Community Creates Neighborhood Garden


I recently read an inspiring article of a community in Chula Vista, CA getting together and creating a 1 acre garden that will be accessible for all residents.  With food costs rising, fast, and processed food being more readily available then fresh vegetables, its great to see a community come together in promoting healthy living and a better lifestyle.  This is truly a wonderful and exciting article that I hope will inspire more folks across the country to consider doing as well.

The garden, Jacoby said, will be used for more than planting and picking vegetables.

“The idea of the garden is to provide not only a place to garden, but also a place for people in the community to come and meet and do things,” she said. “We’re trying to incorporate art in the garden, and science in the garden, and any other types of things that people decide they would like to do there,” she said.

It would be great to see more neighborhoods and communities come together like this to not only create a healthier lifestyle but to teach the next generation to be more health and environment conscience.  With the new generation relying on so many pharmaceuticals, they tend to forget that health doesn’t come from a pill but in what you eat.  Congrats to Chula Vista and good luck with your future crops.

Check out the full article below for the full inspiring story.

Source – The Star News

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What is Organic?

Do you buy organic? If so, you probably have that good friend or family member who gives you crap about spending more on organic when they say – “It’s not worth it, you’re just wasting money.” Yeah, you’ve heard that a time or two haven’t you? Well, I know when I purchase organic it’s because I just know it’s “better”. And better health is my aim after all.

Organic at Heart
Organic at Heart

If you purchase organic foods or are on the hunt to find out what organic food really is. Or perhaps you want to know what organic really means? Well friends search no longer. I have done research and put it all together in one place for you.

What is organic?

According to the USDA Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.

Definition of Organic Agriculture

“Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.”


Organic agriculture produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics. USDA organic standards describe how farmers grow crops and raise livestock and which materials they may use.

Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber. Congress described general organic principles in the Organic Foods Production Act, and the USDA defines specific organic standards. These standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.

Organic farms and processors:

  • Preserve natural resources and biodiversity
  • Support animal health and welfare
  • Provide access to the outdoors so that animals can exercise their natural behaviors
  • Only use approved materials
  • Do not use genetically modified ingredients
  • Receive annual onsite inspections
  • Separate organic food from non-organic food

“An organic farm, properly speaking, is not one that uses certain methods and substances and avoids others; it is a farm whose structure is formed in imitation of the structure of a natural system that has the integrity, the independence and the benign dependence of an organism” —Wendell Berry, “The Gift of Good Land”

Raising livestock and poultry, for meat, dairy and eggs, is another traditional, farming activity that complements growing. Organic farms attempt to provide animals with “natural” living conditions and feed. While the USDA does not require any animal welfare requirements be met for a product to be marked as organic, this is a variance from older organic farming practices.

Also, horses and cattle used to be a basic farm feature that provided labor, for hauling and plowing, fertility, through recycling of manure, and fuel, in the form of food for farmers and other animals. While today, small growing operations often do not include livestock, domesticated animals are a desirable part of the organic farming equation, especially for true sustainability, the ability of a farm to function as a self-renewing unit.

Organic farming is not simply the substitution of approved input materials. It is the replacement of a treatment approach with a process approach to create a balanced system of plant and animal interactions.”
—Rodale Institute

Every organic farm, packing facility, processor, and distributor involved between the farm and market is inspected to verify compliance with the USDA organic regulations. Every organic operation is required to renew its certification each year. During the renewal process, the certified organic operation provides an annual update to the certifier, the inspector conducts an annual on-site inspection, and the certifier reviews the application and the inspector’s report to determine if the applicant still complies with the USDA organic regulations. This process continues as long as the operation is certified.

With over 30,000 on-site inspections per year by certifying agents to monitor compliance with USDA organic standards, consumers purchasing products with the USDA organic label can rest assured that the product has maintained its organic integrity – from farm to table.


So what I gather from my research is organic should be better if all are following the compliance’s and standards as required by the USDA. I know it makes me happy and puts a smile on my face and comfort to mind knowing I am putting effort into healthy decisions when I purchase items that say ORGANIC and you should be too!

REAL FOOD just tastes better. 🙂

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Every organic farm, packing facility, processor, and distributor involved between the farm and market is inspected to verify compliance with the USDA organic regulations. Every organic operation is required to renew its certification each year. During the renewal process, the certified organic operation provides an annual update to the certifier, the inspector conducts an annual on-site inspection, and the certifier reviews the application and the inspector’s report to determine if the applicant still complies with the USDA organic regulations.  This process continues as long as the operation is certified.

With over 30,000 on-site inspections per year by certifying agents to monitor compliance with USDA organic standards, consumers purchasing products with the USDA organic label can rest assured that the product has maintained its organic integrity – from farm to table.

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Razz Choco Banana Bites – Only Three Ingredient Recipe – A Healthy Vegan Treat!

So simple. So tasty. So fun.

