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Happy Fall Harvest! Thanks for taking time out to read HUmineral’s Healthy Shares! Enclosed are holiday tips we hope you find helpful and useful. Have a beautiful and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
Healthy Herbs and Spices
Don’t we just love the aroma of fresh herbs and spices filling the house with delicious smells that remind us of home, family, familiarity, and some really good times. Whether you have the traditional turkey and stuffing or an Italian pasta style Thanksgiving dinner, here are some of the staples in my kitchen along with some of the HEALTHY natural healing benefits they provide. Try incorporating one “new” herb or spice to your holiday feast, or prepare a whole new dish. It is a nice treat to yourself and takes away some of the monotony of “same dish” and “same taste” yearly. It adds a little fun variety. You can start to purchase herbs and spices you may not have now, clean, chop and freeze as appropriate and pull them out at cook time. It will make your prep time a whole lot less work (or seem like it) and way more enjoyable. Preparation in all forms is paramount at this time of year and important so the cook can “enjoy” the prep process, from start to table, to end of evening.
BASIL – Great flavor for cooking and adding to table water. Can help relieve upset stomach and gas issues.
BLACK PEPPER – A staple, whole and cracked in grinder is best. Can help relieve indigestion.
CAYENNE – Great for added spice. May help prevent heart attack.
CILANTRO – Awesome for salads, sauces (one of my favorite), use in salads, instead of cucumber. Gives salad a fresh tasting punch. High antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial. I also add to my smoothies/tonics.
CINNAMMON – Add a little cinnamon to almost anything. It helps reduce blood sugar spikes from simple carbohydrates like sugar and aides lower blood pressure.
CLOVE – Add to pumpkin pie, yams and stuffing. An anti microbial.
DILL – A great garnish and additive for sauces, soups, sides and red meat. An aide for colic, gas and heartburn.
FENNEL – Great for soups and garnish. May reduce bad breath and body odor.
FENUGREEK – Another great one for soup. Helps flush toxins.
GARLIC – Almost everything and a staple in many kitchens. Great additive for soups, marinades, salads, casseroles and all around. A natural antiseptic.
GINGER – Great spice to cook with and cleanse palate. Anti-nausea remedy and cleansing.
HUMIC MINERAL – This is probably a new one for you. I add Humic mineral to many of my dishes and to my morning tea/coffee/smoothies. For newbies, you can add to soups, beans, baked breads or a teaspoon to water glass for mineral nutrient. I use as I would similar to a spice, by adding TSP’s to TBSP’s to dishes. Remember it is a food and it does not change the flavor.
MINT – Great for table water, garnish and holiday cocktails, even atop desserts. Cleansing and eases hiccups. I also like to munch a few pieces of mint after dinner.
OREGANO – Great spice for sides, rice dishes, appetizers and main dishes (not just for pastas). Helps soothe stomach muscles, and a great anti-viral.
ROSEMARY – Great seasoning for marinade, insert in turkey, add to stuffing, bake into bread/muffins. An antioxidant.
SAGE – Great for stuffing, turkey and marinades. Antiseptic and antibiotic
THYME – Great for turkey, stuffing, rice dishes, potatoes, baked into bread, and marinades. Relaxes respiratory muscles.
TUMERIC – Excellent for soups, marinades, vegetable dishes, rice dishes, and sauces. Great antioxidant/anti cancer.
TIP: You can create centerpieces and garnish your finished dishes with your fresh herbs.
They smell great and make your dishes look even more appetizing on table!
TIP: Fennel is an important herb that has been used for years in Chinese, Indian, Arabian and Western medicines. Aside from its value in cooking as a spice, it has been traditionally used as an aid to digestion and it has many healthy benefits.
