February 2013

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This is a guest post from our friend Loretta Allison from Spade and Seeds. Loretta produces organic vegetables and herb seedlings and is a wonderful person overall. Find her at the Altadena and Atwater Village Farmer’s Markets.

Our modern 21st century life has largely dictated that the way we view food is one of the consumer, taking for granted it’s production and consumption with little left over in the way of reverence or even simple appreciation of it’s presence and origin.  The current conventional farming systems have left a soil behind that is depleted and nutritionally empty, ultimately producing crops for the masses that lack nourishing vitality. (more…)

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This is a guest post from our friend Loretta Allison from Spade and Seeds. Loretta produces organic vegetables and herb seedlings and is a wonderful person overall. Find her at the Altadena and Atwater Village Farmer’s Markets.

There are numerous practical ways to get this goodness going in your own garden. You can start first by setting up a Biodynamic compost heap in your backyard, given a little space and time. Adding a blend of specialized herbal preparations (yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion, valerian) help to stimulate soil microorganisms to break down biomass and create a powerful compost that is far superior to conventional bagged soil amendments. It’s quite easy- build the compost heap and add the preps. (BD Compost preps can be found online through the Josephine Porter Institute)   (more…)