|Kale - a generous plant!|
|Kale is the most nutrient-dense plant tested! (PDF of 72 tested foods)(explanation of chart)|
|Kale is very easy to grow! Here's our POST on growing kale.|
|Our CSA provides delicious, nutritious food May to November.|
How we grow our food at the Sharing Gardens: Because we are not a commercial farm, all our labor is provided by volunteers and we are under no pressure to produce food on a forced timeline to get it to market ahead of the other farmers in our area, our food is slow-grown, with less water-weight and hence more nutrient-dense. We fertilize primarily with compost derived from leaves, grass, weeds and food scraps, wood-ash from our wood-burning stove and with worm castings we harvest from the paths of our greenhouses LINK. We do not use commercial fertilizers. The wood-ash and the composted tree-leaves both provide re-mineralization of our soils because the tree-roots pull up minerals from deep within the soil. Without forcing our plants to grow fast with high-nitrogen fertilizers, or animal manures, they are more resistant to diseases and insect infestations that are caused, in part, by the thinner cell-walls of plants forced to grow unnaturally quickly.
Or, if you live in our area and would like to eat the kale we donate to Monroe's Food Pantry, you can shop weekly for free at the South Benton Food Pantry (some income-criteria required).
|Sign posted at the Food Pantry to encourage more kale-eating.|
Kale rejoins the list of Dirty-Dozen list as one of the most contaminated with pesticides:
Not-So-Superfood! Pesticide residue found in 70% of U.S. produce & 92% of kale
What the pesticides in our urine tell us about organic food - The Guardian
Organic diet intervention significantly reduces urinary pesticide levels in U.S. children and adults - Science Direct
|Now, doesn't that look yummy!|