Fennel tea is a different and great choice to try and to add to your tea cupboard. Sip early on Thanksgiving morning for a change, as you awake and prepare, or end the Thanksgiving feast with a pot for guest as alternative (or addition) to the norms (throw in mint or ginger according to palate). Fennel is prepared from crushed or ground mature fennel seeds. These seeds are rich in important volatile oil compounds like anethole, fenchone and estragole that are believed to be responsible for its antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial/antimicrobial properties. Fennel can help with gastrointestinal problems like bloating, IBS and flatulence. Drinking fennel tea regularly may reduce incidence of bloating and flatulence. This has a beneficial effect on our digestive system. These compounds help relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract and can assist in reducing stomach cramps and bloating after meals. Digesting food and trapped gases pass through our system more easily, there is less chance of foods fermenting and putrefying in the large intestine. In this way, the tea can be a very effective flatulence remedy, particularly for those “wind” issues that can result from undigested foods getting stuck in our colon.
Healthy Holiday Energy
Exercise – start your holiday morning/s or vacation with exercise. If this is not your regular practice, 20-30 minutes is a great. It will give you a natural lift that will not only benefit your overall health, but it will provide you with energy as you move through the day with cooking, games, family, last minute store runs, etc. I usually put my turkey in at 5am and then do a short hike alone, or with a friend if doable. I love the Fall weather for hikes. Otherwise a beach walk if area appropriate or a yoga class, even if it’s on your mat in your own home for 20 minutes. Treat yourself.
Stay tuned to our next installment of Candice’s Corner, featuring “Benefits of Hiking” and a special personal recipe!
OUR SKIN IS OUR LARGEST ORGAN.
LET’S GIVE IT THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES.
Glow and Renew. What a great time of year to add something unique and valuable to our personal care routines. Does your skin need extra pampering to combat drier weather, or sun damage? Would your hair benefit from deep conditioning after blow dry bars, sun bathing, heat appliances and chemical color hair treatments? Well, let’s get SKIN deep, up close and EXTERNAL with HUmineral’s HUmic Hydration Skin Spritz for face l hair l skin and TOTAL BODY.
Hu-MINERALS to the RESCUE!
Spray on your HU-mineral Humic Hydration Plant-nutrient Skin Spray after shower to damp/wet hair, face, degligee, under arms and entire body. May use on wet hair before blow-dries or after blow-dry, for mid-day fly-away’s, before and during sun bathing and night time moisture care. Every day for your healthy-beautiful skin routine.
Make your appointment today with YOU, for:
HEALTHY SKIN l HEALTHY HAIR l HEALTHY BODY
GLOW l RENEW
BENEFITS of Humineral Humic Hydration Skin Spritz
(A food that NOURISHES and HYDRATES, skin, hair, body)
Daily Use and Combat Skin Damage Between Facials:
Organic Major and Trace unique derma MINERALS, a topical tonic treatment loaded with wide-spectrum antioxidants and electrolytes delivering nutrition to support a healthy dermal texture and appearance, while supporting stressed skin and promoting regeneration and a pH balance aiding reduced inflammation.
A moisturizing tonic for face/skin like no other. It may be used to soften the appearance of scars and smooth appearance of fine lines and other effects of the natural aging process on face, neck and degligee’. Aides tone, brightness, wrinkles, lines, circles, sun damage, under or over make-up to set/prime, detoxifier to skin. Use on burns, rash, itch, entire body – head to toe to GLOW/RENEW.
Hair Care Deeper Conditioning: Provides: penetrating hydration to promote healthy strong hair. Rich in Magnesium, Sulfur and Zinc, crucial for healthy hair and nails.
Chemical, Sulfates, Paraben and GMO-Free
Available In: Salon, SPA, Wellness, Yoga Outlets & Nutrition Retail Markets
Know More: HUmic Mineral – The Mission of HUmineral
There will probably be enough pumpkins for Halloween this year, but that might not be the case for the canned pumpkin used in pies, come Thanksgiving, according to crop experts in Illinois, the country’s top pumpkin-producing state.
“I would not wait until Nov. 20,” University of Illinois professor Mohammad Babadoost said, referencing the Nov. 26 holiday. “I’d buy it whenever it comes to the store.”
