Category Archives: Root to Shoot Organics

Dr. Fogarty, a nutrition and exercise expert from the UK, talks to Spinaca on the science behind how eating a vegetable-heavy rainbow diet can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Mark Fogarty earned a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Ulster in the United Kingdom where he has been researching, publishing and lecturing on natural nutritional intervention in the context of exercise stress for over a decade.

 

Spinaca Farms: After our last talk with you, we’re decidedly omnivorous…but let’s talk about fats. How does your body process vegetable fats versus animal fats?

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Planning to plant hemp

If you read my previous posts about the emerging hemp industry after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, you know I’ve been thinking a lot about how to break into this new crop market as an existing vegetable farm. Lately, my thoughts have been centered on how to start planting.

“Root-to-Shoot” for hemp

Whatever we grow at Spinaca, my MO is to use the whole plant for multiple applications per our Root-to-Shoot philosophy. Hemp is slightly different, though. With hemp, seeds are bred for their end result, meaning some seeds support fiber production

Did you know that 85% of kids in this country are not getting the vitamins and minerals they need to support proper physical and mental development? This is largely due to the fact that they’re consuming fewer foods that are fortified with the core five food groups—fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein. As parents, it’s more important than ever to think about the foods we’re consuming with our kids—not only when you sit down for meals, but also when eating on the go.

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Fermented foods are big right now. Everywhere you look, someone’s talking about the health-promoting qualities of sourdough bread, kimchi, or yogurt, and for good reason: fermentation introduces digestion-aiding probiotics and the glucosinolate compounds believed to fight cancer. What’s more, it might even support the immune system.

At Spinaca Farms, we like that fermented foods directly address our Root to Shoot philosophy, as well as discussions we’ve had here with gut-health expert Dr. Fogarty.

Bonus: They also happen to be tangy and delicious.

A fun, easy way to get into home fermentation is with overripe tomatoes.

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