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Happy Earth Day – Blog Entry #7

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Happy Earth Day Earthlings!

April 22nd or Earth Day, marks the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

This anniversary marks the height of counterculture the 1970s brought.

During those times the entire world was being intensely over-polluted and, by large, ruined by corporations and industry environmental impacts for the sole purpose of maximizing profits. These issues still persist on a large scale today.

Some could argue that for over 45 years things have gotten worse and more young people now than ever before have become tired of it.

A large part of taking a stand for the environment is local small farming.

Building awareness to environmental inequity,  the growing issues like climate change and the unequal burden of environmental degradation on the minorities of society.

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The word environment is of massive importance as it reveals to us the nature of which everything surrounding us holds on to so tightly. Because of our surroundings we were able to persistent, and it will be the end of us if we are not to rectify the damages of which under-utilizing non-renewable energy will cause.

If you ask yourself why this has been done, try not to look too deep into any rabbit holes or conspiracy theories.

Earth Day is about Advocating for Environmental Awareness!

The simple fact that the cost of these environmental impacts are passed on to future generations is enough to cause immense greed, enough to corrupt these corporations and influence their agendas.

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Industrialized Agriculture is literally dying.

The fossil fuel industry has found its way into our food system and it’s our mission to ensure the research of locally produced and sustainable food systems are implemented into our society once more. Rooftop gardening and urban farming are massively important in our context today if we are to stand up and fight for the Earth Movement. Conventional Industrial Agriculture is is not necessary to feed the world and it never will be if we continue to burn finite resources for our conveniences. We need to focus more on local soil health and the rebuilding of microbiomes that are associated with diverse wildlife ecosystems.

There are many myths about agriculture and I really recommend this article because it has a lot of great research and references.

http://www.jbnassociates.com/5-common-myths-about-careers-in-agriculture/

Take this Earth Day to educate yourself and a friend about the environment. Talk to them about calculating your Carbon Footprint and what you may do to reduce your carbon footprint as well.

“Great Things Are Done By A Series Of Small Things Brought Together.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

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Asheville Farmers Market Info – Blog Entry #6

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River Arts District (RAD) Asheville Farmers Market Information

Hello everybody!

I am super grateful and excited to announce the opening day for the River Arts District Asheville Farmers market will be every Wednesday, starting May 2nd! Located across from the Grey Eagle at 175 Clingman Avenue

Mark your calendars and join us at the RAD Asheville Farmers Market from 2PM until 6PM. Weekly bounties include Microgreens and Spring Mix!

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Join us every week as Spring unfolds and Summer greets us warmly.

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March 25th – Blog Entry #5

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This week was pretty busy on the farm but I consider it the calm before the storm.

This week we had Microgreens planted, more flowers, Spinach, Lettuce, Sage, Basil, Cucumbers, Kale and Broccoli all starting to sprout.

We transplanted lettuce into the ground using a simple trowel, I have multiple including a matching set, you can see that video right here;

 

We planted another 2 rows of Spinach and a single row of beets.

For these crops we always use the Earthway Precision Seeder. For Spinach and Beets, we simply use the spinach plate as it drops the right amount of seed and a really nice spacing.

For the Spinach we planted 5 rows per bed, for Golden Beets 3 rows.
Let’s see what happens! Stay tuned.

 

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Volunteer With Us! – Blog Entry #4

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Earth Vale Farms is currently accepted applications for volunteers who would like to help out around the farm. We are market gardeners and rely on hand-tools and willpower to get the jobs done!

If you are interested in lending a hand please check out the Volunteer Page and join the mailing list!

Thank you for your time and consideration!

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January Update – Blog Entry #3

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Greetings Everybody,

January is coming to a close and we’re gearing up for the growing season here in the southern Appalachians. Earth Vale Farms is excited to announce that earlier this month we launched a GoFundMe page to receive donations for our 2018 growing season. Join us in this new chapter by making a contribution to a strong new wave of young agriculturists striving to make a difference.

Click Here to Donate!

