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NewsBriefs Dragon Rises
Under the Stars D ragon Rises College of Orien-
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old in April 2011, and the college
O n Earth Day—Friday, April 22—from 5-10 pm, the
Marion County Extension Office and the Discovery
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community is hosting a celebra-
tion. Those who have inspired and
guided the first decade will be
the Stars. featured and their work recognized
This Earth Day, Marion County’s families and members at a reception to be held at the
of the community will come together to celebrate and learn College in Gainesville on Friday
about the importance of soil. The family-friendly festival evening, April 15, 2011.
will feature local growers, educational vendors, games, and Dragon Rises College was founded April 1, 2001 with
entertainment, as well as the first ever “soil permeability” the mission of training skilled licensed acupuncturists who
race. To participate, bring a one-gallon zip-lock bag full of practice the art and science of Contemporary Chinese Pulse
soil from your yard. Diagnosis, based on the original work of Dr. Leon Ham-
The critically acclaimed film Dirt: mer. The most important outcome of any medical education
The Movie will begin at 8:20. This movie is alumni who have successful careers practicing their craft,
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dorsed by the Soil Science Society of Masters Degree program of Dragon Rises has a track record
America. It explores the role that healthy of this kind of success.
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culture, and nutrient cycling. clinic patients, the college honors his legacy and keeps it
Visitors at the event can stroll vibrant. Two documentaries will be unveiled, showing Dr.
through the flower and vegetable garden Hammer’s journey and the story of the college that grew up
and chat with Extension agents and dedi- around him in Gainesville.
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B efore digging into that next stack of French
toast or wafﬂes, pour on some real, pure
maple syrup. New research attests to its sur-
prising medicinal value.
Scientists at The University of Rhode
Island have identiﬁed more than 20 com-
The Sticky Side of
pounds in Canadian maple syrup that can Non-Stick Cookware
be linked to human health—eight of which
have been found in the maple
family for the ﬁrst time. It C ompounds in non-stick cookware
may be associated with elevated
levels of cholesterol in children and
turns out that the syrup
contains not only many teens, according to West Virginia
naturally occurring vita- University School of Medicine research
mins and minerals such as published in Archives of Pediatrics and
zinc, thiamine and calcium, but also substances reported to have anti-bacterial, Adolescent Medicine.
anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. An earlier national survey had
Maple syrup is made from the sap located just inside the bark of the sugar found a near universal presence of per-
maple tree, which is constantly exposed to the sun. Scientists speculate that when ﬂuoroalkyl acids (PFOA) in Americans’
the sugar maple is tapped to extract the sap, it secretes phenolics—a beneﬁcial blood serum; these chemicals are used
class of antioxidants also found in berries—as a defense mechanism; these wind in the manufacture of ﬂuoropolymers,
up in the sap and ultimately concentrate in the syrup, giving this sugary treat its which facilitate non-stick heat resis-
stamp of health. tance for cookware and breathable, wa-
terproof properties for clothing fabrics,
carpet and upholstery.
In the university study, which
Canned Chemicals examined 12,476 Ohio River Valley
youth exposed to PFOA-contaminated
New Packaging Eliminates BPA drinking water, one in ﬁve not only
had signiﬁcantly higher PFOA levels
T he chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), used for years in clear
plastic bottles and food can liners, has been restricted
in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities. This
than the national average, but relatively
higher total cholesterol levels, includ-
chemical behaves just like the hormone estrogen, and is ing LDL (low-density lipoprotein), or
a suspected endocrine disruptor—a chemical that can “bad” cholesterol, as well.
interfere with the body’s gland and hormone functions. Source: JAMA and Archives Journals
The Food and Drug Administration will soon decide
what it considers to be a safe level of exposure, based
on a mounting body of independent research. Consumer
Reports has released results of its tests of 19 common I always say
canned foods; almost all of them contained BPA—even centered food
those labeled BPA-free and organic. The highest levels
were found in canned soups and green beans.
According to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination behavior.
Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 93 percent of Ameri- ~Marilu Henner
cans have detectable levels of BPA in their bodies. Among Japan’s population,
after BPA was voluntarily removed from the linings of food and beverage cans in
1997, a 2003 study showed that levels of BPA
were down 50 percent. In the U.S., major
food suppliers are starting to respond
with non-BPA packaging for select
products ranging from juice to tuna
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EcoTip pomegranate skins and other fruit
trimmings on a rack or in a food
dehydrator to make homemade pot-
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n Air freshener – Boil lemon rinds
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couple in the humidifier to make the whole
house smell lemony-fresh.
multiple uses for produce rinds and skins, and ways to
n Shoe shine – Shine leather shoes by polishing them with
extract extended benefits before they land in the compost
the slippery side of a banana peel.
pile. Here are a few of his favorites, shared with us during a
n Metal polish – Lemon, lime and other citrus rinds and
pulp/juice are high in citric acid, which makes them great
n Olive oil infusions – Add citrus peels to olive oil for
for polishing brass, copper and other non-ferrous metals.
flavor and to reinvigorate oil that’s getting old.
Sprinkle on a little baking soda to hasten polishing (ketchup
n Cornhusks – Wrap fish and other seafood in fresh,
dampened, sweet corn husks to grill and serve in the husks.
n Seedling pots – Scooped-out avocado shells make per-
n Savory chicken – Stuff all kinds of fruit and veggie peels
fect biodegradable pots to start garden seedlings.
inside a free-range chicken before roasting to give it extra
n Pest control – Sprinkle ground-up nutshells around
flavor. Trimmings from onions, celery, citrus, apples, gar-
tender garden plants to keep slugs and other pests away;
lic, etc., can be stuffed in the chicken cavity or sprinkled
they can’t stand crawling across the rough texture. Crushed
around the roasting pan. Once baked, the trimmings break
eggshells also work.
down faster in the compost pile.
n Houseplant help – Use banana peels to shine the leaves
n Easter egg dye – At Easter time, boil organic eggs with
on houseplants to make them sparkle; this also serves as a
onionskins to naturally create yellow and orange eggshells.
natural pesticide and fertilizer.
n Foot rub – Rub papaya skins and pulp on the bottoms of
the feet to help soften and soothe skin, particularly on the
heels. They’re rich in vitamin A and papain, which breaks Note: Always thoroughly wash the rinds of produce that
down inactive proteins and removes dead skin cells. will be eaten or come into contact with food, even if it is
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Are You Digging Your
Grave With Your Fork?
by Nuris Lemire MS, OTR/L, NC
very day we hear of a new magic solution to look sity and disease. According to a 2007 report
better, lose weight, eliminate wrinkles, etc. Billions of from the World Health Organization:
dollars are spent in this search. Usually, the results fall n 50% of children born in 2000 will
short of the expectations. have Type 2 diabetes by age 30.
Diets do not work … lifestyle changes do. What are n Up to 80% of coronary heart
some of the basic areas of lifestyle changes? disease, and up to 90% of Type 2
n Proper nutrition diabetes, can be avoided by
n Exercise changing lifestyle factors.
n Healthy sleep patterns And, according to the
n Stress management National Cancer Institute:
n Detox n 75% of all cancers are
This article focuses on nutrition and the four principles diet-related.
of healthy eating.
3. Eat colorful.
1. Eat primitive. Eat loads of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and
Until about 150 years ago, humans were eating con- vegetables get their color from carotenoids. These play two
sistently fresh and simple foods. The main diet consisted of roles: ﬁrst, they boost the immune function; second, packed
roots and fruits, greens and beans, seeds and weeds, and with powerful antioxidants, they get rid of free radicals.
some ﬁsh or wild game. One carotene is Lycopene, found in red foods like
The Industrial Revolution changed this with modern tomatoes and beets. These pack a punch against prostate
food processing: reﬁning, stripping food of nutrients, and cancer. They also are rich in ﬁber, which binds up and
adding man-made ﬁllers. As a result, the modern diet has escorts out cancer-producing hormones and chemicals.
become radically different: meats and sweets, pies and fries, Ideally each person should consume about 50 grams of
chips and dips, cakes and shakes, genetically modiﬁed ﬁber daily. Most people consume less than 5 grams.
foods, chemical additives and more. Dr. Richard Dubois, M.D., Chief of Internal Medicine
at Atlanta Medical Center and top authority on infectious
2. Eat alkaline. diseases, after 4,500 studies says that whole fruits and
Acid/alkaline balance is key to health. Studies are sug- vegetables speciﬁcally prevent cancer.
gesting that for the best balance, we should consume about
80% alkaline (plant-based foods) and 20% acid (animal 4. Eat organic.
foods). Dr. William Howard Hay, a physician who wrote the “Organic” means more than what is left out, such as
book How to Always Be Well nearly 100 years ago, said our pesticides. It also means what is left in, especially minerals.
intracellular pH should be about 7.3. “Anything less and the For example, one organic tomato contains 1,938 parts per
body is moving towards disease and death.” million of iron vs. a conventional tomato with just one ppm.
