New Farmer Expo–Nutrition Farming for Hawaii will be There

Food nutrient increase data from our Nutrition Farming for Hawaii  research and demonstration garden will be on display at the 2nd Hawaii Island New Farmer Expo this Friday, August 10.  The event will be held here on the Big Island at the Sally Luau Hale in Hilo from 12:30 to 6:30 pm. If you can’t make it to the expo, you can still check out last year’s data from the garden at https://beyondorganicresearch.com/nutrition-farming-hawaii/.  See last week’s blog post for some current data.  Click here: https://beyondorganicresearch.com/blog/2018/07/31/nutrition-grown-research-garden-results/

At the expo, there will be speakers all afternoon on various topics of interest to new and beginning farmers–from veggies to livestock, finance to marketing.  There will be a dinner catered by Sweet Cane Cafe at 6:30 pm.  For more info visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hawaii-island-new-farmer-rancher-expo-tickets-45950629570

Hope to see you there!

Dr. Jana Bogs

Google map to find Sally Luau Hale

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 https://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

F.R.E.E. Mango Festival in Kona July 21, 2018

The Mango Festival in Kona is always a fun event!  And it’s free!  This is the 10th annual Kona Mango Festival. Randyl Rupar always does an amazing job putting this and other agricultural festivals together.  There will be food demos and tastings, live music and hula, lots of cool booths, and mango cultivation presentations.  It will be held on July 21 in downtown Kona oceanfront at Hale Halawai from 10 am to 5 pm.  I will have a booth showcasing the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii research and demonstration garden.  (Click here for more info.)  So come by and say “Hi”!

In the evening, from 6 to 10 pm, will be a benefit music concert.  Your $10 donation goes to supporting lava evacuees and the Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network.

Learn more about the Festival by clicking here.

Aloha,  Dr. Jana

Mango Fest Final

Jana Bogs, PhD

Beyond Organic Consulting, Inc.

www.BeyondOrganicConsulting.com

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

 

2 Radio Interviews on the Same Day–Wednesday, May 16

Hi!  I am excited to be on “The Good Intentions Show” on the United Intentions (UI) Radio Network on 5/16 at 11am EST, 10am CT, 9am MT, 8am PT, and 5am HT.  Yes, I have to get up really early in the morning, have my computer system working properly, be awake, have something interesting to say–and look good!  :-))

United Intentions is all about Manifesting Your Passions.  Let’s do some manifesting together to create a better world, with really great food!

Here are links for the upcoming show (hover with your mouse):

Radio Show: https://www.spreaker.com/user/unitedintentions

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unitedintentions/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unitedintentions

Twitter: https://twitter.com/higherintention

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unitedintentions/

 

Then at 12 noon HT (6pm ET, 5pm CT, 4pm MT, 3pm PT), I get interviewed by Paul Massey of Kauai Community Radio– http://www.kkcr.org –during his “In the Garden, On the Farm” show.  We will be discussing the latest and greatest info on Nutrition Grown™ production.

So, whether early or late, tune in and join us!

Blessings,  Dr. Jana

Fantastic Video: Health Professionals who Understand where Health Begins

As a nutritional and horticultural researcher who has worked to bridge an understanding from soil to human health, I am thrilled about the release of this enlightening video. Health truly is about nurturing nature and nature nurturing us. It all starts at the garden or farm, creating “perfect soil” to grow “perfect food” to heal our bodies. Testing soil to know what fertilizers to add and testing plants to understand what they need, as well as testing the final food products to determine what really is and is not there is how we move to better quality food production.

This video is an interesting mix of health professionals who understand that health starts in good soil.  Enjoy, and share it with your friends.

Happy Mother’s Day, even if you are just a “mom” to your plants!

~Dr. Jana

Nutrition Farming Talk this Wednesday, April 11th

If you are lucky enough to live on the Big Island, come on over to Kealakekua Library, 81-6619 Mamalahoa Highway (makai side), this Wednesday at 5 pm for a hour-long presentation on Nutrition Farming with some question/answer time.  I will be showcasing the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii research and demonstration garden results from last year.  I was very pleased with the progress we made in our first year with this garden and hope it will inspire you!  ~Dr. Jana

Broccoli 3X Bigger with Beyond Organic Growing System(TM)

Here are some more fantastic results from Susan, who is a student in the Perfect Soil™ Certificate Course.  Remember, from my last blog post, the broccoli at the back of the kale beds?  They have matured, and here are some pictures of the comparison.  Susan says, of herself and her gardening friends, “We are thrilled.”

