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Eating Local!

Know Your Farmer!

In preparing for my upcoming workshop at Powisset Farm, I met with the farmer to discuss her overall philosophy and growing practices. Sustainable farming is a key component to our ecology.

Powisset Farm

Sustainable Farming

When sustainable growing practices are followed, they can be more stringent than organic guidelines because they reduce interference with the natural environment as much as possible to enable crops to grow. A focus on healthy soil and crop rotation can allow for biodiversity and better choices for long term environmental sustainability.

Local vs. Organic

There’s a difference between organic and conventional fruits and vegetables, but consumers often fail to recognize the difference between locally grown and organic. Not all farms in our immediate local area are organic. Sometimes locally grown should be considered as a more important factor than certified organic, as should the labor practices, and resources of the person who grows the food. Know your farmer and how your food is grown!

Consuming Locally

As consumers it’s important to purchase food from our local geographic area. Local food is fresher, often tastes better and has more nutrients. When food travels, it negatively effects our environment by using fuel to get to where we are. Crops that travel thousands of miles are often picked before ripened, providing fewer flavors. Local growers can promote a safer food supply and benefit the environment by maintaining farmland or open space in our community. It also supports the local economy!

There’s so much to learn about regenerative farming! I look forward to seeing you at my next workshop when we discuss organic, conventional and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Workshops – Please Join Us!

March:

Wed., March 16, 2016 
Organic vs. Conventional workshop. Powisset Farm, Dover, MA. We are planning two workshops for your convenience. Which one will you attend?  Please sign up by clicking on your link:
11:00 am – 12:00 pm or 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
Learn the difference between organic and conventional fruits and vegetables by joining our discussion about what organic standards really mean. You will learn how to pick them on the farm and in the supermarket by discussing tips from Environmental Working Group (EWG). We will also discuss the health benefits of eating organic fruits and veggies, the differences in nutrients, and what you can do to feed your family a healthy diet … Workshop will include Healthy Snacks. Cost: Powisset Farm Member: $10; Nonmember: $15

April:

Thurs., April 7, 2016 

Send Cravings Away! workshop. Wellesley Recreation, Warren Building, 90 Washington St., Wellesley MA 02481. 7:30-9:00pm – course #241442.
We all have food cravings which can affect our lives in many ways ranging from relationships to health issues. These issues, common in our American culture, can cause allergies, autoimmune and chronic diseases. Food cravings can be avoided by simply and mindfully eating a diet rich in nutritionally balanced foods. In this interactive workshop, you will learn about mindful eating, understand why you crave foods, and how to avoid cravings by adding healthy foods to your diet. We will also suggest foods you can eat more of to reduce cravings and why these foods can improve your health. You can learn how to enjoy the food you love, and as a result live a happier healthier life!
Cost $35.
Thurs., April 14, 2016  To Be Confirmed…
Organic vs. Conventional workshop. Stacy’s Juicebar, 1257 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02492.
6:30-7:30pm – Please contact me for additional information.

May:

Wed., May 18, 2016 
Send Cravings Away! workshop. Register now at Newton Community Education. Workshop will be held at Newton North High School 457 Walnut Street Newtonville, MA 02460, 7:00-8:30 pm.
Course fee: $35.

Want to Get Healthier?

Do you want to learn more about eating healthier foods, balancing your gut, and enhancing your health? Let’s talk!  As a Health Coach, I work with individuals and families to help them integrate healthier nutritional options into their lives. Let’s get started! Contact me today to schedule a complimentary 50 minute health consultation, or pass this offer on to someone you care about!

About Me
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.  In my “Balance Your Gut” program, I will help you create a completely personalized “road-map to health” that suits your unique lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

I look forward to hearing from you!
In good health,
*holli.

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