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90 Day Campaign to 
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Organic Foods


This campaign or new movement was created on June 15, 2017 by "The Essential Women's Movement for African American Women" to flood black communities with ideas on how we can gain access to good, clean, organic foods as quick as possible. There will be three (3) phases of this campaign/movement, as we start training by videos, teleconference calls, seminars, workshops, webinars, consultations/coaching, etc. -- so go back and study each phase, in order to be ready to save your own family and community.   Read more


PHASE II
The VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com Movement Merges
With Black Farmer's Movement and Starts Beauty and Barber Shop (or Storefront) Initiative

Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2017
 
CONTACT:
Angels Press
Attn: Cathy Harris, CEO and President
P.O. Box 19282
Austin, TX 78760
(512) 909-7365
 
The VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com movement and national campaign is merging with black farmers (including "The New Black Farmers) and their families to get black families back to growing foods again. The movement was launched on June 15, 2017 by Cathy Harris, former Customs and Border Protection Whistleblower and National Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, who also released the new book "Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community: How To Start A Home, School or Community Garden, Food Co-op or Food Coalition" as part of the campaign.
 
The movement and new book, which is available as an e-book and paperback,  will teach families how to grow foods at homes, schools or community gardens, food co-ops or food coalitions to sell to families in GOOD FOOD BOXES, grocery stores, farmer's markets, restaurants, catering companies, roadside stands, etc. We are asking all families to read the book so that we all can get on the same page. 

Educational a ction plans for the campaign will include:
 
Virtual Organic Garden Clubs:
 
1.    Will hold monthly teleconference calls (max 100 participants on phones) every 3rd Tuesday, starting on July 18, 2017, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (CST), Call (712) 770-4715, Pin Code: 243460. New playback number is (712) 770-4772. These calls are Masterminds, Think Tanks, and Classrooms.
 
2.    Will create "The Beauty and Barber Shop" or "Store-front" initiative:
  • Set up tables in these venues to sign kids and adults up to work on farms, teach homeowners how to grow foods in front and backyard gardens, raised beds and in pots and containers, etc.
  • Allow business coaches, consultants, mentors, tutors, and other business owners, especially natural and holistic coaches and consultants to talk to kids and parents about business ownership, especially around growing foods.
  • Allow authors to sell non-fiction books (shop owners will receive 40% of all sales, just like in bookstores).
  • Authors can also donate books for libraries to be built in these establishments.
  • Beauty and barber shops need to have an apprenticeship program along with a LLC or get incorporated in case they get sued.
Black Farmers:
 
Upcoming future action plans by black farmers (including "The New Black Farmers"), their families and others ready and willing to support them:  
  • All black financial educators are urged to provide classes so that black farmers and families can raise their credit scores and create business plans so that they can qualify for loans.
  • Challenge the Black Bank movement for not supporting black farmers. Take back your money if they don't support black farmers -- "No good food = bad health/death."
  • Create a Black Farmers Speaker's Bureau. These are the speakers and trainers who will go out in the community at events and discuss the plight of black farmers (including "The New Black Farmers"). Speak at black bookstores, churches, and other community events.
  • Work with the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) (NNPA.org) and National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) (NABJ.org) and send representatives to their yearly conferences.
  • Ask all writers, authors, bloggers, freelancers, syndicated columnists to visit farms and interview black farmers. Post articles everywhere, especially on social media. Save articles to be posted in media kits and with business plans.
  • We need all photographers and documentarians to visit farms and take pictures and document the plight of black farmers and post on vimeo.com, youtube.com and other social media websites. This includes what the land looked like before and after planting.
  • We are urging all TV hosts and producers, including public TV, radio hosts and producers, including internet radio hosts, to allow farmers and their families to use their shows as educational forums.
  • All black farmers need to wear coveralls or T-shirts for their campaigns and always carry small colored flyers to pass out to homeowners. Go through neighborhoods and draw attention to campaigns, especially on Saturdays, but be careful knocking on doors. Use flyer distribution businesses or allow youth to create these to deliver flyers to homes. Put signs on cars ($40 each door) with logos, websites, phone numbers and email addresses. 
  • Black farmer's groups need to create "Black Farmer's Awareness Month" in April or May, the beginning of the growing season.
  • Hold yearly Black Farmer's March on Washington. Men, women, and children need to show up in coveralls or T-shirt campaigns.
  • Create online petitions and Letter Writing Campaigns.
Everyone is urged to set up local food discussion meetings in their communities by using www.meetup.com or attend monthly
"Virtual Organic Gardening Clubs"  meetings on third Tuesdays of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (CST) by phones or computers at www.FREEConferenceCall.com. These meetings will be Masterminds, Think Tanks and Classrooms. Remember our main goals are to keep down sickness; grow foods that are safe to eat (Non-GMO); and cut down on grocery bills.
 
