Monday, February 20, 2017

Kids Love Getting Dirty, So Let Them!
Tucson Village Farm
by Amber Gibby

It is no secret that kids like to get dirty. It is also no secret that playing outdoors and encouraging children to become comfortable with nature is an important part of a healthy and balanced life. In the last 20 years children have been spending less and less time outdoors, with most only spending on average 30 minutes a day outside, while spending up to seven hours in front of electronics or screens. It’s no wonder child obesity rates have doubled in the last 20 years. Science also shows an increase in ADHD and depression in kids since the 80s and 90s. Take playing outdoors to the next step and get them involved in gardening. From creating their own compost from food waste to applying needed nutrients and microbes weekly, kids will learn valuable lessons such as where their food comes from, patience, and responsibility. They may even enjoy eating that broccoli without complaint knowing it was something they grew.

Get Your Kids Involved
The first step is composting. Composting is a vital element in successful gardening. When done properly, compost can enhance your soil structure, provide nutrients to the soil that may have been depleted, and provide a healthy microbial community needed for plant growth. The Bokashi Food Waste recycling system is a simple and mess-free method perfect for young children to turn their normally wasted food such as meat, dairy, vegetables, fruits and garden waste into nutrients that can be added to their garden soil in just one to two weeks. Compost is a great way to feed other organisms in the soil such as worms, which are vital to a healthy soil.

After you have a garden bed with the nutrient-rich compost, allow the kids to pick out season-appropriate seeds or transplants and let them get their hands dirty. To get the most out of your garden and to teach kids about the importance of microorganisms in the soil and environment around them, add EM-1®.  In addition to fertilizer, mix 1oz of EM-1® per 1 gallon of water and apply to the composted soil if you planted seeds or both the soil and foliage if using transplants, and continue once a week until harvest for added soil and plant health. EM-1® is simply a probiotic for the soil and completely safe and non-toxic for kids to handle. EM-1® supports the growth of important organisms such as mycchorrizae, earth worms, and insects already in the soil. For a fun learning experiment have the kids treat only half the garden with EM-1® and keep the other untreated. Have them make note of the differences they notice such as greener foliage, greater yield and better tasting and longer lasting vegetables in the treated half. 

Hanscom, Angela J. Barefoot and Balanced. 2016

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

We have other blogs too!!!

TeraGanix has a LOT to say and share! We have created blogs for specific subjects to streamline information. If you are interested in it all, please check out the various blogs we have and subscribe to the ones you like and share with friends.

Here is a list of our blogs:

ProEM1/Digestive Health: Here we discuss digestion, new probiotic and prebiotic information, health, exercise, food preparation, and other topics of healthy lifestyles.

Bokashi: In this blog we discuss food waste recyling, recycling, uses of bokashi in the US and around the world.

TeraGanix: This blog covers a wide range of topics that involved EM Technology in some way.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What is EMF and Why Should You Care?

EMF is an abbreviation for electromagnetic field. We are exposed to electromagnetic radiation fields every day of our lives whether the source is natural or man made. Our body even produces its own electromagnetic fields when relaying signals to and from the brain. As time has gone on and our lives have become more tied to electronics, the concern of long-term health effects has grown.

Once your body experiences a certain level of electromagnetic radiation, it triggers a biological response which could be hazardous to your health. A common example of an adverse effect to an electromagnetic field is sunburn. Another example you may be familiar with is the ongoing study of whether or not excessive cell phone use results in cancerous tumors. While no definitive findings have resulted from such studies, the electromagnetic field given off by mobile phones is not disputed. On a less severe scale – and one that is not scientifically proven – exposure to EMF can lead to other health symptoms like headaches, nausea, anxiety, and depression.

