

Quality produce has:

  • High antioxidant and nutrient density which makes it healthful and satisfying.
  • An exceptionally long shelf life which decreases losses for producers, packers, shippers, and consumers.
  • Superior taste and sensory appeal, which increases consumer demand and, again, brings premium prices.
  • A proud producer who feels good about what he does for the world as he leans against his well-padded wallet. 😉

High quality feedstuffs for animals equate to:

  • Healthier, happier animals resulting in decreased need for medication and decreased losses.
  • Increased production and profits.
  • Healthier animal food products for consumers.

Consumer benefits:

  • Improved food flavor and satisfaction.
  • Better-tasting produce may increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, which may in turn equate to better health.
  • Decreased levels of harmful agricultural chemicals means decreased toxins in food and the environment.
  • Longer shelf life leading to decreased losses after purchasing foods.
  • Full-spectrum nutrition equates to better health. This decreases healthcare costs while increasing human productivity and quality of life.

I see this as a win-win-win-win situation—for producers, animals, human consumers, and the environment. Already, in several parts of the world, some producers are “nutrition farming” and contracting with grocery stores to market their superior products to grateful consumers.

Plans for the future include:

  • expansion of on-farm and university-associated research
  • labeling program for “Nutrient-Rich” foods that have met high standards of quality including nutrient content, sensory perception parameters, shelf-life values and freedom from toxic contaminants
  • establishment of a model farm for educational purposes
  • commercial production of nutrient-rich foods
  • marketing and distribution of these high quality foods
  • involvement with industry and governmental leaders in promoting nutrient-dense sustainable agriculture

My vision is that more educators will share vital crop-improvement information in an effective manner to many producers, who will in turn supply improved nutrition within a sustainable context, making a positive impact on the health of a multitude of people and animals.

For a Healthier World, Jana D. Bogs, PhD

For more information on soil/plant testing and sustainable production practices contact:

Dr. Jana Bogs (located on the Big Island of Hawaii)