New Product – Salad Herb Mix

IMG_8287_2 IMG_8285_2 IMG_8286A new product to add to my range are these beautiful salad herb mixes. I am about to drop off my first 3 at earth mother this morning. So, what is inside? These contain a mix of all the soft edible herbs from Angela’s Backyard Farm. This morning the mix is parsley, Fennel, Basil, Oregano, Lemon Thyme, Chives, Coriander, Salad Burnet, a nastutium  flower and some asparagus fonds…. making your mouth water???? Just add this tub to your next salad or two.

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RED CLOVER SPROUTS

Red Clover has been grown for centuries in pastures to feed cattle and grazing animals. It is derived from the same plant family as Alfalfa. Alfalfa sprouts and Red Clover sprouts look very similar and have the same growing characteristics. Spot the difference: Sprouted Red Clover leaves are a slightly lighter green colour than those of Alfalfa.

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NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF RED CLOVER SPROUTS:

Red Clover sprouts, like their relative alfalfa, are legumes.

Legumes are a rich source of protein, among the best protein sources in the plant kingdom. Eating more legumes is an alternative to meat for some.

Red Clover Sprouts are a source of essential oils, carbohydrates, amino acids, flavonoids, vitamins and they have a high mineral content.

Vitamins include A, B, C, E and K

Minerals and trace elements include Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Calcium (which is used by the body to form healthy bones & teeth, help muscles relax and contract, is important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation and immune system health) and Magnesium (needed for making protein, helping with muscle contraction, nerve transmission & immune system health)

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RED CLOVER SPROUTS

Calcium and magnesium are easily absorbed in sprout form and relax the nervous system & settles the stomach.

Anti-oxidants found in clover sprouts increase your energy levels and provide anti-aging benefits for the skin.

Clover is a known detoxifier – acting as a blood purifier

The High mineral content includes virtually every trace mineral needed by the glands and helps restore balance and hormonal functions. The minerals alkalinize the body and promote detoxification.

For women, the red clover contains plant estrogens, similar to human hormone estrogen that may help with symptoms of pms and menopause.

Clover sprouts are a dietary source of isoflavones. Studies have shown that isoflavones can significantly reduce the risk of cancer.

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HOW TO EAT YOUR ABF RED CLOVER SPROUTS:

These sprouts are just too tender to cook so if grilling, baking or frying please add your clover sprouts after cooking. Eat these nutty, mild, crunchy gorgeous nutritious sprouts in salads. Try them as a topping on pizzas or use as a filling in sandwiches, wraps or Mexican foods such as quesadillas & Tacos. YUM!!!

Sprouts hold their own on their own so bring your plate to life with an edible garnish.

THINKING OF YOU & OUR WORLD:

– All ABF sprouts come in a container made of PLA. This container is 100% compostable so please cut it up and add it to your compost heap.

– At Angela’s Backyard Farming, Clover seeds are sprouted until they have grown past their legume stage and become baby green plants. This means that any harmful natural toxins that may of existed, being associated with uncooked legumes, are not present in ABF clover sprouts

– All ABF sprouts are soaked and rinsed in purified water.  ABF Red Clover Sprouts contain no added chemicals and are safe to eat raw.

 

REFERENCES:

The Broccoli Sprouts Break through – Deborah R. Mitchell

Sprouts the Miracle Food – Steve Meyerowitz

http://sproutpeople.org/red-clover-sprouts/

http://www.greenvalu.ie

http://www.cancer.org

 

 

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The Last of Summer Veg

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Wednesdays are my planting days. This means I set myself the task of planting at least 10 trays of seeds every Wednesday. Today, sadly, was my last day of planting Summer Veg. Lucky for us in Durban we have an extended Summer and a very mild Winter. So to all of you who follow planting reminders, ( http://www.gardenate.com gives great reminders),   if you live in Coastal Durban you can easily work a month behind the rest of the country.  That said, ( I say that a lot don’t I ), with the new reports of snow on the Berg, I decided to plant my last Summer Veg seeds today and hope that I am not too late.

 

If you live in Durban and are requiring me to plant any special seedlings for you next week, please send me a message – most plants do take up to a month, minimum, to grow to seedling stage from seed, so be patient.  At the moment I have extra Mint, Large Leaf Basil, Mini Bell Peppers ( not hot ), Watermelon, Fennel, Romaine Cauliflower, Parsley & Celery all grown in organic soil.  I am happy to meet you at a drop off point in Durban North if you are happy to collect. Next week I am definitely planting Bright Lights Swiss Chard.

