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Friday, January 30, 2015

Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) A Friend to Global Warming and Whales?

CO₂ Generated in the Production and Distribution of Orange Juice

Locally Produced Vitamin C from Seabuckthorn

Growing Seabuckthorn has the added benefit of providing important human nutrients which are produced locally. 

Vitamin C, as found in orange juice, need not be produced and shipped huge distances using fossil fuels.  On average, for every 100 people in the United States there are50 tons of carbon dioxide emissions produced per year as a result of drinking orange juice.  

Doing some research and calculation, this means the local production of vitamin C from seaberries could prevent over 158 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year in the United States alone.

Industrial farming is a large scale mining operation.  Much more is taken than returned.  This is all possible with additions of petrochemicals in the form of fertilizer, fungicides and pesticides.  New modern farming with its focus on sustainability contributes to the planet’s lush diversity and, ultimately an improved environment.  The future of human happiness may depends on such things.   

Save the Oceans with Seabuckthorn?

Omegas 3, 6, and 9  play an important role in nutrition. 
  • Prevent coronary heart disease
  • Prevent stroke
  • Prevent diabetes
  • Promote healthy nerve activity
  • Improve vitamin absorption
  • Maintain a healthy immune system
  • Promote cell development
Seabuckthorn also contains the very rare Omega 7 (palmitoleic acid).  In 2008, scientists at Harvard University discovered that palmitoleic acid plays an important role in regulating metabolism. The researchers claimed palmitoleic acid the first fatty acid found to act as a hormone in the body protecting against obesity related diseases.  While a Japanese study suggests Omega 7 reduces blood-sugar levels and increased the body's sensitivity to insulin, more needs to be investigated before it can be said omega-7 is protective against type-2 diabetes. 

Where can you find Omegas in your diet?

Seabuckthorn is the only complete plant source with every omega fatty acid and is totally vegan.   Fish oil is the most popular source the public uses to meet their Omega 3 requirements.  Fish oil, however has serious problems.  Contamination is an issue as well as quality.  I would like to mention another downside to fish oil.  Currently about 200,000 tons of krill are harvested in the Southern Ocean each year. To put that into perspective, it would be the 5th largest fishery in the U.S. by weight.  Additionally, there have been at least 2 species identified in northern waters which are being pursued as well.  Penguins, seals and whales are among the creatures which feed on krill.  Intensive fishing of this species could lead to its collapse as we have seen in so many other marine species.  

The expansion of Seabuckthorn production around the world will protect a food web in the oceans we cannot afford to alter.  So if you are looking for an Omega supplement, choose a sustainable, plant based choice with Seabuckthorn. 

Shipping Begins!

There is only a couple of days left to pre-order your Seabuckthorn plants from Foxgreen Farm. In February orders we will ask for payment in full at the time of ordering.  Shipping to you will happen when it is best to plant in your area.  Don't forget to take a look at the Schisandra plants and shortly we will have 3 types of willows, Siberian Pea Shrub, and Yellowhorn Shrubs available.  Here is another sneak peak.... We have researched and obtained a limited supply of heirloom vegetable seeds which Native Americans favored prior to the arrival of western people.  I am going to have fun writing about them and I hope you will try them all!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Updated Seabuckthorn Marinade and Other News

Sea Buckthorn Recipe idea
Marinade for Chicken, Pork, Salmon, Venison
One cup SEABUCKTHORN juice
One cup maple syrup, or honey
3/4 cup wine - choose depending on meat
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ginger
one half teaspoon cayenne pepper
one  teaspoon salt
one half teaspoon pepper

Update from the farm

Seabuckthorn orchard in lower field

There is only 6 more days to pre-order Seaberry plants.  Beginning in February orders will need to be paid in full.  I have enjoyed offering the pre-season sale reservation opportunity and over half the available plants have been reserved.  Thank you to all who have taken advantage of the convenience and certainty of availability.