In his book The pH Miracle, microbiologist Dr. Robert Using these four nutritional principles will help you
Young says, “Striking the optimum 80/20 balance can result prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many other
in dramatic healthy weight loss, rebuilt stamina … and illnesses; they will help you maintain a healthy weight and
vibrant health.” feel vibrant and alive into your golden years.
Alkaline foods are usually fresh vegetables and some
fresh fruits. The more they are cooked, the more acid they Nuris Lemire is certiﬁed in Neuromechanical Acupuncture,
become. Foods that yield acidic conditions when digested Lymphatic Drainage, Craniosacral and Heart Center Thera-
include meat, dairy, pasta, sugar, and almost anything that py; she is also a Reiki Master Practitioner, Wudang China Ex-
comes out of a package. ternal Qi Healer, and a practitioner of the Maya Abdominal
Today, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) consists of Technique. She and Dr. James Lemire, M.D. can be reached
nearly 100% acidic foods, resulting in inﬂammation, obe- at the Lemire Clinic, 352-291-9459.
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by Jo Leyte-Vidal, UF/IFAS Marion
County Master Gardener
t last, while our landscape is
greening, some annoying bugs
are also waking up. Watch out
for baby lubber grasshoppers (black
with yellow stripes). They need to
be picked and crushed before they
become voraciously feeding adults.
Also, the aphid, spider mite, and scale
populations will begin to increase
as they suck juices from tender new
leaves. The easiest and safest way to
eliminate these suckers is to spray-
wash with an insecticidal soap. Follow
the directions on the label. Be sure to
spray the underside of leaves where
the bugs hide.
It is time to pinch back any surviv-
ing annuals to promote re-bloom, and
to plant tender annuals such as celo-
sia, impatiens, snapdragons, pansies,
marigolds, and nasturtiums. Plan your
annual planting design right there in
the garden center. Move and arrange
the small pots until a pleasing design
is made. You leave the store ready to
plant. The following is a checklist to
use at the store.
Annuals: check for
n More buds than blooms
n No roots growing out of the pot
n White roots
n Healthy leaves and stems
Perennials: check for
n Multiple stems or crowns
n Fuller rather than taller growth
n Healthy growth, both above and
below the soil
Shrubs: check for
n Pleasing branch structure
n No insect damage
n Fuller rather than taller growth
n Healthy, well-distributed roots
For help with your lawn, garden, trees
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pril is the cruelest month,” T. full bloom. It can climb on and cling a coy destroyer, this pushy purple
S. Eliot said, “breeding lilacs to and drape itself over anything, broad—a beautiful, troublesome
out of the dead land, mixing languidly strangling whatever it takes a rambler, always on the move.
memory and desire, stirring dull roots notion to choke. There’s a good reason And then, overnight, as suddenly
with spring rain.” He began his 1922 the writers on Desperate Housewives as she came, she’s gone, with a
epic poem The Waste Land with these decided to name the street where all lingering whisper of too-sweet perfume
lines. the drama happens “Wisteria Lane.” in the air and a startling absence of
We don’t have lilacs in Florida. Wisteria’s a troublesome tart just like cascading purple, and you’re left
But we do have wisteria, which is like her co-stars. dazed and puzzled, wondering, What
the love child of lilacs and kudzu. Wisteria is the femme fatale of just happened here?
This year the wisteria arrived a full flowers, a beautiful dame straight Wisteria, like trouble, is invasive
month early, in early March. Last year out of film noir: toxic, clingy, and and fast-growing. It thrives in a variety
I first spied it during Easter weekend. gorgeous. She’s a shameless social of conditions, and can be propagated
Its arrival coincided precisely with climber, this shady lady in lavender; any number of ways. And it does best
the advent of a miserable flirtation this year, she’s a brazen, early-arriving when it has a support structure. The
with bronchitis that laid me low for hussy, and who knows when she’ll older wisteria gets, the stronger it gets,
a couple of weeks; in fact, my illness leave. Lilac’s love child is reckless and and when fully mature, it can take
waxed and waned with the influx of headstrong, a histrionic codependent down entire buildings. Some species
the wisteria, to a degree that I dubbed with separation anxiety. She entwines of wisteria are toxic in every part: root,
my malaise “the wisteria flu.” herself lazily around a likely-looking leaf, flower, pod, seed. That’s trouble,
There is something insidious host, and it takes an act of Congress my friends. Right here in River City.
about wisteria. Though lovely, it to give her the boot once she’s gotten April seems to breed trouble
has overtones of evil. I think that is herself firmly ensconced. Like an old like wisteria. Look at history. The
because it springs up from nowhere, lover, just when you think you’ve American Revolution began and
and is suddenly, overwhelmingly gotten free of her and gotten over her, ended in April, eight years apart. So
prevalent. One day it simply isn’t there she is, back the next spring for did the Civil War, in a span of four
there; the next morning, it’s in rampant her annual illicit rendezvous. She’s years from Fort Sumter to Appomattox,
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shortly followed by the assassination trip to the beach. Old habits die hard, April’s weather is as fickle and
of Abraham Lincoln. Within only and though it’s been a baker’s dozen capricious as her spirit. Possessed
11 years early last century, the great years since I was in any sort of school, of a wicked and whimsical nature,
earthquake and fire of 1906 destroyed that seasonal longing for Spring Break she’s as much known for her April
much of San Francisco, the Titanic resurrects every year as faithfully as showers and tornadoes as she is for
sank, and the United States declared wisteria. Perhaps some beach time flowers and sunshine. April is National
war on Germany and entered World would have behooved those rarin’ Poetry Month, but also tornado
War I—all in April. for a fight. A comfortable reclining season. There’s something almost
April was eventful throughout chair with a cool drink on some sun- schizophrenic about her. “To what
World War II as well. FDR died in dappled shore beneath the shade of purpose, April, do you return again?”
office, never seeing the end of the war. a palm tree, listening to the sound Edna St. Vincent Millay asks warily—to
Mussolini was executed. Adolf Hitler of the ocean, certainly improves my answer herself in another verse, “April
committed suicide after realizing he disposition; who knows what it might comes like an idiot, babbling and
could not win the war. have done for those overtaken by evil strewing flowers.” Well, yes. April
In more modern history, just in thoughts in April? is our mad Ophelia, delirious with
the past 50 years or so, April has seen April’s namesake is Aphrodite, spring fever, waltzing along with her
more than its share of upheaval: the goddess of love. Perhaps this accounts wisteria and her warfare, her poetry
Bay of Pigs invasion. The assassination for the gradual decrease in aggression and her tornadoes. She’s madder than
of Martin Luther King, Jr. The near- as the month wanes and the sun leaves a March hare, but she is beautiful, just
tragedy of Apollo 13. The L.A. its mythological war-god behind. as wisteria is.
riots. Columbine. The Virginia Tech Because, you know, good things Perhaps there is nothing sage to
massacre. The Gulf oil spill. And let us happen in April, too. The monarchs of say about the dangerous beauty of
not forget, speaking of toxic sludge: Spain sent out Columbus to sail the April and her wisteria, no tidy lesson
New Coke was released in April. ocean blue and discover new worlds. to be learned. Far better poets than
Yes, throughout history, April has Juan Ponce de Leon first set foot on I, and those who pen prose, purple
been the cruelest month, a hotbed of and named Florida; he called it this or otherwise, have said all there is to
trouble and trauma. Like the title of word meaning “flowery land” because say about April over the centuries.
