Local Articles and Spotlights

Community Co-Ops are Models of Sustainability

Anyone in northwestern lower Michigan that loves food knows the area has become a mecca for top-notch restaurants and high-quality food purveyors and farmers. It’s easy to find locally grown food available year-round, thanks in part to farmers increasing their cold storage and the use of hoop houses. Oryana Community Co-op has played a central…

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Plants, Plants Everywhere and Plenty to Eat

Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by plants that are both edible and medicinal. From the weed that grows in the back yard or between the cracks in the sidewalk to the diverse growth of plants in the fields, meadows and forests. Basic identification skills are critical to know and understand what we are eating…

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Moderation is Key to Detoxification

Symptoms of ill health and disease can often be traced to their beginnings in the colon, a repository of the dietary and emotional stress that modern living habits create. Processed, denatured foods left in the colon may become the source of fungus growth, bacteria and viruses; even parasites may thrive in unclean environments. In a…

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Health Benefits of Raw Milk

Shared Blessings Farm is a family farm focused on healthy soil to produce healthy animals so they can produce good healthy raw milk for better health. Owner, Paul Mast says, “In the process of breeding cows for high levels of milk production, a gene was introduced that produces a beta-casein protein called beta-casomorphin-7 (BCM-7). This…

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Bitter Herbs Hold Sweet Rewards

The practice of using bitters has mostly receded to folklore in the U.S., but new, small batch recipe companies and exclusive, trendy stores are starting to carry bitters and extolling their virtues. The truth is that we have used bitters for thousands of years. Some records indicate that the ancient Egyptians may have concocted bitters…

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