by Susan
in Blog
on 24 March 2017
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Canada is known for having a variety of climates. However, this doesn't mean that Canadians can't grow superfoods in their home or backyard. In fact, growing your own superfoods is a trend that is currently increasing in popularity all over North America. These are some of the easiest superfoods to grow at your home…

 

Parsley

Many people don't realize that parsley is the superfood powerhouse that it is. In fact, parsley is a great source of vitamin C, iodine, iron, and even phytochemicals. Parsley is also well known for being able to grow a majority of the year. While it is considered so easy to grow, it typically takes about a month from them to sprout. We recommend sowing about 30 to 40 seeds to start, adding ten more seeds every month. Parsley is often used in salads, tabbouleh, and many other dishes. It is also a standard garnish for a variety of foods as well.

 

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is another superfood that doesn't get the credit that it deserves. They are packed with not only vitamin a, but also vitamin C, and vitamin K. They are full of fiber and minerals as well. Swiss chard comes in a variety of colors including yellow, white, green, and magenta. This variety of colors makes them a fun vegetable to work with in the kitchen. They're also one of the easiest plants to care for since all they need is water once they are planted.

 

Spinach

It's no surprise that Popeye loved this leafy, green super food. Spinach is packed with a massive variety of vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in both iron and calcium as well. In fact, many vegetarians and vegans rely on spinach as an alternative source of these nutrients, rather than eating dairy and red meat. If you plan on cooking the spinach that you grow, it is important to plant enough since it shrinks down throughout the cooking process. Spinach is one of the most dynamics of the super foods, as they can be incorporated into nearly any dish you can imagine.

 

Beets

While they are not one of the most popular vegetables, beets are one of the healthiest. They are loaded with phytonutrients, carotenoids, and a variety of antioxidants, including betanin. They are also very diverse vegetables when it comes to cooking. The baby beet tops are often enjoyed in salads. However, the roots are the most commonly consumed parts of these plants! They can be boiled, baked, pickled, or even juiced! Their sweet and earthy flavor give them a unique taste worth trying! It is best to plant your beet seeds between May 1st and August 1st for the most profitable harvest. The best thing about growing your own beets is that you’ll have beets for at least seven months of the year!

 

At Delicious Dirt, we believe that part of our job is to share relevant information and organic news with our customers. Spreading details and statistics on organic food and soil is a vital part of increasing the momentum of the organic movement. For more information on the organic movement or to learn about more superfoods that you can grow at home, please feel free to contact us today.

by Susan
on 17 March 2017
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At Delicious Dirt and Pefferlaw Peat, we believe that part of our role as your family’s organic soil providers is to offer our customers information on the organic movement. In a world so saturated with news and media, you’d be surprised by how much scientific research the public misses on organic farming and agriculture. To help our customers out, we’ve created a quick fact sheet filled with organic facts we bet you didn’t know, including…

 

#1 - Exposure To Insecticides During Pregnancy Is Linked To Lower IQ’s In Children

A recent study by the University of California at Berkley indicates that exposure to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut the child’s IQ by 4% to 7% by nine years old. Similar studies by Columbia University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai back this research. These studies are some of the reasons, so many families across Canada are choosing an organic lifestyle. 


#2 - Organic Soil Might Be Your Secret Antidepressant

Believe it or not, organic soil has some surprisingly powerful antidepressant benefits for gardeners. In fact, Mycobacterium vaccae, commonly found in soil, has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that antidepressant drugs like Prozac provide patients. 

 

#3 - There Are Over 4,980 Certified Organic Farms, Processors, & Handlers In Canada

That equates to about 2,430,421,000,000 acres of organic farmland across Canada. Organic wheat, the number one organic crop, claims over 203,000 of those acres. A majority of these farms are in Saskatchewan (27%) followed by Quebec (26%), Ontario (18%), and BritishColumbia (12.7%). 

 

#4 - Synthetic Pesticides Can Set The Stage for Autism, ADHD, Obesity, & Cancer

According to studies by the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, synthetic pesticides account for one in three known endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with a person’s hormone system. These studies suggest that before a child is even born, these endocrine disruptors may set the stage for autism, ADHD, obesity, and even cancer. 

 

#5 - Canada Is One of The Leaders In The Organic Movement

Canada is ranked as having the fifth-largest market for organic products in the world! In fact, according to Think Canada Organic, the sales of organic food, alcohol, and beverages are estimated at $4.7 billion per year. The only countries ahead of us are the United States, Germany, France, and China.

 

#6 - 59% of Canadians Believe Organic Farming Is Healthier For The Environment 

In fact, 56% of Canadians are also actively purchasing organic products on a weekly basis. The truth is that the organic movement across Canada ignited in the 1950’s with the development of the Canadian Organic Soil Association (later known as the Land Fellowship). This movement has grown over time, with the biggest leap forward in 2011, the same year as the lawsuits against Monsanto. 

