Results from our Nutrition Grown Research and Demonstration Garden– Now in its 2nd Year

We were blessed with grant funding this spring for starting the 2nd year of our Nutrition Grown Research and Demonstration Garden.  Our first order of business was to thoroughly re-analyze the soil.  Then we added our fertilizers and amendments.  We repeat this procedure every 6 months to gradually bring our soil to optimal levels of fertility.  Because we have to feed the soil slowly over time to avoid harming the beneficial microbes, it can take years to optimize the soil, but all the effort is worth it!  Balanced, healthy soil (with all its beneficial microbes) is what makes healthy plants, and (subsequently) happy, healthy people!

Numerous researchers are coming to the conclusion that human health really does begin in the soil.  The microbial life in the soil AND ON THE PLANTS can be related to our own  microflora, which is mainly in our intestinal tract, but also on our skin, and even in our organs.  A healthy variety of microorganisms performs a myriad of functions. Some microbes make amino acids, some make vitamins.  Other microbes make nutrients more available and some are even involved in cell signaling, which can control genetic expression.

Each food plant has its own set of compatible microbes.  Interacting with food plants in the raw state, with their live beneficial microbes, can be very important for our health.  Food is information.  This is part of the reason why raw food diets can be so healing.  We evolved with the plants.  We need to have our daily dose of Nature–touching, smelling, eating.  Having your own healing Nutrition Grown garden with a variety of herbs, vegetables and fruits can be the quickest route to great health.  It’s Nature’s “farmacy”!

The First of This Year’s Nutrition Grown Garden Results

Yes, we did get some crops planted in our garden, and got them grown up enough to take plant tissue samples.  Then I compared the results on our green onions to the USDA Food Nutrient Database. We saw increases on all but one measured nutrient (sodium).  I also looked back at last year’s values for our green onions and saw some nice improvements. (See http://beyondorganicresearch.com/nutrition-farming-hawaii/ for last year’s garden results.)

  It sure is exciting to watch the improvements over time!

Stay tuned for more!

Blessings,  Dr. Jana Bogs

Kona Library Talk–Growing Nutritious Vegetables (and Vog Detox info)

Please join us for this free Powerpoint presentation about growing great food in general, and about the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii research and demonstration garden in particular.  Learn how you can apply the information in your own garden!  Here’s your chance to get your garden soil questions answered.  For example, “What nutrient is often low in soils, but needed in our food to help our bodies detox the vog (airborne contaminants from the volcanic eruptions) or smog in general?”

Autographed copies of Dr. Jana’s book, Beyond Organic: Growing for Maximum Nutrition and Flavor, will be available after the talk at a discounted price for attendees.  If you miss the lecture, the books are available on the website, www.beyondorganicresearch.com.  (And the answer to help with the vog is in the book!)

See you there!

Dr. Jana

 

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

Proof: Nutrition Farming Project Improves Soil

Nutrition Farming for Hawaii Research and Demonstration Garden–First Season

Nutrition Farming for Hawaii is a grant-funded project located at HIP Agriculture in Kapa`au, Hawaii and fiscally sponsored by the North Kohala Community Resource Center (NKCRC).  The aim is to increase food nutritional content.  This starts with improving the soil.

This spring, our ¼-acre research and demonstration garden was fertilized according to a Nutrition Grown™ soil analysis. (Click here for more about analyses.)  The land is old sugarcane land, and is unbalanced. As you can see in the chart below, there were many values that needed improvement.

The follow-up analysis, 6 months after initial fertilizing, showed significant improvements of nearly every parameter.  Correcting soil imbalances takes time, usually years.  Only small amounts of certain nutrients can be applied at one time, otherwise the beneficial microbial life in the soil is overwhelmed.  (Please note that soils vary greatly from place to place, often even on the same property, so these values will not be the same as those of other nearby properties.)

If you have been following our blogs, you will have seen that our produce was laboratory analyzed and compared to USDA values for nutritional content.  Our produce has well outpaced typical produce in nutritional content on nearly every parameter measured, even in our first year.

You can also view additional food nutritional analyses comparisons by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like what you see here, please “Like”, share, and comment.  I love hearing from you!  Dr. Jana