Large canned-pumpkin manufacturer Libby says yields could be off by as much as a third this year in Illinois, where, according to the University of Illinois, 90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the United States are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois.
Most pumpkins are processed into canned pumpkin and canned pie mix. The town of Morton, near Peoria in central Illinois, is the self-proclaimed Pumpkin Capital of the World. Morton is the location of a Libby’s® pumpkin processing plant owned by Nestlé Food Company, which cans more than 85 percent of the world’s pumpkin each year.
The U.S. pumpkin market is regarded as limited and seasonal. Pumpkins are grown primarily for processing with a small percentage grown for ornamental sales through you-pick farms, farmers’ markets and retail sales.
Next to Illinois, California is the second-largest pumpkin producer in the country. The list of crops affected by California’s ongoing drought is growing. This time it’s pumpkins. Lack of water is forcing many pumpkin growers to face the possibility of plowing over their pumpkin patches sooner than later.
So if you like and want good ole’ pumpkin pie for all the upcoming holidays, NOW is the time to pumpkin up!
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA, Vegetables Annual Summary
EVERY MINERAL THE BODY REQUIRES
The Fall and Winter season is fast approaching. At this time of year we tend to fill our medicine cabinets with the most powerful remedies to guard our immune systems as we power through weather, work schedules, holidays, travel and general exhaustion from all the extra activities with family and friends.
We’ve got HU covered!
A concentrated Liquid, pure Vegetarian Capsule or a topical Mineral absorbing Skin Spray (for face, hair, skin, & body), for all ages. HUmineral Humic/Fulvic Acid pure plant-based MINERAL, 100% raw, chemical free, product that delivers a difference. No fillers (ingredient dilution), excipients or synthetics.
The real and major benefit of HUmineral HUmic mineral are the powerful life-giving electrolytes, and poly-phenols (anti-oxidants) it provides; feeding our cells and nourishing our bodies.
Make sure you check out the post on: WHY ARE MINERALS SO IMPORTANT TO OVERALL HEALTH and the MISSION of HUmineral?
Benefits of HUmineral Humate (HUmic/Fulvic Acid MINERALs):
(A Food in Supplement Form to FEED the CELL which aids the entire body).
MINERALS work synergistically with vitamins, enzymes, hormones and other nutrient co-factors to regulate thousands of your body’s biological functions:
BORON: Enhances the body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium; aids beneficial levels of estrogen and testosterone in healthy post-menopausal women and helps convert vitamin D to its active form, supporting the absorption of calcium.
CALCIUM: This very well-known essential MAJOR mineral aids the building of healthy muscle mass, healthy hearts, and healthy bones.
CHLORIDE: Aids and works together with electrolytes producing healthy stomach acid and maintains fluid balance.
COBALT: Recognized more as Vitamin B12; it is key for cellular blood production and nerve support.
COPPER: Copper aids enzyme function.
IRON: Humate (HUmic/Fulvic) is so important because it carries every mineral the body requires. Iron is one of the most essential of all MINERALs in the body. We know PROTEIN is important for muscles, but it is the iron, which is also available in HUmate (HUmic/Fulvic), that allows the PROTEIN to work.
MAGNESIUM: Paramount for collagen building. Aids chelation and toxin removal. A MUST for strong bones and healthy hearts.
MANGANESE: Aids strong bones, energy and function of the reproductive an
d nervous systems.
MOLYBDENUM: Necessary to aid processes in body, such as iron utilization.
NICKEL: Contains B vitamin co-factor and is part of Trace Minerals.
PHOSPHORUS: Aids energy and stamina.
POTASSIUM: Aids electrolyte count balance.
SELENIUM: A key mineral and provider of antioxidant enzymes for the body.
SODIUM: Like magnesium and zinc supports collagen, and magnesium and calcium are both needed in the right amounts in body, sodium is a key electrolyte that works together with potassium.
SULFUR: A key synergistic mineral working with amino acids.