“Earth Vale is an environmentally friendly farm in the Southern Appalachians that centralizes around Plant Based foods. The farm’s focus is health, community and the environment. We value responsible human and nature interactions, and the stewardship of the land. For food production the farm researches and employs bio-intensive and permaculture methods. Earth Vale seeks a regenerative approach to renew the landscape and therefor the people within it using only Natural and Organic methods.”

We also have an Etsy page you can buy our product and support us that way if you would like!

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Find us on Facebook and Instagram to catch up with our Social Networks!

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We will be back at the River Arts District Farmers Market this May so stay tuned for our crop list!

 

 

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Click Here to donate and thank you for your support!

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How To Create Healthy Soil For Your Garden Beds

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Soil Article
The most important aspect to consider when planning for your garden or homestead is your soil rather than just your plant selection. This will increase your germination and yields very quickly. This includes resistance to pests and disease. Your soil is hands down your biggest priority when getting started. Spend a lot of time gathering information about your native soil framework. I’m going to save you a lot of time by showing you what I researched to figuring out what was ideal to grow in my climate. Remember, what works in North Carolina may not always be true for northern Texas, even if we share similar annual temperature ranges. In Organic Gardening the priority is to fertilize the soil, not the plant.

There are a few systems we need to understand about our context above all else.
  • What is your temperate zone?

  • What is your native soil composition?

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Amending your soil with the right nutrients and composition will help you achieve ideal soil for your plants. Every plant is going to have it’s own soil structure preferences but if you are just starting out with Loamy Soil and have a lot of it, you should feel really lucky.

Organic Mulching

Mulching is a necessity to keeping your garden weed free. I have a huge variety of resources to take advantage of for composting and mulching needs on the property and hopefully you can find yours. Organic Mulching saves you work because it inhibits excessive weed seeds from growing. There are a few sources of mulching that can be located on the property for me, and I use them as much as I can. In Organic Gardening we want low weed pressure and we want no bare soil. Mulching increases fertility over time, and decreases weed pressure. Landscape fabrics and Wood Chips are two popular options in market gardening, as they are easily sourced and often low-cost.

pH and Water Retention

Before we speak about nutrients and fertility, let’s make sure your soil will be capable of holding on to the nutrients you want to apply to make your soil healthy. 

The term pH refers to how acidic or alkaline the soil is and is referenced on a scale from 0 – 14 with 0 being highly acidic like battery acid, and 14 being highly alkaline drain cleaner. 7 is neutral, distilled water. Plants tend to like neutral with a few exemptions like blueberries, who love acidic soil, you may want to invest in the same pH meter as I did and run multiple tests as well as soil nutrient testing. I won’t get into nutrients or fertilizers in this article but realize that it takes some time to adjust the soil pH so you are going to want to figure that out before you start planting. Especially if you are trying to figure out why your soil isn’t healthy enough or if you want to produce more out of your space. A Nutrient test and a pH test should point you in the right direction and I have also found that pH amendments don’t work very quickly. Wait 40 to 60 days after amending before testing and adding more. In my experience, a supple amendment of well-finished bed mix and an adequate pH level is a great starting point for your raised beds. There are also crops that can be grown to fix nutrients into the ground. Dolomite Lime and Wood Ashes are known to help adjust the pH of your soil. Look into more resources about application rates for your soil type.

The idea of having Loamy soil is also to have soil that is durable, releases and holds water. Utilizing Peat Moss and Vermiculite you can change the soil consistency really quickly with these easily sources products. Here is an example of something you can get from Amazon at 18 quarts. I was able to find a 4 Cubic Foot bag locally at Southern States at a very reasonable rate.

