Herbs for Healthy Immunity!

Healing with Herbs

Welcome back to our Make a Difference Mondays! This week we will be discussing Fall Medicinal Herbs to be sure to have in your medicine cabinet to maintain a healthy immune system through out fall and winter. Some really important herbs to have on hand are:

Elderberry

Echinacea

Sage

Astragalus

Medicinal mushrooms

Hawthorn

Rhodiola

Foods That Help the Immune System

There are also many foods that you can eat during the fall and winter that will help maintain a healthy immune system. Using the power of food is a great and natural way to to enhance the bodies ability to produce more antibodies that fight off seasonal viruses.

Ginger

Ginger helps with nausea, inflammation, and is a great resource when the immune system takes a dive when sickness or stomach bugs roll around.

Garlic

Garlic is really good for lowering blood pressure, helps ward off unwanted bacteria, and can also help with minimizing the growth of candida in the gut and skin.

Turmeric

Turmeric has incredible anti-inflammatory properties that can really help with arthritis. But be sure to include black pepper while using turmeric because that’s what activates the healthy properties!

Green Tea

Green Tea is full of antioxidants and EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) antioxidants help in the healing of the body and EGCG helps with weight loss and the reduction and shrinking of fat cells in the body.

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Fly Predators Vs Chemical Repellents
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Our Wonderful Farm Kitty Guarding Our Fly Predators!

What are Fly Predators?

Fly Predators are tiny non stinging wasps that are harmless to animals and humans. They have one mission in their lives; to burrow into animal dung and eat fly larvae before they hatch into pesty filth flies that can bring harm and disease to the farm animals. They are a non-chemical and harm-free way to control the black fly population for farms, dairies, gardens, and any outdoor recreational areas.

Why Use Fly Predators?

Using Fly Predators at your farm or in your garden is a chemical free and natural way to combat filth flies and maggots and are proven to be safe and effective. The tiny wasps that eat the fly larvae have about a 2 or 3 week life span and fulfill their purpose thoroughly within that time period. It’s important to know that to maintain minimal black fly population, the release of these predators should occur on a monthly basis. The wasps only eat the larvae when they are in the pupa stage, so if some of the larvae grow to full term and hatch as a fly, other methods to be rid of the flies will need to be used. Some of those methods are natural oils such as Neem Oil and Aloe Vera. If you have been searching for a non toxic and natural way to reduce the amount of black flies around your home or in your garden this is a great method of choice.

how caromont uses fly predators

Here are the Farm, we implement the use of fly predators as a holistic and natural way to reduce the amount of black flies that could irritate and potentially harm our animals. We stay on top of the 2-3 week release of new wasps to ensure that the population of black flies in controlled to a minimum. We take pride in the lack of black flies that naturally occur and strive to maintain the cleanliness and sustainable lifestyle that we have created!

Chemical Toxicity

When pesticides are used, not only is it toxic for the environment, the ground water, and the “pests” that are intended to be harmed; they are also highly toxic to humans and our furry friends as well. For example, if a rat ingests rat poison and then a fox (who is natures leader in rodent population control) eats this infected rat; the result is that the fox also dies of poison. So if pesticides are being sprayed on the grass, ground, trees, dirt, mulch, or where ever; they are directly causing harm to whatever being or creature comes in contact with them. Pesticides are poison and have acute and long lasting affects on our health. The Earth produces natural predator repellents that take the form of many different animals or plants and we as Humans should trust that Mother Nature knows what shes doing and not interfere with her methods by using man-made toxic and life threatening or life eliminating substances.

Some physical symptoms of pesticide toxicity

  • allergic sensitization

  • eye and skin irritation

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

  • headache, loss of consciousness

  • extreme weakness, seizures and/or death

  • respiratory tract irritation, sore throat and/or cough

where to purchase fly predators

Fly Predators may be purchased online and at local farming supply stores. The use of natural oils and deterrents are also available.

together we can make the change!!!

