Cindy Ingram

Staff Spotlite

Staff Spotlite

Most of the employees of Barrel Market are volunteers or part time workers. They take time out of their busy schedules to work here because they believe in the sense of community that a cooperative food market can bring to a city.

Adrian Gonzales is one of those employees. He is one of our buyers and focuses on bringing the best fruits from the area into Barrels. Adrian focuses on obtaining organic fruits from Oxnard as he feels the farms there have the best quality and freshness. He frequently travels in his spare time to the farms in the Oxnard area to meet and create lasting relationships with the farmers there.

Adrain is the owner of Simi Valley Pool Repair. He lives in Moorpark with his wife and two daughters (and their poodle Mindy).

Say hello to Adrian if you see him working in the market, and feel free to ask him any questions.

5 Health Benefits of Eating Organic Food

5 Health Benefits of Eating Organic Food

Many people think organic food to be tasteless. But it is not true. Natural foods are better than the mass produced processed foods. These are five health benefits of eating organic food.

They are filling

Many superstores now have an organic food corner where they sell 100% fresh and non-frozen foods. Organic foods are nutritious; whereas, the processed foods can leave you hungry and unsatisfied.

No preservatives needed

Organic foods have no preservatives. The food tastes better. The fruits and vegetables have a shelf life, and they will decay the natural way. Organic foods have less sodium content. Additives used in food affect the texture and color of food. They also affect the nutrient levels.

They are fast food

The fast food chains use preservatives to keep their food safe for a long time. These foods make you feel uncomfortable as they contain higher levels of sodium and sugar. They are very unhealthy. Organic food provides nutrition to your system faster. They are more easily processed. It even takes less time to prepare the meals.

Our bodies adjust well to organic foods

Our bodies can digest foods that are natural. By eating foods that are natural, we allow our body to get what it needs directly from the source. There is no need of unnecessary digestion of additives or preservatives.

Organic food is complete

Organic foods don’t contain any additives. Taking the right portion of the foods mean that you take exactly what you need. There is no need for any preservatives, flavor enhancers or fillers that are used in processed foods.

If you haven’t switched to organic foods yet, you should start doing it now. Organic foods are good for your health. Eating processed food over time will have major negative effect on your health.

5 Types of Community Garden You Can Have in Cities

5 Types of Community Garden You Can Have in Cities

Gardening is a good outdoor activity that is very good for your health. It can also give you nutritious and delicious foods. For people who live in cities, it is hard to grow a garden due to lack of space. You can make a community garden happen. You can check out SIMI at the Garden for an example of one of our local city community gardens. Here are some types of garden you can have in your place.

Get a plot

It is the basic style of a community garden. You need to find a space that you can transform into garden plots. You can search for abandoned urban lots. The area residents can rent this plot and are responsible for its maintenance. You can have raised beds that will give clear boundaries to gardens.

Office garden

If your employer is forward-thinking and concerned about the employees’ health, then he or she can give you a gardening outlet. You will need a green space in the office. You can encourage your colleagues to work with you and make an office garden. The employees of the office can volunteer to maintain the garden during lunch breaks or after office hours. You can share the foods that are grown in the garden and even sell them.

Apartment or neighborhood garden

If there is land available in your apartment or neighborhood, you can get your neighbors to work with you and build a nice community garden. Once you start it, you will see that other people in the neighborhood are coming to volunteer.

Make garden for the poor

You can partner with a local food bank or hunger program to form a community garden for the low-income family. Volunteers will work to grow and maintain the garden. This way the poor people can eat fresh and healthy food.

School garden

By growing a school garden, you can get the next generation interested in agriculture. A school garden can help children learn about nutrition and agriculture. It will be a wonderful experience for the students.

These kinds of community gardens can help people eat fresh food. It will improve your health.Growing garden is a wonderful recreation and a great way to socialize as well.

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Local Food

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Local Food

People now prefer eating local food. Restaurants are promoting foods made of local ingredients. Here are the reasons why you should also eat local food

It is the natural way of eating food

Before, people had no choice but to eat local food. Now we have easy access to foods grown in various countries, but it wasn’t the case before. When you eat local foods, it means that you will be eating seasonally. It is a natural way of ensuring that you have a variety of foods in your diet. Eating the same type of food all the time can cause nutrient deficiencies and food sensitivities.

Local foods taste better

A fresh garden tomato tastes much better than a tomato from superstores. The tomatoes that are industrially farmed are picked completely green. Then they are taken to a room pumped with ethylene gas. This turns the tomatoes into red, though they are not ripe. Naturally ripened tomatoes are tastier.

It reduces your footprint

When you eat foods that come from far away, you cause lots of harm to the environment. It takes trucks or planes to transport the food. Plastic boxes are also used for transporting and storing food. But if you choose foods that are grown nearby, you can cut down the fossil fuels that are needed in transportation.

It saves money

When you buy foods that are not grown locally, you will have to pay a higher price. So, eating local foods saves your money.

It is healthier

The nutrient content of fresh food is higher than that of older foods. Local foods are fresh as they don’t have to travel long distances. You will have different choices available when you eat locally grown food, instead of being fixed to the same diet.

Eating local foods is a healthy option. It will also help your community to grow. You should choose local foods over industrial foods or those that come from distant places.