By Dr. Mercola
The featured documentary, Back to Eden, reveals a simple organic gardening method that can not only transform your personal garden, but may even be part of the food solution needed on a global scale as well.
Far from being life sustaining, our modern, large-scale, chemical-dependent farming methods strip soil of nutrients, destroy critical soil microbes, contribute to the creation of deserts where nothing will grow, and saturate farmlands with toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that then migrate into ground water, rivers, lakes, and oceans.
This video really inspired me and after watching it I called my local tree cutting service and was able to get two truckloads of wood-chips dropped on my driveway for free and wheel barreled them on my landscape. The great thing about the wood chips is that they are waste and most companies will give you all you want. I plan on adding more three or four times a year.
I am convinced that Paul makes load of sense and that this is a crucial part of the equation for creating healthy soil to produce healthy plants. Wood chips seem to eliminate the need for any fertilizer or mineral supplements, reduce watering and make weeding a snap.
I hope you will overlook the religious overtones of this film if that doesn't appeal to you, because regardless of your religious beliefs (or lack thereof), the information shared still has tremendous value, and is sure to be of interest to anyone concerned with sustainable agriculture.
Featuring 34 presentations from individuals leading the food growing movement, the Grow Your Own Food Summit is featuring Paul Gautschi as one of the main presenters! Paul's presentation, "Grow Your Own Healthy Food Easily by Modeling Mother Nature," will teach you how growing your own food can change your life. Here are a few highlights of Paul's interview:
The Grow Your Own Food Summit will teach food growing people, both novices and experts, how to improve the world more than any other event in the last decade. Learn step-by-step instructions for what you can do today to put healthy, trusted food on your table in the future! Plus, it’s ONLINE and FREE from July 7-14, 2014.
This event is truly for everyone… because growing your own food contributes to improved health and connected community. It’s also an activity for the whole family that builds friendships in your neighborhood as you share each other’s skills and interests.
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Don’t let anyone else decide what’s in the food you eat! Change your life. Gain access to the information you need RIGHT NOW to optimize your health, connect with nature and those you love. It’s that simple.
Here are a few other incredible presenters:
Why Our Current Food System “Just Ain’t Normal” and How to Change It, by Joel Salatin, Sustainable, Maverick Farmer; Lecturer; Author
Saving Seeds, Growing Food and Ending GMOs Can Save the World, by Vandana Shiva, World-renowned Indian Activist
The Food Revolution and How GMOs are Disrupting It, by Ocean Robbins, Co-founder, Food Revolution Network; Author, Speaker, Educator
With over 34 total presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for you, whether you live in a city or on a farm! Better yet, if you register today, you’ll have access to the following FREE GIFTS as soon as you register!
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Back to Eden Documentary: Free Online Streaming
by Organic Gardens Network
Since the online premier of Back to Eden in 2011, the film has garnered the interest of over 2 million viewers in 210 countries! When filming Paul Gautschi at his garden on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, we never imagined such a global response! To us, this is proof that people are hungry for sustainable organic gardening methods that are capable of being implemented in diverse climates around the world.
According to the book, "Garden to Table: A 5-Year Look at Food Gardening in America," in the past five years there's been a 17 percent increase in food gardening. Our belief is that Back to Eden has played a significant role in the increase of food gardening!
Streaming online for free 24/7, the film is a gardening resource that teaches how to eliminate all of the work associated with growing food!
Following in the footsteps of Ruth Stout (No Work Garden Book) and Masanobu Fukuoka (One Straw Revolution), Paul Gautschi is leading a new revolutionary movement in the organic gardening community.
Endorsed by the National Gardening Association, Organic Consumers Association and featured in magazines such as Mother Earth News and Organic Gardening NZ, the film is continuing to impact the way food is grown around the world.
Our hope is that people are being connected with what Paul calls "live food." Simply put, fruits and vegetables that are full of nutrients because they are growing in the richest compost with a protective covering.
