HOME GROWN an excerpt from

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HOME GROWN an excerpt from “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Kingsolver/Hopp

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THIS BOOK is a must read.

what is it about? Food as Medicine.

Taken from the dust jacket back cover: “Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial food pipeline to live a rural life- vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.  Part memoire, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open our eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.”

Just for fun. here’s one excerpt, written by Steven L. Hopp, the author’s husband who in addition to being an author of essays, is also a teacher of environmentl studies at Emory and Henry College. It addresses a concern MANY of our Patients and online followers have regarding growing your own food…


Oh sure, Barbara Kingsolver has forty acres and Mule (a donkey, actually). But how can someone like me participate in the spirit of growing things, when my apartment overlooks the freeway and other people’s windows?

How big is that spare bedroom? Just kidding. But even for people who live in urban areas (more than half our population), directly contributing to local food economies isn’t out of the question. Container gardening on porches, balconies, back steps, or even a sunny window can yield a surprising amount of sprouts, herbs, and even produce. Just a few tomato plants in big flowerpots can be surprisingly productive.

If you have any yard at all, part of it can become a garden. You can spade up the sunnniest part of it for seasonal vegetables, or go for the more understated option of using perennial edibles in your landscaping. Fruit, nut, citrus, or berry plants come in many attractive forms, with appropriate choices for every region of the country.

If you’re not a landowner, you can still find in most urban areas some opportunity to garden. Many community-supported agriculture (CSA) operations allow or even require subscribers to participate on their farms; they might even offer a work-for-food arrangement. Most urban areas also host community gardens, using various organizational protocols – a widespread practice in European cities that has taken root here. Some rent garden spaces to the first comers; others provide free space for neighborhood residents. Some are organized and run by volunteers for some specific goal, such as supplying food to a local school, while others accomodate special needs of disabled participants or at-risk youth. Information and locations can be found at the American Community Garden Association site: www.communitygarden.org.”

If you are interested in reading this fantastic book (and we suggest you do), you can find it here:


~ Coby Dahlstrom

Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts


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  1. Eric

    Yeah! Awesome article Coby.

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