Monday, October 31, 2011

What's in our Food?

What are we EATING?
As I have stumbled across many documentaries about food this past year, I have determined that... I HAD NO IDEA! This started with Food Inc. last summer (July 2010) in realizing the industrialization of our food and how farmers have slowly been put out of business or made to do unethical practices to stay in business (so terribly sad to say the least).

A little background first off...

I started gardening about 9 years ago when preganant with my first child. Where we live we are surrounded by large farms and my husband grew up in a family farm (it had dissolved by the time we got married). With 10 acres, my heart geared towards making baby food for this precious gift we were about to receive, and truly broke financially this seemed to be a great way to be productive for my family. First few years were great. We invested in a chest freezer and I was able to make all of my daughters baby food and provide veggies for us throughout the years. Then in the summer of 2007 my company (Logical Tactics) had grown to a point that harvest time was just a waste. I had no time left in the day and let that springs hard work of planting and sowing deteriorate. To my demise it lead to my second child eating some food I had stored in the freezer but mostly jarred baby food. This was almost 4 years ago and I am seeing the effects of my son & daughters eating habits tremendously. My son will eat a handful of foods like chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, ranch dip on everything, pizza, and occasionally a fruit or veggie. Mostly he enjoys carrots for sword fighting not eating. My daughter on the other hand could be a vegetarian. She has enjoyed salads since age 2 and continues to clean her plate no matter what I put on it!

Okay so what does all that mean? I did a garden this year and was able to can, freeze and cook an abundance of fresh produce that grew in my own back yard AGAIN!! On late nights I would look up several documentaries concerning food, going green, simple living, etc. This has become a huge priority for me and my family's choice for a healthier lifestyle. Educating myself on what truly is in our food has explained many reasons we have a lack of energy, sickness, and days where we are just plain lazy (more than I care to count). There are many new factors I was unaware of in the processing of food and the actual Food Chain being disturbed because of it. I will hopefully be able to post some comments and ideas on the information I have obtained by not only documentaries but internet research.

Here are a few movies I found interesting and hope you will too!

All of these movies tie together a huge picture for me...What are we doing to God's creation and are we on a self destructive path? Many things have been brought to light for me and I want to do something about it. Why sit by ideally when my children's future is at stake? Now the questions is just what to do?

More to come later (Save the Honey Bees, Buying Local, Label GMOs on our food)

This post was from my personal blog on 9/27 but I had to share it and now I know WHAT I AM GOING TO DO ABOUT IT...make a difference!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Making a Difference

This blog and websites pertaining to the organic lifestyle came about with much thought and consideration. God has shed light on so many aspects of our daily life that I had no idea of and to be quite honest and feel a little ignorant after learnng. Many stepping stones have been laid out in my life for this new journey so perfectly!
The big question for me is now that I know, "What do I do about it?" The easy answer is well there is not a whole lot that I can do it seems too large of a task to truly make a difference. The more I spoke with my family the more I realized God can use anyone to make a difference so don't count yourself insignificant! Since I can remember, I have always desired to make a difference I just was told over and over again it's not possible-you can't save the world ya know! What rings so loudly within me is not that I can do anything but Christ who lives in me can do all things! Relying on him for my every move with this cause I hope and pray that I will not stand in the way of being His instrument whether large or small. We sit idle when God calls us to something. Circumstances may cause you to believe it can't be done or who am I to speak out, but brother and sisters let me tell you that You are God's child and He has designed you to make a difference for His Kingdom and His Glory! Learning your identiy as His Child seems to be a life long process but letting go and letting God is just a choice you make-let me add one of the most important choices you will EVER make! If have passion or are being lead in Spirit to do anything, do not give up or ignore it. Since 10 years old I can recall having a passion for Nature, Conservation, Animals, etc. basically as my husband now puts it a "Tree Hugger". Reflecting back on my childhood I wanted so badly to become a Rainforest Biologist-which you guessed it I was told I couldn't make any money nor could I make a difference! I do know that parents in general do the best they can but I now can see the true importance with my own childhood that we should always encourage and support our children in their hopes and dreams. Bringing up Godly children encouraging them to be led by their Spirit is an exciting journey for parents. We get lost in the secular ways of success and diminish the natural inclination to be led by God in all things. So here is my shot later on in life being led by my "internal heaviness" aka Holy Spirit trying to make a differnce.  Hoping to share God's message through all means He lays along my path!  Lots of prayer and patience (which He is still working on with me as with most people) are going to be needed on this new venture but I am so excited and ready to do God's Work!!

Love and Blessings to you all!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Social Media

We have now added a twitter account and facebook page to the world wide web to find us!!
Not an easy task to keep up with so many accounts but as I research I feel confident I will be able to integrate everything into the main website!!