In the early days, when French Intensive gardening was developing, people had high access to horses. They were the primary form of transportation and their droppings were abundant. It was easily obtained and utilized as a source to maintain fertility in the fields. Horse manure must be composted and never added directly to the bed. Horse manure contains 19 pounds of nitrogen per ton, 14 pounds of phosphate and 36 pounds of potassium. (1. Davis, 2004)

As with all composts and manure processes one must be very wary of the potentiality of spreading diseases and contaminating surrounding waterways with bacteria. This is highly important because of the nature of how much salt the manure has within it, the rate of which it can affect humans and disturb natural wildlife Eco-systems. Please compost properly, unfinished compost contains phytotoxic chemicals that prevent plants from growing. Horse manure in particular is best left in piles alone for over one year to be ready for use or composted with plant debris long enough for it to actually break down the salinity and phytotoxins.

I personally have been unable to find available horse manure. I haven’t even seen any horses since farming in Leicester so I will use Cow Manure for my beds. Grass-fed Cow is said to have the highest nutrient content available and it can be located organically at a hardware store for cheap or delivered to you since it’s highly manufactured. Same concepts apply, you want to age it, but the bags come aged, and odorless.

Strike a deal with an organic cow or horse farmer, maybe it can be worth both of your whiles. Save him some time and clean up while growing yourselves some food. Just be sure to age any and all manure properly!

I simply work the compost in to get a good mix with this 4 tine cultivator.

I also grabbed an extendable 3 tined Cultivator by Corona for quicker jobs. They don’t carry mine anymore so here is the closest one.
You do not want to over cultivate if you are growing using the raised bed method. The more you cultivate the more weedy the soil can become. Over cultivation also causes the microbes that form over a long time to break up, making cultivation an as-needed based maintenance. Once we get the garden amended and productive, we want to avoid cultivating and tillage as much as possible. Try to only cultivate the top two or three inches of soil right before you plant if it is necessary, otherwise apply compost and rake into place. Rakes are very essential for different types of jobs on the farm. Here is a simple Bow Rake by True Temper, I have one of these along with many other bed prep rakes.

What do you aim to grow?

How intensely are the plants going to feed on the soil? You can plan your crop rotation around your amendments or you can plan to amend once a year heavily and plant low feeders after high feeders. Growing Radishes after Tomatoes is a good rotation plan because you want to avoid growing the same families in the same spots. This will aid in fertility and reduce disease. One can fertilize with something like composted chicken manure between plantings or you can add some of your own well-aged compost before the season begins. I think the choice is purely up to context and how available your resources may be during the season. I chose to add chicken manure between plantings one time this season and it was enough for multiple harvests.

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As you can see above, we are in a heavy clay soil. If this soil gets dry it can become really compact and inhibits plant germination. In the winter with dry soil, it becomes waterlogged from the lack of plant roots that properly drain the soil.

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Here is a bed that was prepped from clay soil in a small raised bed. Starting small is very important!

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When I first arrived to this site, it had been long neglected. The soil was bare and not rich or fertile. Various crop plants (as well as weeds!) were growing, but I had to clear them as the herbs had all developed some form of rot and were no longer viable. Here are some pictures of the beds when I first encountered them.  the large cilantro herb had ‘suds’ from becoming a Spiddle Bug habitat. Suds are soapy or foamy places on plants that parasitic or pest insects are using as habitat. Adults and nymphs (a young insect)  suck plant juices from crops. Spiddle Bugs come from conventionally maintained hay fields, which migrate to other areas after hay is harvested. Adults are oval and tan, and they are generally a 1/4-1/2 inch in length.  We do not want to raise spiddlebugs on Earth Vale. Sorry little guys!

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After amending the beds with Cow Manure, Mushroom Compost, Vermiculite, and a small amount of Peat Moss here was the germination rate of the late-season Arugula I planted in mid-September. Beds two and three were planted with long-term Marigolds, Purple Basil, and a few quick Radish harvests to test things out. Bed four was cover cropped all summer and fall with very similar amendments.

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Bed 3; we planted Baby Belle Radish, Purple Basil, Tomato, and Marigolds. These plants all make very great companions as long as you plant the Radishes on the side of the bed to receive the most sun.

 

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Marigolds make excellent butterfly homes!

So the end result was a massive harvest of Arugula, Spinach, Radish, Herbs and Flowers. We are going to cover crop them through next spring and do it all again. I hope this information helps you make a better decision with your garden next year!