So that we can prepare families to work in job's programs or grow their own foods and become business owners read Cathy Harris' business books entitled "The New CEO: 185 Easy-To-Set Up Businesses for Youth and Adult Entrepreneurs" and "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Starting Your Own Business" (Series 2)All books are available as e-books and paperback books at
 
Cathy Harris is a National Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert and is the author of 24 non-fiction books including 5 health books and 2 business books and can be reached through her empowerment and publishing company, Angels Press, P.O. 19282, Austin, TX 78760, Phone: (512) 909-7365, Website: http://www.angelspress.com, Email: info@angelspress.com. She is available for health seminars, workshops, webinars and coaching at http://www.CathyHarrisInternational.com



PHASE I
Cathy Harris Releases New Book  "Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community: How To Start A Home, School, or Community Garden, Food Co-op or Food Coalition"  and New National Food Project
"Virtual Organic Garden Clubs"



PHASE III 
Coming on July 13, 2017
VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com Merges With Organizations, Businesses and Groups For 
Training Purposes



Also View Our Press Release
"90 Day Health Challenge"
Can Women Turn Off the Stove for 90 Days to Save Their Family?
 Can Men Stop Watching Sports for 90 Days to Save Their Family?



Who Are Black Farmers?
Black Farmers have been fighting for decades so our new movement have merged with them to help them receive justice in their class-action lawsuits. Many of these farmers have passed away fighting against the government, lost their farms or had to rent their farms out -- just to survive. Is there 
JUSTICE  in this country or is it  JUST US

It's time for black communities all over the country, to get behind the black farmer's movement and their struggle to survive - and at the same time become a black farmer. Their struggle is our struggle! And remember "No good food = bad health/death."


Listen to the 
Black Farmers Panel Discussion Update
on "The Cathy Harris Show" 
June 14, 2017

Who Are "The New Black Farmers"?
I have coined the phrase "The New Black Farmers." For clarification purposes, when I mention "The New Black Farmers" -- these are black families who are now growing their own foods. They might have started out on a small scale or only growing foods for their immediate family members, but they clearly see opportunities to increase the amount of foods they are growing to offer to neighborhood grocery stores, restaurants, catering companies, farmer's markets, roadside stands, and in GOOD FOOD BOXES in food co-ops or food coalitions, etc.

They are visionaries so they see opportunities to set up job's programs and business opportunities, especially for former prisoners and our young sons around growing our own foods. They are walking away from abusive and unfriendly workplaces and instead starting their own farms or homesteads. Failure is simply not an option for them. These are "The New Black Farmers" of today. Welcome aboard!



We can sit back and watch as the world goes by or we can find opportunities to make it better
...
-Cathy Harris




Virtual Organic Garden Clubs Launches "The Beauty and Barber Shop" (or "Storefront") Initiative

Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2017
 
CONTACT:
Angels Press
Attn: Cathy Harris, CEO and President
P.O. Box 19282
Austin, TX 78760
(512) 909-7365

"The Beauty and Barber Shop" 
(or "Storefront") Initiative
 
Cathy Harris launches "The Beauty and Barber Shop" (or "Storefront") Initiative. This initiative is being launched by Cathy Harris from "Virtual Organic Garden Clubs" at http://www.VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com and "The Essential Women's Movement for African American Women" at http://www.EssentialMentors.com. The initiative is created to help African American families gain access to good clean, organic foods, while they start businesses, especially around growing foods.
 
We are asking all African American Beauty and Barbers Shop owners or business owners with storefronts to consider allowing business coaches, consultants, mentors, tutors and other business owners to set up an area once or twice a week in your storefront, in order to educate the community. This would be a win, win for everyone because both the storefront owners and business owners would obtain more clients and customers, especially now while school is out for the summer.
 
We will announce this training through meetup.com groups, ads in newspapers, through churches and community meetings.
Business training will include FREE consultations or coaching sessions on -- 1) The steps to start a business, 2) How to set entrepreneurial goals, 3) How to create a business plan, 3) How to obtain business start-up money, 4) Business ethics and etiquette training, 5) How to develop marketable skills, 6) How to network with local business owners, and 7) How to obtain business mentors. 
 
Just some of the reasons that youths should open their own businesses include: 1) Young adults need to learn responsibility to prepare for adulthood, 2) It gives them something constructive to do with their time, 3) They can help their family out financially, 4) New businesses improves the conditions of the community, 5) They can pay for their entire college education, and 6) They have no other choice because of the economy.
 
Some easy to set up businesses just in time for summer include: Gardening and greenhouse consultants; Tutoring businesses; Resume businesses; Author/publishing company; Pet sitting/walking businesses; T-shirt businesses; Flyer distribution businesses; Newsletter/Marketing/PR businesses; Giving lessons - music, dancing, or cooking; Baking cakes, pastries or cookies; Garage cleaning; Lawn maintenance; Computer training; Website or Graphic Designing - just to name a few.
 
It's time to invest in our children! This is a great opportunity for multi-talented youths to use their skills and stay out of trouble this summer. Children are much more energetic and resourceful than adults and they live in a world of technology so they can start making money in 2 weeks to 30 days by using their own skills, talents and passions. 