 

Take Care and happy planting,

Lots of Love,

Ang

 

 

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Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa PackagedStarting from tomorrow Eat Your Home will be delivering Angela’s Backyard Farming’s delicious Alfalfa Sprouts.  I wanted to do an article today to punt this little tiny sprouted bean that packs a serious dosage of goodness. Please support Eat Your Home and ABF by placing an order on their website http://www.eatyourhome.org/ouroffering. Great news for us Durban North peeps is that they have recently added a new drop off point – outside Bartho’s Fish Co – 8-12 Mackeurtan Avenue on a Tuesday at 14h30 – 15h30pm.

 

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF ALFALFA SPROUTS:
Before I become so interested in sprouting, I never looked into the benefits of eating sprouts, and they were more of a tasty, crunchy garnish to a meal. Now at our home we rarely go a day without sprouts on the plate. Alfalfa sprouts are a great introduction to acquiring a taste for sprouts, they are mild and children even love them. These Leafy Green sprouts are the father of sprouts with the highest levels of vegetable protein, minerals and vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K (which aids in clotting blood). The Armenia name for Alfalfa means “father of all foods.” They also contain as much carotene as carrots.

 

DID YOU KNOW:
Alfalfa sprouts are actually the sprouted seed of Lucerne, which is greatly used as animal graze.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALFALFA SPROUTS:

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-Researchers have found that the fiber in alfalfa lowers cholesterol levels.

– Alfalfa sprouts contain phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) making alfalfa suited to give a balancing effect for conditions resulting from too little or too much estrogen. They are used as a holistic treatment to lower estrogen conditions such as hot flushes, menopause and preventive osteoporosis as well as high estrogen conditions such as PMS, fibrocystic breasts and estrogen-responsive cancers of the breast and uterus.

– Flavone, a biologically active compound in alfalfa has the ability to relax and smooth muscle tissue – ideal for cramps.

– Alfalfa contains free radical-fighting antioxidants, which are known to counteract and sometimes reverse the aging processes.

 

HOW TO EAT YOUR ABF ALFALFA SPROUTS:
Alfalfa sprouts are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are always eaten raw and their mild flavor will add crispness to salads, rich green colour to sandwich toppings, freshness to juicing and extra goodness in your wrap.

 

THINKING OF YOU & OUR WORLD:
– All sprouts come in a container made of PLA. This container is 100% compostable so please cut it up and add it to your compost heap.
– At Angela’s Backyard Farming, Alfalfa seeds are sprouted for a full 7 days. This means that any harmful natural toxins that may of existed, being associated with uncooked legumes, are not present in ABF alfalfa sprouts because they have now in fact grown past the legume stage and become baby green plants with a rich green first leaf division. To be doubly safe, all ABF sprouts are soaked and rinsed in purified water.  ABF Alfalfa sprouts contain no added chemicals and are 100% safe to eat raw.

 

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REFERENCES:
The Broccoli Sprouts Break through – Deborah R. Mitchell
Sprouts the Miracle Food – Steve Meyerowitz
Sprouts & Sprouting – Valerie Cupillard

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Just A Farm Girl At Heart

The Times Newspaper 21 January 2015

The Times Newspaper
21 January 2015

Thank you so much to Shelley Seid and Jackie Clausen of the The Times Newspaper for putting this lovely article on page 15 of todays paper. I hope that this inspires those of you that can, to start your own vegetable gardens at home and others to support ABF by buying herbs, sprouts, micro greens ( and occasionally produce ) available from Eat your Home and Earth Mother Organics.

Please contact me by sending me a Facebook message if you are in Durban and are interested in being a supplier of Angela’s Backyard Farming fresh sprouts or micro greens, if you are in the restaurant industry requiring micro greens and/or sprouts as a fresh gourmet garnish to compliment your menu or if you are a group of individuals in the Durban North, Umhlanga, Morning Side area and are interested in a weekly order for yourself and friends. Price lists will be uploaded to the website within the next few days. Drop me a message if you are requiring bulk prices.

Lots of Love
Angela

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A new Look for 2015

Having studied and then worked in design for most of my life, packaging plays an extremely important roll to me. 2014 saw me start my business on smaller quantities using a a cost effective handwritten washi tape label. This was effective in a crafty home made way and worked well for me for the year.

