Thursday, June 04, 2009

Grow Grass Not weed

The title is a joke, although if I ever make a bumper sticker I think that might be it! :D

So Ruth & I are exited because today was our FIRST harvest of Wheatgrass! Growing our own is (we hope) a new part of life for us.

They say:
"Wheatgrass is literally condensed sunlight energy. It is one of the most potent healing agents on the planet." ~Steve Meyerowitz, "Sproutman", Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine The juice is powerful raw, living food. The grass itself comes from the common wheat plant (species triticum aestivum) when it is young, vibrant and full of rich green chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is harvested when the grass reaches its nutritional peak. This is just before the jointing stage, when the plant is between 7 and 11 inches tall. At this point, it has accumulated energy which will soon power a massive growth spurt. It is this energy that is captured in the juice. The juice contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human maintenance. It is a whole meal and a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and is approximately 70% crude chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is also an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, cobalt, and zinc

So with all that said we are hoping 'growing our own' grass will be one more way to 'Going Green' and living in a way that is healthier and more sustainable for the environment.

As for now Ruth & I are only having 2 oz. a day (although you can have 4) and plan to start there. Take a look below at Curtis' plantation. He is growing Wheatgrass, Buck wheat, sunflower & pea sprouts! All this things are part of the
essential diet that Joanna is on to help fight her cancer.

What do you think? Have you ever tried Wheatgrass or grown your own?


Ben & Ruth said...

I remember in High School my Youth Pastor (Steve) and I use to go to the local health/juice store and buy an oz. or two for our health/vitamin intake!

Steve said he would rather buy some wheatgrass juice then eat green vegetables all week! :D

-Good times Steve! Miss ya buddy.

Ben & Ruth said...


-Soak (1c. for every tray needed) overnight or 8-12 hrs.

-Sprout the seed in a container for the next 16-24 hours, rinsing the seed well three times a day.

-Place/drop all your seeds on top of the soil (fill your tray about 1/2 full of potting soil) and water. After that cover seed to keep from drying out for the first three days.

-During the first three days of growth, water once a day in the am and then lightly mist your seed in the pm (lift cover off to mist seed).

-On the fourth day, uncover grass (roots should begin to take over your soil), water heavy, once a day and keep the grass in the shade (never direct sunlight).

-Harvest grass when a second blade of grass appears or when the grass "splits" toward the bottom of the blade (average growing time is 7-12 days depending on the weather, but still always watch for the second blade of grass as you can never judge by how many days it has been growing or how tall the grass is).

-Only harvest one time (cut grass will store in the fridge for up to 7 days) and then start process all over again with new seed and soil.

If your interested in growing your own and would like some more info come and talk to us or email!

Grace & Peace,

Anonymous said...

Question . . . How is drinking wheat grass going green? The other question: Will you also be sustaining from a/c this summer seeing that a/c is one of the major contributors to wasteful energy? Lastly, what is better for the environment: wearing disposable diapers or wearing cloth diapers and racking up your energy bill with all the extra loads of laundry you have to do (cause my son poops at least twice a day you have two poopers). Just a few points to think about and that I'm wondering about. For us, we don't use a dryer, have a/c, and will take public transportation when possible. And we don't even try and go green:-)

Anonymous said...

Okay I'll try to keep this brief; According to Genesis 3 and Romans 8:18-25 the Earth is cursed. When man sinned not only did he suffer consequences but the entire planet did as well. You are wrapping up stewardship with being "green". The propaganda of "going green" is deeply rooted in rhetoric and SAVING THE PLANET through a change in behavior... I challenge you to read the above verses and see that God alone is the savior not only of us, but this very planet. We cannot "save" this planet. The issue is a heart-issue; our unappreciative nature towards the gift and responsibility given us seems to be the real issue. Not the need to go green. Moreover, what if 30 helicopters where burning fuel 24/7 to bring the gospel to those who have never heard... is the corrosion of this temporary earth justifiable for an eternal soul?!? I dare say YES! God has called us to spread HIS name, not an unrealistic cause. A divorce must be made in your terminology: appropriate stewardship IS NOT "going green." The saddest part is you are MISSIONARIES!! The last 9 out of 10 of your posts have been in regards to this green kick your on... not on your ministry of bringing the SAVING message of Christ to a truly perishing generation and people.

Kanes I love you guys, and am fully behind your ministry. If this is a conviction going on in your heart, take heed... but be careful how you package your information publicly. And don't become judgmental of those who aren't as "environmentally sensitive" as you.

I desire to remain anonymous but if you want to know who this is just ask :)

I will admit FAR more can be said on this issue, and a simple comment isn't nearly enough time or space to explain all the minutia involved. I love you, and trust the Lord is working in your hearts... so I look forward to the wisdom you continue to glean.

Jasmine Bennett said...

Hey guys could you send me some more info on where to get the trays and seeds, etc. I am going to start on this, it seems like such an easy way to get a nutritional boost! Just e-mail me at

Also, in regards to the anonymous post, I know your (the Kane's) heart is to take the best possible care of yourselves and your baby girls. This 'green kick' was brought about by your sister's illness and seems like a reasonable response to me. I never got the feeling that you were trying to boost an 'unrealistic cause'. I agree that the phrase 'going green' could have some yucky Al Gore connotations (sp??) that aren't the best, but again, I can see your heart in this.I agree that it is a heart matter. But a heart matter that requires action on our part; action that you are taking! I know you don't think you can save the planet and all that stupid blah blah blah the media forces on us. ( I agree with the anonymous poster on that crazy rhetoric!)
I for one like all the info and practical ideas you are sharing! Not really sure what else to say, just felt the need to say this, as the post seemed a little harsh to me. As if this 'green kick' and your ministry to reach the lost could not go together... I hope I'm not offending anyone here!

I don't really see how you could not post these things based on the fact that you are back in the states to be with Joanna during this difficult time. You are witnessing her road to recovery because of the steps that are being taken on this so-called 'green kick'. Anyway....

Also - I've been using cloth diapers for about 5 months now and have seen no increase in my water bill or my energy bill! Yay!