So that we can prepare families to work in job's programs or grow their own foods and become business owners read Cathy Harris' business books entitled "The New CEO: 185 Easy-To-Set Up Businesses for Youth and Adult Entrepreneurs" and "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Starting Your Own Business" (Series 2) and recently released "Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community: How To Start A Home, School or Community Garden, Food Co-op or Food Coalition" -- available as e-books and paperback books at http://www.AngelsPress.com.
 
If you would like to sign your business up for this initiative and be listed on our website and receive free marketing, contact Cathy Harris, who is a National Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Speaker and Author at Angels Press, P.O. Box 19282, Austin, TX 78760, Website: www.CathyHarrisInternational.com, Email: cathy@cathyharrisinternational.com, Phone: (512) 909-7365.  

 



Buy This Book Now -- Read 
and Study It from Cover to Cover...
This book can be read by 12 year olds and above.
This book can be a summer reading 
assignment for your kids.
 
"New Book Release"
"Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community: How To Start A Home, School or Community Garden, Food Co-op or Food Coalition" 
by Cathy Harris
available as an e-book and paperback


Table of Contents

SECTION 1: HOW WILL YOU GAIN ACCESS TO GOOD, CLEAN, ORGANIC FOODS?
  • How To Start A Home Garden
  • How To Start A School Garden
  • How To Start A Community Garden
  • How To Start A Food Co-op
  • How To Start A Food Coalition
SECTION II: LEGAL STRUCTURE AND FINANCING FOR FOOD PROJECTS
  • Job and Business Opportunities
  • Legal Business Structure
  • Top Ways to Finance Food Projects
SECTION III: MARKETING AND MEDIA FOR FOOD PROJECTS
  • How To Market Food Projects
  • How To Deal With Media Entities
PREFACE - A NOTE TO THE READER
 
This book not only lays out several action plans to gain access to good, clean, organic foods, but it will help all family members gain access to job and business opportunities, while they eliminate food deserts in their communities.
 
Face it we will never get back to totally living off the land like our ancestors did, but families must come together today for the sake of future generations. We need to seriously look at solutions because this is the first generation that will not outlive their parents. However, there are economically-empowered ways we can feed, clothe and shelter our own families. 
 
Food is not always only about the most expedient way to suppress hunger. Many community organizations have long understood this and believe that food access and quality is tied to both racial and economic justice.
 
Over the past few years we have heard quite a bit about food deserts, or high poverty areas where a lack of grocery stores makes it difficult for residents to purchase fresh food. However, we know far less about the food realities of people who live near grocery stores where fresh food is sold, but because of their limited  incomes, they simply cannot afford it.
 
Affordable healthy food is an issue of both equity and justice that disproportionally affects working-class and poor people of color in cities and rural areas. Reducing the economic necessity for some to rely so heavily on food that is unhealthy, is not only a tool for fighting health concerns, there are other benefits too.
 
Time and time again it shows when many schools team up with healthy venues and swap out soda machines and offer instead -- juices, water and low-sugar energy drinks and also prepared meals entirely free of additives and chemicals, but with abundant amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole-grain breads, this have led to reduced behavioral problems, higher grades, lower expulsion rates, decreases in the use of ADD prescription drugs, and teachers are reporting that the students were more attentive and could concentrate for longer periods of time. 
 
Gaining access to clean, sustainability, grown food is a basic human right so we need venues to offer education to inspire family members to live healthy lives, by offering hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition and this is what this book will do.






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Are You Setting Your Kids Up for Failure by Not Allowing Them to Become Business Owners?
 
June 29, 2017
 
By Syndicated Columnist Cathy Harris
 
This article is an excerpt from "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Starting Your Own Business" (Series 2)
- available as an e-book and paperback.  This book is part of a 3-part empowerment book series written by author Cathy Harris.
 
It's time to redefine the game of business ownership. We can no longer operate like we did in the past. Young people need to understand that their parents are under attack by a society that is seeking to "break their spirits" and turn back the hands of time. Therefore, they must seek to become self-sufficient by becoming a business owner.

ReasonKids/Young Adults Should Open Their Own Business

1.   They should want to  grow up into a responsible adult.
2.   They should want to grow up into a great humanitarian.
3.  They should want to help their family out financially. 
4.   They should want to pay for their entire college education.
5.   They should want to improve the conditions in the community. 
6.   They have no other choice because of the economy.

Why Should Young People Get Involved With a Business?

1. To give young people hope.
2. To stop crime in the community.
3. To stop young people from going to jail.
4. They don't have any other choice because of the economy.

Why Will Our Youth Succeed at Business Ownership
  1. They have the energy and vitality to make this work.
  2. They don't have the baggage that adults have.
  3. Adults will support young people.
What Do We Need to Make This Work?
  1. Mothers, fathers and other relatives of young entrepreneurs to get involved. Find a business mentor in your family or find a business group that caters to youth entrepreneurs.
  2. For educators, the community and other businesses to get involved.
Everyone especially children have some type of "talent" or "passion", which is of value to others.  My business book  "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Starting a Business"(Series 2)  is an easy-to-read self-help guide, which can be read by 12 year olds and above. The book will lead anyone through the  ENTIRE PROCESS of building and growing  their own business by using their own skills, talents and passions.  
 