There are currently about 500 seaberry plants in the photo.  This year is the year they will have been in the ground for 3 years.  I have great expectations and excitement to see them begin growing this spring.  In addition to our other plantings a major addition will be 500 more Seabuckthorn plants and about 100 Schisandra berry plants. The Schisandra (Chinese Magnolia Vine) will be in the back (furthest away) of the field since the morning sun takes a few hours to rise above the tree shadows in that spot.  Stay tuned to see the construction of a wine grape style trellis system for them to grow on.  What fun!

Seabuckthorn tea has been making gains in notoriety recently.  I have a couple of posts talking about it.  The first one was in 2011 and includes a method of lightly toasting the leaves to ad a flavor complexity.  The other one was in 2013 and describes in detail the valuable nutrients in the tea.  I am sure more will be identified as time passes.  One of the most interesting is the Ellagic Acid.  There is some evidence this powerful antioxidant may prevent carcinogens from binding to your DNA.  You body's cells are pre-programmed  to die and be replaced with new healthy cells.  Carcinogens can interrupt this process and uncontrolled growth is the result.  Ellagic Acid promotes the normal maturation of cells and their healthy replacement.  

It is late January now and there have been some significant changes.  I had planned to work a few more years before retiring after 30 year's with the same employer.  I changed my mind and retired from that occupation the beginning of 2014, in large part, to focus my efforts on this Seabuckthorn, permaculture, and agro-ecology experiment.  With Craig returning soon, there still has never been a wish better than this!

Friday, January 16, 2015

jiovi Spring Permaculture Agro-ecology Catalog

The coldest weather of the year seems to be happening over and over.  In Maine wind chills to minus 40 degrees have been fairly common.  Even so, spring will come and it is time to get ready.  We have some seeds and plants to excite your efforts and planning.  Links will bring you to more detailed descriptions and photos.  We love our customers!  Thanks from Tom and Craig.

Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides sinesis)- 40+ extra seeds $3.99 + $2.00 shipping (any quantity)

Yellowhorn (Xanthoceras sorbifolium), Hardy!, Chinese Flowering Chestnut- 5 Seeds $4.00 + $2.00 shipping (any quantity)

Blue Elderberry, (Sambucus caerulea), Seeds - EDIBLE JUICY FRUITS- 100+ extra seeds $3.00 Free Shipping

Siberian Peashrub (Caragana arborescens) - 50 + extra Seeds $5.00 Free Shipping

Dog Rose (Rosa Canina) - Rose Hips 50 +extra seeds $3.99 Free Shipping

BearberrySeeds-  (Arctostaphylos-uva-ursi) aka Foxberry and Kinnikinic-50+ extra seeds $6.50 Free Shipping

Rocky Mountain Elderberry (Sambucus melancarpa) *RARE SEEDS* 40+extra seeds $7.50 Free Shipping

Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), Seeds 100+ extra seeds $4.45+ extra seeds Free Shipping

Food Forest Seed Collection - Extreme Savings! Over 500 Seeds! $29.50 Free Shipping
Rose Hips - Dog Rose- (Rosa canina) 50+ extra seeds 
Yellowhorn Shrub (Xanthoceras sorbifolia) - 5 seeds
Siberian Pea Shrub (Caragana arborescens)- 50+ extra seeds
Rocky Mountain Elderberry *Rare*(Sambucus melancarpa)- 100+ extra seeds
Red Ederberry (Sambucus racemosa) - 100+ extra seeds
Blue Elderberry (Sambucus caerulea) - 100+ extra seeds
Bearberry Seeds (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) - 50+ extra seeds
Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamniodes) - 40+ extra seeds
Black Elderberry ( Sambucus nigra) - 100+ extra seeds

Plants: Free Shipping
Seabuckthorn Plants (Hippophae ramnoides sinesis)  Plants 2-3 feet and Unsexed - $4.00-$5.41per plant depending on quantity.  Min order 12 plants.