Eliot’s poem, April often seems to leave it was Easter season and the world Perhaps Elizabeth von Arnim said it
a wasteland behind it: the aftermath of around him was in bloom. Handel’s best in her lovely novel Enchanted
war, of natural disasters, of bloodshed Messiah premiered. Paul Revere did April, in which a notice is posted to
and evil and loss of life. stuff to get a poem written about him. lure and entice “those who appreciate
Shakespeare said, “April hath George Washington took the oath of wisteria and sunshine” into a grand
put a spirit of youth in everything.” office and became our first president adventure. That’s April: allure and
Youth have been known to get restless of the United States, a nation as brand- adventure, wisteria and sunshine.
and stir up trouble. Maybe that’s why spanking-new as a shiny new quarter, Wisteria is, undoubtedly, lovely; so
April does what it does. The sun- which would eventually bear his is sunshine. But one can burn, and
year is young, the world is reborn in profile. Then there was the Louisiana the other can strangle. Both are best
springtime, and a troublesome spirit Purchase, which brought Cajun food appreciated safely, having taken the
gets into the blood and causes vernal to a wider audience, and you’ve got to necessary precautions. April is one
children to have tantrums with very love that. who enchants—but by what magic,
serious consequences. The month In other Aprils, the Pony black or white—or purple—who can
does, you know, kick off with a Express began traversing the Wild say.
celebration of fools. West. The concentration camps of So enjoy Spring Break. Make love,
Who knows? Maybe the world Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, not war.
gets spring fever, and the restless spirit and Ravensbruck all were liberated Wear sunscreen, and feel free to
of Mars, the Roman god of war and the by Allied forces. Grace Kelly had admire the wisteria—but from a safe
namesake of the month of March, gets a fairytale wedding and became a distance. Don’t stand too close. She’ll
into men’s blood when the sun swings princess. Dr. King saw the promised get you, too.
into Aries and the vernal equinox land and told the world about it before
arrives, and that rebellious warrior- he died. Apollo 13 didn’t turn out to Melody Murphy would rent the
essence stays in the bloodstream until be a tragedy. southeast corner of her soul to dark
the sun changes signs again later in The lesson of April, perhaps, is as forces of wisteria-like wickedness for a
April. simple as a popular slogan of that era: week to be on a beach right now with
Or maybe the world would be “Make love, not war.” Leave Mars in a good book and a cold drink, looking
better served by simply taking a Spring March. Take Aphrodite on a road trip upon turquoise waters and breathing
Break. I know that for myself, with to the beach. After all, she was born of in salt breezes. She has no desire to go
the coming of every spring, I get an the waves and seafoam; maybe that’s back to school, except to be granted a
itch like you wouldn’t believe for a why we continue to find her there. Spring Break.
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Mix it Up
When shopping for plants,
experiment with the way herbs
from these two groups look
when they’re arranged together:
n Upright growth habit: basil,
chives, dill, rosemary, sage
n Mounding growth habit:
marjoram, parsley, thyme
basil is pinched back, the bushier it
The Herbal Kitchen
Chives taste like very mild scal-
lions, and plants will produce new
leaves throughout the growing season,
if trimmed regularly. These cold-hardy
Eight Easy Picks for Container Gardening plants become dormant off-season and
return the following year, featuring an
Keep culinary herbs handy by growing them early show of edible pink flowers. The
slender, upright leaves combine well
in a large pot just outside the kitchen door. with other herbs.
Dill is a fast-growing annual that
by Barbara Pleasant prefers cool growing conditions. Its
leaves, flowers and seeds carry a savory
umans have had good rea- ample room for four or more plants. tang that enhances the flavor of pick-
sons to grow basil, rosemary Half-barrel wooden planters are great les, marinated vegetables and breads.
and other culinary herbs for and fixed oblong planters also work Placed in the center of a large pot, a
thousands of years. Edible herbal ac- well. single dill plant will grow more than
cents and aromas enhance the beauty Cooks and gardeners will have the two feet tall and may require staking.
and flavor of every dish they touch, be most fun combining upright herbs that Marjoram deserves wider use,
they sprigs of fresh parsley tossed into reach for the sky with others that tend because the little plants combine a light
hot couscous, or marjoram and thyme toward low, mounding growth. When oregano flavor with subtle notes of mint
sparking a savory risotto. shopping for seedlings, look for inter- and lemon, and marjoram tastes good
A big garden isn’t needed to grow esting ways to combine leaf textures raw or cooked. Its lanky stems look
most kitchen herbs; in fact, it’s often and foliage colors, too. For example, lovely spilling over the sides of mixed
better to grow these culinary gems in anchor an herbal container bouquet containers.
pots. In any household, the sweet spot with red-leafed basil and surround Parsley needs a bit more moisture
for cultivating herbs is a puddle of it with marjoram and thyme. Then, than other herbs, so place it closer to
sunshine near the kitchen door. Time create a second container by combin- the center than the edge in mixed con-
and again, the cook will dash out to ing silvery sage with green chives and tainers. Both mild-flavored curly and
gather a handful of this or that while curly parsley. This two-pot herb garden more assertive flat-leafed Italian parsley
two or three dishes simmer on the will produce a season’s worth of fresh do well in roomy containers.
stove. Dinner is less likely to boil over flavors. Rosemary tolerates strong sun
when herbs can be snagged in a matter and heat, so it’s a wise choice in hot
months. Northerners grow rosemary as
of seconds. Eight Easy Herbs for Pots an annual, but in milder climates, these
Basil’s spicy-sweet flavor with woody perennials can continue as a
Individual Pots vs. strong floral notes puts it on every- perennial for years. Rosemary’s piney
Container Bouquets one’s planting list. This fast-growing flavor and aroma takes center stage
Because small pots heat up and dry annual loves warm weather. Basil in rice dishes and casseroles, and the
out faster than larger ones, herbs usually planted in the early part of the growing woody stems make delightful skewers.
grow best in larger containers. Fourteen- season will produce numerous flower- Sage charms everyone with its
inch-wide plastic or fiberglass pots are ing spikes within a couple of months, luminous leaves, which may be gray-
lightweight, easy to handle and provide which should be snipped off. The more green or variegated with pink and
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cream, depending on variety. Smoky sage is the definitive
herb to pair with poultry, and it’s great with potatoes, too.
Thyme is the flavorful herb that brings depth to many
French and Cajun dishes. The fresh version is incomparable
for lending savory flavor notes to fresh vegetables. Both
English thyme and low-growing lemon thyme make appealing
edge plants in mixed containers.
Barbara Pleasant is the author of numerous gardening books,
including Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for
Small Organic Gardens. For more information visit Barbara-
F ollow these simple steps to get any container herb
garden off to a strong start.
1. Water seedlings and set them in a shady spot. Mean-
while, fill a large container that has at least one drain-
age hole to within two inches of the brim with fresh
2. Keeping seedlings in their nursery pots, array them
into a pleasing arrangement, with the tallest plants
placed near the center. Then, squeeze each plant from
its nursery pot and nestle it into the soil in the selected
3. Use scissors to trim off any broken branches and
thoroughly water the container herb garden. Keep
newly planted containers in a shady spot for about
three days. In stationary planters, cover the plants with
flowerpots to shade them from direct sunshine. Remove
the shade covers after three days, water again, then start
snipping bits of fresh herbs as needed for the kitchen.
Herbs generally develop their best flavors when they re-
ceive sun most of the day. In hotter climates, move herb
containers to partial shade during the hotter months to
prevent excessive heat stress.
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An Insider’s Guide
to Sustainable Choices
by Lisa Marshall
e’ve heard the buzz. Amer- up and realize they have no idea how Rodale what consumers can do to
ica is in the midst of a food their food is made,” says historian and improve their health and environment,
revolution. Sales of natural food policy writer James McWilliams, and her answer is unequivocal. “If you
and organic foods are up by double an associate professor at Texas State do just one thing—make one con-
digits. The once-obscure Locavore (eat University. “Historians will look back scious choice—that can change the
local) movement has become a national on this time as momentous.” world, go organic,” she writes in her
phenomenon. Community supported But with every revolution come new book, Organic Manifesto: How
agriculture (CSA) initiatives and farm- tough questions—and ﬁery debate— Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet,
ers’ markets are proliferating. Even the on how best to participate. Is it better Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe.
federal government and some of the Rodale’s grandfather founded Or-
country’s largest grocery retailers have Is it better to buy ganic Farming and Gardening magazine
jumped onboard, with the ﬁrst garden (today’s Organic Gardening) in the
on White House grounds since World “organic,” “natural” 1940s, jump-starting an organic move-
War II, and Walmart vowing in Janu- or “local”? ment that by the 1960s was nearly syn-
ary to double the percentage of locally onymous with environmentalism. But
grown produce it sells to 9 percent. to buy “organic,” “natural” or “lo- today, Rodale concedes, the organic
The statistics are motivating cal”? Is shopping at a farmers’ market industry faces a public relations chal-
indeed: According to University of inherently more green? Are there lenge, as consumers move from USDA
Wisconsin researchers, produce travels other ways, such as planting a garden Organic-certiﬁed foods to “locally
an average of 1,500 miles from farm- or eschewing meat, that can make an grown” or cheaper “natural” options.
