Why is the "Design for Nutriton" course the gateway to all of our other courses?

Here are some of our reasons for making this course the gateway to participating in the "Grow Your Own Nutrient-Rich Superfood" Education Package:

    • From our knowledge and experience gained in working with an ecology-centred approach, we believe that the first step is always to work with a sound design process to give you the best chance of success.

    • Simply following what someone else says, even if it worked for them, is no guarantee it will work for you.

    • From many examples observed over many years, to simply use any design process, even if it is well intentioned, is not in itself a guarantee that you will achieve the goal of an abundance of nutrient-rich food.

    • We have found that using any particular method of growing, be it chemical or biologically based (e.g. organic {of many hues and colours}, bio-intensive, biodynamic, bio-nutrient, nutrient dense or any other of a diverse mix of methods now accessible through the internet) does not in itself guarantee you will achieve the goal of an abundance of nutrient-rich food.

    • With so many different approaches to growing now being promoted on the internet, with many offering conflicting answers to the same questions, it is very important that you are able to discern what is true and will work for you. The ecology-centered design process, used correctly, is one of the few tools you have to help you in this.

    • We have been specific in saying that the goal is to grow ‘nutrient-rich’ superfoods, to make it very clear that just because a food is labelled a “superfood” does not mean it will actually contain significant amounts of the nutrients for which it has been given this title. It is critical to understand the difference between what is a “potential” and what is the actual reality for any given food in any given situation. The only way to quarantee a particular food is truely nutrient-rich is to design for nutrition before you grow it.

    • The actual quantity and quality of the nutrients in any given food is totally dependent on how the grower of the food works with the key elements that effect the growth dynamics of the plant. So it is essential to design based on the interrelationships amongst these key elements.

    • From Government statistical data, collected in the USA and Britian over the last 60 years, we already know that the average amounts of minerals and vitamins in food bought in supermarkets has declined by 50%. As such, official health advice has changed from the average person needing 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day to the recommended servings now being 10+ per day! This has resulted from our mainstream food production systems disregarding nutrition over the last 60 years. If we do not totally change this and make designing for nutrition the starting point, this trend is unlikey to be reversed.

    • Although no major studies have been done, there are strong indications that the levels of phytonutrients in food have dropped even further than vitamin and mineral levels over the same time - all the more reason to design for nutrition.

    • Whatever the scale of your growing efforts, whether it be a single plant in a pot, a homestead of several hectares or anything in between, there is great value in working with an ecology-centred design process. Of course, the smaller the scale of growing, the simpler and less work is involved. However, for all scales of growing, we still find it the best framework to use, as it always gives the best results.