Moringa Seedlings Get Started in Palm Harbor

Moringa Seedlings

When the seedlings came they were in excellent shape. They only had to travel a little ways up the coast in Florida from Bradenton to Palm Harbor.

The immediate impetus that lead me to order the seedlings from I Love Moringa was a video about the development and use of moringa in third world countries. You can see this same video at Moringa Documentary Video.

Not everyone would order the seedlings, since they are cold sensitive. The vendor says they can survive a frost, but, not a hard freeze.

I haven’t seen a hard freeze in my neighborhood since I moved in. I believe the nearness to Lake Tarpon, and the abundance of tree cover keeps the ambient air a little warmer than it otherwise might be in the winter.

Still, it could happen. You never know. Break out the smudge pots. (Ha, ha.)

You can see what they look like in the photo. Only about eight inches high. They sure don’t look like trees yet.

I’m suppose to keep them in the pot for 10 days before planting them.

One pot has three little moringa seedlings, the other two, one each.

One pot has three little moringa seedlings, the other two, one each.

Superfoods Going Mainstream

An article in the print edition of USA Weekend caught my attention. Key to Your Shopping List: Superfoods.

As I said in the comment for the short article most people would question lentils or dates as qualifying for superfood status. Compare to spirulina or bee pollen, for example. Or quinoa.

Maybe it’s in what is the comparison. Eat a Twinkie or a few dates and walnuts. Hmmm?
Okay. Dates and walnuts are superfoods by comparison.

Another way to enhance your nutrition from your veggies is to grow them yourself.
Or, know someone who does and can share them.

A growing phenomenon of “market gardening” is bringing higher quality food to market.
You just have to find it. Try looking for gardening coops and food coops in your area.

In my area it’s Dunedin Harvest and New Port Richey who are active in this.

And Now, the Food Revolution

Coming Full Circle with Back Yard Gardens

The Food Revolution is now upon us. We have come full circle. Starting from family farms and back yard gardens, we first evolved to the Green Revolution.

Who remembers the Green Revolution? It wasn’t a revolution in the sense of the lower overthrowing the higher. It was really a further concentration of wealth and control from the hands of the many to the fists of the few.

Pushed by Big Ag chemical fertilizer and pesticides, we found ourselves supplied with food by factory farms. The torch of questionable progress is now held by GMO seeds, “Frankenseeds.” These are produced by the same companies.

If we collectively fall for this one, the game is over. It’s totally rigged with a complete lack of ethics.

The good news is the Food Revolution, as written about by Janet K. Keeler of the St. Petersburg Times in her article, Who’s Who in the Food Revolution.

She tells us that folks are choosing to work their own gardens. People are buying more produce grown locally, much of it organically grown.

Clearly, we have come full circle by this trend.

Some of the players in this arena include:

1. Wendell Berry

2. Alice Waters

3. Michael Pollan

They all are in favor of getting our food from nearby farmers, or growing it ourselves. They favor sustainable farming. That usually implies organic or biodynamic farming.

If Michelle Obama can dig it, we can dig it, too.