land to plate today, up 22 percent from even bigger impact? One 2009 survey by The Shelton
1981. Half of our land and 80 percent In reality, there are no easy Group found that out of 1,000 shop-
of our water is used for agriculture, answers, but, “Consumers need to pers, 31 percent looked for the “natu-
reports The American Journal of Clinical be prepared to take on a bit more ral” label, while 11 percent looked for
Nutrition, and pesticide use has in- complexity in how we think about “organic.” “There is a giant mispercep-
creased 33-fold since the 1940s. Health food, and not fall so easily for simple tion among consumers that somehow
problems associated with agricultural mantras (such as ‘Eat Local’ and ‘Buy ‘natural’ is the word that is regulated
chemicals are on the rise. Organic’),” advises McWilliams. and ‘organic’ is not. In fact, it is actu-
“We have been through 100 years ally the other way around,” says CEO
of industrialization of our food supply, The Case for Organic Suzanne Shelton.
and consumers have begun to wake Ask Rodale Inc. CEO Maria Law mandates that U.S. Depart-
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ment of Agriculture (USDA) products decided to limit what they ate for a
labeled “organic” must be free of month to what was produced within
pesticides, hormones and genetically 100 miles of home base. By August,
modified organisms (GMOs), and that 1,000 people had signed on at Mais-
animals be given access to the outdoors. er’s EatLocalChallenge.com. By 2007,
By contrast, the Food and Drug “locavore” was the Word of the Year of
Administration vaguely describes “natu- the New Oxford American Dictionary.
ral” as, “Nothing artificial or synthetic “It just snowballed,” recalls
has been included in, or has been add-
ed to a food that would not normally be
Maiser. “I think it had a lot to do with
changes in the organic movement. In Tips to Eat
expected to be in the food.” With the
exception of meat, it is up to the manu-
the 1990s, if you were eating organic,
you pretty much were eating food Sustainably,
facturer to define what “natural” means.
(In 2009, the USDA defined “naturally
from a local farmer. But when the big
companies came in and you could get
Healthy and Smart
raised” meat as, “… raised entirely organic produce grown in Mexico,
without growth promoters, antibiotics, it wasn’t the same anymore. We still n Buy certified organic and
and never been fed animal byproducts.” wanted to know where our food was local when possible.
It says nothing about GMOs or humane coming from.” n Always choose certified
animal treatment.) Professional dancer-turned- organic when shopping for the
Organic advocates point out that ethnobotanist Leda Meredith started a publicized dirty dozen: peach-
a genetically modified animal could 250-mile challenge in 2007, in part to es, apples, sweet bell peppers,
be fed genetically modified feed and see if a time-crunched professional in celery, nectarines, strawberries,
confined to a narrow pen and still be wintery Brooklyn could achieve what cherries, pears, grapes, spin-
billed as “natural.” A loaf of “natu- locavores in warmer climes had. ach, lettuce and potatoes.
ral” bread could be made with grains At first, adjusting to the realities
repeatedly sprayed with pesticides and was rough. Local cooking oil was hard n When buying local, but not
man-made fertilizer. “‘Natural’ refers to to find, so she saved the rendered fat organic, ask the farmer: “Why
the end product,” explains the Organic from her locally raised duck and used not organic?” He or she may
Trade Association. “It does not provide it to pop locally grown popcorn. Her be doing something close.
any information about how the prod- one-bedroom apartment was not ideal n When joining a CSA, ask the
uct was produced.” for stockpiling canned produce, so she farmer if he or she ever adds
What about buying local? Rodale kept canned local tomatoes and dried non-local food to the basket.
argues that, while focusing on local is wild mushrooms under her bed. If so, ask where it comes from
great for reducing farm-to-plate miles, “But, by year’s end, it had become and how it is produced.
if it isn’t organic, it isn’t necessarily ad- my new normal,” says Meredith, au- n At a farmers’ market, ask the
dressing the larger issues of pesticide thor of The Locavore’s Handbook: The management how they choose
and antibiotic use. Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on their vendors. Must they be lo-
Noting that more than 4 billion a Budget. cal, or certified organic? How
pounds of pesticides are used annu- She chooses organic and local are they screened?
ally in the United States, she points whenever possible, and if the food is on
to studies from the National Institutes the Environmental Working Group’s dirty- n If buying “natural,” learn
of Health and the Mount Sinai Medi- dozen list of most pesticide-drenched how the producer defines it
cal Center Children’s Environmen- food, she might even buy organic from (the government definition is
tal Health Center that suggest links afar. Yet, she is a locavore at heart. vague).
between agricultural antibiotic use “It has an impact, on local econo- n Eat less meat. It uses fewer
and the rise in drug-resistant staph mies and small farmers, and from a resources to produce.
infections in humans, and between cook’s point of view the food is just
n Plant something. Try a con-
oganophosphate pesticides and cancer fresher,” she says.
tainer garden on a balcony or
and diabetes. “It is fine to buy local, McWilliams, a vegan and author
in a window box.
but if there are chemicals in it, then of Just Food: Where Locavores Get it
the farmer is contaminating your own Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Re- n Learn about good sources
community,” Rodale says. “That’s even sponsibly, agrees. But he takes issue with of healthy foods in various
worse.” the notion that, because it necessitates seasons.
fewer transportation miles, eating local n Take a cooking class.
The Locavore Way is a better choice for the environment.
In early 2005, Jennifer Maiser and
a handful of friends in San Francisco ... Continued on the next page
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(in which members buy a share and
receive a box of local farm produce
each week). She says that these can be
excellent ways to benefit our health,
environment and local economies. But
there can be downsides. For example,
a co-op can take years to form and is
typically volunteer run, which in-
volves a significant learning curve; it
also often requires members to put up
several hundred dollars long before
the doors open. Belonging to a CSA
includes collective risk, so if it’s a bad
crop year, member shares are affected.
At a farmers’ market, occasionally
a vendor will pass off conventional
produce shipped in from afar as local
As someone who buys eggs from
a farmers’ market, grass-fed meat from
a local farm, dry goods from a co-op,
nuts from a natural food buying club,
He notes that the shipping of Growing Our Own and has a garden that dwarfs her own
food constitutes just 9 to 11 percent Greg Peterson says that there is house, Barnett puts it this way: Ask
of its “life-cycle assessment” (the toll another perspective often left out of questions first. Then make a plan.
it takes on the environment), while the puzzle when people postulate how “Everyone is going to concoct their
things like water use, fertilizer appli- they can change the world by what own way of meeting their needs by
cation and harvesting techniques suck they eat: “Food grows for free. You just balancing their relationships with local
up far more. have to buy a little seed and put a little people and their beliefs about organic,”
Is it really greener to buy local water on it. People should grow their she says. “It is very complex. But at
hothouse tomatoes if, according to own food, share it and give it away.” least people are talking about it.”
McWilliams, they can require up to From his 80-by-60-foot yard in the Connect with the writer at LisaMarshall
10 times the energy? heart of Phoenix, Peterson grows 50 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it really more sustainable to 100 individual crops, from citrus trees
buy local rice from an arid state if to snow peas and greens. His neigh-
aquifers were drained to grow it?
Another issue concerns econo-
bors pop in for a bowl of peaches or a
few fresh eggs. He further spreads the
Key Food Websites
mies of scale. For instance, a shipper word by hosting gardening classes for EatLocalChallenge.com encourages us
sending a truck with 2,000 apples everyone from wealthy retirees with to eat what is produced within 100 to
across 2,000 miles would consume big yards to thrifty condo dwellers 250 miles from home.
the same amount of fuel per apple as wanting to grow herbs on their porch-
a local farmer who takes a pickup 50 es. FoodCoopInitiative.coop helps com-
miles to sell 50 apples. “Local is not “For me, it’s about building local munities start their own nonprofit
necessarily greener,” accounts McWil- food systems and making neighbor- co-op.
liams. hoods more resilient,” he says. “There
So, what is? Eating less meat, he is also something inherently spiritual LocalHarvest.org connects consumers
contends. And mounting studies back about being able to go out in my front to CSAs, co-ops and farmers’ markets
up his point. yard and pick carrots, beets and greens in their area.
Most recently, a 2009 study in to make dinner.”
Erin Barnett is the director of OTA.com (Organic Trade Assn.) offers
The American Journal of Clinical Nu- info about what organic is and isn’t.
trition found that a carnivorous diet Minnesota-based LocalHarvest, which
requires 2.9 times more water, 2.5 connects consumers with family farms, TrueFoodNow.org is a grassroots ac-
times more energy, 3 times more fer- co-ops (collectively owned nonprofit tion network operated by The Center
tilizer and 1.4 times more pesticides grocery stores or buying clubs that give for Food Safety.
than a vegetarian diet. members discounted prices on health-
conscious products in exchange for a UrbanFarm.org gives advice on how
fee and work crew hours) and CSAs to start an urban farm.
