Dr. Bogs covers all aspects of what makes food more nutritious and shows that even foods produced under certified organic systems often have little more nutrition than their conventionally grown counterparts. Throughout the book, Dr. Bogs reveals how our personal health is directly tied to the nutritional value of the food we eat and how that value directly ties to the health of the soil in which the food was grown.
Meet DR. JANA BOGS
Dr. Jana Bogs is a nutritionist turned horticulturist with the aim of growing the best quality food possible, the most nutritious and the best tasting. Jana works as a soil and crop consultant on the island of Hawai ‘i.
Ask the Garden Guy covers science-based answers to questions asked by Hawai‘i’s gardeners – from fruits and vegetables, pests and weeds to plant propagation; from bumpy hibiscus leaves to sour citrus. Learn about growing tea and asparagus, applying organic pest control and controlling slugs and snails safely.
Meet NICK SAKOVICH
Nick Sakovich is Professor Emeritus of Agriculture of the University of California . Nick is a UH Master Gardener, teaches garden classes through UH Continuing Education and writes a weekly gardening column in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.
Plants of Hawai‘i – How to Grow Them explores Hawaii ’s verdant environment, examining both ornamental and food plants. This easy read book contains a description of each plant and its origins, as well as information about propagation, culture, and pest control. The latest edition of this gardening classic includes a new chapter on Integrated Pest Management.
Christine Reed will discuss the recent update to this gardening classic by Fortunato Teho.
FORTUNATO TEHO was Hawaii ’s gardening expert for a quarter century. Through his newspaper columns, radio and television broadcasts, personal appearances, Teho’s influence on home gardening in the islands was unparalleled from the late 1940’s until his death in 1986.
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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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I’m excited to announce that my publisher, The Larry Czerwonka Company of Hilo, Hawaii, has released the print version of my new book–Beyond Organic…Growing for Maximum Nutrition. It’s in a large 8 1/2″ x 11″ format with full color pictures to showcase the many vivid paintings, photos and charts. The cover is a matte finish with a “feel good” texture. A page has been created where you can order it directly– http://janabogs.com.
Several stores on the Big Island of Hawaii will be carrying the book also. (More on that when available.)
The e-book version has been downloaded by well over 14,000 people. It made #1 in Amazon e-book downloads in two categories–vegetables and organic!
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!
As 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:
(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 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
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
Helping you create the Best Food Ever!