Forget the box of chocolates this Valentines because we can almost bet the box at your local grocery store probably has high fructose corn syrup or some other artificial sweetener and partially hydrogenated soy bean oil in it. We’ve got a healthier treat that will wow your taste buds!

Razz Choco Banana Bites – It’s healthy, clean, raw, vegan and organic too!



Only three ingredients needed for this recipe!




This rawmio Chocolate Almond Butter is raw and vegan. It is out of this world yummy! You can grab a spoon and eat it right out of the jar if you’d like. 🙂 But I have found it goes a lot further if you pair it up with some fruit to make the perfectly rich and divine treat.

Ingredients – Organic: Raw Almonds, Raw Cacao Nibs, Coconut Sugar




Razz Choco Banana Bites Recipe:


  • Organic Bananas

  • Organic Raspberries (Fresh or Frozen and then slightly thawed)

  • rawmio Almond – Organic Chocolate Almond Butter –

Or if prefer white chocolate Rawmio Almond Silk Spreads – 01/6 oz. Jar,

You can also use the original spread – Rawtella – Gourmet Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – ORIGINAL (01/6 oz Jar)

Note: If you are using frozen raspberries then you will want to take those out a bit before you start making these little bad boys.

Slice the bananas a little on the thicker side, lay them out on a pretty plate, spoon small amounts of the rawmio Chocolate Almond Butter on top of the banana slices and then top with a raspberry.

Enjoy and savor every bite!


Healthy never tasted so good!



 Happy Valentine’s Day to you & the one you love!

Make your lips naturally kissable

Okay ladies if you have been searching high and low for a natural organic lip balm that is lip worthy you may want to check out this fruity fun lip balm!

Okay, I admit the intriguing shape and color of this Eos Summer Fruit Lip Balm caught my eye first and then my lips.  I have been eye balling it for months every time I would see it at the checkout register and finally I thought what the heck for $3.00 I should just buy it and give it a try. And I love it, it isn’t sticky or gooey, it glides right on and has a lovely scent and tastes great! and I can’t forget to mention it is 100% natural; not tested on animals – 95% organic; USDA organic – Evolution Of smooth – now I can’t beat that for $3.00 dollars. My lips are in heaven and no this is not a paid post. I am just happy that I have finally found my go to lip balm that will be in my coat pocket, purse, car, drawer at home and the office. If it hasn’t caught your eye at your local health food market, grocery or pharmacy store yet.  It’s definitely worth a try! You should be able to find it at Whole Foods, Target or Walgreens. Here’s to sweet kisses for Valentines day! xoxoxoxo

How to Use The Powerful Health Qualities of Natural Apple Cider Vinegar

Research worldwide supports and commends what Hippocrates (the father of medicine) found and treated his patients with in 400 B.C. He discovered that natural, undistilled Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV)* is a powerful cleansing and healing elixir, “a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria” for a healthier, stronger, longer life!


The versatility of ACV as a powerful body cleansing agent is legendary. It’s been traced to Egyptian urns as far back as 3000 B.C. The Babylonians used it as a condiment and preservative, while Julius Caesar’s army used ACV tonic to stay healthy and fight off disease. The Greeks and Romans kept vinegar vessels for healing and flavoring. It was used in Biblical times as an antiseptic and a healing agent and is mentioned in the Bible. In Paris during the Middle Ages, it was sold from barrels by street vendors as a body deodorant, healing tonic and a health vinegar drink.


Even Christopher Columbus and his crew on his voyage to discover America in 1492 had their vinegar barrels for prevention of scurvy as did the soldiers in the American Civil War. For centuries in Japan, the feared Samurai warriors drank it for strength and power. ACV has been used for thousands of years not only for health reasons, but also as a cleansing agent to remove bacteria, germs, odors, and even stains and spots.


A teacher for the day can be a guiding light for a lifetime!


Bragg books are silent health teachers—never tiring, ready night or day to help you help yourself to health! Our books are written with love and a deep desire to guide you to a healthy lifestyle.

– Patricia Bragg


ACV – Mother Nature’s Perfect Food


Natural (undistilled) organic, raw ACV can really be called one of Mother Nature’s most perfect foods. It is made from fresh, crushed apples which are then allowed to mature naturally in wooden barrels, as wood seems to “boost” the natural fermentation. Natural ACV should be rich, brownish color and if held to the light you might see a tiny formation of “cobweb-like” substances that we call the “mother.” Usually some “mother” will show in the bottom of the ACV bottle the more it ages. It never needs refrigeration. You can also save some “mother” and transfer it to work in other natural vinegars. When you smell natural ACV, there’s a pungent odor and sometimes it’s so ripened it puckers your mouth and smarts your eyes. These are natural, good signs.


Why Has Natural Apple Cider Vinegar Disappeared from Grocers’ Shelves?


