* New * Food Combination Chart Gifts: a comprehensive chart listing foods that are acid or alkalizing to the body’s pH, how to combine foods for optimal assimilation and digestion, as well as digestion times of various foods.
Renewable Energy designs are the bestsellers in our store. Click on the images to visit our Organic Garden Cafe Shop.
Our “Renewable Energy” designs are inspired by the early days of the alternative energy movement and futuristic graphic design visions of the early 1980’s .
Growing Fish and Greens
At the 1982 US Festival Career & Technology Exposition we set up an Apple II computer and designed the software to manage a tilapia pond utilizing a biological filter which we integrated with a hydroponics system for growing vegetables and mesclun salad greens.
Our successful exhibit further developed into our new creation of a highly efficient,self sustainable, organic fish and vegetable growing system that no longer requires a computer to maintain it’s natural balance. Now, all it takes is a daily check on the chemical balance of the water and the hydrophobic pumping system which is controlled by a common irrigation timer.
A simple, efficient system to grow out your fish, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and mesclun greens.
Our E-Book project, “Growing Fish & Greens” details the technical aspects of our Self-sustainable hydroponics system.
Renewable Energy in the News
“The U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday passed a Democratic rewrite of U.S. energy policy that strips $16 billion in tax incentives away from Big Oil and puts it toward renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.
The House voted 220-190 to add a controversial amendment that would require U.S. utilities to generate 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2020.
Notably absent from the bill is a hike in automobile fuel efficiency standards, which Pelosi put off until the fall to avoid a bruising fight with fellow Democrats including Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell of Michigan, the staunch auto industry ally who says he wants to deal with fuel standards in global warming legislation later this year.
The Senate in June approved a bill that hikes auto fuel standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.
The House bill must be reconciled with the Senate version, which is markedly different.
Republicans and oil-state Democrats criticized provisions in the tax portion of the House bill that would repeal reduced tax rates for major integrated oil companies, and drop foreign income tax deductions for companies that produce oil and natural gas overseas.” >> more
We are presently undergoing a massive shift in our renewable energy uses, green technologies and self reliant lifestyles.
Each and everyone of us plays a critical role.
Our new images are now published on the Cafe press shop. We wish to thanks so many of our friends that have requested these images. We were all involved in the first Earth day celebrations on the Washington DC Mall on April 22, 1970. And we are pleased to offer y’all this wonderful happy image that to us represents the honoring of Mother Earth, and a great beginning for humanity’s journey towards self sufficiency & self reliance – Gently Living upon the Earth – Respecting all life – Nurturing each other.
“……The relationship between environmental quality and economic success breeds ongoing improvement. Quantitatively, we know not only that higher levels of income promote environmental quality but also that the improvement in quality is better than a 1-to-1 ratio. That is, if income rises 10 percent, the demand for environmental quality rises more than 10 percent.
At lower levels of income, people trade environmental quality for economic growth – preservation of self is the primary goal, not the preservation of nature. But that situation can change quickly. In general, the annual income level at which the demand for environmental quality appears is between $4,000 and $8,000. The demand for water quality comes at even lower levels. Similar relationships exist for the preservation of endangered species and even the relatively obscure concern over carbon emissions.
Moreover, the point at which the demand appears trends downward as new environment-enriching technologies appear. Wealthy countries export the technology to poorer ones, who can simply acquire what they need to improve the quality of, say, water or air, at lower levels of income.
The economic progress so dreaded by the Malthusians turns out to be the key to environmental security. Because of economic growth, not in spite of it, the developing world is able to enjoy improved standards of living, both economically and environmentally, sooner than the developing world did in the past……..”
You will need:
- 16 standard seed trays with holes at the bottom (A5 size)
- 1lb. or 500 grams of whole-wheat kernels, preferably organic
- High quality organic compost
- Plastic sheeting or 2 large black refuse bags
Place the kernels in a sieve and wash under running water. Gently turn into a glass bowl and cover x 2 with purified water. Cover the bowl and leave to soak for approx.. 14 hours. After this time strain the seeds.
Place the trays snugly together in a unit of four rows containing four seed trays. Half-fill the trays with compost and place one handful of soaked seeds onto each tray. Spread the seeds out gently so that they just touch, not overlap. Mist or spray gently. Cover the top of the seed trays with the plastic sheeting. You may want to use canvas or other coverings on top of this during cold winter months, or hot summer days.
Mist or spray with a little water every day or two when the soil feels slightly dry. Keep the germinating seeds covered until the grass is about one or two inches high – a few days in summer, longer in winter.
The emerging leaves are very pale yellow. Remove the coverings and place the trays in a protected, warm, light-shed spot. The grass is soon chlorophylated by the sun which fills the juices in the leaves with radiant, healing energy.
Water a little for another 7-14 days (depending on whether it’s summer or winter – wheatgrass takes longer to grow in cold winter months. Your wheatgrass is now ready for harvest!
Being alert and alive turns you into a happy walking, talking ball of energy. You will also feel much better. Complete rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit is possible when vitality is high.
Scientists agree: you are your best healer. Studies show that you can overcome chronic health problems including high blood pressure, asthma, depression, certain types of cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis with good nutrition and sensible exercise.
All living things need energy to live. Both animals and plants need a supply of raw, live food to provide them with this energy. Radiant energy of sunlight and chemical energy of organic compounds are the two sources of energy available to living systems. Green plants, algae and some bacteria are able to convert this energy, through photosynthesis, into chemical energy that they can use. Stored as simple sugars, it provides the necessary energy for important metabolic activities essential for growth, repair and maintenance. Energy is created in every cell, everyday. Each cell requires nutrients, with some being used as “fuel” for cellular respiration.
Wheatgrass is a natural energizer that really works. In wheatgrass, photosynthesis takes place in the chloroplasts, miniature solar converters inside the plant cells. The chloroplasts contain the pigment chlorophyll, which is able to absorb light in the blue, violet and red parts of the spectrum. Green light is not absorbed, but reflected. This is why wheatgrass appears green.
If you are not as fit and healthy as you’d like to be, consider drinking wheatgrass juice on a daily basis. Wheatgrass juice is the all-in-one solution to radiant health, energy and rejuvenation!
Wheatgrass, which is the young grass of the wheat plant, captures an enormous amount of radiant energy via photosynthesis. Chlorophyll constitutes 70% of the solute in wheatgrass and has been extensively tested for its extraordinary healing powers.
Generous amounts of vitamins are also present in fresh, healthy wheatgrass. The antioxidants, A, C and E are abundant, as are minerals of key importance such as magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. A glass of the green-juice supplies you with almost all of the 102 known elements (that is, if it is grown in optimal organic soil). It is a complete food!
Author Li D Smith of “Wheatgrass: Superfood for a New Millennium” was born in Luxembourg and raised on a farm in South Africa, married an artist and enjoys painting and writing.
Great health doesn’t require bags full of expensive supplements. An abundance of positive energy, and a glass of wheatgrass juice is often all you need to set the scene for a healthier life.
The following are links to Li D Smith and Richard’s bio and book pages,
A MUST BUY For D-Light-full Health!