BACK TO OUR ROOTS

Produce that is NATIVE to a particular region and consumed by the Local people, is generally termed as LOCAL FOOD. This food will vastly benefit the natives of that particular region. Local Foods will directly impact the economy of it’s locality, it will benefit its local consumers since food is more accessible and freshly consumed, it increases local workforce, and protects local biodiversity.

Local Foods or Produce constitute of fruits, vegetables, pulses, meats/ meat products and food-brands that are marketed , distributed, promoted in, and developed, for a relatively small and restricted geographical area. These products will largely benefit it’s local consumers since they’ve been created or modified to support the needs of it’s people. Local produce by Local farms and farmers are grown on a relatively smaller scale as compared to farms that produce to export or produce export-quality-food. Foods produced locally, will reach it’s buyers within 24 hours of harvesting, this means that our body gets the highest nutritional value possible. Since, the food reaches the consumers quickly, there are lesser (if not *none*) preservatives and fertilizers added to grow the produce and keep them fresh after harvesting.

75% of the global food supply comes from just 12 plant and five animal species. Some of these 12 plants/ plant-products consist of onions, tomatoes, potatoes, rice, wheat, sugarcane, corn, soy bean and bananas, as you can see these are staples from most of our homes. Imagine if we stuck to just our local vendors and depended on them to provide for us. Every time we buy produce from someone other than a local producer, our money leaves the local economy. By shopping locally we keep money in our area, which helps us to sustain local producers and create local jobs.

There are many benefits to buying locally grown food, and each person/ family that makes this choice promotes Locally grown food which creates economic opportunities, provides health benefits, helps to reduce environmental impact and improves local biodiversity.

Some of these benefits are elaborated below:

More Accessible and Fresher Produce– It’s easy for producers to bring their products to their consumers because their consumers are nearby. By buying and eating local, consumers are able to enjoy produce that is fresh and nutritious. Many local producers pride themselves on keeping their product organic, hormone free and pesticide free. Not only is this beneficial to the consumer, it is also beneficial to the environment. Keeping harmful toxins, like pesticides, out of the air helps to improve crops and air quality. In addition, because the produce is fresh and brought directly from farm to table, there is less waste. Many large retailers have significant food waste due to items going bad before they are bought. On a smaller scale with a more direct farm to table approach, this food waste is cut down.

Environmental Impact– Consuming local produce means that your food hasn’t traveled miles to get to your plate. This also means that there will be lesser chances of overseas shipping or plane travel and higher chances of on-road truck travel creating local jobs. Local produce will require fewer packing facilities or refrigeration since the food travels from source to consumer within a few hours.

Protects Local Land & Wildlife-Buying local also helps to protect local lands and wildlife. By buying local produce, we support local farmers and producers, With this support, these farms are able to stay in operation. Without our support, local farmers and producers are forced to sell this land to local developers. These Local developers could completely transform the land, devastating the BIODIVERSITY that calls it home. Or, big business producers could buy out the farm and incorporate inhumane and non-Eco-friendly farming practices. Or, convert agricultural land into non-agricultural land which could either be used as residential area or commercial land… either way, halting the natural flow of nature.

Consuming local food means ‘consuming what is meant to be consumed‘ in our specific climatic conditions. This means that farmers will depend on the seasons to grow specific foods. Check out the link below that speaks about seasonal produce –> https://pawsquillsandchlorophyll.art.blog/2020/05/19/seasons-greetings/amp/

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love, Ingrid.

Seasons Greetings!!

Each season has a different effect on our bodies, Each season is meant to alter our metabolism and revive our systems. In humans, Mood and immunity are well known to change with seasons . The food we consume, is directly related to our Mood and Immunity during each season. If not, Imagine sitting by a pool on a sticky summer morning with a hot bowl of soup… Or with a cone of ice-cream on a chilly winter day whilst wrapped up in shawls and sweaters… Doesn’t seem right, Does it?

Eating out of sync with nature simply means, our otherwise HEALTHY food is not as healthy as it could be. This could be because of two reasons- One, The earth is not able to grow and nourish the same type of food throughout the year. Two, our bodies aren’t able to process the same food throughout the year either. It is Important to acknowledge the different types of food and the impact they have on us, which help our body get back into balance during different times of the year.

