What’s a Christmas pyramid? And why am I bringing that up? Read on…
Turns out there is more than one definition of a Christmas pyramid, but here is a picture of pyramid dressed for Christmas.
So why am I bringing up pyramids? I’ve been out on my land measuring where to put a pyramid greenhouse. Yes, I want to do research experiments with the effects of pyramid torsion wave power on plant growth and productivity. Stay tuned for upcoming news on that. In the meantime, Enjoy your Holidays! ~~Dr. Jana
Dragonfly Ranch in Honaunau will be hosting a Nutrition Farming for Hawaii presentation by Dr. Jana Bogs this Saturday, December 8. Dr. Bogs will be explaining why and how growing our food in an optimized way, can double or triple the nutrient content—as well as improve the taste of our vegetables. She will be speaking especially to people who have a passion for the `Aina (Hawaiian for “the land which feeds us”). This is an educational experience for students, gardeners, farmers, and others who wish to learn about Nutrition Grown™ food production. Questions welcomed!
Nutrition Farming for Hawaii (NFH) is a grant-funded research and demonstration outreach project. It is bringing more nutritious food to our community through an optimized, environmentally-friendly growing system .
Nutrition Farming for Hawaii was started by project director, Dr. Bogs, with the aim of conducting research on improving the nutritional qualities, flavor, and yields of food crops starting from the soil up. The project mission is to improve human health and raise ecological awareness by instituting a paradigm shift in food cultivation practices which produce high yields of delicious, nutritionally-optimal foods. Dr. Bogs will be presenting her data regarding soil and crops that show large increases in food nutrient content as compared to USDA values.
Barbara Moore, “soul proprietor” of the Dragonfly Ranch, says, “It is an honor to host Jana presenting her power point slide show detailing how we can improve our health by eating nutrient rich food we can grow in our gardens. It is wonderful that Jana has the tools and wants to share with us how to improve the quality of our food we can grow with this knowledge.”
Resources to Help You Grow Better
Dr Bogs offers comprehensive laboratory testing of soil and plant tissue, which provide a detailed interpretation to determine what organic-type fertilizers, beneficial microorganisms, and foliar spray nutrients the soil and plants need. In turn, these plants produce the most nutrient-rich, health-promoting foods possible.
Author of Beyond Organic: Growing for Maximum Nutrition and Flavor, Dr. Bogs will have her books available to purchase at a discounted rate. For those who can’t attend, her books are also available on her website, www.BeyondOrganicResearch.com,
Furthermore, Dr. Bogs teaches an in-depth online course called Perfect Soil. Learn more at https://beyondorganicresearch.com/course/.
As part of the outreach effort, Dr. Bogs will be presenting this slide show for free at the Dragonfly Ranch in Honaunau on December 8th at 6:30 pm. Come learn more about the project and how you too can grow your own amazing foods!
How to Get There
Contact Barbara Moore at (808) 238-2159 for directions or see the map at www.dragonflyranch.com. Guests are invited to come early to tour the five bedroom B&B. There is a colorful labyrinth for a meditative walk while viewing the sunset over the South Kona Coast.
It was a little nippy this morning, even in Hawaii! Out in the garden this morning, it felt like Thanksgiving time.
Indeed, I am thankful for many things, especially for You and your interest in and support of new and better methods of food production.
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving! Dr. Jana
It’s almost time for the Nuts Festival! Always a fun time! And it’s FREE!
Come by the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii booth to learn more about nutrient dense growing and say “Hi!”
Sunday, November 18, 10 am to 5 pm. Click here to see more info.
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
Jana Bogs, PhD
Beyond Organic Consulting, Inc.
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
Not all microbes are bad. Human bodies contain about as many microbial cells as actual human cells. This is called the human microbiome. We live symbiotically with the microbes. We actually could not live without them!
Our microbiome shifts as we change our diet and environment. We receive healthy microbes from good, aerobic (oxygenated) soil. This is another great reason to get out in your garden!
Beneficial microbiology in the soil is important to hold nutrients in the soil and make them available to the plants. Measuring the microbial life in the soil is an important part of soil management. You can’t manage what you don’t measure!
With the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii project, I measured the soil microbiology using my microscope when we were getting started with the garden in the spring. Bacterial counts were only about 100 per slide field.
We amended the soil with the needed minerals and fertilizers. These are very important to feed the microbes, as well as the plants. Some minerals, like cobalt (which is rarely tested, but is on a Nutrition Grown™ soil analysis), are critical for microbes. The microbes will not be there without the nutrients they need! We also added a microbial inoculant to help get things going.
Retesting of soil is done every 6 months, including microbiology. Our latest analysis showed 1500 bacteria per slide field. A 1500% increase!
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Work continues in the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii (NFH) Research and Demonstration Garden. Here are some more impressive examples of increased nutrient content from our first year as compared to USDA Food Nutrient Database published values.
Below are two crops, red curly lettuce and green onions. Most values show good gains over the USDA values. You will notice the NFH crops’ phosphorus is not as high. Phosphorus is a particular problem in Hawaii soils. We put on quite a bit of soft rock phosphate, an organically-approved type of phosphorus, which takes some time to become fully available to the crops. I’m not too worried about it because phosphorus is rarely a missing element in human nutrition. We will continue to tweak the soil to get it just right. We are just about ready to do a retest of the soil.
What is most impressive on these reports are the gains in elements that are often deficient in human nutrition, such as calcium, iron, and zinc.
Here is some beautiful summer lettuce which resists bolting in the heat. These heads are about a foot across.
Here’s the nutrient content of these Nutrition Grown™ lettuce heads showing significant increases in nutrients especially needed in the human diet. (Most diets contain plenty of phosphorus and sodium.)
Beautiful beets getting ready to be analyzed–
Large increases in nutrient content over USDA values, especially in the trace elements. Remember, this is only the first season for this recently amended ground, so look for even more impressive values to come.