This past October during the SeedandPlantSwap.com event in Northwest Washington DC, co-ordinated by local Native Washiontonian DeeNice Rhodes there was a Salsa Tasting contest. The two top entries were tasted by 7 attendees and though it was a hard decision Charles Marrow won hands-down.
Juicing was the jumping off point to living a heathier lifestyle. Almost 2 1/2 year ago I came to a fork in the road. Either I would continue to spiral down health-wise or become renewed. My blood pressure had shot up to 215/107, as a caregiver the daily grind over 8 years was tearing me up inside and out. (Note: those of you who have committed yourself to caring for a loved one – know what I speak of http://www.meetup.com/The-CareGiver-Moment/). As I knew my health, body and soul were deterioating. Had gotten serious ill and when I went to the doctor, they could not do anything for me and told me to come back in 3 weeks if my illness persisted. What? Really?
I woke up the next morning, sat up in my bed and said out loud…. Since Jesus Christ Died for our Sins so we could live a victorious life…Then why am I allowing myself to die too?? It was my “recognition moment”.
Immediately, I got my tired body up, and decided I would start investing in my temple that God gave me.
1 Corinthians 6:19 New King James Version (NKJV) 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
I began looking for ways organically to cleanse and replenice my body and mind on the internet. The rest is a remarkable journey of health, hope and happiness.Here are pictures of sharing my juicing journey with my Sisters in Discipleship from First Baptist Church of Glenarden and their invited guests.
What a blast learning more about building low hoop houses. Josh Singer Community Garden Specialist got us cutting wires and bending them into the community raised beds before the frost hits this weekend. Then we covered it with semi permeable fabric so air, water and light can still come through. 4 mil plastic is another option if it gets real cold. But you need to be careful because the plastic covering can heat up your garden too much and accidentally cook your greens. YIKS!
We’ve all heard the term “Sustainability“. But how does it apply to gardening? Living sustainable as it pertains to my vegetable urban garden is reducing the carbon footprint. Increases in the carbon footprint, increases climate changes.
The EPA states, An urban farm or community garden can:
- Improve the environment
- Reduce greenhouse emissions
- Improve access to healthy, locally grown food
- Promoting health and physical activity
- Increasing community connections
- Attract economic activity
An article on this issue: http://www.livestrong.com/article/183436-the-importance-of-reducing-a-carbon-footprint/ gives an example of the damage an increase in the carbon footprint causes. According to the Nature Conservancy, it causes economic losses due to our increasing carbon footprint. Here is an example “the resulting climate change has threatened the lobster industry in New England as catches have plummeted. In addition, the increase in ocean temperatures is threatening the survival of coral reefs, a $375 billion per year industry. This is only one of many examples.
Why is reducing the carbon footprint so important?
It has been documented how damaging the increase in greenhouse gases affect the planet, humans and vegetation negatively. In 2008 China and the United States rated highest in high carbon footprint. This was not a position you want to be number 1 and 2 in.
You can be part of reducing negative environmental impacts with every bite of food raised from urban gardens.
My personal story
When I started purchasing organic produce for my juicing, the cost was much higher than the commercial groceries. And don’t get me wrong, I am worth spending more money on my organic journey. However, with juicing several different types of greens (Kale, Collards, Swiss Chard, etc.) it became quickly apparent that I needed my own garden.
I started my garden in May of 2013.
I love getting up in the morning, to pick my own organic veggies, juice and/or eat them fresh. I have been doing this for almost 2 years. It is a lifestyle journey for me. My passion is to share this journey and build raised bed gardens for neighbors and friends.
Here are other friends I have assisted in building and growing their own urban gardens.
Who Knew there are so many delicious vegetables that could be grown in the late fall and winter. After a harsh snow ice storm, I venture out to see if any of my plants survive in my garden. And boy I was thrilled to see how my Chinese Cabbage had thrived. Give it a try — Winter Gardens go organic and sustainable all year round!
Friday June 27 2014
Looking over my seedlings and plants, I need to swap my excess. Just can’t bear to throw them away.
I have poc choy, 3 types of kale, tomatoes, corn, a couple watermelons, some swiss chard and radishes that I am weeding . I would prefer to swap with someone and share the love. I am in Takoma Park DC.and love to meet other urban gardeners. Looking for cantaloupe,cucumbers, squash, zinnias and anything else to swap.