Spirulina links

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is nutritionally dense and grows quickly, with few inputs, which translates to lower cost.



Balbir Mathur retiring as head of Trees For Life

After 30 years of helping people around the world, Balbir Mathur is retiring as president of the Trees For Life organization.  His organization has helped millions by sharing food trees and in other ways.  Their work includes much effort to share the miracle of moringa with impoverished people in tropical and subtropical locales.  Trees for Life has recently been working on an internet website that can help teachers in developing countries with little or no training to learn techniques for better teaching.

Trees for Life helps communities by helping to build resources locally and by increasing understanding and ownership of those resources.  By increasing the availability of useful technology in these communities, the quality of life can be improved for many people without excessive cost.

Moringa Links

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There’s the first chunk (52 in first batch) One quart containers.

moringa oleifera

eclipta alba

moringa with mildew

rudbeckia fortuneii

sprayed with neem oil and soap mixture. these leaves are indicative of a tree that has depleted the soil of a specific nutrient. Once the tree is weakened, it becomes susceptible to mildew if on damp soil, which is the natural preferred habitat of this specific species. So far, fertilizing with npk fertilizer and dilute potassium sulfate hasn’t been ineffective.

moringa frond

echinacea prairie color collection st. henrys

moringa seed pod immature

List of Gluten Free Flours

I am having trouble finding a clear list of gluten free flours.  My neighbour can’t eat gluten and I owe them a batch of cupcakes because they let me borrow their extension ladder:

Other common gluten free baking ingredients:

  • flax
  • chia
  • xantham
  • skim milk powder (nonfat-dry milk)


Alternative flours

In the area where I live, there are several Indian/Asian groceries, who carry a myriad of different types of flours made from all different kinds of seeds, grains and even legumes, like peanuts and lentils. Because they come from cultures all around the world, they have different names. Here are a few that we acquired today along with some of their nutritional information.

Udad (lentil)

  • serving size 30g
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g
  • Dietary Fiber 4g (16%)
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 7g
  • Iron 15%

Moong Dal

  • Serving Size 46g
  • Total Carbohydrate 31g
  • Dietary Fiber 5g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 11g
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 20%

Gram Flour (chickpea, garbanzo bean etc.)

  • Serving Size 30g
  • Fat 1g
  • Carb 17g
  • Fiber 2g (8%)
  • Protein 7g
  • Iron 8%
  • Phosphorous 11%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Potassium 8%

Barley Flour

  • Serving Size 30g
  • Fat 0g
  • Potassium 3%
  • Total Carb 23g
  • Fiber 5g (20%)
  • Protein 3g
  • Phosphorous 9%
  • Iron 4%

Special Thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for some of the nutritional information, and for producing such excellent products.