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Saturday, December 20, 2014

New Brunswick Grower Harvests First Crop of Sea Buckthorn

Chipman, New Brunswick

Along side the cranberry bogs and blueberry fields in Chipman, Beth Fowler and Clay Bartlett have taken a chance on Sea Buckthorn and have succeeded!  They had their first harvest this past fall.
photo by Beth Fowler

Chipman, NB in relation to Foxgreen Farm on the map
Beth says she is very happy with the results and "have been quite successful so far".  Sea Buckthorn continues to be a trending food rich in Omega 3, Omega 7, vitamin C and 190 bioactive componants. Beth and her partner make juice, wine, chocolate covered candies and salsa.  They are also exploring the benefits of the leaves or "chaff".  (see leaf analysis)
Beth and Clay offer workshops at the orchard on how to use Sea Buckthorn.  The workshops are held at the orchard on their farm and their seaberries are available at a couple of local food stores in Frederiction, NB.
Beth's Sea Buckthorn Sorbet on top of some chocolate moose- Wow!

Good Luck Beth and Clay!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Chinese Magnolia Vine - SCHIZANDRA CHINENSIS - FIVE FLAVOR BERRY Now available for sale!

Spicy, Bitter, Sweet, Sour, and Salty - The five flavor Berry

The berry of Schisandra chinensis owes its name Wu Wei Zi (five flavored berry) to the fact that it is sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. 
Schisandra is the berry of a climbing vine native to northeast China and parts of Russia. It is cultivated in long rows, and harvest takes place at the end of July and the beginning of August. In the current climate of berry crazes, Schisandra berry holds a top spot in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its superior medicinal benefits.
Schisandra also offers special benefits for the mind. Several human studies show that Schisandra extract improves concentration, coordination and endurance. Schisandra helps to prevent mental fatigue and increases accuracy and quality of work. In various human clinical studies with doctors, students, soldiers and other groups, Schisandra demonstrated superior mind-sharpening powers.

Schisandra has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years. Despite this long history, Schisandra is still relatively unknown in the US. But due to its age-old use for enhancing vitality and its strong science base, Schisandra and its preparations should get a good market boost in the years ahead. Once people experience the mental and physical benefits of this super berry, they will want it as part of their health regimen.
You can of course grow your own . Just a few berries, fresh or dried, daily will be an important addition to your permaculture garden food and medicine growing efforts!

Exclusive to readers of this blog who are also tuned into our Facebook page, there is a coupon code available on Facebook for 20% off your Schizandra chinesis plants during the month of December. 

Purchase Chinese Magnolia Vine - Schizandra chinesis here - CLICK
Plants are 2 year old seedlings, 6-12" and are grown from seed.  The seed is from Chinese origin, you can expect some genetic variability among the plants.
Plant Details:
 Regular Water
 Sun/Part Shade
 Lowest appropriate zone: -30º F

There is a 6 plant minimum order - Free Shipping.  Plants shipped March/April 2015

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

More News - jiovi Seabuckthorn Orchard in Maine

Early Winter Storm- November 2014

The Seabuckthorn Orchard is beginning its second winter in Maine and is doing very well.  Nearly all the plants have survived and are thriving.  Last winter the mice girdled a few plants yet most which had that damage survived and either grew normally or sprouted from below the girdling area. 

Most snow melted from first storm

Male Seabuckthorn Plant in Early Winter
The picture here of a male Hippophae rhamoides shows the larger buds which (almost always) indicate the sex of the plant even if it has not yet reached the age of flowering.  This is less reliable the younger the plant but really is a good indicator a year before the first flowers emerge. The buds on the female plants are usually much less pronounced.  This can be seen in the following photo and the difference is fairly obvious.  

Chinese Magnolia Vine Update as soon as I can! -  Good News, the plants are now confirmed and will be available for shipment Mid-March!  

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Chinese Magnolia Vine - New at Foxgreen Farm!

Schisandra chinensis - Five Flavor Berry

Schisandra Berry, wu wei zi, or Magnolia Vine is one of the 50 herbs most valued in ancient Chinese medicine.  The following video by the Medicine Hunter really does a nice job describing many of the health benefits and cultivation techniques of Schisandra.  
Schisandra chinesis is best grown similar to grapes on a horizontal trellis.  This can be seen quite clearly on the 1000 plus acres in the video.  The vine can grow to 20 feet and lives for over 20 years! If it is not part of your permaculture system or your home garden, it is time to start planning to include it.  That is what we have done here at Foxgreen Farms.  Seaberry is still the major focus but as this year progresses you will see many new reaches into additional plants and we'll keep you up to date on the progress.

We have obtained a limited quantity of plants for sale!