 

#7 - Almost All Food Was Organic Before The Industrial Revolution

The organic farming movement arose around the 1940’s in response to the industrialization of agriculture. The honest truth is, all food was organic before the 1920’s. That's right, non-organic foods have been around for less than a century!

 

#8 - Not All Pesticides Linked To Cancer Are Banned In Canada

While some harmful pesticides have been banned from use in Canada, such as Diazinon, Trifluralin, and Dicamba, many of these toxic chemicals are still in use. The toxic pesticides in still in use that have been associated with a variety of cancers include Dieldrin (lung cancer), EPTC (all cancers), Metolachlor (lung cancer), Pendimethalin (lung, rectum and pancreatic cancer), Aldicarb (colon cancer), Chlordane (leukemia and rectum cancer), Toxaphene (melanoma rectum cancer), Fonofos (leukemia and prostate cancer),  Methylbromide (prostate cancer), and Permethrin (multiple myeloma).

#9 - Younger Generations Are Adopting Organic

While the total number of farms in Canada have declined by over 17% in the last 16 years, organic farms have increased by over 66.5%. Organic agriculture is also attracting younger farmers into the industry. Only 8% of non-organic farmers are under the age of 35, while 12% of organic farmers fall into that category. Looks the beginning of a societal shift to us!

 

We believe that knowledge is power and through education, we can change the world. This is why organic farming, agriculture, and home gardening is so important to us. We strive to give our customers the highest-quality of organic soil, as well as information that may help them make related decisions. If you are interested in learning more about the organic movement or would like to know where you can find Delicious Dirt and Pefferlaw Peat products, please feel free to contact us today!

by Susan
on 10 March 2017
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When it comes to the future of farming, the last ten years show a significant trend toward organic agriculture. Some people don’t realize it, but this transition will actually be reverting us back to the way our ancestors grew food. In fact, before the 1920’s virtually all farming was organic. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that synthetic chemicals began to be used in agriculture. While a majority of farms still produce non-organic produce, Canada is on the cutting-edge of the organic movement, which is picking up speed fast. 

 

Canada Has One Of The Largest Organic Markets In The World

Despite the fact that most of the produce and goods sold in Canada are not organic, statistic show that we are still ranked as having the fifth-largest market for organic products in the world! In fact, according to Think Canada Organic, the sales of organic food, alcohol, and beverages are estimated at $4.7 billion per year. The only countries ahead of us are the United States, Germany, France, and China. This is an incredible accomplishment in our opinion, as we believe organic is the future of sustainable agriculture. Holding this spot in organic agriculture is proof that Canada is one of the front runners in this food evolution. 

 

The Number of Organic Farms Is Rapidly Increasing

Organic agriculture is growing rapidly, as there are currently over 4,980 certified organic farms, processors, and handlers nationwide. That equates to about 2,430,421,000,000 acres of organic farmland across Canada. Organic wheat, the number one organic crop, claims over 203,000 of those acres. A majority of these farms are in Saskatchewan (27%) followed by Quebec (26%), Ontario (18%), and British Columbia (12.7%). 

Organic farms aren’t just increasing at a rapid rate; something else is happening too. While the total number of farms in Canada have declined by over 17% in the last 16 years, organic farms have increased by over 66.5%. Organic agriculture is also attracting younger farmers into the industry. Only 8% of non-organic farmers are under the age of 35, while 12% of organic farmers fall into that category. This movement toward organic by the younger generation is more evidence of the agricultural shift we are witnessing. 

 

Canadians Believe In The Organic Movement

Canadian farmers aren’t the only ones who believe in organic agriculture. The Canadian public is also playing a huge role in the organic movement. As much as 59% of Canadians believe that organic farming is healthier for the environment than non-organic farming. In fact, 56% of Canadians are also actively purchasing organic products on a weekly basis. The truth is that the organic movement across Canada ignited in the 1950’s with the development of the Canadian Organic Soil Association (later known as the Land Fellowship). This movement has grown over time, with the biggest leap forward in 2011, the same year as the lawsuits against Monsanto. 

 

Organic isn’t just a label! The organic movement is about healthy eating, sustainability, the health environment and so much more. Canadians are seeing the benefits of organic agriculture, which is causing an inevitable shift in society. What are you doing to be a part of this change? The best way to alter society is through education, which starts with our children. They observe everything we do, including the items that the adults in their lives purchase. This is why we should prioritize being role models both inside and outside of our homes. If you’re looking to grown indoor plants or a garden this year, choose organic. Be a part of the movement and education that will continue this evolution. For more information about the organic movement or to learn where you can purchase Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt organic soils, feel free to contact us today. 

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