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Famine in the Seeds!

Consider the Next Generation of Seeds Today

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., LMT
May-June 2019 • Vol 3, No 104

There are many aspects to growing your own food, especially in the colder climate that we have here in Montana. Working with nature is the goal and that begins with your seeds. It is important to consider the way we are handling today’s seeds. So many hybrids have been developed that you actually have to seek out original, non-hybrid seeds. Hybrid plants are sterile, meaning that seeds must be purchased for every planting. They cannot be saved and shared from year to year as your ancestors did in the past! This may be good for the seed companies, but NOT for the seeds. The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences has indicated that since many of our crops are so genetically uniform through hybrids, they could easily be wiped out by one disastrous disease epidemic.

Most of our vegetables were derived from herbs, but they no longer have the essence, the pungent tastes, or the odors of those herbs. They are increasingly losing their power and effect in the human body. These original, non-hybrid seeds produce crops with immunities to pests and blights through struggles of nature. These seeds have survived the centuries, and so did we.

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Back to the Roots…

Creating a Carbon-Negative CBD Farm

Hilary Pederson
March-April 2019 • Vol 3, No 103

Hello! We are Baked in Montana—a farm and business based in Gallatin County. We grow hemp, extract CBD, and process our products locally. Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle by using natural products, while addressing some of our cultural and environmental problems. Today we would like to share our farming philosophy with you.

Creating and sustaining healthy soil is part of restoring an ecosystem. We find ways to partner with natural processes instead of working against them. This has been our passion over the last several seasons of growing. We work to heal the soil by reintroducing organic materials and microorganisms. We cut back on practices that damage natural soil systems, such as tilling, pesticides, herbicides, commercial fertilizing, and over-irrigating.

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Sea Vegetables

Still Wary of Eating “Seaweed”?

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., LMT
March-April 2019 • Vol 3, No 103

As we eagerly await the emergence of our newly planted gardens, I invite you to explore the bountiful, mineral-rich, ocean-grounding water plants known as sea vegetables. Easy to find year-round at most grocery stores, the most common sea vegetables are nori, kombu, dulse and arame. They are harvested, dried and packaged and last for years on your pantry shelf.

This extremely powerful wild food contains all the mineral nutrients of the ocean. It actually sponges up toxic heavy metals, radiation, dioxins, pesticides like DDT and many other poisons, to absorb and deactivate them through their bioactive phytochemicals. They lock onto the toxic waste, draw out the poisons, and only leave behind over 50 nutrient-packed, supercharged, ocean-grounding nutrients. These whole-food, mineral-rich nutrients are ultra-bioavailable and easily digested, assimilated, and utilized by every cell and system in our bodies.

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Roses, Roses, Roses!

“The Gourmet Herbalist”

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., LMT
January–February 2019 • Vol 3, No 102

Beautiful by nature, roses delight the senses: visual, touch, scent and taste. Yes, taste! This edible flower is used as oils, essences and food. Organic, wild-crafted rose petals can be put in salads, and in side dishes. Yet roses are best known for their rose hips in tea. (They grow in my garden and the deer love them too!)

One cup of rose-hips tea has more whole-food vitamin C in it than a whole bag of California oranges that have been sprayed, picked, stored and gassed to make them turn orange. Most recently, I have been using powdered rose hips found at my local health-food store. It is very versatile and a wonderful cell food. It mixes easily into a fruit salad, fresh juices and smoothies, and apricot-coconut-nut balls. Be creative and enjoy roses all year long!

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Dirt First!

The Garden/Farm Revolution

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
September-October 2018 • Vol 3, No 100

Following the natural cycles and seasons of Mother Nature, autumn is a time of layering her debris left behind from the harvesting of the fruits of her labor. This ground debris sits under winter’s blanket of snow, which for me last year began the first week of September. The breaking-down process utilizes soil microbes, turning vegetation back into soil for next year’s plant growth. Mother Nature is very efficient—she recycles everything. (See “The Humic/Fulvic Missing Link: It’s in the Leaves!” NLND Jul–Aug ‘16.)

The dirt beneath your feet is the key foundation to future healthy plants—and for us as we eat them.
I chose this natural method of mulch gardening years ago. I then combined it with the layered, “lasagna” and straw-bale methods. (See “Straw Bale Gardens—Breakthrough Method,” NLND May–June ‘15.) The mystic Anastasia, in The Ringing Cedar Series, also agrees with the natural layering process, reminding us that our planet Earth responds well to being worked, touched and caressed by loving human hands, using small hand tools. (See “Ancient Wisdom for Planting Seeds,” NLND Nov–Dec ‘17.)

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Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms—WWOOF!

Permaculture Cooperative in Paradise Valley, Montana

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
July–August 2018 • Vol 3, No 99

WWOOF is not a hound dog—it’s a worldwide organization and effort to link visitors with organic farmers, to promote an educational exchange, and to build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices.

WWOOF was founded in 1971 in the UK, and is one of the world’s first educational and cultural exchange programs. Today, WWOOF is in more than 132 countries around the world (and growing), with a wide range of farm-stay opportunities. WWOOF programs operate independently in each country, so please contact individual WWOOF organizations directly for the most accurate information on WWOOFing in the locale of your choice. This article highlights a local WWOOF farm in Emigrant, Montana.

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Compost Enzyme

Natural All-Purpose Cleaner & Garden Booster

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
May-June 2018 • Vol 3, No 98

Our garden is planted, the compost pile is organized, and summer vacations are in mind. I start thinking about my two favorite things to do on vacation and when visiting family. One is to visit other gardens and the other is to check out the health-food stores in that area.

Years back, on a trip to Malaysia, I noticed that all the health-food stores had this system set up to make a fermented enzyme from garden and kitchen compost. The final product was available for sale with instructions on how to make your own, which I’m including here. Imagine! An all-purpose household cleaner and disinfectant, an air purifier, an insecticide and pesticide, organic fertilizer, and environmental ozone booster, even for clearing drainpipes—all from my kitchen and garden scraps?

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Everyday Herbal Delivery Systems

Barefoot Gardening

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
March–April 2018 • Vol 3, No 97

As I eagerly await the springing forth of the very first seedlings of the year, my perennial herb garden is already showing promise. The deer and rabbits have taught me that it’s first come, first serve! We all know that fresh is best, yet living in the mountains of Montana, we have to be creative with our wintering over garden produce, using fresh-dried, frozen and canned as a last resort.

Ninety percent of everything I can’t eat fresh, I dry, due to its easy storage and the many ways it can be preserved, processed and consumed, also known as the delivery system, and how it will be efficiently utilized by the body. Today we think that everyday herbs are something to just spice up a dish or make it tasty. Our ancestors, however, knew that herbs are chock-full of nutrients and were used as everyday foods, and also as medicinals…

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SPROUTING: Winter’s Indoor Garden

Barefoot Gardening

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
January-February 2018 • Vol 3, No 96

As our gardens rest in frozen ground under a blanket of snow, our bodies also need this time of winter’s quiet to repair and rebuild, but they still require those fresh, raw, organic greens. ‘Tis the season for sprouting seeds! Keeping it simple. The very easiest methods can be done in a strainer, or larger seeds in a colander.

I use a wide-mouth, quart-size canning jar. Here’s how: 1) Put a maximum of 1/4 inch to 1/8th inch of seeds in the bottom of your wide-mouth jar to leave growing room. 2) Fill with cold water, leave overnight so the seeds swell. I keep mine at the kitchen sink for easy rinsing. Cover with nylon netting (from a fabric store) and a rubber band, or non-aluminum window screen (from a hardware store) holding it in place with a canning band…

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Ancient Wisdom for Planting Seeds

Excerpts from Anastasia’s Ringing Cedar Series

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
November-December 2017 • Vol 3, No 95

Edgar Cayce, the “Sleeping Prophet,” made a statement concerning a development from Russia with the coming of a greater hope for the world and a new spiritual evolution. That groundbreaking thought has come to life through the translating of the Anastasia Ringing Cedar Series from Russian into English, capturing all the imagery, feelings and sensations of the original, by Dr. Leonid Sharashkin, Ph.D. (shown here). This series reveals the potential of Russia’s permaculture gardening movement to change our world.

Despite a millennium of harsh oppression, Russian families have preserved a unique traditional lifestyle grounded in self-sufficiency and self-reliance. They now show a path to a more fulfilling, independent, and free existence that is connected to nature. As millions of people worldwide start to embrace these ideas, humanity may now be entering an age of harmony and peace. The ultimate result of this global transformation depends on us.

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