Hike Your Way to Health
July 28, 2010
Hike Your Way to Health Hiking Adapts to Any Fitness Level
By Rebecca Taggart
Hiking is much more than exercise—it can be a communion with nature, and often a
meditation on self and one’s place in the world.
Being in nature is what makes hiking a different kind of exercise, and the slower pace of foot travel for those of us used to moving in cars, airplanes, and on bicycles. Hiking is a chance to get away, even if it is just within a large urban park. It offers the excitement of reaching places that are otherwise inaccessible. Hiking with a “goal,” i.e. to reach a waterfall, lake, or summit, encourages both children and adults to keep going when they might otherwise want to quit.
One of the biggest benefits of hiking is the sense of peace it brings. Think of hiking as a shortcut to meditation and a general sense of wellbeing. As naturalist John Muir so elegantly said, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” Hike your way to health here.
"Where's your coat child?" By Heidi Lewis
The parenting adage goes, “Put on a sweater, your mother is cold,” but we needn’t worry about the health of a nectarine, which is indeed a sweater-less peach. Peaches’ fuzzy coats help protect them since pests don’t care for its texture but organic Nectarines get extra mothering. Nectarines thrive with the special care that organic orchardists employ. Farmers such as California’s Ed Magee use precise irrigation, owl pest control, and special pruning techniques to get the prettiest and sweetest-tasting of this scantily-clad fruit.
The name “nectarine” means sweet as nectar and varieties come in a cavalcade of fancy names evoking fire and jewels. Read more about nectarines here, including nutritional info and storage tips.
Tale of a Scientist Farmer By Chris Mittelstaedt
Ed Magee spends his days thinking about sunlight. When he isn’t working on his 38-acre orchard of white peaches and nectarines in Vernalis, California, he’s in a lab studying the energy of electrons. This scientist-farmer’s day job aids NASA researchers in determining the elemental mix of stars. Ed is a scientist through and through and he takes a very measured and managed approach to his farming as well. Not only do they prune their trees to reach a shorter height of between 6 and 8 feet for easier picking but they also believe that by not treating their soil with nitrogen during the growing season their trees work harder to produce more sugar for their fruit.
Ed has always been a small family farmer who is concerned about doing things in a sustainable way. Read more about Ed, his farm, and our installation of owl boxes here.
Two limited time offers for California residents brought to you by The FruitGuys and Slow Food
The FruitGuys have partnered with Slow Food San Francisco to create the Victory Garden Crate, a fundraising project to benefit the Schoolyard Gardens project.
And this August, you can support the Slow Food Gravenstein Apple Presidium by ordering The Gravenstein Apple Box, a project of Slow Food Russian River and The FruitGuys.
More information here:
SlowFood Victory Garden Crate www.fruitguys.com/slowfood
The Gravenstein Apple Box https://webportal.fruitguys.com/store/gravenstein/gravenstein
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