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  • THE POWER OF POLLINATORS

    PROVIDING HABITAT FOR NATURE’S HARDEST WORKERS
    The old “man’s best friend” adage may be in need of a serious reassessment. If you’re convinced that the family’s furry familiar may indeed be your most trusted ally, there’s another creature that you may wish to endow with this status. Largely unnoticed by most, and routinely violated by their human neighbors, the honey bee holds the future of mankind in its tiny tarsal claws … literally!

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  • Plants to the Rescue

    BRING THE OUTDOORS IN
    Are you craving a breath of invigorating fresh air amidst these housebound days of indoor refuge from the winter elements? Are you one of the many who now share an increasing concern about the quality of air within your home? Perhaps you’ve even considered purchasing an air purifier, difuser or any of the many offerings borne from an increasing awareness of the import of a clean, oxygen-rich atmosphere within the personal habitat.

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  • Easy-to-Grow Herbs For Colds and Flu

    Nature’s Helping Hand
    Once upon a time ‘cold & flu season’ was tightly confined within the winter window, and transitional weeks before and aft. It’s the clash of a stuffy, artificially warmed indoor environment with the ambient cold outside that traditionally wreaks havoc in those bodily airways trying to make sense of things. Continue Reading

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  • GARDENING IN THE NEW YEAR: A TIME OF RENEWAL

    A TIME OF RENEWAL
    As the Earth’s axial gyrations point our hemisphere furthest from the reaches of warming solar rays, winter is formally upon us. The Winter landscape is now deep in slumber, while all life upon it seems to ponder in its dormancy. Cultures vary in their interpretation of the Winter Solstice, but for many it is a celebration of rebirth. Continue Reading

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  • ROOTS OF FREEDOM

    GARDENING, AGRICULTURE & THE SHAPING OF AMERICA
    The 4th of July has become a holiday built upon caricatures from a time remote, with little relevance in today’s world. Why did the Founding Fathers risk everything to create a new nation? From which wellspring did they find the resolve to face the hardships that would surely follow their audacious claim of sovereignty? We are taught of their passion for freedom, but what did freedom really mean to the early colonists?
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  • MIDSUMMER GARDEN

    Deborah Lando writes the weekly gardening column for the Triplicate, a daily newspaper serving the northern California-southern Oregon coastal region. As a longtime nursery owner, and overseer of Alfa Vedic Botanical Gardens, Deborah still finds time to teach gardening classes from basics to master level, and shares her substantial knowledge in organic gardening practices and garden Feng Shui. The following post recently appeared in the Triplicate, and the AV Blog will now feature her popular articles with the AV community as they are published here in the pacific northwest.
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  • AV Gardens BLACK GOLD

    Deborah Lando writes the weekly gardening column for the Triplicate, a daily newspaper serving the northern California-southern Oregon coastal region. As a longtime nursery owner, and overseer of Alfa Vedic Botanical Gardens, Deborah still finds time to teach gardening classes from basics to master level, and shares her substantial knowledge in organic gardening practices and garden Feng Shui. The following post will appear in the May 20th Triplicate, and the AV Blog will now feature her popular articles with the AV community as they are published here in the pacific northwest.

    THE MIGHTY EARTHWORM
    Worms! Not one of Nature’s most appealing creations and a bit slimy to boot, but beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. With every turn of the shovel the journeyman gardener is ever mindful that a sighting of these soil creatures is a most auspicious sign indeed. Continue Reading

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  • NEW BEGINNINGS

    Spring is more than a change in weather; the season of ‘new beginnings’ leaves its imprint on all dimensions. Here at Alfa Vedic, this Equinox signifies both a culmination and rebirth. We’ve had the winter months to settle into our new location, but now it’s back to work. Left behind were mature botanical gardens years in the making, but our present site on the remote south fork of the Smith River will sustain more agriculture amidst absolutely pristine surroundings. Continue Reading

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  • ALFA VEDIC GARDENS

    It’s autumn here at the new Alfa Vedic Gardens, and we’re busy. Garden fences, and building construction have taken precedence over blogging and website development. Our recent transition northward has required all able hands, as we re-create and expand our farm-based business. Apologies, but we’ll soon be back with regularity and completely re-tooled. Continue Reading

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  • CANNABIS

    We’ve been very, very busy here at ALFA VEDIC, but as some of the AV faithful have noted, curiously quiet. Now that it’s a done deal, I’ll spill the beans. We’ve moved, upgraded, expanded and retooled for the next level of operations. I’ll save the best for last, but let’s address the “why” factor first. Continue Reading

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  • THE TEA OF IMMORTALITY

    Jia Gu Lan (pronounced Jow-Goo-Lan), the renown Tea of Immortality, has a very enthusiastic cult following for good reason. Medicinal herbs can be categorized in a number of ways, but in the final analysis they’ll take you in one of two directions. Cleanse or nurture.

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  • RUNA GUAYUSA

    We’d like you to meet one of our trusted partners. The next best thing to growing things your self is to know the people that do. RUNA is our connection for organic Guayusa. This herbal treasure is a close cousin of Yerba Maté … most people never go back to Maté after a Guayusa experience. The quality of taste and energizing effects are always preferred.

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