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Here are some more advantages of consuming Seasonal fruits and vegetables:

  • It is affordable to buy them as they are available more abundantly.
  • They are more juicy, healthy and tasty as they are most likely to be ripened on the tree and grown is most natural circumstances.
  • They hold the most natural color and flavor.
  • They contain their Highest Nutritional value, vitamins, micro-nutrients, and antioxidants since they are growing in conditions that are most appreciated by them.

Developing seasonal diets may seem foolish in an age where most of nature’s produce is available all throughout the year. However, The availability of said produce, might not necessarily justify it’s nutritional value. Most fruits that are available throughout the year in the markets are injected, artificially ripened, powder-coated, wax- coated, color enhanced, chemically fertilized, etc. The methods of bluffing their buyers are endless. We usually fall for them. We should consider and be aware of these inorganic methods of Producing fruits and vegetables, and how even though they are fruits and vegetables (and generally thought to be healthy) they might be causing more harm than good.

Like every living organism, growth and development will only occur in environments that are highly appreciated by the organism. If not, the organism must obtain it’s requirements from Inorganic/ Unnatural means. Considering fruits and vegetables, if the plant is not able to draw the required Nutrition and minerals from the soil or the climatic conditions do not support the plant, the plant will be force-fed nutrients. The nutrients provided might be good for the fruits/ veggies, in the sense, they will promote growth, enhance product quality and sometimes add nutrients to the soil. The product obtained unnaturally might even yield higher income than Fruits and Vegetables grown in absolute Natural circumstances. However, these added nutrients will hinder the nutritional level of the fruits and vegetables.

Summer fruits and vegetables are generally high in water content. They aid in cooling down the body and replenishing the water content of our body. Coconut water, Melons, Mangoes, Mint, Green Leafy Vegetables, Lime water, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Brinjals, Pumpkin and Citrus Fruits should make up most of our summer diet.

Winter Fruits and Veggies, nourish the body, as this is the time our body is low in strength, the cold environment makes our body work slower, so most foods that we usually consume are more difficult to digest by our body. Pomegranate, Apple, Grapes, Strawberry, Guava, Beets, Cauliflower, Capsicum, Spinach, Carrot, etc.,  help provide the body with necessary nutrients without using too much of energy to digest the food.

Monsoon season is when our body is low on immunity and very prone to bacterial infections. Gourds mostly Grow during this period and have highest anti-bacterial properties, while leafy vegetables must be avoided since they are grown directly in the soil which is more prone to bacteria. Okra, Brinjal, Jamun, Plum, also grow in abundance during this season. Legumes and pulses should also make up our diet for this season.

Seasonal eating may seem like a recent trend, but it was the norm for generations. Have you heard of Ritucharya? Ayurveda has depicted various rules and regimens aka ‘Charya‘. Ritucharya simply means ayurvedic principles regarding diet aka ‘Ritu’. I’m pretty sure my philosophy teacher would be very proud to know that I have put this knowledge to use. I hope you will be more considerate towards your health and the health of the environment, the next time you are buying your fruits and vegetables.

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Love,

Ingrid

Get Muddy

To anyone who enjoys gardening, and watching plants grow, you will agree that seeing fruits, flowers, or just about any plant species thriving, with your bare assistance provides a huge sense of accomplishment.

Growing things is much easier if you are aware of the sort of climate and condition you live in, and the sort of conditions that the specific plant species requires. Starting out a gardening journey should begin with plants that are locally grown. This should ensure growth of your seeds or saplings, which will reduce your chances of ending up disappointed and encourage you to grow more.

There are four primary factors that affect plant growth: light, water, temperature and nutrients. These four elements affect the plant’s growth-hormones, making the plant grow either quickly or slowly. Change in any of these four factors can cause the plant to stress which either stunts it’s growth or improves growth.

Some factors that we can control are:

  • SOIL: Sand, Silt and Clay are the 3 major mineral particle components in the soil, these can vary the pore space in the soil. This Pore space determines the amount of air and oxygen in the soil, as well as the drainage rate and soil’s capacity to hold nutrients. Soil pH affects whether minerals and nutrients will be available to benefit plants. Before a nutrient can be used up by a plant, it must be dissolved in the soil solution. Most plants prefer a slightly acidic soil to neutral soil. Rainfall amounts in most cases affect soil acidity. This may not always be true since other factors also determine the soil pH.
  • Sunlight: Most vegetables need at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight –without blockage from trees, shrubs, or fences. Sunlight will alter the plant’s growth-hormones, you won’t have much success if you plant sun-loving vegetables in shady spaces, or shade-loving plants in a sunny space.