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NaturalHorse Plants are being modified all the time
in nature, according to their needs
and what other plants they come into
Horses and Livestock: contact with, naturally. GM is differ-
ent. This modification is not something
a plant would come across in nature.
Genetically Modified Foods Where would a corn plant find a pesti-
cide gene? or a tomato, a fish gene?
Plus, the methods used to keep
in Feeds the genes stable come into question,
as many modifications use viruses and
antibiotics as “marker genes” to keep
the gene from becoming unstable.
1. Already in Widespread Use While this is a simplified writing
of how GM crops are constructed, I
2. A Recipe for Disaster hope to give you enough information
for you to do some research and come
by April Reeves up with your own conclusions. As a
trainer, I won’t feed them. As a farmer
and food producer/grower, I won’t
enetically modified organisms die from trying to eat it. Let’s take a closer look at the crops
are mankind’s way of produc- Think about this for a second. your horse is eating.
ing desired effects within a I used to be excited about this
plant/animal that nature either has not new technology until 1989, when my Corn
done yet, or cannot do. GM (geneti- neighbor showed me how his corn One of the most prolific GM crops
cally modified) plants are created in a crop can kill a bug in one bite. As we in the world is corn. Corn, as we knew
lab by scientists. The DNA of the plant watched the little beetle slowly slip off it before GM, is pretty much gone
is altered by adding a foreign gene and die on the ground, it occurred to forever. The GM corn we find today
into the plant’s DNA (for example, the me—“Food should not kill.” has as many as eight traits—meaning
flounder fish gene in tomatoes). Your horse will, unfortunately, come there are eight alterations to the DNA
The most common alteration to into contact with some of the most of each cell in the corn plant. This
the plants horses eat (corn, sugar) is “advanced” GM foods. Many of them includes gene changes to kill various
the addition of Bt bacteria, which are not approved for human consump- bugs and pests, and resistance to dif-
alters the plant to resist the intense tion; to me, feeding a horse something ferent pesticides.
continual spraying of pesticides on the that might not be good for me isn’t good The only GM corn fit for raw hu-
plants without killing them. enough for my horse either. man consumption (allegedly safe to
It also causes any insects that Many will say that plants have eat without cooking) is a sweet corn
come into contact with that plant to been genetically modified forever. that came to market in 2010. All other
corns are either in processed human
foods, or used in non-processed forms
for animal feeds. Corn is a poor animal
feed, a lousy fuel alternative, and an
unhealthy sweetener, yet we consume
millions of pounds of it a day.
There have been no studies to
show the effects of GM corn on
horses, but research is coming out
that questions specific gene changes
within the horse that science cannot
explain. According to TheHorse.com
(XY sex reversal in horses: the genes
behind the switch), researchers have
found “how” mares are now becoming
infertile, but they still can’t tell “why”
this is happening.
In independent studies done by
researchers studying GM foods, rats
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and mice were used, and the fertility alfalfa has the potential to become ex- Equine Health Is Changing
problem arose. By the third generation tinct much as corn is close to becom- Other health issues are cropping
of GM-fed mice and rats, the genera- ing. Bees don’t need passports. Alfalfa up in both humans and horses, such
tion was incapable of procreation. is a cover crop for organic growers. as allergies and genetic mutations.
Big corporate interests dismiss While alfalfa is not the ideal Another article from TheHorse.com
these findings, but the facts remain: forage for horses, it is used in mass states that a new genetic mutation has
1. There are no studies demon- quantities. Should we be unable to been found in Thoroughbreds. While
strating that GM foods are harmless to buy non-GM alfalfa in the future, we there are many possibilities, such as
horses or humans over the long term. had better hope this experiment works, pollution and pesticides, GM is never
2. Corporate interests are expected or our horses’ lives will be further analyzed for fear of retaliation from
to do their own research and present endangered. I’m not being mean—I’m biotech firms.
their own findings, making the whole just keeping it real. Corporate interests Having been around horses for
industry ripe for challenges of integrity. and shareholder value is above and 50-plus years, I have some perspective.
One only has to question motivation to beyond all else. Cancer, allergies and Cushing’s disease
understand this. Like corn, alfalfa has been engi- was never heard of. In my childhood,
neered by Monsanto to be pesticide one horse I knew died from a heart
Sugar and beet pulp resistant. That means every cell in the attack—I remember the vet stating he
In 2010, GM sugar was hanging plant will produce a chemical strong had never seen this before. Today, it’s
in the balance. A U.S. judge ruled that enough to kill bugs when they bite commonplace. In 2010 alone, in my
GM sugar beets were in violation of into it, and allow farmers to spray pes- local area, five horses died of cancer.
federal law, and ordered the uprooting ticides as they need. Almost all the GM crops may
of all GM sugar beet crops. However, eventually become your horse’s diet if
in February, the ban was partially Hay they haven’t already. What concerns so
lifted, and limited planting will be Although it’s unlikely hay will be many of those who oppose this tech-
allowed until the USDA completes an modified in the near future, it does nology is the risk of failure, and the
environmental impact study. come into contact with pesticides from lack of long-term studies on internal
Sugar is in all sweet feeds, along spraying neighboring crops. Pesticides damage and disease.
with corn, and in many pelleted feeds. have been linked to cancers and other Natural DNA genes turn on and
While no horse should come into con- diseases in humans. off as needed. GM genes do not. They
tact with sugar, at least in their feeds or Know where your hay comes are active 24/7, and when you get a
on a regular basis, many will not heed from. Spend the time to source quality gene, such as a growth hormone (as in
this advice and continue to spike their pesticide-free hays. Your best bet will
horses’ insulin levels without a full be to buy organically grown hay. ... Continued on the next page
understanding of what happens inside
the horse, and not just on the outside.
Cushings and Metabolic Syndrome is
rising faster than any of the equine dis-
eases, and equine obesity is now being
talked about as an epidemic.
Wheat, barley and oats are slated
for GM in the near future. They are
currently being hotly debated in both
the U.S. and Canada. Europe has
banned GM foods/crops for years until
2010, when the ban was lifted, giving
individual countries the choice to
grow or not to grow. It’s unlikely any
of these grains will be grown in 2011,
but they are keeping the pressure on
and posturing for 2012.
GM alfalfa is next. 2011 will be a
test year for it in North America.
Testing is not a good thing. Open
crops can cross pollinate, and non-GM
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the GM salmon Americans are about to dine on), it stays
active. And, it moves to different places in the body—they
haven’t figured out how to stop this yet.
Worse, these genes have been found to stay in humans.
Only one human independent experiment was ever done
(due to a ban after on all independent studies on Monsanto
products) and it was found that GMO genes do stay in
humans who consume GM foods, and the vast majority of
us have. With the rise of disease, autism and allergies, GM
food is almost certainly one of the culprits.
What You Can Do
1. Talk to your feed provider. Let them know you are
aware of this and that you will not support it.
2. Speak to feed manufacturers and find out where they
source their grains and crops. Again, let them know of your
discomfort with GM and that you cannot buy their feeds
until they have a non-GM policy in place.
3. Let other horse owners know about GM grains
and forage crops. Education is power. The consumer does
dictate the future of food, both for themselves and their
animals. If no one buys GM, no one will grow it. My wish:
that a feed company would come up with a non-GM brand
of horse feeds. I would pay the price!
4. I urge you to look further into this. I have been
researching, speaking with scientists, and doing a great
deal of “due diligence” on this subject for years. If you
want to know more about GM crops/seeds/foods, this PDF
may help: http://aprilreeveshorsetraining.files.wordpress.
5. I encourage everyone to copy and paste this any-
where they like, as long as my name is on it. We need to get
this out to all the horse owners possible.
March 2011 update
Roundup-ready GMO crops may be causing animal
miscarriages and infertility—could glyphosate pesticides
and GM alfalfa eventually catch up to the horse world in
sterility and miscarriage issues?
A new unknown organism, visible only under an
electron microscope (36,000x), with an approximate size
range equal to a medium-size virus, could have devastating
effects on our horses’ reproductive abilities. It is able to
reproduce and appears to be a micro-fungal-like organism.
If so, it would be the first such micro-fungus ever identified.
There is strong evidence that this infectious agent promotes
diseases of both plants and mammals, which is very rare:
April Reeves is an accomplished horsewoman and trainer,
graphic artist, and television host based in western Canada.
