Whether you know it or not, whether you believe it or not, the United States has been at war or involved in conflict for over 50 years. source Let me rephrase, the United States has been at war for my entire life and so much longer!
An entire generation of war children...Let that sink in!
You might be asking yourself, "What does a Victory Garden have to do with war?" Everything!
Victory Gardens, also called War Gardens, were a product of WW1 and WW2. From wikipedia, "They were used along with food stamps
to reduce pressure on the public food supply. Around one-third of the
vegetables produced by the United States came from victory gardens. Besides indirectly aiding the war effort, these gardens were also considered a civil "morale
booster" in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution
of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. This made victory gardens a
part of daily life on the home front.
What happened to the Grow Your Own movement? With the influx of grocery store chains, fast foods and pre-packaged junk food society has become almost completely dependent on the corporate supply of "easy" foods. The attitude of "why grow it when I can buy it" is obvious when you look at obesity, cancer and disease rates in this country.
Add to that the corporate takeover of family farms with their billions of gallons of toxic, cancer-causing pesticides and you have a recipe for disasterous reprocusions and potential for human extinction. A bit dramatic? Not when you think about how fast humans are killing bees.
Is it possible that corporate-funded lobbyists and law-makers want citizens to be dependent on their junk-food and "easy" food? What would they gain? MONEY! If an informed population decided to stop spending their hard-earned cash on crap and made a lifestyle change it would revolutionize the Organic Growing movement. We might see a HUGE shift in cases of diabetes, cancer and other diseases. Can you imagine a healthier, happier society?
Now more than ever it is important for each individual to realize the importance of locally grown, homegrown foods. Growing your very own organic garden is healthier for your body and healthier for the planet.
Check out Mary's Heirloom Seeds for Non-GMO, Heirloom Seeds to get your garden started out right! If you've never grown a garden but are interested in getting started please contact me. I have many resources to get you started on your very own Victory Garden. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. "Gourd-o-lantern" by Angie Ouellette-Tower The gourd was grown in my garden and the artwork/painting is my original design
- I painted it to look like a pumpkin Jack-o-lantern
2. "Gourd-o-lantern Resin Earrings" I took pictures of my Halloween gourd creations and then made
them into resin earrings - they dangle with the charm of the fall season! This
picture is of a cute "Frankenstein" gourd which I painted green to
look like an authentic Frankenstein Monster GOURD-O-LANTERNSFrom first frost to all Hallows Eve the Gourd-o-lanterns are a welcome guest to
any house harvest time. How to use:
NEVER put a candle inside! ONLY use low voltage lights
–eg. Christmas tree light strand (bunched up and placed inside), night-light
NEVER leave light plugged in/turned on while unattended
LIGHT STRAND NOT INCLUDED!
The value of the Gourd-o-lantern gourd is $30 and the value of
the earrings is $10
Total prize value - $40
This giveaway is open to residents in "the Lower 48 US"
Saturday and Sunday @ the Yellow Green Farmer's Market
in Booth #281
After our last email about our DIY Tincture Kit Special (with a free pack of seeds) we had so many inquiries I thought it best to share with everyone.
What is a Tincture?
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract. Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments.
We use Tinctures for overall wellness! Tinctures are easy to make,
home remedies. If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will
Have you given any thought to making your own herbal home remedies?
"Tincture Kits"purchased Monday-Thursday ship within 48 hours via USPS Priority Mail. Tincture kits include:
1 - 32 ounce Glass Jar with lid, 1 - 2 ounce Amber Bottle with dropper top, 2 customizable labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herbs (additional herbs available) and Detailed Instructions
In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil is used as a tea or a
tincture. Among its many medicinal uses are lowering cholesterol, as an
immune booster, and lowering blood glucose levels.
of the primary medicinal uses for basil is for its anti-inflammatory
properties. This effect stems from eugenol, a volatile oil in basil that
blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal
treatment for people with arthritis. Basil, especially as an extract
or oil, is known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties"
NOTE: These claims have not been substantiated by the FDA and are not intended as medical advice
Chamomile is an herb
that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. Both the fresh
and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for
centuries to cure a number of health problems. The active ingredient in
chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of
anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
What are the Benefits of Chamomile?
Chamomile can be used topically or orally to treat a number of everyday ailments, such as:
Insomnia and other sleep disorders
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Wounds, burns, and scrapes
Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash
Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers. Continue Reading
DIY Cayenne Tincture *NEW*
a nightshade vegetable. While adding a little (or a lot) of hot and
spicy to any dish, cayenne pepper can also be very therapeutic.
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which can open up your sinuses, fight
inflammation, cardiovascular support, helps with ulcers, boosts immune
system and metabolism.
is what got my attention: "Cayenne pepper's bright red color signals
its high content of beta-carotene or pro-vitamin A. Just two teaspoons
of cayenne pepper provide 47% of the daily value for vitamin A. Often
called the anti-infection vitamin, vitamin A is essential for healthy
epithelial tissues including the mucous membranes that line the nasal
passages, lungs, intestinal tract and urinary tract and serve as the
body's first line of defense against invading pathogens." Continue Reading
What do you think? Are you ready to get started?
Your can read about my tincture results HERE and HERE. If you have additional questions please ask.
We are happy to continue to provide growing knowledge for you, your family and friends.