Enjoy the rest of the pictures from the Summer Garden at Earth Vale.

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The soil mixture we use for clay-based Raised Beds in Zone 7a is

  • 1/3 Peat Moss
  • 1/3 Vermiculite
  • 1/3 Compost This is a 1/3 Mix of Composted Cow Manure, 1/3 Mushroom Compost, and 1/3 Chicken Manure 
  • You can substitute your own garden compost for the mushroom compost, and you can substitute horse manure for the cow manure as well.

How much bed mix you need is up to you and how high you want your beds. It also will depend on the native soil consistency and how much you plan to grow in the season. How deep those plants need to be should also a concern.

Organic Mulching Options:

  • Shredded Leaf Mulch
  • Pine Bark Chips
  • Grass Clippings
  • Compost
  • Seedless Straw

You shouldn’t need more than an inch or two of mulch, as it will remain and break down over time. Reapply as you see fit and be sure they are coming from clean sources. Rotten logs don’t make good wood chips.

Sources:

  1. Davis, JG Swinker (2004) Horse Manure Management from www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/livetk/01219.html 
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2018 GoFundMe Campaign – Blog Entry #2

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Earth Vale 2018 installment

We are excited to announce our 2018 Go Fund Me Campaign. We are looking to raise $10,000 to help procure seeds, compost, and a walk-in cooler for our small farm. This necessary equipment will make all the difference in fertility and prolonging the longevity of the produce shelf life. I am also personally very happy to pledge 5% of our profits earned this year to various non-profit foundations such as Brother Wolf and Asheville Poverty Initiative.

 

https://www.gofundme.com/earthvale2018

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6 Tips For Preparing Your Garden For Winter

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Winter is a time of reflection and rumination. This is the time of year, for most, to begin their new Spring plan and ideas may strike at any time. How are you going to prepare your garden for the winter and how will you set it up for the most success next season? If your climate doesn’t exactly have a winter then this article may be of no help to you currently, but knowing the motif of winter and the correct resources to refine will make all the different in your methods. Do not let the Winter be an impasse. This is your time to recluse a little, enjoy your preserved bounties and think. For most Winter may bring the blues, deep though, and often can lead to stagnation. Utilizing these tips and tricks, along with the knowledge of what bounties the Winter season will bring, your garden will thank you with even greater harvests next year.

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Record Keeping

After you have finished storing your storage crops, and preserving your bounty cozy up with your tea and journal and keep your records up to date. This is a given, but now with more time on your hands, how about cleaning up the journal and organizing the notebooks? In today’s context the modern farmer should be digitizing their diaries and keeping various spreadsheets and records of important astrological events and weather trends. It will help next year, as weather becomes more unpredictable with Climate Change. Without a doubt, record keeping is relevant enough to make the number 1 tip on this list.

Cleaning up the Garden

Leaving dead things to rot in your soil is a quick way to spread disease and potentially harmful illness to the consumer. Do your soil a favor and remove anything dead, compost it quickly and amend your soil with a layer of finished compost and some mulch. We won’t to leave no soil bare, so if you can cover crop your beds with something like Winter Rye or Hairy Vetch, you can chop it down for compost when the season begins and have a clean, fertile planting bed.

 

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Gathering Debris and Leaves

As most would think, if you are going to do something don’t do it for free. Gathering down tree limbs from winter storms and fall winds can provide to be very beneficial to your garden. Keeping the Ashes from any clean burnt wood. If you don’t like to logs or timber you are faced with removing, chop it up and burn it. Using Wood Ash in your vegetable garden might not sound like a good idea but Wood Ash contains nutrients such as Potassium and Potash. Wood Ash is useful for amending the pH of your soil, much like Lime. Liming Agents are typically necessary in large scale farming.

Tossing Wood Ash into your compost pile will increase the fertility of it, but because of its ability to increase pH be very careful and apply only at the recommended rate. If you are composting acidic pine needles or other acidic matter, wood ash can be your best friend. Similar idea goes for leaves, use them in your compost pile as a natural way to build and cover up your compost, keeping it as warm as possible.