The blame for the disappearance of natural raw Apple Cider Vinegar from supermarkets lies on the shoulders of the general public, as well as the producers of vinegar.


Most people buy food with their eyes, not thinking of good nutrition. The vinegar producers failed to enlighten the public on what powerful health qualities were locked within natural ACV. Why? Because most of them had not the slightest knowledge of the health values of natural, organic, unfiltered, cloudy (and to some, less attractive-looking) Apple Cider Vinegar with the “mother.” They produced pasteurized, refined and distilled vinegars because the public demanded the clear look. It was simply filling current supply and demand.


Powerful Health Qualities Removed


You cannot completely blame the producers of vinegar. They are not nutritionists, nor are they biochemists. Their business is to give the customers what they want. Most people purchase vinegar for flavoring, also for pickling and marinating their foods. Some women use it to rinse their hair after shampooing, as it leaves it squeaky clean, softer and much easier to manage.


ACV is also a germ fighter in the home, lab, etc.. Some mix it with water to wash windows, as it removes sludge and keeps them sparkling clean. ACV has hundreds of uses and its versatility is legendary as a powerful household cleansing and deodorizing agent free of dangerous chemicals. (See pages 102 to 104 for vinegar cleaning hints.)


ACV Has Powerful Health Qualities


Both the general public and the producers of vinegar have been informed as to the powerful health qualities of organic, raw, unfiltered, fully ripened ACV. Ignorance isn’t always bliss! When most people see natural apple cider vinegar with the brownish color and the tiny, cobweb “mother” floating in it, they think it looks unappetizing. The general public has been educated and brainwashed to want everything they purchase to have perfect eye appeal!


To meet this demand of clear, light-colored vinegar sans the brownish, cobweb “mother” is the reason producers distill their vinegar. In distilling, the vinegar is turned to steam by heating, thus destroying the powerful enzymes and evaporating the life-giving minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, natural organic fluorine, silicon, trace minerals and pectin as well as many other powerful nutrients! Distilling also destroys the natural malic and tartaric acids which are important in fighting body toxins and inhibiting unfriendly bacteria.


You can see how the public, with their obsession for eye appeal foods, reacts. The producers of Apple Cider Vinegar, who agree to sell their product for a profit, put a death warrant against healthy, organic, raw, fully ripened ACV. The public got what they wanted—a clear, appealing, but dead ACV. When natural ACV was hard to find, other strange vinegars began to appear on grocery shelves. The first was malt vinegar, a refined vinegar. It’s clear and acceptable to the public. It tastes like vinegar, but has none of the healing qualities of natural, raw ACV.


The universally accepted #1 fruit, the apple, is popular across America and around the world. Early American settlers, the Pilgrims, brought apples to America in the early 1600’s and became Johnny Appleseeders, starting apple orchards that eventually spread throughout America.


Commercial Vinegars are Real Tragedies


Then came the real tragedy: a food chemist produced an imitation vinegar from coal tar! It looked clean, white and tasted like vinegar. Today it’s the most popular vinegar in supermarkets. It’s cheaper than distilled vinegar or malt vinegar. Most people buy these worthless vinegars. There is nothing redeeming about commercial vinegars, besides their clean look and vinegar-like taste. They have no health value! They don’t contain the health values of organic, raw ACV with the mother. Millions worldwide never get the health benefits of this natural ACV as Hippocrates used in 400 B.C.


ACV Helps Stiffness Vanish from Body


You will find, after several months of ACV and honey cocktail taken 3 times daily that the stiffness and misery will be gone from your joints and body. You will discover you can walk or run up several flights of stairs without any effort and pain! You will notice that you look and feel younger!


Make The Bragg Healthy Lifestyle a life-long daily habit! Over the years we have seen many stiff-jointed, prematurely old people transform themselves into new, youthful, healthy people! We can’t do it for you. You must make the effort to give this ACV and honey program a chance to prove what it can do for you!


Question About Apple Cider Vinegar


Many people have some preconceived idea that Apple Cider Vinegar is harmful to the body. However, it is actually the distilled, pasteurized, filtered, malt and synthetic dead vinegars that must be avoided for human consumption!


Let us assure you that there is nothing in this wonderful, organic, raw ACV that can in any way harm your body! People ask us about the merits and benefits of ACV. See the inside front cover for a list of some of the miracles it can perform.


Animal proteins and fats have a tendency to thicken the blood, while natural acids and enzymes in ACV help to keep the blood healthier and thinner. Also, that’s why people naturally crave and serve cranberry sauce (which contains four different natural acids) with turkey and fowl. They serve applesauce with roast pork dishes, a slice of lemon with fish, or mushrooms with steak —all rich in natural acids.


The use of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful health aid, and the #1 food I recommend in helping to maintain the body’s vital acid-alkine balance. Everyone should read the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar book. – Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Author of Conscious Eating and Spiritual Nutrition.


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