Monthly Archives: April 2009

Eat chile’s to lose weight?

Who knew?

One of our friends from the UK, pointed out that eating chile’s is a great way to lose weight. I knew that having a higher metabolism means you burn more calories, and if your burn more calories than yo eat you will lose weight. But how do chile’s fit into the equation?

Apparently studies have shown that eating chiles can potentially raise you metabolism by as much as 20%.

Check out the to learn more.

Thanks for the info James.

Earth Day at Rancho Bella Vista

Hi everybody,
I hope all of you had the chance to observe Earth Day in some special way.  Here at Rancho Bella Vista it was a gorgeously sunny day and we enjoyed every minute of it outside that we possibly could.   Things are humming along here at the farm and we are making some improvements to the grounds surrounding the house and farm store. Today we put in another Peach tree as companion to the one we grew from seed, to help cross pollinate by next year  and  3 fig trees.  We also, did a lot of clipping and mowing and weeding,etc.  All in all, was a great day.
Jerry has been doing great with the chile pepper seedlings, we now have about 3000 + plants coming along well. About 21 varieties of peppers and veggies, so far including 2 new ones; and we have some goji berry seeds coming up which we will try to raise into bushes later in the year.
Seems like  it’s going to be a very busy year, like always. 
Also, we have moved the strawberries out of the Herb Garden area and will be putting them into a small field of their own because they need to have space to spread out with “runners” which eventually create new plants. To think that all these branched out from the original 10 plants I bought and started 3 years ago!  We now will have about 200 plants to put into the new Strawberry Field. And we’re hoping to have a few nice berries this year, but may still have to purchase a few dozen to make this year’s Berrily Hot jam .
That’s all for now,
Carol A.K.A. (Mom)

Are American consumers reeling from high food costs so much so that they view organic food as a luxury item

Our previous post Michelle Obama’s organic garden makes big agriculture shudder raised a good question and chile libre commented that “the American consumer is already reeling from high food costs”, and that they would be much higher if the entire industry (farming) were to go “organic”.  

If this is true would it change the way in which you buy food for your family?  Let’s open this question up to a vote.

Michelle Obama’s organic garden makes big agriculture shudder

michelle-obama-organic-gardenA proponent of healthy eating, The first lady wants to encourage Americans  to eat more healthfully.

The new organic garden at the White House is  intended to provide food for White House residents as well as help Americans understand local farming better .  The organic garden is reported to have arugula, cilantro, tomatilloes, hot peppers and other  herbs.

According to Colleen’s Organic Gardening Blog, Whatever the First Family does is considered fashionable and  fans of real food have been delighted by the White House garden, but the agricultural industry has not.  All of this positive PR for organics seems to be a little unsettling to Big Ag. So one group, the Mid America CropLife Association, has sent an email defending chemical ag to Mrs. Obama. 

In part, the letter says:

“As you go about planning and planting the White House garden, we respectfully encourage you to recognize the role conventional agriculture plays in the U.S in feeding the ever-increasing population, contributing to the U.S. economy and providing a safe and economical food supply. America’s farmers understand crop protection technologies are supported by sound scientific research and innovation.”

However, Mid America Crop Life didn’t just send the letter to Mrs. Obama, they also  sent it to hundreds of people who they thought would be sympathetic to their views. Except that to these people, they included an additional note:

“Did you hear the news? The White House is planning to have an “organic” garden on the grounds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the Obama’s and their guests.While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made Janet Braun, CropLife Ambassador Coordinator and I shudder. As a result, we sent a letter encouraging them to consider using crop protection products and to recognize the importance of agriculture to the entire U.S. economy.”


So, it seems organic gardens make Big Ag nervous or shudder. Why is that? maybe it is that as many of us already know, organic food production is growing rapidly and has reached a level of popularity, that is now competitive to big agriculture. For a long time Big Ag had a monopoly on food production in the US and now it is having to rethink some of is strategic planning and that means disruption. Disruption is always painful to large institutions, just look at the banking industry. That being said disruption often leads to innovation so we hope that the First Lady taking the step of putting in an organic garden at the White House is truly a sign that the tides are turning. 

You can see the full text of the letter at La Vida Locavore.