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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

Nutrition Farming for Hawaii Demonstration Garden–Early Results

Here are nutrient comparisons of Nutrition Grown™ crops to USDA values in the current official food nutrient database.  Note that these are the first results from the newly amended garden, before microbial inoculants and foliar nutrient sprays were used.

The crop land used for this project had been in sugarcane for many decades.  (Old sugarcane land is typically nutrient depleted.)  Since sugar production ceased about 40 years ago, the land has been used for cattle grazing.

Balancing soil nutrients takes time, but is accomplished by repeated soil testing and addition of needed nutrients over time. A time frame of three to five years is typically needed to obtain optimal production.  Produce nutrient content and quality (i.e. flavor, texture) is expected to improve in parallel with soil quality.  In addition, decreases in plant pests and diseases, and increases in crop yields are also expected.

The charts below shows first season crops, grown shortly after most of the recommended nutrients were applied.  Even though early in the project, the Nutrition Grown™ crops show higher levels of most of the examined nutrients as compared to USDA values.  Lower values were seen for phosphorus and sodium, nutrients which are typically well supplied (not deficient) in average diets.  Nutrients such as calcium and zinc are often deficient in humans.  These elements were higher in the Nutrition Grown™ crops.  The USDA value for copper in kale appears to be an anomaly, as the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of copper for adults is only 0.9 mg.

USDA Comparison to Nutrition Grown™
 Arugula, young, 3-6″
Nutrition Farming Project—May 2017
(Before foliar nutrient sprays & microbial inoculants were added)
Nutrient USDA Values   Nutrition Grown™   Difference   Difference
   A   B   B-A   %
Protein g/100g 2.5 3.24 0.74 30
Following in mg/100g:
Calcium Ca 165 199 34 21
Iron Fe 1.51 1.81 0.30 20
Magnesium Mg 47 74 27 58
Phosphorus P 52 18 -34 -66
Potassium K 369 498 129 35
Sodium Na 23 14 -9 -41
Zinc Zn 0.47 3.10 2.63 560
Copper Cu 0.076 0.200 0.124 163
Manganese Mn 0.321 0.767 0.446 139

 

USDA Comparison to Nutrition Grown™
 Kale, Toscano, 6-12″ leaves
Nutrition Farming Project—May 2017
(Before foliar nutrient sprays & microbial inoculants were added)
Nutrient USDA Values   Nutrition Grown™   Difference   Difference
  A   B   B-A   %
Protein g/100g 4.28 4.38 0.10 2
Following in mg/100g:
Calcium Ca 150 239 89 59
Iron Fe 1.47 1.15 -0.32 -22
Magnesium Mg 47 80 33 70
Phosphorus P 92 47 -45 -49
Potassium K 491 625 134 27
Sodium Na 38 21 -17 -44
Zinc Zn 0.56 0.96 0.40 71
Copper Cu 1.499 0.058 -1.441 -96
Manganese Mn 0.659 0.989 0.330 50

 

USDA Comparison to Nutrition Grown™
Collards, average 6.5″ leaf pads
From Nutrition Farming Project—May 2017
(Before foliar & microbes)
Nutrient USDA Values   Nutrition Grown™   Difference   Difference
  A   B   B-A   %
Protein g/100g 3.02 3.27 0.25 8
Following in mg/100g:
Calcium Ca 232 306 74 32
Iron Fe 0.47 1.44 0.97 206
Magnesium Mg 27 84 57 210
Phosphorus P 25 23 -3 -10
Potassium K 213 530 317 149
Sodium Na 17 16 -1 -6
Zinc Zn 0.21 1.25 1.04 495
Copper Cu 0.046 0.050 0.004 9
Manganese Mn 0.658 1.175 0.517 79

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