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!
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.
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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.
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.
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
Tropical Edibles Nursery in Captain Cook, Hawaii, hosted Dr. Bogs to teach a weekend workshop on Soil: From the Ground Up. The event was sponsored by Hawaii Farm Bureau. The workshop covered the topic of soil nutrient deficiencies, the consequences of that, and how to correct the imbalances. Powerpoint presentations and hand-outs clarified the mysteries of soil analyses, while hands-on sections addressed plant tissue analysis and soil amending.
Beyond Organic Growing System ™ (BOGS™)
Entrant: Jana Bogs, PhD., Hawi
Prize: Inn at Kulaniapia retreat
The Beyond Organic Growing System ™ (BOGS™) is a new paradigm of farming which goes beyond traditional organic farming methods by focusing on improving the nutritional content of foods. Food from this system is termed “Nutrition-Farmed™”. Data from analyses of Nutrition-Farmed™ foods compared to USDA food nutrient composition tables show many-fold increases in vital nutrients such as calcium, iron, zinc and copper.
The 4th Annual “Mangoes at the Moana” event was held on July 21, 2012 at the prestigious Moana Surfrider Hotel. This is the oldest (and yet very grand) hotel on the world famous Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu. Dr. Bogs presented a powerpoint lecture on growing more nutritious foods and enjoyed the ono (delicious) job of judging the best mangoes. There were over 30 mango entries from around the state of Hawaii. Three judges tasted and re-tasted the fabulous mangoes. It was not an easy job, but the decision finally came clear. The winning entry hailed from the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Feasts and interesting extra-curricular tours. One Chinese agricultural researcher was so impressed with Dr. Bogs’ powerpoint presentation that he requested a copy for use in advancing the ideas in his country. Dr. Bogs is continuing correspondence/collaboration with other agricultural experts she met there who hail from the USA, Canada, Spain and Germany. Indeed, her ideas have garnered international interest and attention.
Written by Andrea Dean | 27 April 2012
Volunteers spent Earth Day reviving the grounds of the Kohala High School Ag Program (Dr. Bogs on right)
For 30 years Uncle David Fuertes was the agriculture teacher at Kohala High School. In its glory days the ag program made $25,000 per year by growing and selling its own products. The program emphasized entrepreneurship and leadership skills, as well as agricultural skills. They had a greenhouse, certified kitchen, four acres of vegetables and animal pastures. Many of Kohala’s leaders today were students who were mentored by David in the Hawai‘i Future Farmers of America (FFA) program—including High School principal Jeanette Snelling, and Adriel Robitaille, the new Ag teacher. After attending college it was Adriel’s dream to come back to Kohala and to revitalize the ag program. That dream is now becoming a reality.
On Earth Day, Saturday, April 21st— former Hawai‘i FFA graduates, All About Trees, Ka Hana No‘eau students, and volunteers from the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign came together with Uncle David to help Adriel with some major projects at the site.
Crews cleared out invasive African Tulip trees, pulled out stumps from otherwise usable land, cleaned out the greenhouse, moved piles of roofing, laid irrigation pipe and planted two breadfruit trees. Previously, much of the site was literary unearthed—Adriel and the students removed grass that had grown 4 feet tall off the floor of the greenhouse, pulled sinks and tables out of the bushes, and beat back the jungle from the classroom.
Rebuilding the program is a major project, but the Kohala Ag program is already hosting a new chicken coop (with chickens), a pasture with goats, a taro lo‘i and an aquaculture tank (fish coming soon…now that there is water!).
It has been a long wait, but the North Kohala High School Ag program has begun its renaissance, and district families and students are energized.
Andrea Dean, MBA, of Sustainable Initiatives works with communities, businesses and non-profits on initiatives that enhance island economy, environment and community. Andrea is also the Special Projects Coordinator for the Hawai’i Homegrown Food Network, and is co-coordinator of the Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu – Revitalizing Breadfruit program.
- Kaleopono makes this comment
Tuesday, 01 May 2012
I am so glad to learn that the Kohala High Ag Program is being revitalized. Years ago as President of the Hawaii State Young Farmers Association, I collaborated with David Fuertes to recognize and honor students in the North Kohala Future Farmers of America program. When I quite a few years later lived for 10 years in North Kohala, I was dismayed by the absence of the ag (and other trades like woodworking and mechanical) program from the high school curriculum. Does this mean than more generous resources for practical, hands on education are flowing back into DOE? I hope so.
|Sat May 05 @ 8:00AM – 12:00PM
Kohala Farm-to-Fork Tour (North Kohala)
|Mon May 07 @ 5:30PM –
“The Weight of The Nation” — Advance Screening (South Kohala)
|Wed May 09 @ 6:30PM – 08:30PM
Sonatas of the Soil & Talk Dirt with Jana (North Kohala)