I am no professional, I’ve just taken full advantage of the availability of knowledge via the internet. Along with experimenting with different seeds, soils, brands and seasons.

This might not be rocket science, but I’ve figured out some plants to add to your kitchen garden that can be regrown, from vegetable scraps that we’d otherwise throw away, specifically Mint and Spinach. Regrowing either of the two, requires well drained, slightly acidic soil.

In order to Regrow Spinach, ensure that the spinach stalks are healthy and have roots. These are shade loving plants, however once planted in soil , should be kept in direct sunlight for a day or two. After which The pots must be kept away from direct sunlight or shade must be provided, if not the leaves will tend to grow with holes.

Regrowing Mint, will require mint stalks, once the larger leaves are removed. Mint stalks must be soaked in water for a day or two before planting them in the soil.

Keep in mind that not all Mint or Spinach stalks will flourish and that’s okay. Make sure you remove any stalks that begin to rot or show any signs of drying out and eventually dying.

I’d recommend growing fruits and vegetables that are native or locally produced. These plants will require less attention and effort while growing. Plus, they’re far more beneficial to combat climate change and aid our local biodiversity. To know more about how Local or native plants impact our lives and our environment, Hit the follow Button!

What Gives us Dominion…

  • Dogs are considered as human’s best friends. As service dogs, guiding the visually impaired and even emotional support systems for search and rescue teams, saving lives.
  • Birds aid reforestation, pest control and fertilization of forests, farms and gardens.
  • Squirrels play the role of forest tree planters. In an attempt to store their nut-stache (whose location they eventually forget) they are nature’s largest contributors towards sustaining our ecosystem.
  • Beavers use branches to build dams on streams and rivers, which reduce flooding and flow of water, which preserves fish populations, and conserves freshwater reservoirs.
  • Ants are crucial to the earth’s soil. When they dig their tunnels, they aerate the soil and recycle nutrients. This provides rich, healthy soil for plant growth.
  • 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of our wild plants depend on Bees, as Pollinators. The next time you see Wildflowers, thank the bees.

Clearly, Animals play a key role in combating the effects of climate change. They’ve found ways to Give-and-Take from nature and only nature, a Balance of some sort. Nature has a way of thriving without humans getting involved.

This brings us to Mankind, we probably have the most complicated role in nature and seem to take more than we can give back. Humans have the most crucial responsibility towards nature, which we very often ignore. In some ways, we have found methods, through technological advances and restoration, to improve upon nature and our consumption of resources. In other ways, through the very idea and attempt of advancing the human race, we have distanced ourselves from our own roots. We forget that we are no less members and participants of the environment, which we often take for granted.

What gives us an edge over the animals, is our ability to do a little more than what nature has planned for us. That is, if we are willing to put in a little effort to sustain our resources and environment.

Giving back to nature can be very simple. Each one of us doing our bit, with the best of our efforts would mean so much to this land we call home. We’ve all heard of the 3 R’s, but did you know they’re a part of a much larger spectrum of sustainability…

The 7 R’s

As simple as it may seem, Attempting to abide by these 7 Rules of sustainability can do so much for our environment. Another simple but highly impactful way of giving back to nature is growing our own produce! Or at least attempting to. To know more about growing and sowing, stay tuned.

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Hello Fellow Humans!

I’m really excited to bring to you my own Blog. I’ve put this off for a long time and I would immediately change the conversation when someone would bring up the idea of me having my own blog or page. Mainly because talking about myself is not my forte. I do however, enjoy sharing my experiences on watching things grow, by that, i mean, the seeds i sow and the animals that grow around me…


If we make an effort, we can see how closely knit Flora, Fauna and the Human Race are. This is my attempt to point out some of these facts, and bring into full view the things we can learn from our environment, Particularly, the creatures around us.

I hope this page encourages you to delve into seeing and seeking love from creatures that don’t speak our language and express themselves by absorbing all that we nurture them with.

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