 

Washi Tape Labeling

 

 

As my quantities are growing, to hand write each label has become a time constraint issue. 2015 sees a more refined look for ABF.  The brief given to talented Durban based graphic designer and friend, Paul Bragason ( who also did an amazing job designing the ABF Logo )  was to follow the washi tape formula but in a a muted natural colour pallet. Each product label was to  have it’s own designer pattern allocated to it.  Paul designed a  ‘Angela’s Backyard farming’ signature font – which way outshines my nasty handwriting.

The new look is modern, clean and stylish –  Let me know if you love it as much as I do.

 

2015 Product Labeling

 

 

 

Product found at Earth Mother Organics and Eat Your Home. Sprouts & Microgreens grown to order for the Durban North area. Restaurants, companies and organisations wanting to stock ABF or with enough individual orders to warrant a drop off are welcome to contact me via Facebook for price lists.

 

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The Vegetable Tunnels get an upgrade

This last weekend Brad, my husband, and I set to work on upgrading both the veg tunnels. We replaced the old crop cover, which had seen better days, with newly purchased 50% shade cloth. This is a much better construction inspired by the Durban rooftop garden visit we did. Plastic tubing is attached using cable ties to the centre of the top arches. The shade cloth is then cut to size with 5cm stitched tunnels on the longer sides. More plastic tubing pipes, cut to size are threaded through the tunnels to create weights. Now as the photo shows, I can lift up one side at a time in order to work in the tunnel where as with our previous construction, I had to lift up the whole tunnel and lean it on the wall. With more shade now provided in this hectic Durban heat, I forsee higher yields of leafy greens. I have to just keep reminding myself, as the saying goes…. slowly slowly catch a monkey….. or that other one…. Rome wasn’t built in a day… wait, there’s one more …. One step at a timeVegetable Tunnel

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Woody Herb Bundles

Woody Herb Bundles made up of sage, rosemary and Thyme. These were put together for my new Durban customer Eat Your Home – look them up if you are wanting fresh vegetables and produce, they probably have a drop of zone near you.

 

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Visit to the Priority Zone Garden

Last Tuesday, husband, 2 kids, friend from CT and myself headed off to the CBD to see Durban’s very own Rooftop Garden – and – we were ALL blown away. The exact address: 77 Monty Naicker Street, close to the ICC. Entrance is free.

Off the main road and into the front door, through a passage with walls covered in informative posters and boards on the garden and other Durban City initiatives. This professional operation is known as the Priority Zone Garden and is an initiative set up over 4 years ago to aid in the beautification of the inner city. Through to the reception then taken to a waiting room. There we meet our informative tour guide Siyabonga.

Siyabonga talks us through the gardens. Our fist stop, a passage with Jo Jo tanks lining the pathway and a lush vertical garden wall. The Jo Jo’s harvest rainwater for the garden collected from the rooftop and from surrounding buildings. We walk through another passage with hanging baskets and a bamboo lined wall on which, humorously recycled shoes, are suspended. Inside these various shoes are all kinds of indigenous succulents. Hanging 2L coke bottles house ferns, grasses and strawberries.

Under the stairs live the worm farms. Scrap food is fed to the worms and all nutrients rich worm wee collected is fed to the plants. Also under the stairs is the garden nursery with baby plants being cultivated.

We climb the stairs and are met by the most unexpected site to be found in the center of Durban. Beautifully landscaped gardens, food landscaping, vegetable & herb tunnels. Broad beans, chili’s, peppers, cabbages, swiss chard, cauliflower, lettuce, aubergines, spring onions, strawberries, tomatoes & herbs to name a few. The effective back drop to all of this is a wall painted mural of the city streets lined with crop rows. There are benches with rest areas and even a life size chess board.

This garden ticks all the correct boxes.

1.Everything is grown organically.
2. Companion planting is used in the form of Marigolds inter planted to keep insects at bay.
3. Incredible use of an otherwise wasted space.
4. Recycling in the form of old tires, drums, shoes, 2L bottles, robots & even an old bus shelter.
5. Increasing the dwindling bee population with bee hives, and in return these bees pollinate the flowers.
6. Organic farm practices.
7. Jobs created through maintenance and sale of produce
8. A large portion of the produce is donated to charities & old age home in the vicinity
9. Solar panels generate all the electricity required to run all the rooftop operations with excess.
10. Meeting area, conference room and venue hire facilities available

 

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Our first egg

Yay, Our first little egg. Ours is the tiny egg as the hen’s have only just just started producing. The eggs will get bigger as the hens get bigger. The other egg is a size large shop bought egg to give you a size comparison. That is hopefully our last shop bought egg that we will have to buy …. how exciting!!!! I hope I am inspiring some of you to get yourselves some hen’s.
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