(Above) Broccoli grown with Beyond Organic Growing System™ (BOGS™) with hands in photo for size comparison.

 

Broccoli grown with typical organic-type method Susan has used previously (compare to her hand size for perspective)

 

Susan made every effort to have a good comparison trial, such as planting the seeds from the same seed packet, at the same time, watering the same, etc.  The difference was the fertilization according to a Nutrition Grown™ soil analysis, which is part of the Beyond Organic Growing System™ (BOGS™).  Great work, Susan!

Join with us in growing the best food ever by enrolling in the Perfect Soil™ Course.  Click here for more info.  The course consists of a video series you can watch on your own schedule, a comprehensive Nutrition Grown™ soil analysis, one-on-one support, group calls, and more.

The Nutrition Grown™ soil analysis is much more comprehensive than typical soil tests, including pH, Total Cation Exchange Capacity, Organic Matter %, Base Saturation Percentages including Exchangeable Hydrogen, Sulfur, Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Boron, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Zinc, Aluminum, and Estimated Nitrogen Release, plus rarely tested, but very important, elements Cobalt, Molybdenum, Selenium, and Silicon, along with electrical conductivity (EC) .  Exact calculations are made, along with balancing ratios between various elements.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand all of these items.  The recommendations will be made clear and easy to implement.  The recommendations are also made in keeping with the USDA’s organic certification guidelines.  The Nutrition Grown™ soil analysis with discussion can also be ordered separately from the course by clicking here.

Good Growing!

Dr. Jana

Side-by-Side Comparison Trial Kale Beds

One of my students in the Perfect Soil Certificate Course, Susan, recently shared her results of a side-by-side comparison trial of the Beyond Organic Growing System(TM).  The control bed was fertilized/amended as she had done typically in the past with organic-type amendments.  The beds were planted on consecutive days with kale and broccoli starts from the same seed packs.  Every attempt was made to be as consistent as possible in every way except the fertilization method–same sizes of beds, same number of plants, same spacing, same irrigation, same mulch, etc.

Here are the results with the control bed first and the Beyond Organic bed next (as captioned):

Control Bed–typical organic bed of Russian Kale and Broccoli (in background).

 

Beyond Organic Growing System(TM) Bed: Russian Kale and Broccoli (in background)

The size difference is most noticeable, but also look at the color differences.  Here are some size comparison pictures using Susan’s foot to give some perspective:

 

Control Kale with Susan’s foot for size comparison

 

Beyond Organic kale with Susan’s foot for size comparison

Thanks so much, Susan, for sharing your work!

Learn more about the soil analysis used for the Beyond Organic bed fertilization on my website by clicking here.

Want to grow awesome food like this with support and camaraderie?  Join us for the Perfect Soil course by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more exciting research coming up!

Blessings,  Dr. Jana

VIDEO: Trees are Dying Everywhere, We’re Next

Ten years ago, when I was working on my PhD at Colorado State University, I visited the Rocky Mountain National Park.  Dying trees everywhere! About half of the forest appeared dead.  The question was “Why?”.  It has been blamed on pine bark beetles proliferating due to warmer than usual winters.  My thought at the time, which I shared with a fellow graduate student who was focusing on the problem, was that it may have something to do with the enormous rise in the use of electromagnetic frequencies.

Ohia and other trees are dying here in Hawaii forests.  This is blamed on a fungal disease.  The disease condition is termed “Rapid Ohia Death”.  Could it be more than just a fungus?

The scenario repeats itself around the world, with forests, fruit trees, nut trees, vineyards, and trees in parks.  What has changed in the environment?  We’ve had extremes of weather throughout millennia.  Why can’t the trees cope with this?

This video gives some insight into what has changed:  CLICK HERE for VIDEO

Fortunately, trees given extra TLC (tender loving care) do respond well.  Trees that have the nutrients they need have a much greater coping ability.  Do you have a tree that needs some TLC?  Think about having its soil tested with a comprehensive soil analysis, and giving it the specific types and amounts of nutrients it needs.  You can also help it bounce back quickly with foliar nutrient sprays that are customized for your ailing tree by using a leaf tissue analysis.  Well nourished, healthy trees do not succumb to insects and diseases.

Trees are critical to life as we know it.  Time to make some changes!

Best,  Dr. Jana