It is time for us to think of children in new ways. They have talents and passions that make them unique. When parents reject established norms and embrace their sons and daughters unique talents and teach them practical business skills -- that will be the time for them to realize the key to their child's financial success.
 
We need to get to kids at a young age, when it is easiest for children to take in new concepts and information, before 'life patterns' are established.
 
Parents encourage their children to take piano lessons, dance lessons, play basketball, football or other sports -- when they are young, to gain skills that they will enjoy and carry into adulthood. Why not give them the same opportunity to acquire financial skills that will pave the way to an affluent and secure future? 
 
In states like California, kids are entrepreneurs! They sing, dance, act, and so on -- and their parents manage them. So if you can't find a job or don't have what it takes to start a business, then allow your children to become business owners and bring in an income.
 
Our Kids Must Be Safe
We send our kids to school every day and many times we don't know anything about administrators, teachers, janitors, lunchroom workers, the coaches because we  think the education system have already conducted "extensive" background checks. However, time and time again we are learning this is not the case.
 
As a youth business owner, the number one goal of parents should be to allow them opportunities so they can excel in bright futures. After all don't they want their kids to do better than them? 
 
But at the same time, it's extremely important to keep them out of harm's way. So can we assume that safety is the real reason why parents are stopping their children from becoming business owners? I don't think so! I think parents are just simply uninformed about the many opportunities that exist for our kids today.
 
Small children are naive and can be easily conned. Even older children can be vulnerable to those with bad intentions. Sure we need to teach them to have good judgment, while steering them away from door-to-door sales to strangers and from business locations unsuitable for children, however, we can't allow our fear of strangers to keep our kids from reaching their full potential as successful future entrepreneurs.
 
Legal Requirements
One of the main questions many parents have about youth business owners are legal requirements. Each state has different requirements regarding children and businesses. Minors cannot enter into business contracts or get lines of credit without an adult "co-signing" a legal document. 
 
If you have anymore questions about youth entrepreneurs, you can visit your nearest office of state government to find out the legal regulations for children, who want to start businesses.
 
Traits of a Future Entrepreneur - Stubborn, Talkative, Bossy Kids Make Great Entrepreneurs
Whether you realize it or not -- you can teach your kids to become successful future entrepreneurs. Many of our kids already have vital and significant traits for future entrepreneurs -- but we look at these traits as "negative" not "positive." 
 
Some of the traits include being stubborn, talkative, bossy, shy, hyperactive, day-dreamy, show-offs, etc. These kids are not bad -- but instead it's a good chance they possess skills and traits of future entrepreneurs. So we need to stop thinking they are bad kids!
 
Pinpoint Their Talents
No matter what age, from 6 to 18, your children's interest and behavior are clues to their talents and by learning how to identify their gifts and helping them match their abilities to business opportunities, you are starting them on the road to a satisfying and productive future.
 
The goal is to sit down and put a list together of all your kids' behavior traits -- then their interests. Their hobbies and interests are also usually things they are good at, which is another reason to pay close attention to them -- because the sky is the limit on what they can achieve.
 
Write everything down! Some kids are very busy with all sorts of hobbies, but most kids have two to three things they do most often in their free time. Look at everything you see! Concentrate on channeling their natural talents into businesses that will earn them money and give them the confidence they will need to succeed.
 
What to Stop Doing Now!
Stop or don't start giving your children allowances. Children need to learn as soon as they are able that money is not a gift, but it is compensation for work down, and that earning their own money gives them the freedom to spend it any way they like. The goal is to help your child understand that work is nothing more than exchanging talent for money.
 
Clearing Up Myths When It Comes to Youth Entrepreneurs
By buying into the business myths in this country about work and careers, many parents miss the opportunity to groom their children for financial success. No one has explained to parents that the most common path to success is not what most people think - getting into the right college or landing a good job, but is instead developing their children's unique talents to create thriving businesses.  

Myth Number 1: A College Education is the Key to Business Success: In some cases, going after a college education can actually put you four years behind the other runners in the race to achieve. Many of the newest, most successful businesses in our country were founded by people who learned on the job, rather than in college. So don't think your children can't become successful entrepreneurs, because they don't attend college.

Myth Number 2: A Job With a Good Corporation Will Secure Your Child's Financial Future: Surely it's not your goal to send your children off to Corporate America. Corporate America is now a world of mergers, downsizing, and outsourcing. For those who survive and remain employed, the corporate workplace itself is often unfriendly and difficult.
 
As employees struggle to do more with fewer resources, deal with cutthroat office politics, and work longer hours - many are producing a product which they may or may not be proud of. 
 
Further, all the while they are filling someone else's dream or bank account. Is that what you want for your child? Sending them off to Corporate America is like watching them march toward financial disappointment.

