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A healthy – and healthful – garden/landscape

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Veggie Landscape Garden

By Catherine Haug, Jan 21, 2017 (photo, right, from Mercola (2))

I am viewing the online docu-series: The Truth About Cancer, by Ty Bollinger, and I’m picking up on a few of garden/landscape tips that yield healthy plants and a healthier you when you eat them.

One of the things I’ve learned from this series is that cancer cells have more insulin receptors (that initiate take-up of sugar from the blood) than normal cells, and that cancer cells get their energy (life) from only two sources: sugar and glutamine (amino acid). So if you want to protect yourself from cancer or slow tumor growth, avoid sugar.

However, that doesn’t mean to avoid whole-food sources of sugar such as fruits and vegetables, because in whole-food form, the sugar is part of a larger matrix of fiber, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals that protect you. (Caveat #1: fruit juices don’t provide this protection because the matrix is broken, so eat your fruits whole; caveat #2: those fruits and veggies should be organically grown for maximum benefit).

But I digress. The purpose of this posting is to collect gardening and landscaping tips. I will update this posting as I learn more. (more…)

GMO news: It only gets worse

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Frankenfood

Frankenfood

By Catherine Haug, Oct 5, 2016 (image, right, from Organic Consumers Association, used with permission)

With GMOs, it only gets worse by the day.

  • First, Congress passes a sham GMO labeling law that becomes law; see my article from July 30: Pres. Obama signed the Dark Act (faulty GMO-labeling law). It allows QR codes or 800 numbers to substitute for words on the label that would indicate the product contains GMOs. See my December 2015 post, QR code’ to label GMO foods? for more.
  • Then there’s a new version of GMOs (1) that will likely not be covered by the new law (i.e., they won’t require labeling) because the don’t insert genes from another species but rather manipulate the native gene, such as by turning the gene off. Examples of this new GMO: GMO apples and potatoes that won’t turn brown when you cut them. Because the genetic modification suppresses the gene for a key immune-system enzyme, it increases the chance the apple can be infected with bacterial or fungal disease, which in turn can result in toxicity issues when the apple is consumed.See my post GMO Apples for more.
  • And now, new evidence that GMOs have spread around the world and can even cross-pollinate with non-GMO plants to produce 100% GMO seeds – even with Organic crops, so that we can no longer trust the Organic label. That is, Organic seeds are GMO-contaminated and will produce GMO plants even if they are grown Organically. Franken-Broccoli is a perfect example (2, 4).

Say what?

Yes, you read that right. It’s downright scary. What can you do? For starters, you can take action on the last issue by signing a petition telling the USDA to stop ignoring GM cross-contamination (3). And you can hope/pray that a test is developed to determine if a seed contains GMO genes. Read on for more about Franken-broccoli. (more…)

Sustainable farming, ranching and gardening in the Flathead

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Veggie Landscape Garden

Veggie Landscape Garden

By Catherine Haug, May 17, 2016 (Photo from Mercola (3))

Did you see the article in Sunday’s Daily Inter Lake, “Former artists now run sustainable farm,” by Kathryn Houghton, and photos by Aaric Bryan? The farm is in the Flathead’s  lower valley, and is appropriately called “Lower Valley Farm.” You can view their website at lowervalleyfarm.com (4). See References, below, for the link to the article on the DIL website (1), or a printable pdf version of the article and photos (2). Or email me for a higher-quality pdf.

Here’s how it begins: (more…)

Event Notice: Herb Gathering in Kalispell, March 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Straw Bale Garden (Wikipedia)

Straw Bale Garden (Wikipedia)

By Catherine Haug, March 15, 2016

The following is from Linda Petersen:A new group is forming to learn and discuss more about herbs. This notice about their first gathering:

  • What:The Many Roles Herbs Play in your Health, presented by Linda Petersen
  • When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016,  7 p.m.
  • Where: Kalispell Library (Imagine If) downstairs meeting room; 247 1st Ave E, Kalispell, MT. Use the south side door for direct access.
  • Who: Free and open to the public
  • For more information: Contact Linda, (406) 319-2446

Read on for more about this event.

Linda also reminds us of the upcoming Free the Seeds Fair, Saturday March 19, 10 AM – 1 PM at FVCC. See Event Notice: 1st Annual ‘Free the Seeds’ Fair, March 19, 2016 (posted Feb 24) for more details.

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Event Notice: 1st Annual ‘Free the Seeds’ Fair, March 19, 2016

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

By Catherine Haug, Feb 24, 2016

NOTE: Thanks to one of our readers who pointed out the title of this posting has an error in the date. That has been corrected; the correct date is March 19.

  • What: First annual Free the Seeds! seed, start, cutting, scion and resource fair, sponsored by Nourish the Flathead
  • When: Saturday, March 19th, 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Where: FVCC Arts & Technology building, 777 Grandview Dr. Kalispell MT
  • Who: Free and open to the public. Curious beginners and humble experts welcome! Bring your untreated, non-GMO, open-pollinated seeds to share, if you have (bought or saved). Bring your non-GMO, chemical-free starts and cuttings to share, if you have.
  • Booths: If you are interested in having a booth at the fair, see “Additional Information” below.
  • Contact: Free the Seeds Montana, (406) 471-0022; email info@ freetheseedsmt.com
  • See alsofvcc.edu/event/free-the-seeds-1st-annual-seed-and-start-swap (more…)

Event Notice: Workshop on Gardening, Feb 6, 2016

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden, 2014

Community Garden, 2014

By Catherine Haug, January 30, 2016 (Photo, right, of the Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden, by Sally Finneran, Bigfork Eagle)

Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden presents:

  • What: Workshop on Gardening, with MonaRae Tuhy, Master Gardener
  • When: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10 AM
  • Where: St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 30631 MT Hwy 209 , Bigfork MT; on corner of Hwy 209 and S. Ferndale Rd.
  • Who: Free and open to the public. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate in this fun workshop.
  • Contact: Michelle at 837-0982

About the event:

Our speaker will be MonaRae Tuhy, a 3rd Level Master Gardener and local expert on growing here in the Flathead. At this workshop we will learn:

  • Learn what to look for when ordering seeds from catalogs;
  • Address our optimum planting and maturity dates. What you read on the seed packet may not be the best directions for your garden area.
  • Learn how to make seed tapes, an easier way to plant your garden. Bring some of your own favorite seeds or we will have some available for your use.
  • By starting with your own seeds, you can be sure that your plants have been raised organically from first to last.