ZINC: One of the most important minerals to aid collagen in addition to being known for its ability to boost the IMMUNE system.
FBE’s high-tech “Space Age” fitness + detox equipment, along with their friendly, professional and private attention, did make a difference … in a good way, after my first visit, and each visit proves to be the same! Their Vibration Machines maximize body movement and deliver low-impact core and supportive muscle results, delivering oxidation to cells, (and if you are a follower of HUmineral’s mission, you know we are all about cellular health – HEALTHY CELLS = HEALTHY BODY), and a firm, toned look like no other. They also offer Lymphatic Compression Massage Suit therapy, which helps to increase the flow of lymph and eliminate fat + toxins. One of my favorite services along with their Infrared Sauna pods – lined with jade stones. Each pod is set up for you ready to go with toweled linens – providing the highest-quality personal hygiene experience alongside unencumbered plush comfort. At the end of my workouts, I love sweating out toxins for 30-40 minutes, while relaxing in the Infrared pod while listening to the tranquil music and looking at the peaceful decor). I always leave wanting more!
I will point out, FBE SPA offers a unique difference with their Infrared Sauna that separates them from the rest: each pod provides a “dual-detox” using Far and Near Infrared therapy.
In a typical walk-in sauna, your entire body enters as a whole – making it very hot for your body and head (can also be very dehydrating for our hair) – and less likely for you to achieve required health results because you become overheated. You also sweat more “water” weight in conventional saunas, rather than detoxing on a cellular level. With FBE’s Infrared Saunas, your head is outside the pod for easy breathing and relaxation, allowing you the required time to get healthy benefits. Your body is also able to heat up from the inside out (core), allowing you to “work out” in the sauna and sweat out toxins on a deeper level. We yogi’s know our CORE is paramount!
Whatever your goal may be: managing your weight to see a proven and visible difference, learning more about nutrition to leave the “diet” affect of health and fitness behind, reach a higher level of fitness/health, or trying out a unique spa with unique equipment — where uninterrupted service, privacy, and a personal touch are the norm, delivered with calmness and peace from start to finish — FBE Spa delivers. I even got cranberry drops in my alkaline water, after my infrared spa treatment!
There is no barrier to Firm Body Evolution’s service. Whether you are a beginner, seasoned fitness trainer, teen, pregnant mom, over worked professional, TV personality, professional athlete or elderly… FBE SPA will assist you with the right “fitness equation” for any age and fitness level. FBE’s goal is to educate and inspire one to better health and your personal best, which in line with HUmineral’s mission.
|Firm Body Evolution (FBE Spa)|
|A Unique, Holistic Wellness Experience|
As summer comes to an end, the Fall holiday “busier than usual routines” begins Engulfed in holiday planning, parties and practices, routines are challenged. We tend to be more social, expand our food selection choices, ditch fitness routines, and take an overall detour (forgetting to give our body’s the amount of time and rest it truly needs).
We thought this would be a good time to remind our Healthy Share souls about Firm Body Evolution (FBE). If you have not yet discovered this unique and holistic Transformation Spa in West Hollywood… you simply must!
There are no in-and-out, revolving-door services here. From day one, Firm Body Evolution set out to achieve and has proven to be a leader in the field of alternative fitness & detox. FBE specializes in:
- 10/20/30 Method – A holistic fitness + detox experience. It works your body out in a whole new way.
- Low-impact cardio together with Whole Body Vibration machines to achieve maximum fat loss, firming, and toning
- Their Transformation Weight Loss Program is a step-by-step, all-natural homeopathic diet that helps reset your body’s metabolism. As a bonus, while on the program, clients receive Personal Training 3x/week and 30-days of FBE’s VIP Membership, giving full-access to relaxing spa services like the Lymphatic Massage and Infrared Sauna.
