I enjoy growing plants and learning about their growing processes. My childhood included time living on farms, learning about plants, and I still spend a lot of time in the garden and online learning about plants around the world.
Plants absorb sunlight and nutrients from the soil and produce all kinds of awesome stuff. There is more to it of course, there are insects and other things that exploit their processes. There are also other things to think about, for instance farming systems effect other biological systems, and the petroleum costs associated with mass production are a major consideration. Economics and other social structures are also effected by farming and in turn effect farming decisions. Farming is much more complicated then just putting some stuff in the ground and watering it.
So, one day, as was oft to occur, my browser found it’s way to a website where an Indian herb company was advertising their inventory of locally produced herbs (herbs produced on a farm in India). This was a commercial entity that did not list any information about their products other then their name, so I was going through their inventory and researching things that they produced and became interested when I discovered a page about a farm in South Africa where Moringa was being used to produce livestock feed, and where they included some information about their experiences.
The more I researched it, the more my interest grew. What an interesting and amazing plant. It is nutritional, medicinal and a very vigorously growing tree. Since I live in a temperate zone, I believed it was just another plant that I wouldn’t be able to grow until some mystical date in the future when I might be able to obtain or build a greenhouse. Although it is a tropical tree, I have discovered that it can be grown just about anywhere as an annual with just a little help.
Three years ago, I began growing it, and have since begun breeding and propagating it. It’s really amazing. It can help with many different health problems and can generally improve the quality of life for people. It is one of the reasons that infant mortality rates are plummeting in in impoverished nations.
One day, I noticed that Moringa seeds were becoming more and more common on ebay, and more articles were being written by people growing it at home, here in The United States of America. This is significant because it has now become a common food item and is no longer just an imported novelty plant. Because of the way the USDA handles nutritional supplements, this is important because it is now possible to legally produce nutritional supplements using moringa without having any special certification.
This year, I am dedicating most of my garden to it. I am taking moringa as a protein supplement and working out and not only is moringa oleifera packed with healthy, bioavailable protein, it also helps with arthritis which I have had since I was a child.