Myth Number 3: Children Should Not Have to Worry About Money When They're Young:   We need to stop telling our kids they don't need to worry about money because they are young. Many parents unknowingly discourage their kids beginning at an early age from believing in their abilities, when it comes to money. 
 
This line of thinking make children believe that money is "scary," which is exactly what too many adults think and why they're so uncomfortable with their own finances. It's very important to teach your child to respect money, but don't teach them to fear money -- so let's take the fear out of money! 
 
Teaching your children that they are capable of earning their own money, is one of the most positive and empowerment gifts you can give them. If you are ready and eager to help your child, let's change the way you think about money and work so that you can be one in the growing number of parents, who guide their children to entrepreneurial success.
 
Your children can even hire their siblings and friends to work for them because family businesses are truly the only way to create "true generational wealth." Your children will thank you forever!
 
How To Get a Mentor For Youth Entrepreneurs
A successful mentor provides two things to a young entrepreneur: 1) inspiration, and 2) practical help. You will be the first mentor to your children because you love them and want to see them succeed. However, if you are unaware of how business works or if you don't feel comfortable mentoring your child, that's fine.
 
Let's look for mentors amongst your family or friends. If that doesn't work, you can conduct research and find a business group or Chamber of Commerce that caters to youth entrepreneurs.
 
The goal is to find a mentor in  their  field or endeavor and in business in general.  These people can save you a lot of time, effort and money.  They may not be smarter than you are.
They may have simply already made the mistakes you're getting ready to make.
 
Inspire Your Child
The goal is to keep inspiring your children. Let your children dream like they dreamed when they were young about Santa Claus. This is when you find out what makes your child tick - their interests, their dreams, what they are good at, what they like or do not like. 
 
You might think you know your child because you live under the same roof, but you will be surprised at what you discover in your time together as you begin to led them to think and talk about themselves.
 
Our kids have tremendous gifts that should be encouraged. Their self-confidence will grow, and most likely, their schoolwork will improve as well. Let's give them something to be proud of -- a business of their own.
 
To learn more on how you or your children can build and grow their own businesses read the book  "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Starting Your Own Business" (Series 2) at AngelsPress.com.
- available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Smashwords.com - as an e-book and paperback.
 
Cathy Harris is an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Self Publishing and Business Coach, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com and the author of 24 non-fiction books including 2 business books. She is available for lectures, seminars and workshops and can be contacted through her empowerment and publishing company, Angels Press, P.O. Box 19282, Austin, TX 78760, Phone: (512) 9097365, Website: http://www.CathyHarrisInternational.com
Email:   cathy@cathyharrisinternational.com


 

What Communities Can Do to Help 
Save Youth
  • Open recreation centers back up.
  • Open tutoring and learning centers in the community.
  • Allow parents and other volunteers to come into schools like years earlier and teach kids how to read.
  • Extend library hours and stop closing libraries on Friday nights -- even if it is game night.
  • Make sure Chamber of Commerces and other business networks cater to youth entrepreneurs, but BAN Network and Multi-Level Marketing (aka Pyramid Schemes) businesses.
  • Hold community parenting classes for mothers and include personal development classes.
  • Open 24 hours day-care centers so parents especially mothers can go to work or start businesses.
  • Allow kids to form businesses to teach families how to grow food again.
  • Form weekly or monthly shadowing/mentoring businesses where youth can follow adults for the entire day.  
"How To Take Control of Your 
Own Life"  3-Part Book 
Empowerment Series
     
                    Series 1                     Series 2                 Series 3

All books are available as e-books and paperbacks and can be read by 
12 year olds  and above at 



 
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How To Use Pots and 
Containers  To Grow Foods

June 29, 2017

Cathy Harris,  National Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert

What I am learning is that a lot of growing foods is simply "trial and error." The key is to become a label reader and start reading labels, along with googling images and simply look at pictures. 

Many people, especially those that are renting, prefer to leave their plants in pots and containers so they can carry them to new locations. I spoke to a lady the other day after a class, who has 100 pots and containers and she said she was renting. Wow, that's really encouraging to be that dedicated to growing your own foods. 

We were both at a class at Austin Natural Gardener and she said when she visits the place, it like being in another world. So I  advise all families to at least take your family members to these types of natural and holistic garden centers, at least once in their lifetime, not just to garden centers at Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart and other stores, where you have a very small selection of organic products.

Buying Pots and Containers
To save money, you can go to Goodwill and look for pots, containers, measuring cups and other supplies for gardening. You can also find wood containers to sit pots and other containers inside of. 

You can clean out old pots or containers by using vinegar or bleach and reuse them again. You can plug up pots with silicone. 

There are all types of containers to grow foods in. There are Outdoor Planter Bed Bags for planting flowers or growing foods. 
Smart Pots or Grow Bags works very well with container gardening. These containers are easier for women to lift because of the handles and the roots seems to grow much healthier in these containers, which allows plants to receive more nutrients that can result in healthier and faster growing plants. The roots don't ball up like they do in ceramics and other pots and containers.