Chinese Magnolia Vine (Schisandra chinesis) $21.00-$24.00 per plant depending on quantity, Min order 3 plants

Nutrimedics: Free Shipping

Seabuckthorn Soap - $6.50 - $7.00 ea depending on quantity  Free Shipping
Ingredients are saponified sweet almond oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, castor oil, olive oil, sea buckthorn oil, shea butter, water, and fragrance oil (lemon, vetiver, sandalwood)  This great soap is gentle, scented lightly for women and men, is fresh and clean!  Soap contains no harmful chemicals, no SLS or SLSA, parabens, or detergents.  Bar is about 4 oz.  Sea Buckthorn has properties which can be very beneficial to the skin.

Seabuckthorn Reishi Mushroom Face Cream by jiovi - $20.00 2 oz. jar Free Shipping

Seabuckthorn Reishi Mushroom Beard Butter by jiovi
Alpha Impact! $20.00 2 oz jar Free Shipping

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Silver Lining of Weeds - Bio Dynamic Accumulators

The Importance of Biodynamic Accumulators in the Food Forest Ecosystem 

Russian Comfrey 

Don't remove the weeds!  There are macro and micro nutrients essential for healthy plant growth. Keeping an array of weeds in your food forest garden can be essential to success of your soil building efforts.  Some accumulate a significant amount of these essential nutrients.  You may be surprised by some of the plants in the list.  Often deep rooted, these plants accumulate nutrients and bring them to the surface in their foliage.  Decomposition of the foliage deposits free and essential nutrients your plants needs.

Permaculture has been described, in part, as soil farming.  Create a great foundation of soil full of vitality and the production of your vegetables, berries, nuts, annual and perennial crops will be healthier and more productive.

After your plantings are established and competition from weeds in close proximity to new or annual plants (which are better served by companion plantings) you can relax and know the following weeds are working hard harvesting good nutrition for your soil and making it available to other plants.

Craig and I always welcome your comments and suggestions for additions.  Our plans are moving forward ( There's Never a Wish Better than This).  Pre-orders for Seabuckthorn Plants will be ending by the end of the month, so if you want to ensure availability and beat the rush and price increases, please order today. I have added a smaller quantity package of Schizandra Chineses , Chinese Magnolia Vine for those who want just a few plants. -  Thanks

Sea Buckthorn and Reishi Mushroom Face Cream and a Beard Butter has been very popular both here and overseas with Craig.

English name Botanical name Nutrients
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Ca, K, P, Cu, Fe, Mg, Si
Nettle Urtica dioica Ca, K, P, Cu, Fe, Na, N
Dock, Sorrels Rumex spp. Ca, K, P, Fe, Mg
Horsetails Equisetum spp. Ca, Co, Fe, Mg
Watercress Nasturtium officinale Ca, K, P, Fe, Na, S
Comfreys Symphytum spp. Ca, K, P, Fe, Mg, Si
Watercress Nasturtium officinale K, P, Ca, S, Fe, Mg, Na
German Chamomile Chamaemelus nobile  K, P, Ca
Black walnut  Juglans nigra  K, P, Ca
Shagbark Hickory  Carya ovate  K, P Ca
Basswood Tilia spp. P, Ca, Mg
Vetches Vicia spp. K,P,N
Sugar Maple Acer saccarum K, Ca
Yarrow Achillea millefolium K, P, Cu
Chives Allium schoenoprasum K, Ca
Black Birch Betula lenta K, P, Ca
Birches Betula spp P
Shagbark Hickory Carya ovate K, P, Ca
Hickory, Pecans Carya spp K, Ca
Chicory Cichorium intybus K, Ca
Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida K, P, Ca
Beeches Fagus spp K
Strawberry Fragria spp Fe
Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens Mg
Licorices Glycyrrhiza spp P, N
Black Walnut Juglans nigra K, P, Ca
Walnuts Juglans spp K, P
Lupines Lupinus spp P, N
Apples Malus spp K
Alfalfa Medicago sativa Fe, N
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis P
Peppermint Mentha piperita K, Mg
Silverweed Potentilla arserina K, Ca, Cu
Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia K, Ca, N
Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor Fe
Savory Satureja spp P
Chickweed Stellaria media K, P
Basswood Tilia Americana P, Ca, Mg
Clovers Trifolium spp P, N
Violets Viola spp P
Spruce Pinus glabra N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Mn 
Sea Buckthorn Hippophae rhamnoides N
Abbreviation Key
Ca = Calcium
Co = Cobalt
Cu = Copper
Fe = Iron
K = Potassium
Mg = Magnesium
N = Nitrogen 
Na = Sodium
P = Phosphorus
S = Sulfur
Si = Silicon

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

There's Never a Wish Better than This

There is never a wish better than this.

