New Podcast: Stinky Honey

You can now listen to Stinky Honey. Here is an exerpt:

My wife’s palate is very sharp. She can parse flavors in dishes down to the spices and the addresses of the pigs who gave their lives for the pork in our stew.

With great tasting powers come great smelling powers. Which can be a blessing and a curse.

“Honey,” she says while I have come in from working on a small farm we are shaping to lay next her for a brief moment, “you need a shower.”

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Grace Farms wants to buy 144 chickens in March to get ready for delivering eggs to local residents in October.

Sponsor a chicken and you get to name it.

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20. Chickie’s Got the Blues

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Being healthy is an Act of Revolution.

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The Tower Garden Revolution! #revolt

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Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system, allows you to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet—indoors or out. So it’s the perfect companion in your journey toward healthy living.

Grow 30% More, 3x Faster, with 98% Less Water

An advanced form of hydroponics, aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment rather than soil. Aeroponic systems use water, liquid nutrients and a soilless growing medium to quickly and efficiently grow more colorful, tastier, better smelling and incredibly nutritious produce.

Using aeroponics—the same technology NASA uses—Tower Garden grows plants with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. Research has found aeroponic systems grow plants three times faster and produce 30% greater yields on average. That means you’ll be enjoying abundant, nutritious harvests just weeks after planting.

Get Nutrient-Loaded Produce
(without Loads of Work)

Pests, disease, weeds—traditional gardening can be complicated and time-consuming. But because Tower Garden automatically delivers water and nutrients when they’re most needed, you’re able to grow strong, healthy plants with minimal effort. And healthy plants can better protect themselves from pests and diseases naturally, without pesticides. Plus, you don’t have to deal with weeds (or getting dirty) because there’s no soil.

Live Well with 90% Less Water and Space

Want a garden but don’t have the space? Dealing with drought? Because of its vertical, compact design and closed-loop system technology, Tower Garden requires as little as 10% of the land and water traditional growing methods use. So it’s perfect for sunny small spaces, such as balconies, patios, rooftops—even your kitchen provided you use grow lights. And it’s better for the environment, too.

Because there’s no dirt, there’s also no digging or weeding. Plus, you don’t have to worry about ground pests or contaminated soil. And did we mention Tower Garden’s vertical design uses 90% less space? That means you can grow food in some pretty interesting places.

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How Tower Garden Works

Tower Garden will arrive at your doorstep with seeds, nutrients, supplies—everything you need to get growing. After about 20–25 minutes of minimal setup, here’s how your Tower Garden will function.

1. Plants grow in a soilless medium called rockwool.

You’ll start seedlings using the kit we ship with every Tower Garden (unless you decide to buy seedlings). And when your seedlings are ready—usually about three weeks after germination—you’ll plant them in your Tower Garden.

Instead of soil, Tower Garden plants grow in a medium called rockwool, which provides plant roots with oxygen and consistent moisture, encouraging rapid, healthy growth.

2. The reservoir stores the plant nutrient solution.

Tower Garden Mineral Blend, our proprietary plant food, powers Tower Garden. Containing the pure earth minerals essential to healthy plant development, the Mineral Blend provides an all-natural “shortcut” for plants, which typically must source nutrients from decomposing organic matter in soil. The result is greater nutrient uptake and superior growth for a range of plants.

You’ll fill the 20-gallon reservoir at the base of your Tower Garden with a mixture of Mineral Blend and water.

3. The solution cascades down the Tower Garden, nourishing plants.

A low-wattage, submersible pump in the reservoir pushes the nutrient solution to the top of the Tower Garden through a small central pipe. The nutrient solution then drips down the inside of the Tower Garden, evenly cascading over the exposed plant roots.

A timer ensures this process repeats continuously—usually in 15-minute increments—to deliver the ideal amount of oxygen, water and nutrients to plants at the perfect time.

4. In a few weeks, plants are harvest‑ready!

Aside from a few minor maintenance tasks, such as checking water levels and cleaning the pump filter, Tower Garden will take care of itself. And in just a few short weeks, you’ll be enjoying abundant homegrown produce, harvested at its peak (so you can be at yours).

