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`Aina Fest Invitation–Next Saturday–November 3rd!

 

WHAT: Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture’s 9th Annual ‘Aina Fest! Presenting world-renowned musicians, agricultural and Hawaiian cultural workshops, yoga classes, Keiki Zone, hula performance, local organizations working to protect, preserve and enrich our communities and ono food, drink and crafts from local vendors, ‘Āina Fest 2018 offers something for everyone.

This year’s live music will be performed on two different stages. The line-up features Nahko (frontman for Medicine For The People), Paula Fuga, Paul Izak, John Keawe, OK2Change, Ka‘ahele, Hāwane Rios, Ydine, Markus Mars and more!

General Admission tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the gate. Keiki aged 12 and younger get in free. All entertainment, educational workshops and keiki activities are included in the ticket price.

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WHERE: At the Kohala Village HUB Barn & Surrounding Grassy Fields. 55-514 Hawi Rd., Hawi, HI 96719. Please check http://hipagriculture.org/aina-fest for a detailed parking map which will be posted prior to the event.

WHEN: Saturday November 3rd, 2018 from 12-10pm. Gates open at 11:30am.

WHO: ‘Aina Fest is brought to you by HIP Agriculture’s co-founders Dash & Erika Kuhr, Festival Producer Maya Parish, HIP Agriculture’s staff, and the ‘Aina Fest committee.  Nutrition Farming for Hawaii, a research and demonstration Nutrition Grown™ garden project directed by Dr. Jana Bogs and based at HIP Ag, will have a booth showcasing research results from the garden, and info on how you too can grow Beyond Organic foods.  https://beyondorganicresearch.com/nutrition-farming-hawaii/

WHY: To celebrate makahiki season and empower small farmers and island-wide food security and sovereignty. 100% of the proceeds raised are used to support youth education programs, residential farmer trainings and community education projects island-wide. Donations are tax-deductible through the Hawai‘i Institute of Pacific Agriculture. Learn more at www.hipagriculture.org

See you there!  Dr. Jana

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

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

A White Christmas in Hawaii?

Happy Holidays!

 

Mauna Kea with a blanket of snow for a white Christmas!  Snapped yesterday on my way to the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii research and demonstration center.

Yes, we get snow every year on Mauna Kea, which means “white mountain”, and on Mauna Loa, which means “long mountain”.  These mountains are nearly 14,000 feet high.  Mauna Loa is the largest cubic volume mountain in the world, and still considered an active volcano.  We are blessed on the Big Island with 11 of the 13 climates in the world, from rain forests to rocky deserts, and warm shorelines to frigid mountain tops.  This makes for an extremely diverse agricultural paradise that I am hoping someday will be a major showcase for a huge number of Nutrition Grown™ crops.

Make your holidays a bit merrier with a Christmas tree made of fruits–here’s how!

From icreativeideas.com

 

 

Mele Kalikimaka a Hauoli Makahiki Hou!

(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!)

 

Many Blessings,

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