Ceramic pots works best for flowers and plants. Metal or plastic pots are the best containers for growing foods indoors or Terracotta (also Terra Cotta or Terra-Cotta) with legs on it. However, be careful with metal containers because they might leach heavy metals in your plants. 

Terracotta is a clay-like earthenware ceramic that can be either glazed or unglazed. In addition to being used for flower pots, terracotta is also often used for water and sewage pipes, bricks and sculptures.

Pots With Drainage vs. Pots Without Drainage
Before you get started, here are a few tips that will be handy to keep in mind, no matter which plants you choose to grow, s ome pots have drainage -- others do not. It's a pretty straightforward distinction, and yet that little hole at the bottom of your pot means a world of difference in terms of potting, plant care and maintenance.

Is it possible to keep your plant in a pot without drainage holes?  The answer is yes, but with caution. There is a lot of questions about how to plant in pots without drainage holes. Some people say not to do it at all, arguing that drainage holes are crucial to a plant' health. 

If you choose to use a pot with holes in the bottom, be sure to put a shallow drainage container under the pot so the water doesn't drain onto your floor, shelf, or windowsill.

What is the purpose of a drainage hole? All plants need water to survive. And yet, over-watering is the most common (and perhaps most efficient) way to kill an indoor plant. 

Drainage holes allow excess water to seep out of pots after watering, ensuring that water does not pool at the base of a pot, helping to protect sensitive roots from rot, fungus and bacteria.

Pots Without Drainage Holes
A little bit of water goes a long way.  Every drop of water
you add to the pot is going to stay in there. When watering a plant in a pot without drainage, you want to ensure that you water sparingly and slowly, so the water gets evenly distributed through the soil without pooling at the bottom.

Create a Drainage Layer
A drainage layer is created by adding a medium such as pebbles, stones, or even a broken pot to the bottom of a pot before adding soil. Soil particles are very small and tightly packed together, which means that water moves through them quite slowly. 

Adding a drainage layer allows excess water to get out of the soil more quickly and away from roots before they can be damaged. Though the water is still in the pot, a drainage layer can provide a barrier between too much water and your plant.

However, according to the instructor in our gardening class, when it comes to
putting rocks in the bottom of pots and containers, you only need to use these to keep the containers from falling over in heavy winds outside. She said it is a myth that you need these for drainage in pots and containers so you need to conduct your own research. 

Think You Over-watered? Tip It Over.
Hold the soil back with your hand, and gently tip your pot to the side (or even invert it, if possible) to allow the excess water to spill out. You can replace any lost soil later.

Don't Get Rained On
If you don't have a drainage hole in your pot, you probably shouldn't use it for an outdoor plant, unless the plant will be sheltered from rain. You need to micromanage the amount of water going into your pot. If it get's drenched in a downpour, all could be lost.

If All Else Fails, Repot
You have to listen to your plant. Depending on your space, and your own over-or-under-watering tendencies, your plant may thrive or be miserable in a pot without drainage. 

If the plant isn't doing well, gently remove it from the pot and take a look at the roots. Black or brown, mushy roots are a sign of over-watering. Try clipping off any damaged-looking roots, and re-potting the plant in a pot with drainage holes, keeping it a little moist until it shows signs of recovery.

Make it a Cachepot
A cachepot is an ornamental container, usually of china or tole ( enameled   or   lacquered   metalware) , for holding and concealing a flowerpot. If you're feeling a bit intimidated about the extra work as sociated with potting a plant in a pot without drainage, here's a trick. Find a plastic pot (with drainage holes) that's just slightly smaller than your planter. 

Pot your plant into the plastic pot, and then set this inside the planter. If done correctly, the plastic should be hidden, and it will appear as though your plant is potted directly into the planter. You can then take it out to water, and take advantage of the drainage holes in the plastic pot.
 
Use the Right Size Pot or Container
More soil means more moisture for longer. You should never move a plant up to a larger pot more than 1 or 2 inches in diameter. 

This is especially true with no drainage holes, since, without root mass filling your pot, all that soil will stay soggy for even longer, leading to careless over-watering.

Also keep in mind if you use big containers, too big for the plant, then there is a good chance that when you water the plant, the water will not go directly on the plant, instead it will go toward the sides of the container.

I believe this is called "overpotting." Overpotting is when you put transplants in pots that are too big for the plants, which can kill root balls. However, you can put annuals around a smaller plant in bigger pots. 

Annuals are plants that live only one growing season, such as beans or corn, then they die and you have to replant them every year. 

Choose the Right Type of Soil 
You can use the same soil for flowers and vegetables. Don't plant the plants too deep in the pots. It's better to plant them too high than too low so try to leave only an inch of soil at the top of pots and containers. 

You can purchase soil at a garden center or make your own, so choose whether or not you want to stick with organic soils. Each plant grows best in a slightly different soil environment.

What you need to understand is that you r soil is the digestive system for your plants or its guts, so it extremely important to choose the right type of soil or potting mix. 