When you only have a hundred years to live.

Female Moose resting in winter at Foxgreen Farm

The New Year at Foxgreen Farms will be full of new projects.  Craig and I have chosen to explore a basket of common goals together.  We hope to share the experience with all the questions that arise and the answers which appear. 

Foxgreen Farms is located in a very remote area.  We are six miles from the nearest year-round road, seventy miles round trip to a grocery store, and have 10 million acres comprising the largest undeveloped forest in the eastern United States on the north border of the property.  This is the New England Acadian Forest Ecosystem and we are part of it!

We will integrate community with options of solitude and meditation, living the education that a sustainable and resilient permaculture inspired lifestyle has to offer.  People will come to recharge themselves and participate in learning the rewards of a life less dependent on the wasteful industrialization of today's food and social systems.  This will be a journey with answers and with questions. 

“The man who has many answers
is often found
in the theaters of information
where he offers, graciously,
his deep findings.

While the man who has only questions,
to comfort himself, makes music.” 
― Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings

The New Year with Craig and Tom and You at Foxgreen Farm!

This is an exciting year ahead for the farm and our newer  We will navigate the challenges of devoting all of our time to sharing our sustainable and resilient philosophy.  There is another important component as well.  We aspire to welcome visitors.  Imagine waking up in tune with the rhythm and comfort of the pure world we live in.  We are not opposed to technology but it will not consume your day.  Visitors will be free from the time sink of electronic connectivity and will soon realize the wonders of the world we live in.  The experience of hearing, seeing, and feeling the natural world which is ordinarily smothered in day to day modern life is eyeopening and the epiphany not forgotten after leaving (if you ever choose to leave!)   Most will return to work and family they are most familiar with and take with them a subtle influence, even leadership among the people they encounter.     

The following will be an outline of this year's vision.  I will be expanding on each in future posts. Please (in the right column) sign up for email updates and "like" Foxgreen Farms on Facebook.  

The colors of living surprise will surprise again.  Rainbows will no longer be colors out of reach and love will be seen everywhere, like the tender shadows in the morning sun.

The Next Dream to Come True - Deep Ecology, Deep Environment,  and Deep Community

“If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.” 
Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

We will explore the creative, nature-friendly and sustainable ways that will transform our planet. Earth can be a beautiful place covered with unpolluted rivers and oceans, a pesticide-and-chemical-free environment, natural and food forests, and permaculture gardens. And may these words become reality in our lifetime, and be repeated across the world improving the lives of people in the most nutritionally needy and (as a result) desperate regions.

This year's ambitions and projects:

Seaberry orchard - The Sea Buckthorn experiment continues. Berries, tea from bark and leaves and roots and expansion of the orchard are on the agenda. 
Food forest - permaculture and food forestry are the best ways at the present moment to solve world hunger and many environmental problems.
Grazing areas - integrating rotational grazing with a succession of different animals with different benefits
Berry, nut and fruit trees - expand the current plant panel
Scottish Highland cattle - with the current 150 acres of field, bogs, and forest this animal is very well suited for success in the North Woods of Maine. 
Icelandic Chicken Project - Our Indiegogo Project
Sheep- Katahdin Hair Sheep

Rabbit husbandry - 

Baby Moose Rescue - This project will include habitat enhancement for this species in the area to minimize the need for all moose to travel to roadways to seek out food, salt, and mobility.
Wilderness experiences - hikes/camping/canoe trips - These trips will be combined with Wilderness Survival Courses and Wilderness Medicine Education.