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Don’t Fear the Mousse
by Clark Dougherty
uoting from an old Hanna- be aware of cooking terms such as Directions, Mousse:
Barbera TV cartoon star, “I beat, cool, whip, fold, pipe, chill. Be Break chocolate into squares and
hates meeses to pieces!” Like precise and you will be rewarded with put in a metal bowl with the coffee.
Snagglepuss, many cooks have a smiles, oohs and aahs. Set bowl over a pan of gently sim-
love-hate relationship with mousse. mering water; melt chocolate, stirring
If too thin, the mousse becomes like Chocolate Mousse (w/topping) frequently and scraping down sides
a pudding; if too thick, it resembles of bowl. Remove bowl from water
a funky fudge. But have no fear … Ingredients, Mousse: and stir in butter and your choice of
just follow the recipe and instructions 12 oz. Baker’s Sweet Chocolate (three liqueur. Separate eggs; beat eggwhites
below. You, too, may be rewarded 4-oz. bars) until stiff. Let the chocolate mixture
with a reaction similar to this from one 4 Tbsp. cooled fresh espresso/dark coffee cool sufﬁciently and beat yolks into
of the kids’ friends I once served. He 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter it. Gently fold in egg whites. Spoon or
took a bite, another … and cradled his 2 Tbsp. liqueur (i.e. Amaretto, Grand pipe mousse into 4-oz. dessert bowls,
arms around the ramekin, lowered his Marnier, Kirschwasser or Frangelica) ramekins, or wine glasses. Chill, cov-
head to just above the rim, and began 4 large eggs ered, for at least an hour.
murmuring sweet nothings to it. Ingredients, Topping: Directions, Topping:
Assembling ingredients to create 1 to 1½ cups heavy cream Whip heavy cream with sugar and
a dish requires recipe awareness of 1 Tbsp. sugar pure almond extract. Add a dollop of
basic measurement combinations and 1 Tbsp. pure almond extract whipped cream to dessert, and shave
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chocolate mousse. Double the recipe OPTIONAL: Shaved chocolate, rasp- ally, add your choices of shaved dark
or treble it in the same proportions, berries, strawberries, mint, kiwi or chocolate, raspberries, strawberries,
and follow the instructions exactly— mandarin oranges mint, kiwi, mandarin oranges, etc.
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160-foot yard in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. His monthly
local how-to-raise-chickens courses currently pack in 50
to 60 people, from tattooed and pierced 20-somethings to
retirees. Meanwhile, Rob Ludlow’s BackyardChickens.com,
which started in 1999 as a coop-design clearinghouse, now
boasts more than 50,000 members, who submit 7,000 posts
“We have doubled our production from five years ago,
and it just keeps getting better and better,” says spokesman
The People’s Choice Jeff Smith, of Lebanon, Missouri-based Cackle Hatchery. The
for Fresh Healthy Eggs 70-year-old chicken hatchery used to cater mostly to farm-
ers wanting large orders of baby
chicks for meat or egg operations,
by Lisa Marshall and the occasional 4-H club.
Now, it ships 140,000 freshly
hatched chicks each week to
s I work in my home office near unlikely farmers in urban centers
Boulder, Colorado, I hear a soft including Seattle, Phoenix, Jersey
“Cluck-cluck-cluck” from outside the City and Reno.
window. Soon, it will crescendo into a pierc- “There is a little bit of fear
ing, “Baaaaaaawk,” as the largest of our seven out there about the economy, and
hens—a plump Rhode Island red named Rojo— people are looking at being more
drops a beige egg into her hay-filled nesting box. When self-sufficient,” says Smith. “People
my daughters, ages 8 and 10, return from school, they’ll are also interested in making sure the
tromp to our A-frame coop, fill their basket with a colorful birds are being fed right, and not kept in
assortment of bluish-green, brown and lavender eggs (some a cage all of their lives.”
still warm), and skip off to a neighbor’s house to trade them
for piggy-bank cash. Such is the life of a backyard chicken Bantamweight Contests
farmer. Not all are fans of the urban poultry-
farming boom. Disgruntled neighbors have
National Phenomenon called upon government leaders to either uphold or im-
Once viewed as the realm of rural poultry farmers and plement ordinances that view chickens as farm animals and
commercial egg factories, raising chickens has become a ban them in urban areas. Some have complained of smelly
growing trend, with everyone from urban foodies to thrifty coops and rodents (all avoidable via regular coop cleaning,
suburban housewives erecting makeshift coops, logging on to proponents say). Others have squawked about noise. But
how-to websites and mail-ordering fuzzy day-old chicks. in dozens of recent cases, the hens and their owners have
Some are lured by the firm, buttery, nutrient-rich yolks won.
and enhanced nutritional quality—a study by Mother Earth In September 2008, for example, the city of Fort
News found eggs from pasture-raised hens to contain twice Collins, Colorado, passed an ordinance that allows city
the omega-3 fatty acids, three times the vitamin E, and one- residents to keep up to six hens, as long as they buy a
third the cholesterol of conventional eggs. Some simply want $30 permit, provide their birds with a ventilated, predator-
to know where their food comes from. Others long for a resistant coop with two square feet of room per chicken,
bucolic touchstone in their frenzied city lives. and keep the birds at least 15 feet from the neighbors.
“I see chickens as a critical piece of my land- No roosters are allowed.
scape,” says Greg Peterson, co-author of Fowl Play: Within the first year, 36 people had gained
Your Guide to permits, including Connie Meyer, now the proud
Keeping Chickens owner of four feathered friends. She likes that they
in the City. “They follow her around as she works in the yard, eat out of
eat all my food her hands, and provide her with eggs to trade for her
scraps. They eat neighbor’s fresh produce.
the bugs and the “People assume it is going to be so much work, but
weeds. They produce they are incredibly easy to take care of,” she com-
nitrogen-rich fertilizer ments. “More than that, they are fun. It’s easy to get
for the garden. Then they attached to them.”
give me eggs.”
Peterson keeps 15 Lisa Marshall is a regular contributor to Natural
chickens in his 80-by- Awakenings. Connect at LisaMarshall08@gmail.com.
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THE SCOOP ON A COOP
BE SURE IT’S LEGAL. For a database of laws in 700
U.S. cities, log on to BackyardChickens.com/laws.
Otherwise, check with the local zoning department.
BUILD A BROODER. Baby chicks must be kept in a
draft-free place for 60 days. Create an indoor pen, using
a galvanized steel tub, a large dog crate or a cardboard
box. Cover the bottom with pine shavings or torn paper
towels (do not use newspaper, as the ink can harm
chicks). Hang a heat lamp out of reach and keep it set
at between 90 and 100° F, decreasing it by five degrees
weekly. Make sure the brooder is large enough that
chicks can move away from the heat if they wish.
BUY HEALTHY CHICKS. Baby chicks can be bought
from farm and ranch stores, or ordered online
and shipped from commercial hatcheries such as
START SMALL AND SKIP THE ROOSTER. Start
with 5 to 10 chicks; never buy just one, because they
are very social. Choose a hardy breed known to lay
regularly, such as Rhode Island reds or Barred Rock
hens. Araucanas lay blue-green eggs and silver-laced
Wyandottes are among the prettiest chickens. Hens do
not need a rooster in order to lay eggs.
BUILD AN OUTDOOR COOP. Some people use a re-
cycled storage shed; others build their own, using plans
available online. Be sure to have two square feet of coop
for each chicken, plus an enclosed outdoor run with four
square feet per chicken. Note: In high wildlife areas, a lid
on the run is essential.
ENJOY THE EGGS. Chickens start laying after about
six months. One hen will produce from 250 to 330 eggs
each year, depending on the breed, before slowing down
at about three years old and ultimately ceasing to lay.
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Mastering Circulation of Blood & Qi
An essay on generating internal heat & accelerating metabolic rate for healing
(Continued from the March issue)
by Jeff Primack
ibetan monks have an advanced
understanding of Tumo. In
one of their more challenging
initiations, the monks are required to
meditate through the night, outside,
in the freezing temperatures of the
Himalayas. They are completely naked
apart from a wet blanket that is draped
around their bare shoulders.
What happens next is the real
majesty and mystery: the monks will
“dry out” the wet cloth with their own
internal heat. A full initiation consists
of drying three blankets in a single
night. Wim Hof was the first Westerner
I had seen demonstrate a mastery of
Tumo with the same level of skill as
these Tibetan monks.