So why should we care about EMF in our everyday lives? Avoiding exposure is next to impossible in a world dominated by technology, but there are certain things we can do to limit our exposure and lead a healthier lifestyle.
  • Use your mobile device less often or use a headset. Make your calls shorter, and try setting aside some time for your daily news and information intake instead of spreading it out all day long.
  • Read print magazines, newspapers, and books. Not only will reading from printed materials reduce your EMF exposure, but it can help prevent strain on your eyes.
  • In a similar vein to print media instead of e-books or online publications, watching less television is also beneficial to your optical health.
  • Wear sunscreen if you plan to be outside. Cases of skin cancer have grown exponentially with the deterioration of the ozone layer. Be prepared!
It’s important to remember that scientific studies have not proven direct links between EMFs and illness when it comes to personal electronic use, but we do know that these devices give off an EMF. Regardless, limiting your exposure to unnatural electromagnetic fields will be beneficial to your overall health.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Things to Plant Now for Spring

Some gardeners feel that waiting for spring to plant their favorite items is the best idea. It truly depends on what you would like to produce from your garden. The reality is that you can plant food and flower items all throughout the year in many climates. You may be in the heart of winter now, but soon the trees will sprout leaves and the wild flowers will return. Consider planting some of these items in advance of the spring season for your enjoyment.
  • Peas: These are best attempted in a greenhouse, but one is not needed. Peas can survive very cold temperatures, so they are ideal for growing in cold climates during the winter months. You will begin to enjoy them sooner than if you waited until spring to plant them.
  • Broccoli: This hearty, healthy vegetable is tough enough to brave the cold elements. It may grow slowly over the winter, but in the spring it will begin to accelerate quickly. You could enjoy broccoli harvests as early as the first week of June if you plant it at the right time and take care of it.
  • Lettuce: Lettuce is the most versatile and useful vegetable that you can plant in the winter months. Think of all the different ways you can use lettuce in your diet. It's best to plant lettuce in January so that it is fresh and ready to eat by April or May. Lettuce can really take a pounding from cold temperatures, and it will come out the other side of winter alive and well.
  • Carrots: No winter garden would be complete without carrots. The crisp, crunchy, orange vegetables perfectly complement lettuce in salads and on sandwiches. You can also use them as healthy snacks. Carrots can take a little bit of extra time to grow depending on the weather, but they are worthy additions to your garden. It's not surprising that carrots are also used in stews even in the late periods of winter in some areas. 
  • Spinach: Spinach is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and the good news is that it can grow during harsher times in your climate. It can be planted right along with your lettuce, and it should achieve great results in the same time. Spring is the time when everyone likes to start eating more salads, and the spinach will be ready just in time to enjoy.
  • Kale: This popular, healthy green shouldn't be skipped in your garden this winter. It is, however, more susceptible to cold and should be regulated by growing it indoors. A winter frost could wipe the plant out quickly.
Consider planting some of these vegetables and leafy greens now to enjoy a bountiful harvest come spring and summer!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

EM-1 Product Review

Used around the world for more than 30 years, Effective Microorganisms (EM-1) is a liquid concentrate of beneficial microorganisms. It is a versatile, all natural, NON-GMO product created by Dr. Teruo Higa in Japan. Its uses can be categorized into three main categories of soils, septic treatment, and waste treatment.

Odor Control Applications of EM-1

Zoos and farmland with livestock can use EM-1 for odor control of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide associated with animal excrement. They can also use the inoculant for controlling the odor of lagoons and stagnant water sources, for cleaning equipment, preventing rust, and cleaning animal facilities as well.

Soil Applications of EM-1

When it comes to agriculture and gardens, EM-1 can be used as a natural fertilizer and soil amendment for crops and other plants. Use of the soil/fertilizer amendment has been going strong since the early 1980s, and is now being used in over 120 countries with farming infrastructure both large and small. In agriculture, EM-1 is able to produce the following to help stabilize the structure of soil:

  • Polysaccharides
  • Micronutrients
  • Organic acids
  • Enzymes

Such micronutrients and other components in the soil help prevent erosion, run-off, and the collapse of porous spaces during heavy rains.

From a personal gardening standpoint, using EM-1 to amend your soil will encourage populations of earthworms and beneficial insects to inhabit the space and naturally enrich the soil. EM-1 is also great for accelerating your compost piles.