  • Protective Education - First Aid Courses for families as well as responsible Firearms Training and Gun Safety opportunities. Instructed by one of the most experienced and globally in-demand instructors.
  • Micro cabin design, development, construction, and workshops.                                                                                     
  • Pond use, construction
  • Energy and water collection and storage
  • Heating innovations and energy efficiency
  • Wood lot management
  • Draft horse/highland cattle/donkey power and guard animal use
  • Wilderness survival
  • Wilderness medicine
  • Great Dane friends, care, and breeding
  • Veteran's retreat for emotional and physical recharge - As healing begins, Mother Nature speaks through her ageless wisdom. Each Maine day is diverse and her seasons are an endless combination of natural experiences. People can interact, sharing their common experiences to work through injury and trauma, to connect back into the society they have sacrificed to preserve.  Returning home can be difficult, we want to help the transition back home, to family, work, and most of all to feel excited to be home. Home again with the confidence the future is full of new extraordinary experiences with a sustainable and resilient network of support at their fingertips.

Nature is our origin and our destination...”.

Herbert Girardet
Join us on this voyage into the future.  As always, thank you for your support and advice. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Developing Sea Buckthorn Market - More News from Canada

Seabuckthorn has been grown in Canada both for its esthetic purposes (an excellent landscape plant) and ability to block wind and help conserve soil.(see AAFC information on shelterbelt planning) After almost 30 years of research and development at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), this shrub is looking to come out of the field and into the supermarket.

Bill Schroeder, Researcher at AAFC’s Agroforestry Development Centre in Indian Head, Saskatchewan is the recognized North American expert on this budding bush and the first scientist to initiate a comprehensive seabuckthorn research program. The Agroforestry Development Centre has the only North American bred cultivars available, which has been instrumental in the development of the Canadian seabuckthorn industry.

Special to the seabuckthorn is the suite of fatty acids found in fruit and seed oils, at concentrations as high as 35 per cent. This is one of the few plants to provide balanced concentrations of essential fatty acids and oils which are good for human health.

The peel of the stem and fruit contains 5-HT (5- hydroxytryptamine), a rare occurrence in the plant kingdom. The 5-HT existing in a free or grouped state can act as a neurotransmitter and regulate human emotion.

Seabuckthorn holds some of the highest antioxidant activity among medicinal plants.

Canada, and particularly the prairies, is seen to have enormous potential for a seabuckthorn industry because of processing industry interest, the plant’s ability to thrive in prairie growing conditions, the North American demand for the fruit that exceeds the supply, and the expanding health and nutrition market.

Kudos to Canada and the people of Canada for being out in the forefront of Seabuckthorn cultivation and research.  Craig and I, will be working to bring this plant and all its benefits into the lives and economy of the United States.  That is a tall order, but we are well on our way. Teal Farm in Vermont is doing a fantastic job too with their new Vermont Seaberry Company.  This is very exciting and will go a long way bringing familiarity and seabuckthorn products to the consumer.

Only a short time left to pre-order Seabuckthorn Plants

jiovi Sea Buckthorn plants are the most sturdy and successfully planted Seaberry plants in the United States.  They are also some of the largest and reasonably priced.  How do we do it?  We have chosen to offer the most widely planted, strongest, and beneficial medicinally variety in the world. (Hippophae rhamnoides L. subsp. sinensis)  and have chosen to offer this plant over all sub species.  

The savings to you are based on the numbers.  Our plant sales have increased nearly a hundred fold in the past few years.  What we have available to sell this year is over 50% pre-sold.  Now is the time to buy your Seaberry plants.  We are sure they will sell out, the question is when.  Thanks very much both from me (Tom) and from Craig.   (order page)
Seeds for sale here (order page)


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Just One Sea Buckthorn Photo

Sometimes less words and a photo is still very interesting.
This is a great photo and please use the +/- zoom or your mouse wheel on the map to see where Kvarken and Sea Buckthorn call home.

Where was this taken?

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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.