Wim’s daring accomplishment of
staying immersed in ice cubes for 90
minutes granted him recognition, not
only in the eyes of his audience, but
in the media, generating appearances rience. Not only did I acquire a deeper I don’t have to tell you a bathtub
on 20/20, the Discovery Channel, and understanding of my own body, but I of ice and water is extremely cold—
The Today Show. Perhaps the reason also gained clarity around something it’s beyond cold. Yet, when I sincerely
Wim Hof draws so much media inter- I feared—the cold. Wim helped me practiced the Advanced 9-Breath
est is his ability to break through a conquer my fear of the cold when he Method, Wim style, I could feel the
fierce barrier using energy and mind- said to me, “The cold is your ally. Use fire inside my navel, pulsing blood to
power. His performance is a mesmer- it to focus your mind.” my hands and feet. To be warm in the
izing display of Qi. At first, I did not understand. I ice is a strange feeling indeed, but to
We are ecstatic to announce that was born and raised in Miami. To me, have a meditative experience of ema-
he will be appearing at the 2011 Or- the cold was undesirable. My body nating heat in the coldest of places is a
lando Qi Revolution, April 30-May 3. responded to cold like most animals, revelation.
Wim will reveal the secrets of breath- seeking out warmth.
ing as he teaches the art of Tumo to
thousands at this year’s conference.
Anyone can benefit from learning
However, when my time came
and I found myself sitting immersed in
ice for 15 minutes with Wim stand-
R egulating body temperature and
blood circulation, in turn greatly
reducing the risk of disease, can, in
Tumo breathing, even without a cold ing beside me, relentlessly cheering most cases, be attained when one does
climate, because it remarkably im- me on, it all became very clear. Either the following:
proves blood circulation. I was going to shut my mind off and
My own training with Wim, back
in 2008, was a truly enlightening expe-
concentrate Jedi-style or I was going to
get frostbite! 1 Learn with precise instruction
“Advanced Breathing Techniques,”
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having all subtle details of the method thritis, diabetes, cancer—these are the
understood. There must be a complete signs of a low-energy society and are
comprehension. entirely avoidable diseases. 2012 will
only live up to its reputation if people
2 Each day, do 30 minutes of ad-
vanced breathing meditation. With
time and repeated exposure to the
are willing to evolve both mind and
body. The burden of physical disease
must be lifted from society in order to
Qi, your nervous system will become get us out of survival mode and “Us vs. “Qi Revolution” comes to
more active. The warmth inside your Them” consciousness. Orlando Convention Center
navel will increase to a pleasurable Imagine a society with billions
100 degrees, thereby increasing your of enlightened people who imple- on World Qigong Day
metabolism. There are Tumo masters ment “Food-Based Healing” and Tumo April 30th - May 3rd
who can boil a cup of cold tea by breathing to reverse nearly all forms Jeff Primack, Ice Man Wim Hof and
placing it against their navel! Master- of disease. I have seen it already. At 100 Qigong Instructors will teach
ing the Qi is possible through repeated night, when I dream, I see stadiums advanced breathing techniques
conditioning of our nervous system. of people holding hands, breathing as and 4-days of Qigong for $99.
Scientist Peter Blake also demon- one. I see society acknowledging the
To reserve tickets or for more info,
strated the profound “blood cleansing” power of group energy and gather-
effects of the 9-Breath Method, an ing together around the globe for the
or visit Qigong.com
advanced form of Tumo breathing. The sake of increasing our Qi. Not in a
pictures below were taken from fresh cold, mechanical way, but in a loving,
drops of blood drawn from someone exhilarating and unifying way. I see
just before and after completing the people congregating in large numbers,
45-second breathing technique. not for political events or sports, but
Notice how clumped together to step into a new vibration of energy.
(sticky) the blood is before igniting his This is what I see will happen when
Qi with Tumo. This has profound im- the great hour arrives.
plications for heart disease and cancer. Everyone has the same opportu-
Nearly all diseases originate in the nity to accelerate their energy if they
blood stream from poor circulation. believe in themselves. No matter what
Increasing the blood flow and body situation or health challenge a person
temperature means the blood is mov- may carry with them, it can be dis-
ing and not stagnating. This powerful solved in the holy fire that is our Spirit.
circulation is what keeps the blood The highest wish I have in my soul is
clean and makes it impossible for yeast to be as useful as possible in delivering
and harmful bacteria to survive inside this message. For I believe that God,
us. the Infinite Living Mind, has created us
2012 is coming and many say it
will bring about a massive change in
with the capacity to rise up strong and
reclaim our inner power. Yoga
consciousness. I believe that when
enlightenment becomes a biological The Author, Jeff Primack, has studied Gentle Yoga Studio
process, rather than one of accumu- with many Qigong masters from all
lated wisdom, society will have a over the world and has taught more
chance to really evolve. To evolve our than 20,000 people in seminars. For Chair Yoga
biology will set us free. Asthma, ar- more information, visit Qigong.com.
Certified Yoga Instructor
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Thursday, March 31
Dismantling Stress w/Integrative Relaxation, with John Ernest
Hiester(Chandrakant), 7:00-8:30pm, following Amrit Yoga w/Veda,
5:30-6:30pm. Both classes are free. Downtown Public Library, 401
E. University Ave, Gainesville, 4th floor. Dress warmly, bring light
Saturday, April 2
Annual Organic Foods Gala, 9-3. $1 admission. $1 per
sample. Free recipes, demonstrations, music. Crones Cradle, 6411
NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377, www.cronescradleconserve.com.
Crystal Chakra Balancing Sessions with Sharron Britton. 12-
5pm, $15. Walk-in. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe
Blvd, High Springs, www.highspringsemporium.net, 386-454-8657.
Grand opening, Saundra’s Soaps and Natural Trea-
sures. Munchies and organic product samples, 10am until ? Free.
Silver Springs Plaza, 5300 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs,
FL (west side of the plaza, under the blue awning), 352-236-2185,
http://humbleskincare.com. See News Brief, p.8.
Sunday, April 3
Divination Workshop. 1-4pm, $40. Class size limited to
10. Notebook and pendulum (available at church’s bookstore)
required. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113,
The Many Uses of Rocks and Minerals in Healing Modalities.
Workshop with Jeanette Westlake, 2-4pm, $20. Call to register.
High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs,
Monday, April 4
Meet the Doctor evening, hosted by Dr. James Lemire. Free,
6pm, call to reserve a seat. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court
Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com.
Wednesday, April 6
HGC weight loss. Safe homeopathic solution targets hard-to-
lose stored fat. Detox coaching and support. Free consultation; call
for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs
Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, 351-1298.
Saturday, April 9
Mediumship Spiritual Development Class. $25, 2-4:30pm.
Class includes meditation, lesson, hands-on practice to develop
your personal skills. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th
Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge, www.ifsk.
Spiritual Connections Faire. 11-5, $3/person, Unitarian Uni-
versalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St., Gainesville, FL. Informa-
tion: 352-333-7153, 222-3492.
Sunday, April 10
Abdominal Massage: The Therapeutic Value. 9am-2pm,
Ocala. 5 CEUs, $55. 352-625-1665.
Now through April 10
“When Bullfrogs Sing Opera,” country comedy. Ocala Civic
Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, www.
Wednesday, April 13
Metabolic balance. All natural weight loss; “Your food shall be
your medicine.” Free consultation; call for appointment. Reesers
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Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Monday, April 18
Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, 351-1298. Full Moon Drumming Spirit Circle,
7pm. Bring something to sit on along with
April 13-20 your drums and noise makers. Unity of
Ayurvedic Detoxiﬁcation/Panchakar- Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-
ma. Amrit Yoga Institute, Salt Springs, FL, 2113, www.unityocala.org.
352-685-3001, www.AmritYoga.org. Nutrition and Stress Management with
Nuris Lemire. Free, 6pm, call to reserve a
Thursday, April 14th seat. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court
Integrative Relaxation with John Ernest Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459,
Hiester(Chandrakant), 7:00-8:30, follow- www.LemireClinic.com.
ing Amrit Yoga w/Veda (5:30-6:30 every
Thursday), Downtown Public Library, 401 Wednesday, April 20
E. University Ave, Gainesville. Free. Dress Cleanse your body of toxic buildup,
warmly, bring light blanket. jehiester@ repair G.I. tract, support immune system,
amrityoga.org, firstname.lastname@example.org. weight loss, anti-aging nutrition, protocol
for radiation detoxiﬁcation. Free consulta-
Thursday, March 24 tion; call for appointment. Reesers Nutri-
Treatment for I.B.S. Syndrome with Dr. tion Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd.,
Kraucek, and Colon Hydrotherapy with Dr. Ocala, 352-732-0718, 351-1298.