The health benefits and disease prevention from eating live food is undeniable. So please, watch the film, implement a Back to Eden garden, and get connected to nature and optimal health!
Back To Eden Film takes 3RD PLACE as the second runner-up to the most viewed film in the Green Unplugged Online Film Festival. We reached 33,000 VIEWERS of our film through this festival! Thanks to everyone who helped us spread the message of Back to Eden!
The full film will remain online for free streaming at www.backtoedenfilm.com
Learn How to Prune Your Fruit Trees From a Master Aborist Garden
Garden tours are closed for the season but the good news is, Paul is offering a one day pruning workshop. You are invited to join Paul at his home orchard where he will give thorough and lively demonstrations on how to prune your fruit trees!Watching the pruning Bonus Features on Back to Eden Film’s DVD is great, but it hardly compares to the experience of viewing Paul’s pruning techniques in person! Paul is a professional, master arborist. In addition to pruning all the trees in his local community, he prunes all the trees on his property every Winter! If you would like to learn how to prune fruit trees (apple, plum, fig and more) then you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity!
Want to attend the pruning workshop? Visit our website where you can find Paul’s contact information and home address. Please be courteous, call in advance to find out the workshop date and to notify Paul that you will be attending! We request that you bless Paul with a donation if you attend his pruning workshop!
"One of the most beneficial things you can have for a garden are chickens." - Paul Gautschi
Why chickens? They deal with all your waste AND the eggs are great! Paul even call his chickens his "soil manufacturers."
Paul feeds his chickens all of his expired produce from the garden, grass clippings, and weeds. Whatever they leave behind turns into compost that “almost approaches top soil.” At any time of the year, you can add this compost to your garden to improve your soil.
1. Build a screen. *Make a frame that is big enough to fit on your wheel barrel. *Use a screen that’s size is 1/2”-1” should be perfect!
2. Place the screen on top of your wheel barrel.
3. Shovel your compost or composted manure on top of the screen.
4. Shake the screen back and forth, until only the coarse material remains on top.
5. Discard coarse material onto ground to continue breaking down. *Take note of the beautiful compost in your wheel barrel!
6. Repeat steps 3-5 until your wheel barrel is full of compost.
7. Unload the screened compost onto your garden.
8. Rake the compost as a layer on top of your existing soil. *Any thickness will do wonders in your garden!
By Erica Parker
Several weeks ago I saw a very interesting documentary and it has been on my mind since I saw it. The documentary is titled Back to Eden and it features home gardener Paul Gautschi and others who have discovered the benefits of using wood chips in the garden. I know this might not sound very exciting, but the documentary takes a very holistic and common sense approach to the subject of gardening in tune with nature that makes it worth watching.
The main premise of “Back to Eden” is that we should mimic what we see in nature in our gardens. Nature manages to grow the most productive ecosystems in the world with absolutely no input from man (like fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, irrigation). How? It simply recycles resources. Why shouldn’t we do the same in our gardens (and in agriculture in general)? Wouldn’t the world be a whole lot better off if we started growing food in a way that supported human health, the environment and the human spirit? I think it would.
In nature the soil is always covered unless there is some type of disturbance. This cover could be dead grass, leaves, conifer needles, fallen logs, etc. These materials act like the skin of the soil by protecting it from environmental extremes and allowing a whole host of organisms to call the soil home. Believe it or not there’s a lot more than worms in there. These organisms provide valuable services for your plants, like nutrient cycling. So, it’s in our best interest to keep the soil healthy and soil cover is an essential part of this.
While there are many options for soil cover (straw, rocks, grass clippings, leaves, etc.), wood chips are a great option because they contain a good balance of carbon to nitrogen to feed soil organisms (depending on how fresh the wood is and how much green leaf material it contains), they stay in place, and they do a good job at suppressing weeds. Also, wood chips help with moisture retention (when dry) and displacement (when very wet). You can also walk on wood chips with less compaction occurring in your soil. And when it comes time for harvest you have clean veggies! Besides chipping your own branches, a good free source of wood chips is your local tree service. Wood chips are a waste product for them and if you’re located on their route you can probably get them to deliver.
