Eating well in Navarre

Does all of this talk about eating well and real food have you wondering how to do so in our particular area? Maybe growing your own urban garden is the answer.

Dr. Robert Randel is a chiropractor in Gulf Breeze. With his urban garden, he feeds himself and others in the community.

“Instead of having to mow grass, I grow vegetables,” Randel said, describing his urban farm. “I get enough production that I eat all I want and there’s enough to sell. My proceeds basically subsidize the cost of growing the vegetables.”

Randel says that although the climate is good here, the lack of soil is often a roadblock for people trying to grow their own produce. In fact, he says ours is one of the toughest environments he’s ever grown in, to include the mold, mildew and insects.

“I make all of my own compost soil,” he said. “I choose the ingredients and the goal is to have the vegetable uptake a maximum array of minerals and vitamins so that when it’s eaten, people get actual nutrition.”

Randel also promotes and teaches others how to grow and produce their own food because, as he says, the lag from when food is picked to when it is consumed has a major effect on the nutrition it provides.

Read the full article in the Oct. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

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