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Prepare for Spring

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Greetings Health Fans,

It’s still a bit chilly around here but I thought I’d share a video from last summer that features one of my raised bed gardens at Camp Rawnora. I used old fence posts and fence boards to create the frame for the garden. The length of the fence boards determined the length of my garden. The only cutting I did was on the fence posts which I cut down to 14 inches. I dug a 6 inch deep hole for each of them and secured them in the ground before attaching the face boards. With recycled wood it is important to pre-drill holes and secure everything with wood screws. This aged wood had a tendency to split at the ends and pre-drilling will prevent that.

Underneath I lined the ground with cardboard and newspaper to kill off the grass and to prevent weeds from growing up into the bed. Eventually all of this material will breakdown and turn into future fertilizer. The beds were filled with composted manure which our horses happily produce. I topped the beds and the walkway around the bed with woodchips. This was useful for retaining moisture in the beds especially during the drought we had last summer.

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All the plants that went into the raised bed were grown from organic seed started under grow lights and then transplanted. The variety of tobacco used was from heirloom seeds gifted to Camp Rawnora by a Native American. The tobacco leaves and seeds were collected for ceremonial usage. As you can see from the pictures, humming birds enjoy the bountiful yellow blooms of the tobacco plant.

Currently the bed has a thick layer of dead leaves on top of it which is covered in a layer of snow. Eventually the snow will melt and it will be time to replant the bed. This year I plan on using activated EM to prepare the soil and I hope to experiment with compost tea as well. I’ll be sure to post my progress.

Keep it Live!

 

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Raw Update from Camp Rawnora and Chef Adam

Goshen, IN Meetup

Greetings to all you health crusaders out there.

There’s a lot going on in these parts… workshops, retreats, potlucks… oh my! And don’t forget the Saturday farmer’s market in St. Joe, MI.

The Herald Palladium, a local paper here in Michigan, did a feature this month on raw foods. They interviewed me regarding my experience with raw foods. Here’s the link: http://heraldpalladium.com/articles/2012/06/12/features/10257118.txt They also did a counter point interview with a “dietician/nutritionist” from a local hospital. I have yet to find a medical facility that has a decent grasp on nutrition. Read her interview and decide for yourself. I’m a little at odds with her recommendation of soy and canola oil… my stomach turns just thinking about it. This isn’t surprising considering many medical facilities give products like “Boost” to their patients considering it “healthy”. Here’s a snap shot of this “health” drink’s label… you decide.

Is this nutritious?

Second and third ingredients are sugar plus 5 obvious GMO ingredients and a whole chemical cocktail to follow… health drink? More like sick drink. Moving on…

I’ve been busy planting the gardens at Camp Rawnora and at Ronora Lodge. Half of the large greenhouse is planted with kale and tomatoes. I also constructed a couple of raised beds for tomatoes, kale, collards and tobacco (ceremonial).

The fruit tree crop was devastated here in Southwest Michigan due to warm weather in March which got the fruit trees blooming early only to get nailed by freezing temperatures in April. The berries are still in full effect along with melons that will be ripe in August… just in time for the Abundance Vortex weekend August 3-5. Mark your calendar, buy your ticket and pack your tent. This should be quite an event.

Here’s a tasty recipe and video to hold you over until your visit in August… Tropical chia fruit salad.

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Good Time in Chi-Town

What up Mayor Daley?
What up Mayor Daley?

Greetings from my favorite city in the States… Chicago. Last week I shared the drive with my parents from Jacksonville, FL all the way up the Chicago. Since arriving the weather has been amazing and I’ve had some super cool experiences. On Friday I dined at Cousin’s Incredible Vitality with my dad and some good friends. I loved the eggplant antipasta so much that I came back the next day for some more. This past Saturday I attended the dedication of the first certified organic rooftop farm in the US. It was on the roof of Uncommon Ground Cafe on the Northside of Chicago. Mayor Richard M. Daley gave a nice speech and cut the green ribbon. That evening I prepared dinner for a group of friends… the menu included guacamole a la Angie, marinaded portabellos, kelp noodles with an orange ginger almond sauce and pesto bell pepper boats.

Also on Saturday July 18th I’m scheduled to do a live food demo and dinner in Burr Ridge…

Good times in Chi-Town!

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Viva Italia in Tallahassee

Viva Italia Eggplant Parm
Viva Italia Eggplant Parm

This week I had a blast visiting Tallahassee, FL to teach a live food class and host a dinner. The theme of the evening was Viva Italia which allowed me to connect with my Italian roots in a vegan raw food way. The menu was eggplant Parmesan, bell peppers stuffed with pecan basil pesto, zucchini and squash noodles with a hemp alfredo sauce, a fresh garden salad with sorrel, kale, baby lettuce and a fig tarragon vinaigrette… dessert was a avocado chocolate mousse that was off the charts. Thank you to everyone who helped and all those who attended. I can’t wait to do it again. Enjoy this clip from the festive event.