It’s important to reiterate that wood chips are a soil cover, They should not be heavily mixed into your soil. Your plants’ roots need to grow in soil and will not thrive in wood chips. A layer of wood chips on top of the soil will slowly break down and enrich your soil. Over time you can add wood chips less frequently as you’ve increased the organic matter and improved the structure and biology in your soil.
To plant into wood chips use a rake or other tool to expose the soil you want to plant into. Remember, plants grow in soil, not mulch. Wood chips along with compost easily supply all the nutrients your soil needs, so fertilizers are unnecessary. Wood chips also retain moisture in the soil helping your plants grow with even moisture and reducing/eliminating the need to water. Any weed seeds that land on top of the wood chips are less likely to germinate and survive because they are not in contact with the soil. In addition, because wood chips build porous soil it makes weeds easier to pull out. With all this said, any natural soil covering will be beneficial to your garden. So, if you don’t have easy access to wood chips, use what is available to you. Don’t leave your soil naked! I would like to thank Rodale Institute researcher, David Schmeisser, for finding this awesome documentary.
We invite you to share thanks with Paul this Thanksgiving!
Paul Gautschi is an extremely humble and generous man. As you know, he gives all the credit for his prolific garden toGod. Paul has gained a reputation as a "garden evangelist" to all those who have had the privilege of touring his Back to Eden home garden (a tour he offers for free every Sunday afternoon). He simply views this act as his personal "stewardship", sharing what he has learned with the world. We couldn't be more thankful for all the time and knowledge he freely shares!
As you know, Paul does not have a computer. Although he is aware of the magnitude of the film's outreach (he receives approximately 9 phone calls from around the world each day), it is rare that he gets to hear about and see photographs of YOUR gardens! Therefore, we are inviting you to share your journey "Back to Eden" with Paul. Maybe it's a photo of a 9 pound sweet potato! Maybe it's a before and after photo of your garden! We have all been blessed by Paul through Back to Eden Film and we would appreciate your help in telling him thanks in your own way!
If you would like to express your gratitude, you may email your photos, videos & stories to the filmmakers of Back to Eden, who will put the compilation onto a DVD (or print) to share with Paul this Thanksgiving.
*All entries must be in by November 20th!
Submit your entry here: http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/dana--sarah-films.html
If you prefer to send mail directly to Paul, you can find his mailing address here:http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/paul-gautschi.html
Back to Eden Film is being broadcast on Capetown TV on November 5, 2013 at 2:00PM. We are thrilled at this opportunity for Back to Eden gardening methods to impact Africa!
It is Fall, which for Back to Eden gardeners is the perfect time to add a covering to their garden! As Paul states, "No matter where you live, if you apply a covering to your garden, God will do the rest, and you will be blessed!” Now streaming on YouTube are two short slideshows from the filmmakers of Back to Eden documenting their two Back to Eden gardens - a regular Back to Eden garden and a raised bed garden.
Are you implementing a Back to Eden garden for the first time? Watch "How to Grow a Back to Eden Organic Garden," a short slideshow and description of how to get started and what to expect after your first year growing a Back to Eden organic garden!
Do you want to implement Back to Eden gardening methods in a raised bed? Although Paul Gautschi does not used raised beds, you may have a reason that this is the best method for you. Perhaps you have gopher or vole problems. Maybe you would rather to not bend over to garden. Watch "How to Grow a Back to Eden Raised Bed Garden," a short slideshow and description of how to apply Back to Eden gardening to a raised bed garden. As you will see, the results are just as wonderful and prolific!
Already have a Back to Eden garden? Learn how and what to add to your garden, in the Fall, by watching "How to Grow a Back to Eden Raised Bed Garden."
For more information about how to grow a Back to Eden organic garden, please visit http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/how-to-grow-an-organic-garden.html