Joseph Harounian (Firm Body Evolution founder and holistic health cheerleader) transitioned into running his trend-setting health spa business after experiencing a multitude of personal health challenges. After years of researching remedies, multiple pharmaceuticals, and being rung-around-the-rosie with a myriad of “traditional health modalities” (that only seemed to make the problems worse), Joseph longed for a better solution. In time, Joseph discovered a holistic practitioner who offered a variety of alternative remedies – almost immediately, he experienced HEALTHY results. After doing a simple Food Sensitivity Test test, Joseph found that his challenges were nutrition related. After eliminating a few items from his diet, setting up a structured fitness routine, and finally learning to listen to his body, Joseph’s health challenges subsided completely. Much of what is offered today at FBE are the same technologies that helped Joseph survive…and finally start to thrive!
Click Here to Know More about FBE SPA.
To simplify, we are familiar with eating strawberries, broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, and beets. If we were to eat that beautiful green leaf atop the strawberry or eat the roots of beets, the stems of those delicious greens in our salads …..we would be munching on HUmic MINERAL, which is created by HUmates. HUmic Mineral is naturally occurring in our foods (“humates” are a breakdown product from plants, they are throughout the entire plant). They become humates after the plant’s cellulose has been broken down and oxidized.), we’ve just been tossing the best parts of our plants (FOOD) away. Remember to toss back to the earth for recycling. Healthy Body, healthy planet, healthy with HUmineral!
Plants are FOOD. Such as;
FLOWER BUD: broccoli, cauliflower, globe artichokes, capers
LEAVES: kale, collard greens, spinach, arugula, beet greens, bok choy, chard, choi sum, turnip greens,
endive, lettuce, mustard greens, watercress, garlic chives, gai lan
BUDS: Brussels sprouts
STEM: Kohlrabi, galangal, and ginger
STEM OF LEAVES: celery, rhubarb, cardoon, Chinese celery
STEMS SHOOTS: asparagus, bamboo shoots
ROOTS: carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes, rutabagas, turnips, and burdocks.
BULBS: onions, shallots, garlic
Fruits in the Botanical sense, used as Vegetables:
Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, pumpkins, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, christophene, okra, breadfruit, avacado, pumpkins, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, christophene, and okra
ReUse + ReCycle + ReDuce
In our last HUmineral Healthy Share, we got to learn more about at Bio-Dynamic Farming and we shared a bit about Marquerite Nesteruk. We visit more here with Marguerite to learn how you may have your own garden area; back yard, window sill or deck style, farm to table fresh healthy favorites, packed full of HUmates (MINERALs).
Lets learn and grow ….
A School Garden & Compost Coordinator, Environmental Educator, Kids Nutritional Chef Instructor, Urban Farmer & Reiki Master. Marguerite began her journey as an Interior Design/Fashion Merchandising & Marketing professional, graduating from Parsons School of Design in NYC. After earning her degree, she moved to New Zealand on a one year work-holiday visa. It was in New Zealand where she discovered a deeper love for plants & nature. Marguerite worked as an herb producer, in the vineyards, volunteered on farms, and worked at hostels amongst other odd jobs.
Upon her arrival back to New York, Marguerite worked for retailer Anthropologie, as the Assistant Visual Merchandiser & Display Coordinator. She quickly realized the work and materials for these displays had a short window life span, with most displays & materials ending up at a landfill. It was then that Marguerite decided to put her inately natural spirit toward a process that would help be purposeful for the future of the environment.
In 2009, Marguerite moved from Long Island, NY to Catalina Island, where she worked as an Environmental Educator turned Garden & Compost Coordinator for Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP). Her passion for the environment & plants grew deeper roots, while educating the youth on how to be better stewards of the environment.
Three years later, she moved back to New York to pursue a career as a School Garden Coordinator for Slow Food. Her work for Slow Foods East End Chapter had her working with six different schools ranging from PreK-12th grade on sustainable gardening. She was also a contributor to the ‘Delicious, Nutritious Food Book’ with Edible School Gardens. The book provides food education, recipes & tips for children to learn & be more involved in the kitchen at home. You may purchase or view the book in PDF format here: http://www.edibleschoolgardens.org/foodbook 100% of the proceeds go to supporting school gardens on the east end of Long Island, NY.