Perry. Free lecture, 6pm, Life Family Prac-
tice Center, 1501 US Hwy 441 North, The Now through April 22
Villages. RSVP to 352-750-4333, www. Art show, “From the Center: Inside Out,”
lifefamilypractice.com. artist Harimandir Khalsa. Center for Balance,
1705 NW 6th St, Gainesville, 352-378-4848.
Friday, April 15
Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medi- Friday, April 22 Alternative Wholistic
cine, 10th Anniversary Celebration. Gaines-
ville, 352-371-2833, www.DragonRises.edu.
EarthFest Under the Stars, 5-10pm,
UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service Michael Badanek, BS, DC, CNS,
April 15-May 8 complex, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd., Ocala, DACBN, DCBCN, Board Certiﬁed in
Play “The 39 Steps,” based on Alfred 352-671-8400, http://earthfestunderthe- Clinical Nutrition, Certiﬁed in Applied
Hitchcock’s ﬁlm. The Hippodrome Theatre, stars.eventbrite.com. See News Brief, p.8. Kinesiology, and Promoter of Alternative
25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL, 352-375- Complementary Medicine.
HIPP, www.TheHipp.org. Saturday, April 23
Earth in Balance: An Earth Day Cel- 30 Years of Clinical Practice
Saturday, April 16 ebration with Sandy Grizzle. Food, ﬂowers, Autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease,
Energy Blessing Day. 10-3pm; call to healing ceremony for the earth. 12-5pm, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Musculoskeletal
make appointments. Reiki, massage, Quan- readings $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 conditions, Heavy metal toxicity,
tum Touch, hypnosis, energy healing. Love NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, www. Cardiovascular and endocrine conditions,
offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., highspringsemporium.net, 386-454-8657. Nutritional deﬁciencies/testing.
Ocala, 352-687-2113, www.unityocala.org.
Getting to Know You: Identifying and Tuesday, April 26 Courtesy consultations available
Using Your Stones. Workshop with Sharron Meet the Doctors. Talk with the doctors (352) 622-1151
Britton. 1-4pm, $20. Call to register. High in an informal setting. 5:30pm, free. Life 3391 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Suite B
Springs Emporium, 660 NW Sante Fe Blvd, Family Practice Center, Genesis Heart Med- Ocala, FL 34470
High Springs, www.highspringsemporium. Spa, 3365 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, www.alternativewholistichealth.com
net, 386-454-8657. 352-750-4333, www.lifefamilypractice.com.
Meeting, Gluten Intolerance Group,
Gainesville Health & Fitness, Newberry Rd.,
Gainesville, 352-215-1078, GiGgainesville@
Nutritional Blood Analysis by Linda Homegrown Organics
Schofﬂer. 10-5:30. $50 (cash or check), ap-
pointment required. Two-hour fast. Mystic Organic buying club.
Glenn, 3315 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
352-401-1862, www.mystic-realms.com. Start eating right today!
n Fresh organic fruit and veggies
Thai Massage, Phase V: Advanced n Organic and free-roaming poultry
Sideline class, Florida School of Massage. n Grass-feed beef
$300, 18 CEUs. Ariela Grodner, 352-336-
7835, www.ArielasThaiMassage.com. Doreen, 352-598-4184
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COMING IN MAY
Three Theta Healing classes: Basic
Theta, Advanced Theta, and Manifesting and
Wednesday, April 27 tions, Food healing. 32 CEUs available. Abundance. Cynthia Christianson, 352-374-
Wellness Consultation on Irritable www.QiRevolution.com 7982, www.ThetaHealingWorks.net.
Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syn-
drome, Crohn’s Disease, Fibromyalgia Syn- May 6-8
drome. Free. Call for appointment. Reesers Ayurveda Techniques. $295. Amrit ONGOING EVENTS
Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Yoga Institute, Salt Springs, FL, 352-685-
Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718. 3001, www.AmritYoga.org. Sundays
Farmers Market, 12-4. Mosswood Farm
Saturday, April 30 Saturday, May 7 Store, 703 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy,
Crystal Alignment and Attunement. Celebrate National Herb Day with 352-466-5002, www.mosswoodfarmstore.
Workshop with Fran Oppenheimer, RN, Carrie Hull Chauhan. 11am. Free. Down- com.
LMT. 1-3pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, town Center for Oriental Medicine, 201 Master Mind Prayer Circle, 9:30; Heal-
660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, SE 4th Ave, Suite 2, Gainesville, www. ing Hands Circle, 10; Sunday Service and
www.highspringsemporium.net, 386-454- DowntownOrientalMed.com. Youth Education, 11; NGU, 12:30. Unity of
8657. Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-
Spiritual Wisdom on Relationships: May 7-8 1030, www.unityofgainesvillefl.org.
Open discussion with free book, 1pm. HU Biosyntonie Workshop. Dr. Hanoch Meditation and Spiritual Lesson,
Chant at 2:15pm. Refreshments. Headquar- Talmor, Gainesville Holistic Center, 4140 10am. Unity of Ocala, Unity of Ocala, 101
ters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. In- NW 27 Lane, Suite C, Gainesville, FL, Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113, www.
formation: Eckankar, 352-378-3504. 352-377-0015, email@example.com, www. unityocala.org.
Wellness Consultation on hair analy- betterw.com. Science of Mind and Spirit
sis, BMI analysis, 24-hour urinalysis, saliva Meditation 9:45am, Celebration /Message
test for hormone imbalance. Free. Call for May 21-22 10:30am, Youth and Children’s Celebration
appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, Raymon Grace Workshop. Dr. Hanoch 10:30am. Love offering. OakBrook
3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352- Talmor, Gainesville Holistic Center, 4140 Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 N.E. 28
732-0718. NW 27 Lane, Suite C, Gainesville, FL, Ave, Ocala, FL 352-629-3897, www.
352-377-0015, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. oakbrookcsl.org.
April 30-May 1 betterw.com, www.raymongrace.us.
Thai Massage, Phase I: Introduction
class, Florida School of Massage. $300,
18 CEUs. Ariela Grodner, 352-336-7835,
April 30-May 3
Qi Revolution, Orlando Convention
Center. $99. QiGong healing and breathing
applications, Advanced breathing applica-
n Psychic Mediumship Develop-
ment Class, April 9, 2-4:30pm,
Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW
n Intensive 4-day course, Aug. 4-7,
Canterbury Retreat, Oviedo.
n Private readings available.
Check Web for complete 2011 program
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Monday-Friday Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352- personal training as early as 5:30am, as
Organic Food Pickups. Monday, 595-3377, www.cronescradleconserve. late as 7:30pm. Hip Moves, 708 NW 23rd
Ocala; Tuesday, Eustis and Mt. Dora; com. Ave, Gainesville, 352-692-0132, www.
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Oxford/The Villages. Homegrown Organ- Marque G. Kolack. Every Saturday in Yoga classes as early as 5:30am, as
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homegrownorganics.vpweb.com. Recipes: fering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, (off Guys”) to experienced Hot Yoga. Big Ron’s
http://homegrowngainesville.wordpress.com/ Maricamp), Ocala, 352-687-2113, www. Yoga College, Gainesville, 352-367-8434,
Yoga with Joe Ferrara. Monday, unityocala.org. www.bigronsyoga.com.
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Medical Center of Ocala, 7960 SW 60th
A Course in Miracles, 7pm. Unity
of Ocala, Community House, 2 Cedar
Course, Ocala, 352-687-2113, www.uni-
Ocala/Marion Raw Food/Living Cui-
sine Group meets the fourth Tuesday of
each month from 6-8pm at the Lemire
Clinic. Bring a raw-food dish with recipe to
share, or just bring raw fruits and veggies.
Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd,
Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.
A Course in Miracles, 7-8:30pm. Amrit
Yoga, Salt Springs, 352-685-3001, ganga@
Meditation and Visioning, 6pm, fol-
lowed at 7:15 with Speaker, Spiritual Craft,
Drumming, or Spiritual Film, depending on
the week. Love offering. OakBrook Center
for Spiritual Living, 1009 N.E. 28 Ave, Ocala,
FL 352-629-3897, www.oakbrookcsl.org.
Pilates with Ana. 5:30-6:30pm,
$55.00 for 5 classes. Space is limited.
Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd,
Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.
Amrit Yoga w/Veda, 5:30-6:30pm
every Thursday. Downtown Public Library,
401 E. University Ave, Gainesville. Free.
Dress warmly, bring light blanket. vedalew-
Healing Yoga with Marque. Movement
class combining yoga, Pilates, body align-
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Feb. 3-24 every Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm.
To register: Sheila, 352-867-9660. Class
held at Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd.,
Farmstead Saturdays. Free, 9-3pm.
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