Friday, May 1, 2015

This Land Is Your Land

We are so excited about our latest project.  We are building a farm. Land ownership is a vital asset to all communities. We hope this will spark discussion as a solution for the riots that are sprouting in this country.

I will post informal vlogs and interesting facts about the project as we move forward on this journey. We met with one of our collaborators from Tennessee State University.  Listen as he shares a little about his background.
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 The 1999 Agricultural Economics and Land Ownership Survey (AELOS), which assessed private rural landownership use  (i.e. farming, forestry, etc.), found that there are currently 68,000 African-American rural landowners and they own a total of approximately 7.7 million acres of land, less than 1% of all privately owned rural land in the United States.  (AELOS, 1999).  Sixty percent (60%) of which is owned by non-farmers.  (AELOS, 1999).  However, this acreage is valued at $14 billion.  (AELOS, 1999).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Catch Your Breath

Consider replacing chemical based cleaners and detergents with natural cleaning products to improve the air quality in your work and home environment.  This also helps clear breathing issues such as asthma and allergies. Alternatives include white vinegar, baking soda, borax and lemons. Source: Chemical Injury Network

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Find Your Edge

Studies suggest that engaging in an activity that pushes us to the edge of our limits releases chemicals in our body that activate the relaxation response in our body (i.e., a natural high maybe?).  The chart below identifies our limits.  How far will you go to find your edge? Resource:  Dr. Paul Zak

Friday, January 30, 2015

Preserving Your Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is a key component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Studies suggest that we are the only species with the ability to change the quality of our health through our thoughts.  One recommendation for you to consider is practicing sound therapy through tools such as voice and instrument.  Soothing sound distracts the mind to break the cycle of stress.   Source:  Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Cornell Weil Medical College.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Be Good to Yourself

Be good to yourself this holiday season and eat real food that is nutrient dense.  The list below tells us that leafy greens have the most power to feed our bodies.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Strike a Pose to Help Colds and Congestion

The pose below is called a reclining bound angle pose.  Winter months bring sinusitis, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, asthma and variations of basic bacterial and viral infections that affect the breathing track. We use this pose as a remedy.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Liquorice: Food for Colds & Flu

 
Flowers of the liquorice plant
 
As we approach the season for catching colds and flu consider adding the herb to liquorice to your medicine chest.  Used as an ingredient in cough mixtures and throat lozenges, Glycyrrhiza glabra or liquorice has been used to treat sore throats, mouth ulcers, stomach ulcers, inflammatory stomach conditions and indigestion. It is also used to combat food poisoning in modern herbalism. Liquorice rhizomes can be chewed or made into tea, which with other anti-spasmodic herbs is often taken for menstrual cramps.