Shareholder Update…

I thought this was interesting….it was in the mailing for Kissimmee Green Place.
We are all familiar with Vegetarians who are defined by what they shun — meat.  Vegans, who reject all food from animals, take it even further. There are Flexitarians, who eat a little bit of meat, and  Pescatarians, who skip meat but consume seafood.  Raw foodists don’t believe in cooking. There are those who believe the body naturally needs different foods during specific times of the year—foods that protect us from the effects of seasonal changes. I guess we could call these Seasonal eaters. Locavores are concerned about eating local products to increase nutrition by reducing processing and shipping. These eaters believe local is tastier, more nutritious and better for the environment. And then there is the famous “see food” diet. I see food, and I eat it. A new group of eaters has now been described as nutritarians.  Nutritarian is a term coined by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a Florida physician and author. Simply put, a nutritarian is a person whose food choices are influenced by nutritional quality. It is not sufficient to merely avoid fats, consume foods with a low glycemic index, lower the intake of animal products, or eat a diet of mostly raw foods. For nutritarians a truly healthy diet must be micronutrient rich.  They understand that fruits and vegetables are all rich in vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients that properly nourish the body so it can maximize its self-repairing abilities and combat diseases.  To this end the nutritarian focuses on variety, which has often been described as eating the rainbow
The garden provides a nutritarian choice for us.  For three years we have been augmenting the soil, composting our leftovers, adding fish, dead plants, and chicken manure.  
From Wikipedia: Nutrients needed in the largest amount by plants are referred to as macronutrients and include nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). In addition to carbon (C), N and P comprise the largest fraction of plant tissue. C is assimilated as carbon dioxide (CO2) from air, but supplying N, P and K in sufficient amounts is necessary for a thriving garden. In addition to macronutrients, plants also need trace nutrients. Trace nutrients are not major components of plant tissue, but, for example, make up key components of vitamins. Both macro and trace nutrient availability is controlled by soil pH. Organic gardening requires no fertilizer amendments but relies on both macro and trace nutrients being supplied by degradation of plant material.
We continue to learn new ways to balance out the soil ph so the crops that are grown are the most vitamin/mineral packed they can be.  Our recent soil test showed that we have soil that lies within the required standards of fruitful gardening.   
Saturday at 9:30 a.m. look for a beautiful harvest of:
•  squash
• brocolli
• chinese cabbage
• swiss chard
• radishes, and
• onions
We encourage you to start picking your herbs of choice when you come to harvest.  We are growing:
• rosemary
• lemon thyme
• oregano
• sage
• basil ( very young)
• borage
• stevia (a natural sweetener), and
• cilantro
Still growing, but not ready for harvest yet are:
• garlic
• flax
• parsley, and
• dill 
See you on Saturday, and let us know if you need to make other arrangements for pick up.  
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