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Grow your own food this fall

Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎
Happy Fall!

A few years ago Vincent and I installed a Windowfarm and grew some leafy greens & herbs.

I was interviewed about the Windowfarm by Jennifer Grayson for USA Today. The article wasn’t published, but with Jennifer’s permission I wanted to share it with you, to hopefully inspire you to give indoor gardening a try.

Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎ #growyourownfood #indoorgardening

USA Today Interview : January 23, 2012

1. Where do you live? What’s your occupation?

New York City, in Washington Heights. I’m an artist and a small business owner. I screen print my artwork onto eco-friendly t-shirts, and sell them in my etsy shop, The Lotus Root (http://www.etsy.com/shop/thelotusroot).

Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎  #indoorgardening2. Why did you decide to start using the Windowfarms system? Did you have any previous gardening experience?

My boyfriend, Vincent, and I started using the Windowfarms system because we felt it was important to become more self-sufficient and to know where at least some of our food comes from. We also wanted to save money, and to be able to grow certain organic vegetables & herbs that aren’t always available in our neighborhood.

I do have some gardening experience (I had an organic garden while living in Hawaii around 2006.) Vincent didn’t have any previous experience but now has quite the green thumb.Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎  #indoorgardening

3. What are you growing in your Windowfarm? Can you describe your setup for me? (What kind of window/apartment you’re working with, how big a system you have, if you bought a ready-made one or built your own, etc.)

So far we’ve grown romaine and buttercrunch lettuce, chard, chives, parsley, tulsi, rosemary, lambsquarters & basil. We live in a 3 bedroom apartment and our windowfarm is installed on a standard window.  We ordered our 2 column Windowfarm kit from windowfarms.org and put it together with our own water bottles.

Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎  #indoorgardening

Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎  #indoorgardening

Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎  #indoorgardening

4. How much food are you growing? How has the Windowfarm impacted your grcery shopping habits (if at all)?

So far we’ve grown enough lettuce for a few salads, and some other greens to juice. This was just a test run – now that we know how easy the process is we’re planning to plant lettuce seeds a lot more frequently. We also plan to install another system so that we can have more greens and some other vegetables. Our basil, rosemary and chives have grown really well in the Windowfarm, and we haven’t had to buy any of those herbs since we started.

I find that the biggest difference is having access to fresh organic herbs (year-round), which can be expensive and not always available in our neighborhood.

Growing tulsi /holy basil in the #Windowfarm. Read about our experience here : http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎  #indoorgardening #tulsi #holybasil #ayurvedicherb #ayurveda

Tulsi / Holy Basil growing in the Windowfarm


5. How much time per week do you spend gardening?

We spend a few minutes a day making sure there’s enough water being circulated throughout the system (and refilling the bottles if necessary). We also spend a few minutes a day pruning, for the most part the Windowfarm does all the work.

6. What’s the best thing about having your Windowfarm? Any challenges so far?

So far the best things about having our Windowfarm have been inspiring others to grow their own food, and having our own fresh greens and herbs for salads, cooking and for tea. We’re very happy with our Windowfarm and haven’t experienced any challenges.Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎  #indoorgardening #diy #growingfood #upcycle #recycle

7. Any tips for newbie gardeners / people who are trying to garden in small spaces?

Definitely order a window farm – it’s a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

You can always start by growing herbs in pots in your apartment or on a back porch / fire escape, but we’ve found that the plants that we’ve experimented with have grown more easily and more quickly in the window farm. There are a lot of great blogs and books available on methods such as square foot gardening and container gardening. Have fun experimenting and keep and open mind.

Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎  #indoorgardening #basil #rosemary #herbs #herbgarden8. Anything else you’d like to add?

 I think everyone should try to grow their own food, its empowering, a lot of fun, and will save you money in the long run.

I’m looking forward to trying out the new windowfarm system. I love the fact that the Windowfarms project is interactive and always evolving.

Our experience with a Windowfarm: http://thelotusroot.com/grow-your-own-food-this-fall/ ‎  #indoorgardening

Learn more about Windowfarms and find the kits here: http://www.windowfarms.com

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the Windowfarm or about growing your own food: thelotusroot@gmail.com

xo

Liz

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health & beauty tip: Eat your blueberries!

Want great skin, a sharper mind + vibrant health (and to get through cold & flu season unscathed)?

If you only commit to adding one healthy food to your diet, it’s a good idea that it’s the small but mighty blueberry.

Why? These little berries are SO packed with beautifying, immune boosting + brain enhancing benefits (just to name a few) that eating just a cup a day is a total game changer.

