There is a lot of conflicting information about what the optimal human diet is. If your like me you have probably played around with more than a few different diet schemes, I even dabbled in a vegetarian/vegan diet for a year! Wikipedia has a list of more than 100 diets and there are more dreamt up every year.
So what is the optimal human diet?
Lately I have been having some amazing conversations around this topic with friends, colleagues and thought leaders in this space and I decided to start recording some of these conversations to share with others. The first video in this series is from with Jenn MacAusland of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jenn is Yoga teacher and a Wellness Practitioner /Advisor who operates a yoga & wellness business called Soul Monkey Yoga & Wellness She has a passion and drive to educate, empower and strengthen the relationship we have with ourselves utilizing tools such as iridology, TCM, facial analysis, kinesiology, and even counselling. You can see more of Jenn's work or contact her by checking her out on: Instagram and Facebook
In this video Jenn shares her insights on:
I would love to hear about your experiences with how changing your diet has affected your health. What worked what hasn't? Leave your comments below! If you know of any other thought leaders in the space you would like me to interview send me a message, I am looking for others to continue the conversation.
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In this almost 2 hour presentation that was originally recorded as a webinar with Verge Permaculture I will introduce the principles and processes I uses to design for functional fauna interactions that will work in your back yard or the back forty.
Topics covered will include:
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Hi Grass Roots Family Farm,
This is Kerri, Jean-Francois's wife, the 25-year long vegetarian, well, now an omnivore.
I started experimenting with Vegetarianism at the age of 18, I had times of crossing over again here and there in the interest of making a decision that was well rounded and was pretty sure I'd stay "Veggie" for the rest of my days.
When JF and I started working on farms and doing Market Gardens I started to question my choices, (which were made for a number of reasons, but the primary ones were in the interest of the animals, the people that work with them and for the planet's resources) but did not have any convincing examples to change my ways for certain.
When we visited your family farm I was so moved by the care and the respect given to your animals.
Photo's credit above: Jens Gerbitz and Slow Food Edmonton
Last fall on October 4th, we had the privilege of co-hosting a celebration on our farm with Slow Food Edmonton that was nothing short of incredible! We started the day off with guided tours of the farm, a honey tasting workshop led by Patty Milligan and an informative session about native pollinators by ecologist Mark Wonneck. Then, the team of chefs from Get Cooking Edmonton topped off the evening with an unbelievable feast made from local sourced ingredients.
It was our first experience working with Slow Foods Edmonton and we were amazed and inspired by their commitment to preserving and promoting a food culture that values diversity, sustainability and flavour. Not only did a group of 20 plus Slow Food volunteers help coordinate the entire event, but they also raised $1100 dollars which they graciously donated to our farm to be used for some much needed infrastructure.
Since we moved to our new yard site in 2008, we have been without an automatic watering system during the winter. With the money that Slow Food Edmonton raised we were able to purchase and install an automatic frost free watering system which can be used in our integrated cattle and hog wintering site (more on this system later!). This simple piece of energy efficient technology has greatly reduced our work load during the harsh winter months and improved our livestocks quality of life, as now they have free choice of fresh water even when it is -40˙C! Our previous method of winter watering was to give them as much water as they could drink twice a day. Something which took a great deal of time!
So from all of us here on the farm (especially the pigs and cows!), we want to say a BIG thank you to Slow Food Edmonton, Get Cooking Edmonton, all of the wonderful volunteers and of course our guests that day! You all made our first Fall Celebration a day to remember and we just can't wait to see what happens next year!
We just recently had the opportunity to share our vision for our Forest Garden CSA at a presentation at Augustana in Camrose, AB. If you were unable to make it to the presentation or you would like to find out more about what it all means feel free to check out the videos below to view the presentation in its entirety. These video focus on the overall design of our Forest Garden as well as our reasons for using the Community Supported Agriculture model to make this concept a reality. We feel that the second video not only explains our vision for the Forest Garden but our overall intent.
A big thanks to Craig Wentland, Hans Asfeldt, Ryan Lindsay, Erin Specht and the rest of the Augustan Chaplaincy for all your help!
Takota is a 4th generation farmer, carpenter, educator and ecological consultant.