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Invitation to Nutrition Farming Presentation at Dragonfly Ranch Dec. 8

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

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 Research and Demonstration Garden

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.

                                                                                                                    

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

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

Proof: Nutrition Farming Project Improves Soil

Nutrition Farming for Hawaii Research and Demonstration Garden–First Season

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