Yes, all of those people dragging away tree limbs and throwing leaves away in plastic bags are basically throwing away good garden fertilizer. Yes I know, I find it frustrating too but here we are.

Ask your neighbors if they have any down logs you can utilize on your farm, whether you make Hügelkultur beds with them, process them for boards, or burn them for ashes. Whatever your needs are, winter will supply you with plenty of composting materials.

 

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Soil Testing and Nutrient Retention

Check your soil pH and nutrient content before deciding on the layout of your garden next season.

Remember to practice crop rotation and to fertilize with something like chicken or turkey manure in between plantings so this part of your Winter will be simple.

If you are insufficient in any particular nutrient, find an organic way to return that nutrient to the soil over time. Don’t go for the fast fixes with chemical fertilizers as they cause irreparable harm to the environment and everything living on it. For example, a layer of finished compost, sprinkled with composted chicken fertilizer and leaf mulch should have your beds performing well. Chicken Manure has the absolute highest content of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium of all the animal manures. Poultry Manure contains each of the 13 nutrients that are used by plants. These nutrients are Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Sulfur, Copper, Zinc, Chlorine, Boron, Iron, and Molybdenum. Strike a deal with a local chicken farmer or purchase manure by the bag. Go light, as composted manure alone may burn the plants. Since it’s winter, be sure to mix it with a layer of finished compost and covered by leaf mulch or a landscape tarp such as a Silage Tarp.

 

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Taking Care of Animals and Infrastructure

With that said, it is time to turn your attention to any of the auxiliary inputs your farm or garden may have. Animals provide many benefit other than just consumption. From chicken tractoring, invasive pest management, and general cultivation and fertility aids, I have seen chickens serve numerous purposes that don’t involve being eaten so they are a high-priority if you have them. I do not have any animals but I will say, this is a great time to check your fences and make sure there aren’t any items left out to be damaged by the cold weather.

Plan your Garden

 

Spend a lot of timing focusing on what you want to grow next season. What have you grown well before in the past and is that working for you and your farm? Is there a crop not worth your time anymore?

 

Here are a few other things to consider when planning your garden now that you are prepared for the winter.

 

Is the biodiversity on my garden satisfactory?

Is there a particular pest I had a problem with last year, during a certain week?

Is there room for utilizing the edges of your garden for pollinator friendly flowers and herbs to help increase garden fertility?

 

Planning and being effective over the winter months is a way to ease the beginning of the following season. The more thought you put into this step, the more likely you will be to solve any problems that may arise. Winter preparation is a necessary if you want to come out swinging in early spring.

 

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The Health Benefits of Bean Sprouts and Other Sprouted Foods

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I want to bring up some important things to consider when considering the health benefits and nutritional information regarding sprouted goods. Sprouting is an ancient method of boosting the nutrients of certain foods. They add a massive nutrition boost as well as a sophisticated culinary appearance. Bean sprouts have a few different flavors and all are fairly nutty and have a crunchy texture. Beans Sprouts are technically a Microgreen, or baby green, when they sprout, meaning the plant has been sprouted and has grown to only meet the first true leaf stage. This is when the sprout has the most nutrition, and for a plethora of reasons.

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The nutritional content of a bean sprout is very impressive. While eating bean sprouts can aid in weight loss, the health benefits go above and beyond that of just a health food. Bean Sprouts contain a significant amount of Protein, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C. They contain a wide range of minerals such as Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, and Calcium. Rich in beneficial enzymes, Bean Sprouts are a must for a healthy diet.

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Free-Radical Cell Fighting Enzymes

Bean sprouts are an amazingly simple food source. Often overlooked and for no known reason. Bean Sprouts and many different sprouted goods are staple parts of many cuisine. Most notably the macrobiotic diet. I won’t get into lengthy detail on diet parameters but basically the diet encompasses mostly nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables and other wholesome plant based foods. The enzymes that are activated during the act of sprouting are essential to helping the body build immunity to Free-Radical Cancer Cells.