Offered in sizes as small as 12 ounces and as large as 275 gallons, EM-1 microbial inoculant can serve its purpose in a variety of circumstances and practices. From keeping your livestock pens clean and odor free to fertilizing and amending your soils to creating strong and fertile compost, EM-1 will do the job at an affordable price point.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep

Everybody sleeps to recharge after a long day, but not everyone’s night of sleep is restorative to the body. Several factors like restlessness, insomnia, allergies, and many more can play into whether or not you wake in the morning feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to get on with your day. Let’s review some tips to help you improve your night’s sleep.
  1. Go to bed at a regular time, and wake up at a regular time. It’s good for your body to get into a routine when it comes to sleep. Altering your sleep patterns drastically can negatively affect your mood, focus, and overall health.
  2. Increase your sun exposure during the day. Take breaks outside, exercise outside, walk your dog during the day, or try to work near a window with no blinds.
  3. Limit your technology exposure at night. Turn off the television! Turn off that iPad! The light from electronic devices stimulates your brain instead of encouraging it to relax. Try reading a book, listening to music, or do some stretching instead.
  4. Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. Your quality of sleep can go down if a room is too hot or too cool.
  5. Develop a pre-bed routine. Whether it’s taking a shower, stretching, reading, or packing your work bag for the next day, get yourself into a relaxing routine.
  6. Eat dinner earlier. Your body needs time to properly digest meals, and the closer to bed time you are eating, the more disruptive your meal can be to your sleep. This is especially true of foods that can cause heartburn or indigestion.
  7. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon. The effects of caffeine can alter your alertness levels long after you’ve finishing drinking it. Cut yourself off after that morning coffee.
  8. Limit alcoholic beverages in the evening. Alcohol is not conducive to a restorative night of sleep, and can wake you up sporadically through the night. Avoid those nightcaps!
  9. Eat healthier and exercise regularly. It’s no secret that a healthy diet and regular exercise are good for your body, and these routines play a hand in good, restorative sleep as well.
  10. De-stress before bed. Avoid doing anything other than focusing on relaxing. Take deep breaths, don’t tense your muscles, and clear your mind of worries and stressors.
No two people will have the same approach to getting a good night’s sleep, but common factors to a bad night’s sleep are shared between millions. If you have chronic sleep conditions, it is advised to see a doctor before taking any techniques into practice on your own.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Top Garden Superfoods

The 7 Best Superfoods for your Organic Garden

Although your own home garden can be the best source for organic produce, leaving you without concern for dishonest labeling or other misleading practices, space is often a premium. When you must economize your growing space, it is more important than ever to focus on the best nutritional bang for your buck. What you need are garden superfoods that are simple to grow in your limited space and which provide the best minerals and nutrients. We have compiled seven of our favorites, including a few familiar staples and a few exotics that you may have never considered before.

#1 – Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is as colorful as it is hardy. It does best with plenty of sunlight, but only needs about a foot of organic soil to reach its full growing potential. This leafy green is one of the best sources of magnesium that you will find, making it an ultimate brain food.

#2 – Aloe Vera

You probably already have experience growing these hard-to-kill cacti in pots or other small containers. They require very little space and nearly everyone is familiar with its use in treating burns and helping scratches to heal. However, when ingested, aloe vera is packed with vitamins A, C and E, and it is a strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial food.

#3 – Garlic

Garlic is one of the easiest root vegetables to grow, and it is simply filled to the brim with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s positive effect on cholesterol makes it the perfect choice for the heart-conscious organic gardener. Plus, there are very few dishes that are not improved by a clove or two of garlic.

#4 – Sunchokes

You may have heard these tubers referred to as Jerusalem Artichokes or sun roots. This plant is a member of the sunflower family, but instead of producing oil-rich seeds it produces potato-like roots. These tubers are sweeter than potatoes and have a hint of leafy vegetable flavor, and each is rich in potassium, iron and B vitamins. Sunchokes are also a natural source of inulin, a powerful prebiotic.

#5 – Carrots

Carrots are one the most container-friendly, easy-to-grow root vegetable around. This excellent source of beta carotene and antioxidants is also one of the few vegetables that is actually more nutritious when cooked, so long as the skin is left intact.

#6 – Tree Collard

This unusual green grows upward, rather than outward, and forms small tree-like stalks. Like other collards, tree collard is rich with vitamin K, magnesium and calcium, and tree collard has more protein by weight than beef or chicken.

#7 – Blue Potatoes

Blue potatoes have a purplish skin, which becomes a vibrant blue when cooked. Like its whitish cousins, blue potatoes are easy to grow and packed with essential nutrients. Unlike its more common counterparts, however, blue potatoes also contain mood-improving iodine and anthocyanin antioxidants.