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How to Choose the Best Method of Composting for You

Welcome back to our composting series! Today we are going to discuss what kind of container to use, where to put it in your home, what to compost and what not to compost, and how it’s important for the environment to compost.

Types of Composting

As you embark upon this possibly newfound journey of giving your food scraps back to the Earth so that they may revitalize the soil and enrich the quality of home-grown produce; there are several things to take into consideration. Some of the first things to consider are; what kind of composting method would you like to use? Where would you like for it to be? Would you like it to be in a free standing pile or in an outdoor or indoor bin? Making this decision will help you figure out at what scale are you wanting to work with.

Where to Put the Compost

Typically people who compost have a compost bin inside perhaps under the kitchen sink or on the counter top or in a designated area where it can be kept out of direct sunlight. There are many types of bins to use indoors to store the food waste until you empty it into the bigger pile outdoors or into the outdoor compost container or bin. Remember that the food scraps start to decompose when they start to rot so gasses are release and these gasses attract fruit flies and regular flies. All indoor bins must have ventilation holes and a lid.

What to Compost and What NOT to Compost

Not everything can go into a compost pile because certain things such as acidic fruits can alter the pH level of the pile and make it uninhabitable for the healthy little critters that show up and help break down the food waste and turn it into nutrients for the soil. While it make not be the most difficult thing to maintain, be sure to maintain a proper carbon, nitrogen, and pH level in the soil is KEY to healthy compost.

How Composting is Important for the Environment

The act of composting has many benefits to the environment that we may not notice because it is happening at a micro-cellular level. When we want to make mashed potatoes and for those of us who peel the potatoes first, instead of throwing the peels away, choosing to put them in a compost bin allows the natural product to break down and for its still vital nutrients return to the soil from which it originally came. We as Humans have the choice to better this Earth and by taking small steps such as placing potato skins in a designated area on the ground, instead of in a plastic garbage bag. By making this choice, we are making a healthy and conscious effort to reverse the detriment that has been inflicted on the Earth caused by over consumption, excess waste, and the use of harmful chemicals in our water, soil, and air.

Together, we can be the change this Earth needs not only Survive, but to Thrive

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How Your Food Scraps Can Help the Earth

Thanks for tuning in to Caromont Farm's Make a Difference Mondays! This is the first post of a multi-week series where we will discuss composting and how to take the first step for at home food waste management.

Sometimes the first step is the hardest one to take but when it comes to composting, taking the first step can be really easy and since it helps the Earth, it makes you feel good! It's up to you what kind of system you would like to implement, whether it’s a simple and small container that you store food waste in and deposit in a specific location outside or if it’s a large multi-tiered rotating system, it's up to you!

What is composting?

Composting is the natural process in which food scraps and organic material decompose, which creates ultra-nutrient dense soil that can be used as fertilizer for your garden. Composting is not a new practice but has become much more popular since many of us are making more conscious decisions and focusing on eating more organic produce or homegrown fruits and vegetables.

Benefits of composting

Some benefits of composting are that it reduces the amounts of methane greenhouse gasses and it is a very crucial component for maintaining the nitrogen cycle in the soil. Composting helps cultivate happy and healthy plants, since plants need Nitrogen to grow strong and build protein.

Using compost also reduces the need for artificial fertilizers. The use of artificial fertilizers can leach into the groundwater and pollute the creeks, streams, and rivers resulting in unhealthy fish and animals that are unsafe to consume due to the added artificial chemicals.

Cultivating Healthy Soil

Composting is a wonderful way to give back to the Earth and help us farmers grow more nutritious, healthy, abundant, and delicious plants, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Composting is also a very valuable component in cleansing yucky soil and introducing good micro and macro bacteria so that it can come alive and produce healthy organisms.

So now we have covered some basic benefits of composting, next week we will be discussing what kind of container to use, where to put it in your home, what to compost and what not to compost, and how to start a compost pile at home.

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