You need something that is not going to dry out.  Fox Farm and Happy Frog Organic Potting Mix  has everything you need. So if you use these two organic potting mixes, all you need to do is add in a good fertilizer.

Mixing In Ingredients With Your Soil
You need to become a label reader. If the label states the soil has sand dust or bark wood -- avoid it! Don't use dirt in potting soil, especially since plants are disconnected from the ground. If you mix your own potting mix, use galvanized trash cans to do this. 

Play around and see which of the following ingredients works best for you in your soil. Growing foods is kind of like cooking, you play around with ingredients to see which has the best recipes or how healthy the plant turns out -- so again everything is "trial and error." 

If your soil doesn't come with earthworm castings, then you certainly need to buy it on your own.  Worm castings are an organic form of fertilizer produced from earthworms. Also known as vermicast, worm castings manure is essentially earthworm waste, otherwise known as worm poo. As these creatures eat through compost, their waste creates an optimal soil enricher.

Coconut Coir comes in bricks with coconut. It will make your soil drain again. Put the brick in water and it will fluff out to break down. Coconut coir comes from the fibrous inner shell of the coconut. Previously thought of as a waste material, it is now frequently packaged and sold as a soil amendment to replace peat moss in the garden. Coir provides similar garden benefits compared to peat when used properly to improve the garden bed.

Don't use peat moss in Texas. Peat moss is used to hold water. 
It has a remarkable ability to manage water efficiently and hold on to nutrients that would otherwise leach out of the soil. 

Both vermiculite and perlite are inorganic products, both are relatively sterile, and both are often used as soil additives. Vermiculite is a soft, spongy material made from super-heating mica. Perlite is a hard, highly porous material made by super-heating volcanic glass. Vermiculite is for water retention. 
Perlite is a volcanic product that adds air to potting mix. 

So again see which ones works best for your potting mix, but you don't need these if you use a good, organic potting mix, which again, should have everything you need except a good "liquid" fertilizer, but again become a label reader.

Deficiency in Plants
People use azomite as a sign of magnesium deficiency, iron deficiency and zinc deficiency. Go to google.com and put in magnesium deficiency in plants and see how they look. Tomatoes are prone to magnesium deficiency. 

If you are using a good fertilizer, especially a good liquid organic fertilizer, like Wholly Mackerel, you won't have a magnesium deficiency. Some of the fertilizers have a bad smell, but not that one.  If you use non-organic ingredients, you can burn your plants.  Just remember if you fertilize a plant that is dry, you can burn it also.

Use fertilizer even if you use a good potting soil mix. Just make sure the fertilizer is a nitrogen fertilizerAn ORGANIC liquid fertilizer is best for your plants in pots and  containers and you should use it every 2 weeks. The label on the fertilizer will say how much and how often so  just follow the instructions on the label.  Again, remember everything is "trial and error." 

Watering Plants
Watering is a big bugaboo in Texas.  Use water wands,  which are more easier to use.  If you have a lot of food growing in pots, containers, raised beds, and in the ground, many people use drip systems for watering, however, others enjoy watering their plants manually so they can get more exercise. 

There are advantages and disadvantages to drip systems. Some of the advantages include -- 1) Easy installation - drip irrigation installation is easy to install. Tubing is weaved throughout the area requiring watering; and 2) It can save money on your water bill. 

Growing Plants Inside of Homes
Many plants grow best in areas that receive lots of sunlight and remain fairly warm throughout the day. Therefore, at least 6 (or more) hours of sunlight is needed for many plants to grow so sunny windows are extremely helpful for growing plants indoors. 

However, if you don't have sunny windows or if the area is a low temperature, grow lights will be your new best friend. They help maintain optimal light and temperature conditions for plants, regardless of outside weather or indoor conditions.

Be Careful of TOXIC Transplants
Transplants are also called seedlings. These are the plants that have already grown up from seeds that you can buy at garden centers. However, always make sure the plants you buy to repot haven't been treated with neonicotinoids! 

They are relatively a new class of insecticides that share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death.  These insecticides have been strongly linked to harm bees and even cause bee deaths.  And we know that GMOs today are killing off all bees. 

Pollination is to convey pollen to or deposit pollen on (a stigma, ovule, flower, or plant) and so allow fertilization.  Bees pollinate about 1/3 of our food crops so you can plant some bee-friendly flowers, too.  So in the long run, it 's best to buy ORGANIC  transplants or seedlings that are free of all toxic herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and artificial fertilizers. It's better for your health and the health of all life.

My Pots and Containers
We have 4 tomatoe plants growing in a big terracotta pot. We could have overpotted on the plants, however, tomatoes usually takes on a life of their own, once they start growing. You usually end up putting a trellis on the plants so they can grow upwards and give you more space.

We have at least 3 different types of tomatoes plants, where we mixed them all together. I heard when you mix different varieties of plants together, they feed on each other and will help each other grow. Some plants will even keep pests away, however, I am not up to date on those yet.

We have two fruit trees growing in pots - a lemon tree and  tangerine tree, given to me by a friend in Houston.  When I initially changed the soil over to use Miracle Gro, the plants looked horrible for a couple of days because sometimes you really can't touch plants because they can feel it.