Lucky for us west coasters, Marguerite now resides in Los Angeles as an Urban Farmer (vegetable gardener) for a large scale client in Malibu & is working for One Gun Ranch Biodynamic) tending to their medicinal garden, designing farm boxes & drying plants for teas. AWESOME! We LOVE this and got to experience this amazing and beautiful work on our visit to One Gun Ranch. We also got to taste the delicious GREENS. You can too, by visiting Erewhon Natural Markets, Vintage Organic Market, Pacific Coast Greens and OLLO Restaurant, all located in Malibu, CA.
In 2012, Marguerite received certification as a Reiki Master, in Permaculture Design, Life Labs ‘Creating & Sustaining Your School Garden, & is a recent UCCE Master Gardener of LA graduate. She also holds various certifications from the ‘National Farm To School Network’ with a focus on school gardens.
A personal goal for Marguerite is to be a School Garden To Kitchen Teacher at a Waldorf, Montessori or Private School. Ultimately, in a few years down the road, Marguerite would like to run her own business integrating her love for plants, art, education and the spiritual world.
Marguerite is happy to provide an array of different services that involve health, healing and education, which encompasses HUmineral’s mission. Marguerite will work with families to provide children and parents a “Farm-To-Table” experience, &/or design plans for home vegetable gardens. Additionally, Marguerite provides a unique service to gardens or farms giving Reiki & Sound Healing to the plants and land. This is a service based on Everything is ENERGY, and all in the Universe vibrates…right down to our CELLS! Sound Vibrational Energy is using sound waves to create a healing environment. Just as when you throw a stone in a river & the water ripples out, so do sound waves as they travel and communicate with the plants and soil. The sound energy will travel to the areas that may need healing or nourishment, essentially providing an optimal environment for plants to grow sustainably.
Lastly, Marguerite is extending her Reiki & Sound Healing to Bee Apiary’s, due to colony collapse disorder. Providing Reiki & Sound Healing is one positive way to strengthen the colony against viruses. This service is a new endeavor for Marguerite. She believes this process can only benefit Bees & help them strengthen their immune system against viruses & toxic chemicals. This service would be performed when Bees are at the hive so the healing vibration is effective for the full colony. Marguerite hopes to continue finding ways to help contribute to the healing environment of Bees. After all, if it wasn’t for the bees, most of our produce, and much more would not exist.
You may contact Marguerite at:
Phone: (631) 848-6137
I remember my mom asking me to go out to the family garden and pick veggies; tomatoes, and fresh greens for dinner salad, just out our back door, across the yard. My response, “I don’t want “that” food, I want to go to the market and get fresh produce and groceries”. How powerful is knowledge, that I would come to know that our garden was actually the “FRESH PRODUCE”. It has always been my goal to have a small garden again, where I can grow my own veggies, greens and herbs one day. After HUminerals’ visit with farm educator Marguerite Nesteruk (who we will visit with in our next Healthy Share), and One Gun Ranch, it is now at the top of my priority list. Living mostly in California, I am fortunate to have access to many farmers markets, which I frequent often.
To support the continued work of OGR and taste some of their delicious organic grown greens you may visit the following locations: Erewhon Organic Markets (Los Angeles & Calabasas), Vintage Organic Markets, PC Greens Market and OLLO Restaurant (formerly Coogie’s), all located in Malibu, California. I personally found a new favorite at the Ranch. Instead of mustard on your sandwiches, try fresh grown mustard leaf greens… all I can say is get ready for a new staple. YUM, YUM and more YUM!
We will spend some quality time highlighting Marguerite in our next HUmineral Healthy Share. Marguerite says a huge part of her purpose is to educate kids and adults on sustainable gardening & nutrition and teaching the importance of how it connects with nature and man. We will learn about sustainable gardening, composting, and lessons of farm-to-table.