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Helpful Links:

This Is Why 2017 Is the Year for Local Food (and Farms)

Top 10 Tower Garden Plants to Grow

How to Get Growing Now (the Fast, Easy Way)

The Most Profitable Crops to Grow (and How to Grow Them)

When Is the Best Time to Start Your Garden?

8 Excellent Ways to Enjoy Your Garden’s Greens

Questions?

Contact Peter Deeley at 602717-7458 or info@awellrunlife.com

A Unique Storytelling Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher: The Promise of a Blue Sky

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The Promise of a Blue Sky

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I hear the engine of a small airplane and the sky is very blue.

Who knows how memory works.

This is among my earliest recollections. Somehow, I remember it outside my body – looking at my 4 year old self in the front yard of the first house I ever lived in.

From that moment until today, I associate the sound of a small aircraft with beautiful days.

I never wanted to be lazy. Never wanted to be undeserving. The calculus of effort and achievement is mysterious. Perhaps it is  true that I lean to hard on effort and struggle to justify the grandness of my dreams.

I am not a Christian but there was a time when I quarreled with Jesus. On a cloudy day, a gnome-ish man handed me a flyer as rushed to my ride home.

“You are forgiven” was written over a picture of green Irish hills. I ignored my bus stop and walked home – wondering about the difference between earning something and having something gifted to you.

Change inhabited much of the last year. Change promises to stay close to me this year as well.

“How you do anything, is how you will do everything.” This notion haunts me and compels me to pursue integrity thoroughly. However, how – where – and to what – should I apply my energy?

There are questions of knowledge and there are questions of wisdom. These are wisdom questions.

Walking along a park in the Arizona desert, I hear  a small plane  again. Impressed with the staying power of the association: I smile.

I am not lost on my walk.

But neither am I precisely sure where I am going.

I am working hard out here in the desert. I know you are too.

May the gifts of the divine visit us both and bless our struggle to find places where we hear the promise of good things to come.

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What are the Emunctories and How does the Body Detox?

The body doesn’t get enough credit for just how effective it is at detoxifying and filtering out all the impurities, foreign bodies, and potentially hazardous substances that enter it from various sources (mainly through our own voluntary consumption).  From eating and drinking to breathing and absorbing toxins, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes to keep us healthy.

The detoxifying starts with the primary emunctories, also known as the liver, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and kidneys.  All of these important areas do their part to remove toxins floating around in our blood, air, digestive fluids, and urine.

Detox Teamwork

Toxins can put the body into disarray if allowed to build up to significant levels.  This could happen if your emunctories are affected by disease or illness.  Here’s how each major emunctory fits into their role:

  • Liver: This is the hardest working detoxifier of the bunch. The Liver filters out any toxins that entered in liquid or solid form into the body.  When alcohol is abused, the liver becomes overwhelmed with filtering out all the alcohol and starts to slowly die from exertion.
  • Lungs: Thousands of tiny little air sacs work hard to capture toxic particles before they are absorbed into the blood stream. It often goes unrealized as to just how much work the lungs do.
  • GI Tract: The entirety of the gastrointestinal system is filled with bacteria that work to filter out organic and inorganic matter to prevent toxins from building up or entering the blood stream. The colon takes the brunt of the toxic filtering, which is why it is so susceptible to disease and illness.
  • Kidneys: Another key player in the chain of detoxifying, the kidney is an organ that never rests. It is constantly filtering the blood and removing toxins to be released when we urinate.  The kidneys only make themselves known when bruised from the outside or when toxin buildup has produced inflammation or painful byproducts like kidney stones.

Toxic Invaders

When we talk about all the toxins that the body removes, there are multiple kinds that are being removed.  The most common toxins we associate the word with are environmental, like smoke, pollution, and pesticides.  There are other forms of toxins, too, like bacterial toxins that attack the body and create byproducts that do damage to your organs.  Heavy metal toxins sound like they would be the rarest, but they are found all over the place: in the air, water, and foods.

Some of them occur naturally in our foods, like dark green vegetables, but because these can take a toll on the emunctories, we must be vigilant and detox ourselves regularly to help reduce build-up of these toxins.

Detoxifying is a great way to increase the health of our entire bodies, not just our skin, which is a common signifier that we notice when we have a buildup of toxins, due to the absorbent nature.  Detoxing is also a way for chronic illness sufferers to manage their pain and/or discomfort.