Plus, superfoods like blueberries can be like a gateway drug – once you start with one (and begin seeing & feeling results), you’re gonna want more.

Here are some of the amazing things that blueberries can do for:

  • Your brain: This beautiful berry is one of the highest foods in antioxidants, which can give your brain a boost (increasing concentration / helping to heal damaged brain cells / improving motor skills & memory). Just a cup of blueberries a day can stimulate the growth of new brain cells.
  • Your skin:  Blueberries are packed with vitamin C, which can hydrate the skin and increase collagen production (preventing wrinkles & increasing elasticity). Vitamin C can also help strengthen the blood vessels below the surface of your skin, which can help repair or prevent broken capilaries & spider veins. The antioxidants in blueberries neutralize free radicals that can damage skin cells, and can help protect your skin from the sun. (All things that keep your skin looking youthful). Blueberries can also help normalize oil levels. They’re anti-inflammatory, and can help reduce redness, scars & acne.

Want great skin, a sharper mind + vibrant health (and to get through cold & flu season unscathed)?  http://thelotusroot.com/health-beauty-tip-eat-your-blueberries/ Drawing © Liz Davison 2011

  • Your hair:  Proanthocyanidins in blueberries have been found to stimulate hair growth.
  • Your overall health: Blueberries can strengthen the immune system, help prevent urinary tract infections and a number of diseases. They can help reduce abdominal fat and cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. They’re great for gut health and can protect against intestinal inflammation, especially when paired with probiotics (See this article for details.) Bonus: Anything that’s great for the gut is also fantastic for the immune system, brain & skin.

Tips:

1. Whenever possible, eat WILD blueberries:

  • It’s said that wild (low bush) blueberries contain 48% more antioxidants than per serving than the larger, cultivated blueberries. (I think they taste better, too)
  •  I’ve been enjoying the wild blueberries by Wymans for the many years, (you can find them in a 5 pound bag at Costco which seems to last forever). I thought that since they were wild that they didn’t need pesticides, but I was disappointed to find out recently that Maine wild blueberries may be sprayed.

Want great skin, a sharper mind + vibrant health  (and to get through cold & flu season unscathed)?  Check out the beautifying, immune boosting + brain enhancing benefits of blueberries, here: http://thelotusroot.com/health-beauty-tip-eat-your-blueberries/

2. If you can’t get wild blueberries and are concerned about pesticides, go organic. (Number of Chemicals found on blueberries when grown conventionally: 52). Antioxidants are also found in higher quantities in organic blueberries than in conventional ones.

3. It’s best to eat your blueberries raw, since heat can damage some of their delicate antioxidants. Luckily the nutrients are preserved when frozen.

4.  I enjoy blueberries in smoothies (one of my favorites is a cup of frozen blueberries + 1/2 a frozen banana + a handful of spinach + about 1-2 cups of almond milk). Blueberries and raw Kefir are also a great combination, since the berries are so beneficial when combined with probiotics.

Do you eat blueberries on a regular basis, and if so, do you have a recipe you can share? Leave a comment on my facebook page to spread the love!

Liz

Drawing from the Dirty Dozen series – © Liz Davison 2011

 

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March Against Monsanto: Chicago 10.12.13

Did you March against Monsanto Yesterday (or back in May?) Let’s see those videos & pics in the comments section!

Know anyone who’s not clear on what foods + products are GMO (and how to avoid them)? Feel free to share or send them these posts:

On food: http://thelotusroot.com/how-to-easily-avoid-gmos/

On skincare / bodycare / personal care products: http://thelotusroot.com/10-gmo-ingredients-that-are-snuck-into-your-body-care-products/

[ You can also see photos from the March Against Monsanto in Chicago on 5.24.14 here]

 

March Against Monsanto Chicago. 10.12.13

March Against Monsanto Chicago. 10.12.13

March Against Monsanto Chicago. 10.12.13

March Against Monsanto Chicago. 10.12.13

March Against Monsanto Chicago. 10.12.13

March Against Monsanto Chicago. 10.12.13

March Against Monsanto Chicago. 10.12.13

March Against Monsanto Chicago. 10.12.13

March Against Monsanto Chicago. 10.12.13

photos: © Elizabeth Paige Davison 2013

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National Kale Day

It may not be Sketchbook Sunday, but I just found out it’s National Kale Day. I thought I’d share this drawing I did a while back for my dirty dozen / clean fifteen series. Kale is on of the dirty dozen list, so make sure it’s organic!

 Kale - Pencil on Paper © elizabeth paige davison, 2011 www.thelotusroot.com

Kale – Pencil on Paper © elizabeth paige davison, 2011 www.thelotusroot.com

 

 

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