It’s June 13th and schools out and I’m back to podcasting! Excited to reach out to all of you Green Future Growers! Hopefully this episode will hit your ears asap and here it is July 24th! But alas summer flies does it not!
Today I am here with Hanna Crumm the Kombucha Mamma!
Kombucha with an O and it’s basically fermented tea
I visited a friend from college
Sanfranciso in CA
box of jars, towels, weird floaty things! That’s the kombucha! I had never heard of it, I was like that’s funny! So I get back to
I get back to Los Angels and there’s an entire case of kombucha! I take my first sip
A lot of people that might get that sour kombucha face! For me I loved the flavor but I’m the girl that loved the pickle juice out of the pickle jar, fermented funky flavor
You know when you pick a vegetable out of your garden and you grew it and you know everything that went into it! You take the first bite it’s a rush that’s beyond the flavor and you can tell it’s alive and that was the experience I felt alive
I wanted more of it
but I my thirst out did my budget.
This is so appropriate because I ust got home and tasted some of the first lettuce out of the garden and just putting it in my salad, right here fresh picked!
Kombucha has applications beyond making it a beverage to drink.
My first experience come from my dad, he grew up on a farm in min own of like 200 people
Every summer we’d get
shipped out to the grandparents and get dropped off there
John Deere shop
clamber out the tractors
My grandparents grew
on the land stuff as a kid
later in life more pesticides
by the time I was getting older they kind of transitioned away into other things like auctioneering and real estate
My dad never used any fertilizer but on the other hand we didn’t have a composter
I made my own in my backyard a few years ago in Los Angelos, I love working with the worms. I turn all of that stuff into that rich black earth! That’s where all my volunteer tomatoes come from that come up in the weirdest places…
Kombucha is in some ways similar to gardening
We need to have a really rich soil that is nutrient dense that has the right microbial balance so that teh plants are able to uptake that nutrition.
Were like that too where our guts are the soil in our boddies…interface to create that
diverse micro biome
create our nutrients that way
Kombucha is a fermented food.
preserved our foods, back when we did’t have a fridge, I know we take it for granted but 150 years ago, didn’t have those luxuries.
What’s interesting about the United States we came from a bunch of places
came to a country that didn’t
post world war 2 processing food industry replaced
touting on the WWII posters
processed food industry
lowest cost lowest quality inputs unfortunately our bodies are suffering as a result of that
repopulate our microboime in a positive way.
there’s bacteria everywhere
I know we’ve been waging germ warefare
now banning trycluen
rainforest under there
arm is like a dry desert
Our body has all these different terrains
each is populated with different organisms that protect you. They go from your mouth to end of you everything is covered with bacteria
We’re over prescribed
that leaves space for organisms that
can go wrong.
Even more to most basic level
back to hypocreties who says all disease starts in the gut.
really starting to uncover
so often they’re going
just like nature
organizms populating our body
hug or a handshake you’re not getting away without sharing some of your bacteria only
Tell us about
started out as a workshop in my home. Kombuchas is easy to make.
sweet tea solution
add our culture to it then it turns it into this tangy healthy beverage
Because we’ve lost this connection with our grandparents
demistifying our process
if that were true
people would stop ages ago
Why would you share something if you know it’s gonna cause them harm?
because it’s an acidic acid
coupled with the healthy acid profile has been shown to kill salmonella and wisteria and all of the pathogens on contact
pathogens were so strong
if they were so dominant we’d all be dead!
pathogens would have gotten us
There’s more good guys then bad guys
many good guys as possible
It’s our force
helps keep us strong
soil based organizms are good for people
The bacteria tangyness
If you have acid loving plants
composting the cultures is a way to get positive organisms in your soil
the worms love them and they help to break everything down quitkcly
then you get the particular
put that scoby in a blender
burry the pieces in the ground
That’s what we call
If you’re at all familiar with raw apple cider vinegar at the bottom of the bottle you will see this disc object
acidic acid bacteria
also creates cellulose because it’s so reproductive you end up with loads these extra scobies
My hope is if you throw them away they will break down the garbage.
don’t want to throw them away, people feel like they are friends and pets and up with hoards of them
put them back into the world…
If you’re putting the right nutrients in the soil you’ll notice your plants will be more
something we can look at through bricks testing. That’s really we have this myth of needing pesticides because we’re trying to farm in a way that isn’t in harmony in nature
more of all of them
competing and taking things from each other
how nature operates
implement how those things we end up withmore successful gardens
instead of in straight lines following the patterns of the earth in order to create more yields with less chemical inputs.
there’s two other episodes I have done with soil scientists, it’s imperative for me especially Mike’s been wanting to buy $180 for soil for hopefully welll split with someone. I think the non-organic option
soil health is so essential I’ve been trying to have a worm bin. I’m fascinated with all of this that it’s a tea I thought it would be more like a vegetable.
tea doesn’t grow everywhere
tea plantations in the south
other climates showing potential
here in the us
traditionally grown in china and india
fermentation has been important in all of those ancient cultures coupled with the fact that they have realiable access to tea
chai can we use herbs?
Often reserve those for flavoring. That’s what I did. I went out and plucked some
would give it this lovely herbacious flavor
herb s and spices are our friends
don’t just add flavor
help support our bodies
litterally no separation
same amazing planet
all of our computers
drive our cars
leads to a lot of depression and sadness
we need to be in contact with nature
Japanese word for forest bathing
concepts like these are percolating back into our society
thing when we take the time
Even if your not the most successful gardener
Then you see how the run off pollutes the waterways
fish start to...