The seedlings have been growing for 2 years and are 6-12" tall.  We will ship them during the last 2 weeks in March, dormant and ready for planting in your location.  They are hardy to -30 degrees Fahrenheit and will grow from US zones 4a thru 10b.  Similar to Seaberries, they are typically dioecious and multiple plants are required for fruiting.  When can you expect the plants to bear fruit for the first time?  The answer is 3-4 years which is fairly ordinary for nearly any fruiting plant after it has been planted and cared for in your location.  These vines will twist and wrap themselves around just about anything nearby.  Here are a few suggestions for you when constructing your arbor. You don't want to make it too high so you can harvest the berries easily.  A couple of sturdy posts with cross braces and wire between them will do the trick.  Try something like this.
In this picture, the top cross braces have not yet been bolted on.  Stake and protect the plants as they reach up to the wires.  Cages or grow tubes will do the trick.  
Plant ordering details will be revealed in the next few days.  --Now available

Friday, November 28, 2014

How Can You Use Seabuckthorn Plants Before They Fruit?

Seabuckthorn Leaves

Once your plants get going, you can dry or use fresh leaves in tea, drinks and many other food preparations.  Why?  The health benefits could be a valuable as those found in the juice and oil of the berries.  

Sea Buckthorn Leaf Tea Analysis

Sea Buckthorn leaves contain most of the biological compounds found in the berries.  In fact they contain more of some things like protein.  The leaves are 24% protein.  There was a time when a lot of attention was paid to the development of a process for producing leaf proteins.  It never really caught on.  Lately pea protein is a favorite among vegetarians as a supplement.  Is there a market for Sea Buckthorn protein?  Back to the analysis of Sea Buckthorn leaves.

All you need to do is dry some leaves and you have your green seabuckthorn tea.  For a more detailed description of how to process seabuckthorn leaves into a slightly less green and a toasted complexness added see this previous post.  

Nutrients and Antioxidants Present in Sea Buckthorn Leaves

Alpha-tocopherol -a form of vitamin E
Amino acids - contains 18 amino acids the body needs.  Here are some I could verify.

  • Serine - important in metabolism, precursor to many amino acids
  • glycine - protein precursor, especially to collagen 
  • aspartic acid - participates in gluconeogenesis, controlling blood sugar lows
  • threonine - helps provide energy to cells through the citric acid cycle
  • alutamic acid - difficult to research, best guess is a neurotransmitter, could be a good thing
  • lactamic acid - similar to lactic acid, a biologic middle man for metabolism
  • phenylalanine - needed for epinephrine, dopamine, norepinephrine, melanin 
  • proline - critical for connective tissue

Astralagin - flavinoid
Beta carotene - Vitamin A
Boron - 
Calcium - bones, teeth, neurotransmitter, muscle contraction
Catechins - phenol, antioxidant + wow! lots more
Copper - facilitates iron uptake
Ellagic acid - antioxidant and may prevent DNA binding to carcinogens
Ferulic acid - antioxidant with anti-tumor characteristics
Kaempferol - wide range of biological activity, a real powerhouse compound.  Benefits including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, cardioprotective, neuroprotective, antidiabetic, antiosteoporotic, estrogenic/antiestrogenic, anxiolytic, analgesic, and antiallergic activities.
Iron - nice to have if you have blood circulating
Isorhamnetin - anti-oxidant
Manganese - one of the oldest trace minerals in living things.  Involved in many processes.
Magnesium - lots of uses in the body, ex: treating ADHD, Lyme disease, migraines and more.
Niacin - blood lipid lowering properties. 
Omega-3 - anti-inflammatory, reduced risk of dementia, vital for normal metabolism
Omega-6 - precursor to prostaglandins
Pantothenic acid - important to energy metablolism in the cell
Potassium - brain and neuron function, osmotic balance
Quercetins - antiviral, bronchodilator, anti-inflammatory,
Riboflavin - wide role in intermediary metabolism
Salicylic acid - pain and fever reduction
Tannins - antiviral, antibacterial, and antiparasitic
Vitamin C - antioxidant, immune system support, anti-histamine.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Indiegogo Campaign Launch 11/14/2014

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For the Sustainable Permaculture Farm

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

There are Places We Will Always Go

Quick Update on Foxgreen Farm, LLC

It has been a whirlwind of work here putting all the pieces together to bring our lives closer to a full endeavor focused on the farm, the woods, and sustainability in the wilderness of Maine.  Not unlike a starving artist or actor, diversification of operations on a farm is very essential.  Craig and I have been working on making it all happen.  An early winter storm nearly trapped us deep in the woods until spring.  We were able to chainsaw our way over the 6 miles of deep wood roads after many trees were weighed down so much they snapped and fell across the road.  Just a little more snow and the job would have taken days. 

Fun, Fun, Friends and Warmth in the Frigid Central Maine Highlands :-}

Like the stone carried on the river
Like the boat sailing on the sea
We keep on
We keep on

Plant update-  Pre-sales are brisk.  At this time there are a total of 2500 available and half have been pre-ordered.  So if you are wondering where to buy Sea Buckthorn plants for planting in the spring of 2015, we encourage you to reserve yours today.  

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Craig and Tom have become soul-mates of sorts and will be engaged for a long time connecting the wilderness, ourselves, and others in a new pre-oil agroecology. We promise, as we build this newer way of living, to experiment and explore, share and invite, smile and embrace, and support each other, the land, and we invite you to come along with us. Good people, gardens, nature, wilderness, exploration, sailing and art are all #1 with us. "If you want to sing out, sing out. If you want to be free, be free." Learn something new everyday and life is good.