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Improves Digestion

The amount of enzymes in bean sprouts is very impressive. Enzymes are a vital part of the digestion process, as they help break down food and increase nutrient absorption. Bean Sprouts are known to help clear up stomach ailments such as constipation and diarrhea, and even protect against colorectal cancer.

Anti-Carcinogen / Anti Cancer and Heart Health

The free-radical cells as described above are notorious in the creation of cancer cells. Eating the necessary vitamins, proteins, and amino acids can certainly help reduce free radical content in the body. Eating bean sprouts can provide an immense boost in cardiovascular health and ultimately leads to a longer, healthier, happy life. Eating foods to help counteract developing cancer is by far the best chance we can give ourselves to help in the fight against free radicals.

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Variety

The reason variety is so important is because each species of bean sprout has it’s very own nutritional and flavor profile. Here is a list of all the known sprouts.

  • Alfalfa
  • Barley
  • Chickpeas
  • Corn
  • Fenugreek
  • Lentils
  • Mung Bean
  • Peas
  • Soya Beans
  • Legumes
  • Wheat
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Anxiety Therapy Mastery Tutorial

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“Things are good and everything will be okay.” I tell this to myself… I tell myself this a bunch and I know many of you may relate. Our lives are perturbed by history. I mean face it, we are really living a lifestyle that has been completely reinvented within the last few centuries. Am I the only one who sees it? NO. I can’t be… It’s just not possible.

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I want to talk today about anxiety because I am experiencing a lot of it and this very post should serve to remind us all that there are some really effective ways for dealing with it.  I use gardening and researching food nutrition and health, but I want to address how we often use devices that cause stress as a form of stress relief. We unknowingly rob ourselves and commit acts of perpetuation. If you feel like your stress relief is also a source of stress and you decide to ignore that, you are asking for a good ole fashioned headache. Stress Headache’s are some of the notorious tell-tale signs of a growing condition. You can control your stress and I am here to tell you;

  1. You are not alone.
  2. You can do this.
  3. Even if you can’t do it easily at first.

Stress and Anxiety are both becoming very hot topics. They are at the forefront of many people’s mind and often the largest struggle many people will face on a daily basis. Some people have very tough lives and need different amounts of stress therapy. I learned when I went to Business School, very early, in a class called Academic Strategies that time management is stress management. Productivity is the killer of stress. If you are always worried about the time, your timing, or not having enough time you will be compromising your ability to handle your stress. This may not always lead to anxiety, but I am going to address them as if they work together instead of separately. For example, anxiety doesn’t always lead to stress but one definitely impacts the other. With the following Anxiety Therapy Tools I can guarantee you will see a major stress relief in life.

Here are some Anxiety Therapy Tools that can work for you TODAY.

#1 Impact Your Diet

Change the Cause instead of the Effects — What you put in is what you get out.

When we think about our diet, it almost feels like there is this little thought bubble in the back of out head that tells us to turn off the internal clock. I get this a lot, we work all day, barely fit in a meal, and use our common excuses to neglect our number one priority. Our Bodies FuelWhat you put in is what you get out. Period.

It is not only senseless but impractical. Studies do show that what you eat affects your productivity.

  • Limit processed food intake (Cereal, Meat, Bars, Chips, Candies, etc)
  • Find Local Sources by visiting Farmers Market’s, Tailgate Markets, and supporting organic and non-GMO farms.
  • Removing all animal products (Dairy, Eggs, Meat, Cheese)
  • Introducing Fresh Greens into your daily diet.
    • We really don’t have any excuses to not eat fresh salad greens, microgreens, or bean sprouts from a local source. Hop on pinterest and learn how to grow some fresh food or collaborate with a neighbor who can help you out.
  • Thinking about where your food comes from will not only enlighten a healthy relationship with your food but it will also inspire you to consider what quality of food you put in to your body. When you start treating your health with a sense of priority you can really impress your own mind. And that can do wonders for the anxiety.

