As discussed at our last meeting, here are some of the resources we’ve mentioned with links for you to look them up.
Started by Dan Kittredge as the Real Food Campaign in 2008, was renamed the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) and has since become a nationally recognized nonprofit organization.
Website has sections for growers, consumers, events, local and nationwide chapter listings, resources and research projects as well as membership information.
Where to download your soil test form for Logan Labs in Ohio, which is the preferred lab at this point in time. If you are unsure which soil test is right for you just email us at email@example.com and we can help you out.
Resources to help you interpret your results from Logan Lab:
“The Intelligent Gardener” by Steve Solomon and Erica Reinheimer
(some libraries have this book plus you can order it from your bookstore or online)
Authors give detailed information about growing nutrient dense foods including a breakdown of the information you will see on your soil test results; includes worksheets for calculating the minerals your soil needs.
Website by Erica Reinheimer, includes “OrganiCalc” and other tools to help you calculate the minerals you need for your soil, how to apply the amendments, info. on how to grown nutrient dense food. If you want advice on this email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 day workshops are available through the BFA
Taught by Dan Kittredge, BFA Founder; find info on bionutrient.org – workshops mostly held during winter months – The Hartford BFA Chapter has one in the planning stages for here in north-central CT, it will be split up into 2 different months – 1 day in each. Stay tuned to this site and our Facebook page for details!
Where to Find a Refractometer and Modified Vice Grip
When you join the BFA at $150 as a Participating Member you will receive a Refractometer and Modified Vice Grip as a gift. Go to www.bionutrient.org, click Get Involved and Membership and follow the onscreen instructions.
If you want to order them yourself the vice grip is only available through Pike Agri Lab, but refractometers can be found easily at numerous sources with a quick internet search.
Where to find the modified vice grip, a.k.a. the sap press, that we had at our April 13 Simsbury Library meeting. Look under resources or products. Refractometers are available here and online from other sources.
Where to find online Brix charts to download and print:
http://www.crossroads.ws/brixbook/BBook.htm – this has loads of info. on using a refractometer and more.
A great online resource for information on soil nutrients – just click on any item in the Resource Information list.
AcresUSA – Great magazine! from their website: For more than 40 years we have helped farmers, ranchers and market gardeners grow food organically, sustainably, without harmful, toxic chemistry. They have yearly conferences and a magazine full of books/dvds/audio/resources
Modern Miracle Men, an article by Rex Beech, reprinted from Cosmopolitan, June 1936, relating to proper food mineral balances by Dr. Charles Northen – apparently nutrition has been on the decline for a long time.
Enjoy! And Happy Reading!
Kris McCue, co-leader
Hartford BFA Chapter