Or they could have looked that way because of the Miracle Gro soil, which is a Monsanto company and is probably TOXIC, but I did not know that at the beginning of my gardening journey

When I took the two plants out of the Miracle Gro potting soil, and placed them in my Smart Naturals Happy Frog Potting Soil, they did not react like they did before so it certainly could have been the Miracle Gro TOXIC potting mix. 

When growing fruit trees what you need to remember is the right time to repot these trees. As the trees gets bigger, it's easier to take them out of plastic pots and containers than it is out of ceramic, terracotta pots or other containers so make sure you use the right containers as you grow your foods.
 
Overview - How To Grow A Plant:
  • Choose the pots. Make certain there are one or more holes in the bottom of your container to allow water to flow out freely.
  • Choose the potting mix. Do not use soil from the yard or garden.
  • Choose the plants. Make "Right plant, right place" your motto. 
  • Prepare the pots.
  • Pot the plant.
So now along with my FIRST raised bed garden, I am certainly looking forward to growing more foods in pots and containers, especially inside of my home.  I feel really comfortable with growing foods in raised beds and in pots and containers outside of my home. So I hope to bring you more information in the future on growing foods inside of homes. 

Showing others how to grow foods in pots and containers, in raised bed gardens and in the ground is certainly a major opportunity for business owners who would like to become Garden Consultants and create job's programs and business opportunities around growing foods -- so join us in the VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com movement to set these up. Don't forget to go back and read  "10 Steps To Start Growing Your Own Foods."


10 Steps To Start Growing 
Your Own Foods




My First Garden Journey

After my mate added on his little raised bed garden made out of cinder blocks next to mine, this is what it now looks like. He is also thinking about growing foods in the slots on the cinder blocks, which is a great idea.

Last week we discussed how to grow foods in raised  bed gardens , so go back and read my  blog post  on that topic. What I am happy to report is that in just 5 short days after planting the 8 foods, the foods started coming up as seedlings.

It was a very proud moment for my mate and I. We felt like we had become the proud grandparents of grandchildren. So everyday, once or twice a day, we go out back in our back yard to check on our progress. The big accomplishment will be having the foods on our plates to eat -- so we can't wait!

5 days

14 days






June 29, 2017

Hello Sistars:

The Essential Women's Movement for African American Women 

Phase I of New Campaign/Movement
 
 
Cathy Harris Introduces
Cathy Harris Introduces "VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com"

This campaign or new movement was created on June 15, 2017 by "The Essential Women's Movement for African American Women" to flood black communities with ideas on how we can gain access to good, clean, organic foods as quick as possible. There will be three (3) phases of this campaign/movement, as we start training by videos, teleconference calls, seminars, workshops, webinars, consultations/coaching, etc. -- so go back and study each phase, in order to be ready to save your own family and community.
 
Different phases of our campaign:  
  • First phase of our campaign was to release the campaign "www.VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com" campaign/movement and new book "Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community: How To Start A Home, School, or Community Garden, Food Co-ops or Food Coalition" - available as an e-book and paperback book. The book will give everyone who only have a general knowledge of growing foods how to get started in their own communities. Again the book will go hand-in-hand with "VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com" and we ask that those starting out growing foods for the first time to view www.CathyHarrisGardenClub.com for tips and ideas. We already launched Phase 1 - http://conta.cc/2sutlIF 
  • Second phase is to announce the merger of the "VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com" and black farmers (including "The New Black Farmers") along with the "Beauty and Barber Shop Initiatives" and start monthly teleconference calls (Masterminds, Think Tanks, Classrooms) starting on July 18, 2017, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (CST) (3rd Tuesdays of each month). During this phase we ask that you approach local beauty and barber shops and other storefront businesses and ask them to get involved with this initiative. You can just send them to the website at www.VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com for more information. We will launch this phase on June 29, 2017 with a press release. 
  • Third phase will include putting together a list of all organizations, businesses and groups that everyone need to join ASAP in order to receive training. We will start a massive 'train the trainer" program. Remember that most groups will not understand how businesses work, so therefore, there will need to be a mass educational campaign by business groups especially business coaches, consultants, mentors, tutors, etc. Our ultimate goals are to set up business incubators and black business districts in every city. In order to do this business groups will need to work with proactive and progressive legislators, investors, etc. to secure buildings in their communities for business incubators, farmer's markets, food co-ops, etc. We also need to start campaigns to VOTE OUT unresponsive legislators at the end of their terms from the ground up. We will launch this phase in July 2017 with a press release.
Send any other ideas to  cathy@cathyharrisinternational.co
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The second round of
Masterminds, Think Tanks and Classrooms are about to commence on Tu esday, July 18, 2017, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (CST), which will be every 3rd Tuesday of the month so join us today. Call (712) 770-4715,  Pin Code: 243460. New playback number is (712) 770-4772. Also j oin us for our conversations and discussions at the below groups and our new national food group on  facebook.com

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