As our new line of Qi or life force products continues to enter the markets, we introduce today two more blends to go along with the Mainstay Qi blend unveiled last week. We now have the Qi Radish and Qi Antioxidant mixes. Studies have shown that in order to maximize the anti cancer fighting enzymes it indeed works to have some raw radish in the same meal.
Thus we introduce our Qi Radish blend that is comprised of Red Stem Radish, White Stem Radish, Sango Radish, Hong Vit Radish and Daikon to give our mix a visual and tasty punch. The Qi Radish mix is available in three sizes and is easily grown using our hydroponic mats and system.
The second mix is our Qi Antioxidant blend. This unique blend features some of the most potent microgreen sources of nutrition. This unique blend contains Arugula, Kale, Broccoli, Yellow Mustard, Mizuna, Tatsoi, and Garden Cress in a wonderful combination of unique tastes.
This Qi line of micro blends are made to be easily grown and has the potential to add vital nutrients and wellness elements to your present diet. Micro Wellness products deliver potent natural sources of healthy supplements for your body. Back to the start, when food was our medicine and source of well being.
Over two years of research and development went into our groundbreaking new offering, Presenting the third generation MicroFarm Growing Unit. This hardware will enable you to grow live and nutritious food right in your living space, regardless of hours of daylight, temperature outside, or the weather. You will be able to grow nutritious crops that will supplement your normal foods and provide added nutrients while knowing that you are raising food free from chemical fertilizers, pesticides and GMO based crops.
This third generation unit breaks new ground in both price and utlility. The combination of this growing unit and our constant development gives you the best of the Micro Farm experience and will continue to grow (pun intended) as more crops and designs are added. The hand made lighting unit is designed to fit into the MicroFarm base which holds two of our small MicroFarm units. The container is detachable so you can use the lighting with the medium or even the large trays (as pictured). You could even use them with indoor plants or herbs to grow them indoors. The last pic shows a WonderSoil Sprouthouse seed starting unit that fits perfectly under the lights and allows you to plant 12 seed start pods to plant in your garden. You can use the versatile lighting unit in all manner of configurations.
Our white full spectrum grow lighting is based on energy efficient commercial LED modules with extremely long life and minuscule power requirements. The dual farm LED Grow Light unit was designed and manufactured in the US by a Veteran owned and operated plastics specialty company. The unit provides the main or supplemental light to grow out your micro crops successfully in an environment without any natural light. You can also use it to supplement sunlight during shorter days to allow your plants to flourish. Available now now in our newly relaunched and redesigned store ... stop in and browse, we will be blogging a couple of new mixes tomorrow!
Have you ever noticed that most of the superfoods and super drinks are a deep green in color. Kale, broccoli, wheatgrass, green tea, greens, algae. The color green of all is principally derived from the chlorophyll from the various plants and is a essential part of a healthy diet.
Over forty years ago, a visionary holistic practitioner, Ann Wigmore, observed and remarked that the modern diet of "convenience food" was the prime cause of illness and obesity. She was the pioneer who brought wheatgrass and raw foods to the attention of health and wellness seekers.
As Ann describes in an autobiographical note, "I have been growing buckwheat lettuce in my indoor garden for years. These greens are an excellent source of chlorophyll, vitamins A and C, calcium and lecithin (a fatty substance that is valuable in the diet because it helps the body to eliminate excess cholesterol). Sunflower greens contain the various nutrients of sunflower sprouts with the added benefit of chlorophyll. Buckwheat lettuce and sunflower shoots have been a mainstay of the Living Food Lifestyle for a number of years."
We chose the term Qi, or life force, to symbolize putting health and essential elements back in our lives and bodies. Our first Qi product is a mix of microgreens that is grown hydroponically in sea solid liquid fertilizer. This is how we reintroduce the trace minerals into a natural, raw mix, as Ann Wigmore envisioned.
We added some pea shoots into this tasty mix for their wonderful taste and high nutrition. Pea shoots contain seven times more vitamin C than blueberries, eight times more folic acid than bean sprouts, and four times more vitamin A than tomatoes. Our hydroponic growing solution features a full spectrum of 90 trace minerals that will give your plants and body an additional benefit to our microgreens.
Our Qi mix will be available this week in three sizes featured our newly relaunched store..
Over forty years ago, a visionary holistic practitioner, Ann Wigmore, postulated that our modern diet of "convenience food" was the prime cause of illness and obesity. She was the pioneer who brought wheatgrass and raw foods to the attention of health and wellness seekers.
Ann founded the Hippocrates Health Institute and became an internationally acclaimed holistic health educator. Through these venues she taught that what we eat profoundly affects our health. Through a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts, combined with nutritious sprouts and wheatgrass juice, the body is able to restore its internal balance. This also restores its capacity to maintain a healthy weight, fight disease, and heal itself.
Around the same time Dr Maynard Murray was doing work with sea solids. In his groundbreaking book published in 1976, “Sea Energy Agriculture”, Dr Murray verified one of Ann's hypotheses that our modern diet lacked an essential ingredient because our food was being grown in increasingly "barren" fields. What his work showed was that natural plant and animal growth depended on simple trace elements that were deposited on land from the seas.
Modern farming, with its increasing reliance on fertilizers and chemicals, has stripped much of the trace minerals from our land and the food we grow. Modern fertilizers focus on increasing yields and appearance to the detriment of healthy produce. Studies have shown that the trace minerals normally found in topsoil has been stripped or seriously depleted by the use of modern fertilizers and chemicals. This leads to our increasingly nutrient deficient food.
