We are doing this for our health, and yours, too.
And Traci Gosier’s talk is about health:
What is the program? Georgia Working on Health Initiative. The
initiative aims to reduce the burden of chronic disease by
partnering with Georgia businesses to create and enhance healthy
worksite environments and improve employee health.
Science is finding that a healthy gut biome is vital to a powerful
immune system, a highly functional brain, and overall good health.
Jump-start your road to recovery or maintain your vigor by
incorporating cultured foods in your diet. Fermenting is wicked
simple and lots of fun. In this workshop Janisse will make
sauerkraut, kefir, and kombucha. She’ll also talk about many other
homemade cultured foods you can incorporate into your homestead or
home kitchen for the benefit of you and your family, including cream
fraiche, vinegar, and much more.
Research, including studies presented at the conference in Istanbul,
is showing that organic agriculture can deliver reliably high yields
”and that organic fields thrive in the face of disaster and
duress, where chemical-reliant crops falter. Organic fields, for
example, fare significantly better than chemically managed ones in
the face of extreme weather, such as droughts or floods.
Well, this is unexpected.
Recent research shows a compound in okra
“promotes selective antitumor effects in human breast cancer cells and may represent a potential therapeutic to combat human breast cancer.”
The anti-tumor effects of a newly-discovered lectin, isolated from
okra, Abelmoschus esculentus (AEL), were investigated in human
breast cancer (MCF7) and skin fibroblast (CCD-1059 sk) cells. AEL
induced significant cell growth inhibition (63 %) in MCF7 cells. The
expression of pro-apoptotic caspase-3, caspase-9, and p21 genes was
increased in MCF7 cells treated with AEL, compared to those treated
with controls. In addition, AEL treatment increased the Bax/Bcl-2
ratio in MCF7 cells. Flow cytometry also indicated that cell death
(72 %) predominantly occurred through apoptosis. Thus, AEL in its
native form promotes selective antitumor effects in human breast
cancer cells and may represent a potential therapeutic to combat
human breast cancer.
Don’t get your hopes up about that 72% figure: that seems to be
that when cancer cell death occurred, 72% of it was related,
not that 72% of cancer cells were killed.
The 63% cancer cell growth inhibition does seem promising, though.
There are even hints in another paper that okra may be related to lower rates of prostate cancer: Continue reading →
Lowndes County Partnership for Health picked up some OPF
red potatoes to sell at their Mobile Market.
Next week probably OPF okra.
And every week other good vegetables and fruits from other farmers.
It’s Tuesday – know what that means? The Mobile Market, full of fresh fruits and vegetables, will be at Barnes Drug Store Downtown Valdosta from 2:30-4:30! They’re there every Tuesday! Come by and see them…they accept all forms of payment.
What we have learned about ourselves in the process.
Her conference bio:
Sharon Wagner — Executive Director
Sharon’s background includes a 15-year addiction to cocaine which
she overcame in 1987 with the love of God and the discipline of Teen
Challenge. While at the Walter Hoving home in New York, Sharon
received a vision to provide a home for women — a place of
safety and healing. In 2005, out of a passion to bring healing and
freedom to women struggling with alcohol, drugs, and abuse, Sharon
and her husband rick founded the South Georgia House of Hope here in
Valdosta, Georgia. This began a journey of faith that will last a
Sharon has personally experienced the healing power of
organic foods as part of the recovery process. It is her desire to
teach the ladies the importance of not only growing but also
enjoying fresh and healthy food. This is an essential part of
detoxification — replenishing nutrients that have been lost
through years of drug and alcohol use. The organic garden at the
House of Hope teaches the ladies how to work together as a team,
while also building healthy minds and bodies.
SOGALO2014 and hear Sharon Wagner talk about tomatoes and recovery!
This presentation will touch on growing herbs for pleasure, growing
herbs for the fresh cut market and growing herbs in greenhouse
production for wholesale and retail sales. I will cover the joy and
positive healing energy these plants give, the passion of growing
and using them and how I got to this place.
“A village is happening out here,” B said during a tour
of her 114-acre farm’s greenhouses, gardens, retail shops and
resident flock of sheep. “If you think Walmart, we’re
absolutely the opposite. Small, local, knowledgeable, none of our
plants genetically modified with man-made chemicals.”
What has about 300 heads and eats really well?
A local agriculture conference coming to Lowndes County 24 January 2014.
South Georgia Growing Local 2014 is a local food conference for growers, consumers, homesteaders in South Georgia. Farm Tours 1/24 — Conference 1/25
You can like the
and join events there
for the conference itself on January 25th
the farm tours on January 24th.
Agritourism has come to Lowndes County!
This is one reason a wide variety of organizations, including two Chambers of Commerce, are supporting this conference:
it will fill hotel rooms.
Even more, it’s about longterm local economy through growing and buying food right here in south Georgia and north Florida.
All that and it tastes good, too!
This is why there is an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
in the U.S.:
food deliberately engineered to make people eat until they get fat.
Georgia is not quite one of the fattest states,
but Lowndes County is one of the fattest counties.
There is something we can do, even while Big Food
continues to act like Big Tobacco.
On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis
pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and
discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies.
Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills
and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the
C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare,
private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity
epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial,
the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by
their skill in fighting one another for what they called
“stomach share” — the amount of digestive space
that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
James Behnke, a 55-year-old executive at Pillsbury, greeted the men
as they arrived. He was anxious but also hopeful about the plan that
he and a few other food-company executives had devised to engage the
C.E.O.’s on America’s growing weight problem. “We were very
concerned, and rightfully so, that obesity was becoming a major
issue,” Behnke recalled. “People were starting to talk
about sugar taxes, and there was a lot of pressure on food
companies.” Getting the company chiefs in the same room to Continue reading →