This summer has flown by and I am thankful for the opportunity to listen to the rain on this cool September evening and reflect on my summer travels.
Without further adieu, I’d like to dedicate this long overdue post to NuGenesis Farm, a unique organization whose “food as medicine” philosophy drives its community-based model of education, sustainable organic agriculture and research.
When I arrived I was greeted by Monica Navarrete-Nolan, the outreach coordinator at NuGenesis. Monica proved to be an energetic and passionate host, and after I took a look around the farm and heard about the organization, I understood why.
NuGenesis was founded in 2010 by three-time cancer survivor, Kathy Bero. Her research about anti-angiogenic foods became the foundation of NuGenesis. For those of you who are not familiar with anti-angiogenesis, the best way to understand is to explain what exactly angiogenesis is.
Angiogenesis is the process in which blood vessels form in the body. This process is essential for our health, however, cancer cells produce chemicals that cause the creation of too many blood vessels, which in turn help feed the cancer cells. The more fuel the cancer cells receive from the blood vessels, the more the malignant cancer cells grow and divide to become life threatening tumors. Anti-angiogenesis is the process that limits the body’s overproduction of blood vessels that feed cancer cells. Research has shown the specific foods, such as bok choy, strawberries, and kale, have anti-angiogenic properties, meaning they “starve” the cancer cells by keeping the angiogenesis process in balance. These foods are what NuGenesis grows on their farm, cooks in their kitchen, and teaches about in their workshops.
NuGenesis is truly a remarkable place. The staff clearly understand the power of collaboration. NuGenesis is not only a production farm, but also an education center which offers cooking classes, health and wellness courses, and even the chance to harvest food straight from the fields to make fresh pizza in their outdoor oven.
I have only scratched the surface of all that NuGenesis offers, but I encourage you to visit their website and their farm to learn more about their class offerings. You can purchase food directly from their farm on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am-3pm, Thursdays 9am-6pm, and Saturdays 9am-12pm.
Interested in learning more about anti-angiogenic foods? Click here to download NuGenesis’ Foods To Embrace document, a list of anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic foods. Dr. William Li, a leader in anti-angiogenesis research, also gave a TED talk about his work you can watch here.