Many of the key nutrients in modern food is lost through industrial farming, with its focus on looks over quality. Produce is often picked unripe, and shipped hundreds of miles to reach consumers. Nutrient content starts to degrade as soon as crops are harvested and continues through processing and transport. Shipping not only increases fossil fuel use but compromises the nutrient values of our food. Our modern, industrial farming produces "pretty" displays, but empty food.
In 1992, Dr Paul Talalay, who directs the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins, provided scientific evidence to some of Ann's early thoughts of healing with live foods. He isolated a compound in broccoli sprouts that was found to combat cancer. The finding was so significant that the US Patent Office gave him a patent on the sprouts (subsequently taken away because patenting common plants is not within the scope of the office). This led to a modern study by researchers at the University of Maryland, who found that baby plants called microgreens contained significantly higher levels (4-40 times) of key nutrients than mature vegetables.
Diets and health products flood the markets today claiming miracle cures. Most failures happen simply because the regimens prescribed require such great changes to our normal habits that they are doomed to fail. It seems that there is great wisdom in the work of the those early health pioneers. Adopting habits based on this can only help to stem some of the ills brought on by our modern convenient diets and processed foods.
I was drawn on this journey by observing a seemingly inert sponge used as media to grow a vibrant vertical wall at a large trade show in Boston. The growth astounded me and prompted extensive research into what may have caused this seemingly impossible growth. This search led me to these seemingly disparate entities that all made sense in context of what may be going on. I experimented with various elements and found source products that are true to the early work of these pioneers and that were natural in origin. Sourcing from Nature always seems to come back to prove how brilliant mother nature is.
We will be introducing our Qi or life force products based on this discussion later this week. We wil start with our Qi mix which was an Ann Wigmore staple with a twist. Watch for product announcements to follow.
Simply the best! Our new Wheatgrass kits are being rolled out this week in our stores. Our kits present a new level of nutrition to one premier sources of wellness on the market. Wheatgrass juice has proven to be one of the best to deliver a great punch of health giving nutrition on the market. Our kits introduce the addition of trace minerals to an already potent product. Our sea solid liquid fertilizer adds a full spectrum of trace minerals into the wheatgrass
Almost 40 years ago, Ann Wigmore introduced us to wheatgrass juice and live foods as the pathway to regaining our health from the epidemic of illness that she believed was due to our new reliance on "convenience food". Forty years have passed and we are facing even larger hurdles due to our processed and convenient foods.
Our new kits come in three sizes ranging from 6"x6" up to 9"x9" and include growing trays and humidity top, packet of sea solids to mix with water for irrigation, hydroponic growing pads, and organic and non GMO seeds. Our trays are made from recycled plastic bottles, growing mats grown sustainably in the US and sea solids from the original source of solids used by Dr Maynard Murray who first used them to replenish trace minerals to growing. Simply the Best kit now available!
Listings coming live this week in our stores along with a special kit for pets ... check back to be the first to get these unique kits, that allows you to grow you own in a matter of days!
Why should the humans have all the fun? Pets deserve super food too. We are now offering wheatgrass growing kits in our small personal size that can double as a feeding dish for cats or indoor animals during these winter days. Both humans and animals benefit from the chlorophyll generated by these incredible light conversion factories we commonly call wheatgrass.
We will feature the new wheatgrass kits and the neat custom made feeding station in our online store.
There are so many claims of what microgreens can do and the impressive nutrition they can provide. If you google the term "microgreens", there are well over half a million mentions found on the net. Many sites and practitioners claim wondrous results and show you how to grow and use them. The main takeaway from all of this marketing is that microgreens are a potent source of nutrients just like their fully grown vegetable counterparts that they grow into. The nutrients are more concentrated though and offer as much as 4 to 40 times the nutrition per ounce than the mature vegetables. Microgreens are also much safer to grow and consume than similar sprouts because they are grown in media and grow with light.
Our Easy Grow MicroFarm kits allow you to grow your own live food 365 days a year, regardless of the weather, outside conditions or hours of sunlight. We are now offering two new fully hydroponic kits for your home growing. Our Medium tray is 50% larger than our original MicroFarm while the Large trays are three times the size. The quick growing radish mix will give you a bountiful crop to harvest in 6-10 days. The absolute best in live nutrition delivered without using any chemicals or GMO seeds, you know what you are putting in your body all the way from seed to fork.
These kits contains a growing tray and humidity cover that are made out of recycled plastic bottles so you can feel good about saving landfilling with plastics bottles. Also included are sustainable natural fiber grow mats that make growing simple. The mats are made and sustainably grown in the US and utilize an FDA approved binder. Our seeds are organic and non GMO and come from US seed suppliers. Also included is a packet of sea solid trace mineral crystals that will make 1 gallon of liquid fertilizer for an additional boost of trace minerals in your food. All of our materials are sourced from US Manufacturers and suppliers.
The Large Tray kit contains all the supplies you will need to grow 4 crops of our radish mix while the Medium Tray will give you 6 crops. Large sized trays that are about 8.75" square which are about 300% larger than our regular trays while the Medium trays are about 6.5" square. The grow mats are reusable by simply removing the remaining roots in a harvested mat and replanting. Enough mats are provided in each kit based on reusing once, although we have reused the mats many more times than that. We believe we have created one of the most potent sources of live food & nutrition that can be had anywhere!
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