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.
- Set a sleep schedule(no matter what): get to bed at night and up in the morning at the same time. Warm baths, music, meditation may help you fall asleep faster
- Exercise: aerobic exercise can help you fall asleep more easily. Best not to do right before bed
- Make your bedroom conducive to sleep/peace and relaxation: Keep your bedroom dark and cool. Use ear plugs if noise bothers you and sleep mask if light is an issue.
- Limits naps during the day.
- Don’t toss and turn: if you can’t sleep after 20 minutes, get up. Do something soothing: read, listen to music, light a candle, warm tea, etc., until you’re tired.
Most of us enjoy indulging our sweet tooth now and then. Sugars are simple carbohydrates and go by many names: cane sugar, beet sugar, corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, sucrose or others. Sugar wreaks havoc with your health.
Doctors recommend that no more than 10-12 percent of your total caloric intake come from added sugars.
Watch out for artificial sweeteners they are real trouble and worst than sugar. They can cause headaches, dizziness, menstrual problems and show some evidence of contributing to bladder cancer. So bottom line, eat less processed foods and more whole foods!! Stay Tuned, in touch and healthy! 🙂
Valerie’s Monthly Share Tip: Drink Responsibly.
- Don’t drink from or use plastic water bottles. Invest in a stainless steel or glass water bottle. Plastic bottles can leach harmful chemicals into your bottle.
- Drink before, during and after exercise.
- Higher levels of water intake correspond to reduced rates of kidney and gall stones.
- Men require more water than women due to their higher fat-free mass and energy expenditure
- Age diminishes your ability to sense dehydration and ability to concentrate urine to save water.