Children, Crops, food, gardening, Healthy, non-gmo, Organic

The Faith Garden Phase One: Germination

OK, so It’s been almost 4 months since I posted The Faith Garden: Part 1 on The Really Nourish Movement YouTube station, and I’m finally at a stage where I am ready to start this thing!

For a couple of months over the summer I had a bit of garden training in an already existing garden.  My landlady went away for holidays and she gave us the green light to harvest whatever would grow.  So we had fresh pimentos, jalapenos (which I sliced and pickled in a blend of Apple Cider Vinegar and olive brine for my daughter), eggplants and ochro on a regular basis.  She was also growing cassava, limes and dasheen but we didn’t get too involved in those crops.  Her mango tree was not bearing (season was over) but the two coconut trees provided us with fresh coconut water on a few occasions when one of the men felt to put up a ladder.

We harvested together and shared the bounty around with fellow tenants and some IMG_3673friends.  She had one pimento tree growing in a pot and then some various pots around with chadon beni (culantro) flourishing.  I watered the pots and the garden crops close to the wall from time to time and didn’t have to weed any of it because my husband simply sprayed it when it came up.

Then we started the Sangre Grande Family Resource Group under the auspices of the National Family Service and decided that one of our first acts would be to start a “Grow Box” initiative.  The plan is to learn how to grow our own food.  I was giddy when this all came together!  This is Really Nourish in motion indeed!   Restoring food sovereignty to the community here in Sangre Grande, and to Trinibagonians at large, is a neglected priority.  All the reasons we are so focused on this project relate to food sovereignty – taking control of our food costs, our health, our environment (by growing organically) and teaching the skill to our children as a vital parenting activity.  In that last consideration, it dawned on me that the skill got lost in recent generations and it is now time to reintroduce the education of food cultivation as a necessary part of parenting, perhaps institute the stewardship of plants as a rite of passage for every child.

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USDA Organic seeds are from organically grown plants and are non-GMO and not treated with any growth stimulants.

So, I decided, after the demise of said training garden, with my fridge devoid of any fresh fruit or vegetable, and the recent realization that I live in a food desert in the middle of farm country, I initiated The Really Nourish Faith Garden.  My children, the neighbor’s children, Abigail (aka Lindey) from the Sangre Grande Family Resource Group and I got our hands happily dirty filling the tray and sowing the seeds.  The children were fascinated at the different sizes and shapes of the seeds for each plant.  I even planted some sunflower seeds given to me by Mount Sinai Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at an event where they honored kidney donors about a month after my dad and my transplant.

Here’s the photo journal entry of the seed sowing activity.  We prayed over this little tray as we sprinkled water over them all by hand.  All of them are USDA organic, and most of them are good companions for each other.  I charted out their germination and harvest time frames.  Updates to come!!  Keep us in your prayers for success!

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My daughter and the girl next door sowing seeds. Statement on shirt: WORK IT GIRL!  
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Didn’t want to rely upon my memory of what was planted in each of the 120 spots in the tray, so I made this chart as we went along. Multiples of 4 made it good times table practice for my Standard 2 student!
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ReallyNourish.com Faith Garden: Phase One. I marked where the sunflowers are so I could reference the chart the correct way. I am sticking the chart up where we stage the tray inside at night.
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This is the kind of activity that creates many bonding opportunities for my children and I in stages – sowing seeds, watching seedlings sprout, transplanting, Repeat! Thanks be to God!
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The Uncandy Sale

I’ve been teaching my daughter about the dangers of sugar. Since we have been working to eliminate sugar from our diets and our homes, new things come up all the time! Or old things, like our annual World’s Finest Chocolate Bar Candy Sale… We can’t sell chocolate but we will help our PTA raise money anyway!!

We are going to raise at least enough to match one box of chocolate.

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ReallyNourish Bites: Krispy Kurly Kale Chips – You can eat just one.

We like the curly kale to make chips because the curls crips nicely in the oven.
We like the curly kale to make chips because the curls crips nicely in the oven.

When my children ask mommy for “chips”,

mommy’s home made Krispy Kurly Kale Chips are definitely included in that category for them.  The other alternative is our favorite Garden of Eatin’ Sprouted Blue Corn chips, so don’t worry friends, none of the real junk is passing their lips!

People’s main complaint about this  leafy green nutrient powerhouse is that it is too coarse.  Here’s a way that anyone can enjoy it even on their first try! We like the curly kale, green or purple, or a mix of the two will do nicely.  Rinse and thoroughly dry with paper towels or in a salad spinner if necessary.

Here’s how we do it:

Krispy Kurly Kale Chips make a nourishing, delicious side dish.
Krispy Kurly Kale Chips make a nourishing, delicious side dish.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C
  • Strip the hard stems out of the Kale and break them up into pieces on a sheet tray or a sizzle platter
  • Drizzle liberally with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sea Salt to taste
  • Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes.  The curly edges get nice and crisp (check by touch at 5 minute intervals to avoid overcooking), while the rest of the vegetable keeps its color and flavor very nicely.
  • Cool and serve.  They make a nice side for a wrap or sandwich. Kids love them!!
Mix Purple and Green Kales for a beautiful, nourishing snack!
Mix Purple and Green Kales for a beautiful, nourishing snack!

BUT because of their extremely *Low Glycemic Index, unlike their potato-based counterparts, they don’t cause weight gain and have you constantly craving more and more.  Very satisfying indeed!!

*Glycemic Index, defined by the University of Sydney, the leading authority on this topic:

The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). They have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance.

