Are Sugar and Carb Addictions Real?

Don’t Take Carbohydrate Addictions Lightly I was caught off guard last week in an interview with Andree Clearwater, of Gill, Massachusetts, when she mentioned her addiction to sugar.  Andree is thin, healthy, and meticulous about what she eats.  Yet here she was describing an addiction that once dominated her, and still tempts her from time to time.  As I listened, ...

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Soil Solution Summit in Longmont

Soil Solution Summit To Feature Integrated Solutions for Soil, Health, and Nutrition In February, we will be returning to Longmont, Colorado to participate in the Soil Solution Summit.   This effort will highlight soil microbes and minerals that are critical for healthy crop and soil microbiomes, strategies we are using to build secure food networks that provide access to safe, healthy, ...

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Permaculture and Healthy Eating

Suzanne Ricketts of Plano Texas has always embraced healthy eating.  Like so many of us, her understanding of what healthy eating represents has changed over the years.  A pioneer in our Cultivating Victory movement, Suzanne recently joined us to discuss how interests in nutrition led her to permaculture.   Today, she produces healthy produce year round in her back yard garden. ...

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Once an Ag Teacher, Always and Ag Teacher

Libby Hamilton recently shared her passion for teaching agriculture at Gadsden High School, in Southern New Mexico. After retirement, she continues to volunteer by mentoring new teachers, writing grants, and planning a farmer’s market.  Gadsden High School is in a low income community, where many families have only minimal access to fresh produce.   A farmer’s market would provide a community ...

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Holidays are About More than Good Nutrition

Consider these fine gift items available from the same company that brings us plant derived trace minerals for you and your soil. Enjoy a remarkable selection of coffees, teas, chocolates, spices, and other great products. Contact Mary to learn how your purchases support the growth of small farms and healthy food networks.    

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Cultivating Food Security with Farmer-&-Consumer Networks

Consumers Need to Know Where Their Food Comes From Throughout the years I’ve been involved in agrisciences, I’ve had many occasions to interact with farmers, ranchers, and other producers who ensure we have food on our table.  As long ago as I can remember, these farmers and ranchers have expressed concerns that people simply don’t understand where their food comes from, or ...

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Stress Management with Nrf2 Activation

When stress exceeds our ability to cope, it impacts every area of our life.   Diet and lifestyle changes that reduce our exposure to stressful situations while improving our ability to cope with stress are both critical stress management tools. Why diet?  Because at the cellular level, stress creates an abundance of free radicals-a condition known as oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress ...

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The Johnson-Su Bioreactor Enriches Beneficial Soil Fungi

Stop Turning Your Compost Composting offers a terrific way to culture native microbes that benefit your soil. However, there is more to a good compost than simply building a pile of manure or and yard waste. Proper aeration is important to prevent overheating and to ensure that aerobic microbes dominate the mixture. This is why many large scale composting facilities ...

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