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Five New Powerful Plants in the Napa Garden We Plan to Bring to You

Five New Powerful Plants in the Napa Garden We Plan to Bring to You

July 24, 2019

We’re Looking for Growers!

 

This past weekend we hosted a small group of people who are interested in working with our company to help us create new products. We toured the Napa garden and spoke about new and innovative approaches to using plants as medicinal food.   I had many ideas and examples of plants for them to see, feel and even taste, but I focused on five that I am particularly excited about and that will help us fulfill the dictum “let thy food be thy medicine.”

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How ‘Tending the Wild’ Creates Both Beauty and Bounty

How ‘Tending the Wild’ Creates Both Beauty and Bounty

July 08, 2019

Recently I was away from our garden for almost two weeks while visiting new and “old” grandchildren on the East Coast.   Of course, this is prime growing season for all gardens in the Northern Hemisphere, and Napa is no exception.  It was astonishing to see the amount of growth that had occurred during these two weeks.  But what really struck us was how quickly the garden would become reintegrated back into “nature” if it weren’t for the human work that goes into tending the garden

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How Eating From Each Plant ‘Sphere’ Nourishes the Whole Human Being

How Eating From Each Plant ‘Sphere’ Nourishes the Whole Human Being

June 17, 2019

One of our primary goals is to make it easier for our customers to eat the best diet possible.  One of the aspects of a healthy diet is the daily inclusion of as many different types, colors and growth habits of vegetables as possible.   As Goethe and Rudolf Steiner pointed out, plants and human beings are “divided” into three separate but inter-penetrating spheres.

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Our Low-Oxalate Greens Powder Contains Powerful Nutrients Without the Usual Oxalate Load

Our Low-Oxalate Greens Powder Contains Powerful Nutrients Without the Usual Oxalate Load

June 10, 2019

Although green vegetables, especially when properly prepared — usually with fat, salt and a bit of acid, like lemon juice — are among the healthiest foods we eat, they also have a down side, and that is the presence of oxalates, which are especially abundant in leafy greens.

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We’re Actively Looking for a Grower of This Powerful Herb!

We’re Actively Looking for a Grower of This Powerful Herb!

May 28, 2019

For about 40 years, Drs. James and Dorothy Morré, a husband and wife team of researchers, have been studying cancer and aging at their National Cancer Institute research laboratory at Purdue University.  Specifically, they have studied a group of proteins called the ENOX group, which might shed light on the etiology of cancer and aging.

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Wild Ramps Might Be Timid, But Their Nutrition Is Powerful

Wild Ramps Might Be Timid, But Their Nutrition Is Powerful

May 20, 2019

Along with our leek products, our Wild Ramp Powder is my favorite Dr. Cowan’s Garden product.  Not only does the subtle, oniony flavor of wild ramps go well with almost every savory dish (as Alyssa, who works with me in my office, says:  “Everything tastes better with Ramp or Leek Powder!”), but Wild Ramp Powder also epitomizes the principles that our company stands for.

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Taste Matters: We Process Our Vegetables the Same Way Savvy Home Cooks Do

Taste Matters: We Process Our Vegetables the Same Way Savvy Home Cooks Do

May 13, 2019

The first of the three core principles that underlie all we do is increasing the vegetable diversity in your diet to include all the colors, growth habits and parts of the plant.  This strategy assures that you will avail yourself of all the many disease-preventing nutrients that plants have to offer. 

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Can We Coax Extinct Species Back Into Existence?

Can We Coax Extinct Species Back Into Existence?

May 06, 2019

About a dozen years ago I heard a farmer present the results of his work on his decades-old biodynamic farm in Australia.  He showed slides of the massive pit they had dug in which they laid dozens of cow horns filled with manure, which were used to “enliven” the fields.  He shared how they made the biodynamic preparations that are at the heart of the biodynamic process.  These preps stimulated calcium uptake by the plants, as well as root and fruit development, and others strengthened the plants against various diseases.   But the main thing that stuck with me were the slides he showed of an insect on his farm that had been declared extinct a decade earlier.  

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Calcium-Rich Cholla Buds Help Us Re-Connect to Traditional Ways

Calcium-Rich Cholla Buds Help Us Re-Connect to Traditional Ways

April 30, 2019

One of the first things one learns when switching to a traditional diet is that eating an authentic, traditional diet involves a lot more thought and preparation than one is typically used to.  My guess is that most people decide what they are going to eat for their next meal either right before mealtime, or, at most, when they shop the day before. Not so when one eats a traditional diet.                                       

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Diversity, Soil and Plant Health Are Everything When It Comes to Health

Diversity, Soil and Plant Health Are Everything When It Comes to Health

April 23, 2019

The other day I saw an advertisement from the University of California at San Francisco medical center that invited us to imagine a world without disease.  The ad’s message was that because of the diligence, innovation and bold experimentation going on at UCSF, we are on the verge of such a utopian existence.

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You’re Helping Us Be a Healing Force in the World

You’re Helping Us Be a Healing Force in the World

April 16, 2019

This week, Dr. Cowan’s Garden turns three years old.  To a certain extent, businesses and institutions follow the same general guidelines as the lives of individuals.  At three years old, the hope is the new emerging company is able to stand on its own two feet and develop its own identity.

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Spring Gardening Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

Spring Gardening Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

April 08, 2019

This is my favorite gardening time of the year.  Spring has finally arrived in Northern California, and the long, cold rains have abated.  While the winter rains have stimulated a lot of weed growth, the garden has a fresh, new look, with young, healthy, vibrant plants that haven’t peaked yet.

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