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ReallyNourish Bites: ‘Cado & Pro-Ve-lone on a Sprouted Muffin 

This

is our answer to the the proverbial New Yorker’s breakfast. We have eschewed that #BaconEggandCheeseonaRoll habit in favor of this variation, which is nutrient rich, toxin free, and absolutely scrumptious!!!

‘Cado & Pro-Ve-lone on a Sprouted Muffin:

We used these organic ingredients: 

Great on Sandwiches,  Wraps and mixed with pasta!
Great on Sandwiches, Wraps and mixed with pasta!
  • 1/2 ripe Avocado
  • 1/4 cup of Red Onion, diced
  • 3 large pitted Green Olives, diced
  • Fresh Basil leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Himalayan Sea Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper to taste
  • Follow Your Heart Vegan Provolone-style slices
  • Food For Life Genesis 1:29 Sprouted English Muffins

Before we go on, let’s review that scripture, shall we?

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant 🌽🌾 on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. 🍊🍎🍋They will be yours for food.

And just for good measure, let’s peep the next verse also:

30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.🌿🌱” And it was so.

I like to consider these verses while I’m shopping for food: 

🌾Seed-bearing plant = grains, including nuts and seeds = the English Muffins, the vegan cheese is made largely of Coconut oil

🍋Tree with fruit with seed in it = the avocado, olives & olive oil, pepper (yes, that’s a fruit!), apple cider vinegar

Three varieties grown from seedlings purchased at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal Farmer's Market in organic potting soil on my terrace in NYC.
Three varieties grown from seedlings purchased at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal Farmer’s Market in organic potting soil on my terrace in NYC.
🌿And to everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food = the basil and the onions fit this description

💖Thank you God, You’re AWESOME!💖

The salt was the only thing that didn’t fit any of these, but the many positive references to salt in The Bible give me God’s go ahead on that – in moderation, of course.

Plant Powered Breakfast
Plant Powered Breakfast
So now this is what you do: 

  • Thaw and toast your muffin.
  • Scoop out the Avocado in to a bowl and add the diced onions, olives, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.  Mash it all together using the back of a fork to break up the avocado well.
  • Cut your muffin in half and put one slice of the vegan “cheese” on.  A little drizzle of olive oil on top or a schmear of vegan butter underneath will help it melt under the top broiler the way the dairy stuff would.
  • Put the avocado mix on, sandwich it up and dig in!  Or wrap it up in foil and pop it into a sandwich bag to go!

And now you have a:

  • Delicious,
    DYK? Organic Facts Organic Trade Association
    Click this image for a better view of this important information about Organic labeled food. #KnowledgeisPower
  • Nourishing
  • Chemical and GMO-Free
  • Low glycemic,
  • Inexpensive,
  • Monsanto Boycott Friendly
  • Easy to take along on your commute

Breakfast for you AND your children! 😊😊😊

#DontJustEat

#BoycottMonsanto

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Organic In Season – Best Price, Best Quality

One of the main parts of our mission at The Really Nourish Movement is that organic, non-GMO food should be available, accessible and affordable for every mouth.  We have a long way to go to accomplish that goal, but in the meantime, we can debunk the “organic is more expensive myth.” 

We all know that most of what we eat is seasonal, but with the technological advances

Courtesy: St George Farmer's Market
Courtesy: St George Farmer’s Market

spurred by the industrial revolution at the turn of the previous century, we have been able to access all kinds of food  all year round from all over the world.

That is a fact.  But the TRUTH is that the seasonal nature of cultivated food still exists.  Think about when something is on sale in the produce section.  If it’s on sale, the reason is usually because there is more of it available so they can charge less per unit or per pound, right?  But why does the quantity available change?

Answer: When food is in its God ordained season, it is abundant AND ALSO at its peak quality!

(Oh wow, that’s a WORD right there!!)

That’s true universally, even for chemically grown or greenhouse grown food.  As for their Really Nourish Whole Foods Local Organic Eggplantorganic counterparts, you may find that there are some times of year when certain items are

This local, organic Delicata Squash was only $.81! Judah was very pleased :)
This local, organic Delicata Squash was only $.81! Judah was very pleased 🙂

simply not available at all, but when they are in season, they are inexpensive and so delicious!

Judah and I went shopping yesterday and we found local, organic, in-season squash for only $.99 a pound!  We also bought some local, organic eggplant, which is still yummy but coming close to the end of its season for $2.99 a pound.

We are going to half the squash, scoop out the seeds, make a delicious mix with diced eggplant, red onion, garlic, sprouted brown rice and fresh herbs from our terrace garden and that is dinner for less than $2 a serving!

Do you still think organic is expensive?  Post your comments below.

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Organic Trade Association Top 5 Organic Month Messages #1:

#GetTheFacts

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…

Chemicals don't just sit on the outside of the food, the end up on the inside too since the soil has been absorbing them for years and years.  No thank you!
Chemicals don’t just sit on the outside of the food, the end up on the inside too since the soil has been absorbing them for years and years. No thank you!
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Yoga with Your Children: Cosmic Kids Jaime Makes it Fun! 

Yoga is great for the mind as well as the body.

Squeeze in a 15-20 minute yoga session after school before homework to help your kids decompress from their school day and get ready for one more mental workout. Cosmic Kids Yoga has a great series of videos ranging from around 15-24 minutes in length featuring fun characters and stories to help kids learn and do yoga poses.

That and a light, healthy snack like fresh fruit or veggies (no sugar, starch, bread) will have them feeling refreshed and relaxed and you will see a difference in their homework performance.
Stretching with them helps lock in great habits

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they will keep with them for life, makes parent-child bonds stronger and makes for more fun for everyone!

Keep water handy!

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭NKJV‬