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Learn to Grow and Prepare Your Own Laco-Fermented Food

Preparing  Beetroot Kvass

Beetroot Kvass


Do you suffer from lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, yeast infections, allergies or asthma? All these conditions have been linked to a lack of good bacteria in the gut.

It can be argued that  antibiotics, pasteurisation, antibacterial soap and disinfectant are just making us sicker!

Your body needs  healthy probiotic bacteria to digest, absorb and utilise the nutrients in the food you eat. Lacto-fermented food is a way of introducing and maintaining a healthy population of these probiotic bacteria inside your body.

Would you like to learn how to grow your own nutrient dense and organic vegetables in your garden (whatever the size) to offer your family the best possible nutrition? No previous gardening experience is necessary as I will teach you everything you need to know to begin harvesting your own fresh vegetables. Continue Reading →


Homegrown Popcorn

Popcorn looks similar to corn

Popcorn looks similar to corn

Popcorn has been a popular snack food since the late 19th Century and, if it isn't coated with sugar or saturated in butter, it's a low calorie snack. A great family project is to grow and make your own healthy organic popcorn. It's one way to get the kids keen on gardening! Popcorn doesn't come from the same plant as sweet corn. It is a primitive variety of corn whose kernels contain air pockets. Popcorn is easy to grow, provided you can provide adequate water to maintain steady growth. You can find seeds in most online seed suppliers catalogues. I bought our first plants from a farmers market but you could try growing organic popcorn from a health food shop. Popcorn enjoys the same growing conditions as sweet corn, rich soil, water, sun and protection from frosts. Continue Reading →


Foraging for Seaweed

Seaweed has been eaten for centuries. It is loaded with nutritional goodies like iron and zinc. There are many types of edible seaweed found on New Zealand beaches. When you go seaweed harvesting remember to choose a part of the coastline which is away from any commercial or industrial areas or any large river mouths. Seaweed around these areas have the potential to have been contaminated by pollutants. Continue Reading →