I won’t go into heavy detail into nutrition right now but know you must nourish yourself and eat good clean food. Deciding what that is doesn’t have to be very hard or overwhelming yet it always get’s pushed to the back. That’s why this is my number 1 tip. How else will you even have the energy for what Step 2 will require..?

#2 Impact Your Mind

Strategic and Critical Thinking will ultimately be what the difference between being in the driver seat and not the run away rail cart that is anxiety.

The true first steps that you can probably put into action right this second is understanding that you cannot control everything. There is a possibility you are having a hard time even controlling a single thought. Keeping it from drifting or looking at it in the best of light.

Keep in mind Rule #1 at all times and do your best. Do your best to understand you can’t control everything and that your biggest challenge is not in front of you, but inside of you. When you take back your body and are able to reconcile with the subconscious mind it will be as if the forces of gravity have been weakened on your body. Here are some major tips for seeing some major mental improvement immediately.

  • Accept your position.
  • Do your best and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
  • Learn your triggers and study them.
  • Help your community and donate your time

So we have covered a lot of information and you can see it is not a binary issue that can be solved by changing one aspect of one function of your life. Dealing with anxiety is a lifestyle change. If the above seems to be difficult find yourself a nice quiet room to sit in for at least 20 minutes, daily, until the following becomes almost routine.

  • Find your quiet place.
  • Clear your mind of as many physical distractions as possible, comfort, noises, etc.
  • Accept all thoughts.
  • Let your mind wander and study what your mind is bringing to you.
  • Observe where your mind takes you.
  • For now you are learning how to interact with the subconscious mind by allowing the conscious to become free and clear, it may feel a bit unsettling, keep practicing.
  • Practice a slow and steady breathing pattern and start again.

#3 Impact Your Body

I was once told — the only way to influence the mind is the have a positive impact on your body.

Whoever said it to me was completely right. The only way to truly give yourself the power you need to trust your own mind with is a form of Self Love. If you aren’t loving your body and doing what you can to satisfy it’s necessary requirements there may be no hope at influencing your subconscious.

  • Exercise Daily — Stretching and raising your heart rate for even 25 minutes a day will yield many benefits.
  • Eating on time means knowing when your body is supposed to be digesting. Human bodies are only capable of digesting when the sun is up so no late night snacking.
  • Don’t skip meals, and always plan your meals BEFORE you are hungry!
  • Sleep — While how many hours of sleep a particular person needs will vary on a few things, there isn’t a recommended minimum. In my experience, over sleeping is worse than under sleeping. Again, I can’t get into heavy detail about what is right for everybody but I do know that if you master your routine, you should be waking up and utilizing the parts of the day where you have the most energy, proving my teachings in the first paragraph to be still perfectly true. Productivity is the enemy of stress. Perhaps even the ultimate antidote.

#4 Impress your Subconscious

Vital functions of the body are all governed and regulated by the subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind accepts what it is impressed upon and helps us decide upon things in the physical world. This is the most powerful tool for expanding your potential and achieving it. There is but one thing that determines our actual destiny, and that is our attitude. That is how we feel and believe. I am looking forward to expanding on this in future blog posts.

  • Find your Quiet Place
  • Clear your Mind of All Thoughts
  • Visualize something that makes you happy
  • Visualize a place that makes you happy
  • Replace any negative thoughts with positive ones
  • Remember to practice steps 1 – 3

 

These last steps will not be the end of the road, you may have to repeat many of the steps and revisit them. Remember to observe and find what works for you.

I will be updating this page and if there is any information you would like to see covered here then comment below or send me an email at earthvalefarms@gmail.com.

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  • I find that an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser is great at helping me clear my head. The essential oils that are good for stress relief are also sold with this set and I LOVE Tea Tree, Sweet Orange, Lemon and Lavender for meditation.

 

  • Here is another model of a similiar product which gives great results and has great reviews. It can clear headaches, improve focus, and even aid in breathing. I find it super helpful for when I sleep. VicTsing 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser

 

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