One Gun Private Ranch | Malibu, California
There were horses, dogs, goat, pigs and everyone of these animals were friendly and very loved. Most the animals roamed free, but as you see here even fenced the goats walked right up and ate out of your hand in a calm easy fashion. Beautiful!
Its summer and there is nothing better than the smell of fresh flowers, cut grass, clean ocean water, hopefully a less hectic schedule and more time for sharing healthy delicious summer BBQ’s and leisurely lunch and dinners with friends and family. And wouldn’t it be special if some portion of your feasts came from your very own garden.
HUmineral Healthy Share highlights BIO DYNAMIC FARMING/GARDENING, and One Gun Ranch located in Malibu, California (OGR). HUmineral visited OGR last month and they are doing absolutely stellar farming and gardening work with 100% self-made organic compost, by Farmer Jack and his staff. OGR’s adage is better nutrition through better soil and at HUmineral this is one of our core messages. All produce is grown above ground in planter boxes using their “Super(ior)” compost soil, which is grown on OGR using bio dynamic standards, and is pest and contamination controlled. Reuse and recycle is 100% in practice at OGR, with all benefit going back to the land. OGR uses dairy cows from India, as they have an unparalleled digestive systems that create nutrient dense manure along with alfalfa, which provides vital minerals for composting. OGR is chemical, additive, hormone and pesticide free.
OGR works with ELSA (Experience Learning Support with Animals), which serves children, teens, young adults, families and groups with special needs through the benefits of human/animal interaction in a ranch setting. Education is a passion of the founders of OGR, which is why they offer free school tours for pre-k thru collegiate level.
When we tap into our deepest soul, we find our passion, we grow to our greater selves and lead more productive joy filled purposeful lives. In our next newsletter we will highlight Marguerite Nesteruk who went from fashion to farming. We will take you through her journey, how she left the fashion world in New York City and found herself farming in Malibu with the mission to change health through proper farming care, food and nutrition and her infectious passion for plants (=food).
What is BIO DYNAMIC FARMING/AGRICULTURE?
Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming, considered by many to be the most advanced and holistic form of organic farming and gardening on the planet. Developed in the early 1920’s by Rudolf Steiner, trained scientist, respected philosopher and creator of anthroposophy (a formal educational, therapeutic, and creative system seeking to use mainly natural means to optimize physical and mental health and well-being).
Origin of Biodynamics
As farmers were concerned with the decline in healthy soils, plants and animals, In the early 1920s, they sought the advice of Rudolf Steiner, who spent most his life researching and investigating the subtle forces within nature. From a series of lectures and conversations held at Koberwitz, Germany (now in Poland) in June 1924, there emerged the fundamental principles of biodynamic farming and gardening, a unified approach to agriculture that relates the ecology of the farm-organism to that of the entire cosmos.
Steiner was the first to bring awareness of the danger of synthetic fertilizers, the perspective of the farm as a single, self-sustaining organism that thrives through biodiversity; integration of crops and livestock and creation of a closed-loop system of fertility. In addition to a comprehensive approach to soil, plant, animal and human health that recognizes the importance of the healthy interplay of cosmic and earthly influences. He developed a set of homeopathic preparations used by biodynamic farmers on soil, compost and plants that help build up the farm’s innate immune system and vital forces. In the 1980s, biodynamic farmers in the northeast U.S. used Steiner’s economic ideas to pioneer the concept of COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA), which has since been adopted by thousands of farms across North America.
Biodynamics is a spiritual, ethical, and ecological approach to agriculture, gardens, food production and nutrition.
The Purpose of Bio Dynamic Farming
Biodynamic farmers purposeful goal is to create a diverse, balanced eco-system farm that generates healthy and fertile soils as much as possible from within the farm itself. This ensures healthier foods that taste good. Compost preparations are made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs which aid, restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Six compost herb preparations are made from specific herbs: yarrow flowers, chamomile blossoms, the whole areal portion of the stinging nettle while in flower, oak bark, dandelion blossoms and valerian flowers.