Widgets are on the way!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Organic Consumers website

In my quest for trash bags I looked on the organic consumers website and was surprised to only see a few listings for North Carolina. Why is it that we carolinians take FOREVER to jump on the bandwagon with ways to help our precious Earth God give to us? With NC State being one of the top Ag and Textile schools as well as being know for farming why are NC consumers not going gangbusters on the Organic Movement.
Here are some of the listings I found for recycling in NC. All business listings for Green Businesses in NC is found HERE
Also found some statistics on our NC waste HERE
- Highly functional Yoga and Gym bags made from pre-consumer t-shirt scraps. (Charlotte, NC)
 • t-a-d-s recycling servce - Working Today for a Brighter Tomorrow - Resource Recovery Services; Serving Western North Carolina. (Clyde, NC)
 • Not Just Paper - Recycled papers.. (Durham, NC)
 • Sweet Organics and Naturals - An Extraordinary Eco-Experience. (Fairview, NC)
 • Green Circle North Carolina - We recycle used Cooking Oil into locally made Biodiesel! Empowering Local Sustainability!. (Garner, NC)
 • Evoljeans-Iwear - Coming Soon!!! Evoljeans-Iwear clothing made for people of short statured (Greensboro, NC). (Greensboro, NC)
 • Chair Caning & Wicker Repair - Restoring Chairs, Footstools, Rockers, Canoe Seats, Tables, Lampshades, and other Caned Furniture.. (Mooresville, NC)
 • Moving Day Boxes, LLC - Moving Boxes and Moving Supplies. (Morrisiville, NC)
 • Cape Fear River Wood Products, LLC - We are a full service/full circle milling facility - recovered wood & sustainably harvested wood. (Navassa, NC)
 • Rain Barrels Intl - Green Eco Friendly Sustainable Water Solutions. (Raleigh, NC)
 • Mortex Apparel Manufacturing - Mortex Apparel Manufacturing - Made in the USA. (Wendell, NC)
 • Eluna Jewelry - Reclaimed Stained Glass Jewelry. (Willow Spring, NC)
 • CompostBinsOnly - Composting information, composters and assessories. (Wilmington, NC)
 • Old Growth Riverwood - Reclaimed Hardwoods & Lumber Mill. (Wilmington, NC)

Inventory your trash

In effort to reduce our trash (believe me it has been quite a bit) I am going to take an inventory of all the items with throw away daily. We currently have a designated trash can to throw away paper products we use for compost but it seems like there is still slot of trash. We consume so many disposable items daily that I truly do not think we realize. I believe that the more we can recycle and reuse the better off we are. It is just making your family more aware of what they are putting in the trash. So let the inventory begin...sounds kind of gross but I think we a little thought we may be able to reduce our trash significantly. We all would like to take out the trash less and reduce the size of the landfills, right? Well let's just see what an average family throws away daily for the next week. Going with a lifestyle to be more natural (simplifying our lifestyle-organically I guess you could say) starts with the simplest things like your trash! I wonder what the cost of biodegradable trash bags are...guess that will be next on the list when we go to the store. Hopefully we will be able go find someone around Mooresville or Lake Norman that carries "organic" trash bags! I will try and post within a week on our findings. Trash to treasure takes in a completely different meaning when you think of the TRUE Treasures you are after for the future of your family and mankind.

Love and Blessings

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Does Christian mean Organic?

Thanks Daniel Klein for asking the question

Does Christian Mean Organic?

Website coming soon

We are working hard on our website so that we can bring you more information that has lead to the Organic Christian way of life.
Take a sneak peek and let me know what you think??

Love & Blessings

What is Organic?

There are various means of organic. Most are familiar with organic food you see at the food market or have heard of the benefits of it from television. I want to share with you other ways of using organic and help to define them and why this word has been heavy on my heart!

When I looked up organic in Wikipedia there are so many ways the word being used they had to categorize them-seriously! Let me give you a couple of examples of how we normally think of organic.
Organic Food is defined as foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

Organic Farming the form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and control pests on a farm. Organic farming excludes or strictly limits the use of manufactured fertilizers, pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides and fungicides), plant growth regulators such as hormones, livestock antibiotics, food additives, and genetically modified organisms

The list seriously goes on and growth for businesses, organic certifications, organic chemistry, organic computing, organic military...catch my drift the list is amazing. Knowing this word organic has many meanings I am shocked to find out that an Organic Church was not categorized in Wikipedia.

An Organic Church is closely defined as The Simple Church movement is an Evangelical Christian movement that seeks to redefine the nature and practice of church.
The movement claims to be "a Christ-centered community established primarily on relationship both to God and to the other members of the group."[citation needed] In doing so it discards many aspects of conventional expressions of church, which is considered beneficial by some, and problematic by others. This gives those in the movement the opportunity to focus on what it considers to be the core practices of Christian spirituality.

Books that help to describe this movement of Organic Churches:
Revolution by George Barna
Reimagining the Church by Frank Viola
Organic Church by Neil Cole
Pagan Christianity by George Barna and Frank Viola provides background history of the Church and why it is failing
Christless Christianity by Michael Horton

This is just an intro into how an Organic Lifestyle (one made by choice) is a natural way of living that God intended for us orginal. As we grow as a society we have forgotten the simplistic nature of existing with God. Instead we have tried to change to orginal blueprint of life to conform to our ways. God has placed and created all things perfectly through nature to exist together.

  • Have we forgotten He has provided our every need?

  • How can we make a difference in the world as Christians to live a more susatainable life?

  • Are we so wrapped up in the secular world we have forgotten God's ways?

Being my first post here I would love to carry on but I do want all people to understand the trendy word "Organic" is no more than the Natural Way God Intended!!!

Thank you Lord for what you have given to us here on earth. Thank you for providing our every need each day. Help us to realize the beauty of perfection you have created. Forgive us precious Father for not understanding the importance of being a good steward of your creation. Continue to guide your children in ways that we can share your Love and Mercy with others. Direct our paths in ways of righteousness so that all choices we make are Glorifying to You and Your Kingdom. In Jesus' wonderful name. Amen