OHBA Presents Dr. Maya Klein on January 23

Reprinted from The New York Times, February 11, 2016


How the ‘Dirt Cure’ Can Make for Healthier Families



Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein has a message for the parents of small children: Don’t be afraid of dirt.


She is a firm believer in the idea that children in Westernized countries today grow up in a world that can be too sanitized. They spend less time outdoors exploring nature and more time in front of screens than they did two decades ago. They eat foods that are heavily processed. Many do not know what it’s like to taste fresh, seasonally grown foods plucked from a garden with nutrient-rich soil.


Dr. Shetreat-Klein, a pediatric neurologist in New York and an instructor at New York Medical College, explores these themes in a new book, “The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids With Food Straight from Soil.” The book delves into research that suggests that spending time around farms, parks and other green spaces can benefit children in surprising ways, protecting against allergies, enhancing immune function and potentially even improving attention span and academic performance.


Dr. Shetreat-Klein wrote the book after a frightening experience with her youngest son, who started wheezing, breaking out in rashes and showing signs of delayed cognitive development after his first birthday. Various doctors suggested it was nothing to worry about.


Read more by clicking here.


Click here to purchase tickets for Dr. Klein’s talk on Tuesday, January 23, 5:30-8 PM at the United Way Greater Houston.  Dr. Klein is presented by OHBA.

Eastside Farmers Market Holiday Shopping Guide

Tis the season to shop local stocking stuffers for your friends and family.  You can find all these at our Eastside Farmers Market every Saturday!


Blue Heron Reaper & Ghost Pepper Salt, Cajeta and Goat Coffee Mugs (pictured above)

Garden Dreams Jams

Java Pura Coffee

Pampered Sisters Soaps

Tavola Pasta

Eat My Pralines

Bee Wilde Local Honey and beeswax candles

Cabrera Farm Bonsai & Flowers

Revolucion Juice Cleanses

Lavande Lavender Products

Texas Hill Country Olive Oil

Pat Greer's Soup in A Jar




Piggy Bank Now Accepting Applications




Together, Piggy Bank and The Butcher’s Ball collected monetary contributions for relief and recovery efforts in support of heritage breed pig ranchers in Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Contributors will receive a receipt from Piggy Bank acknowledging their donation. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation (T4CI), which helps environmental leaders fulfill their visions by providing nonprofit status and fiscal sponsorship services for innovative conservation projects. To learn more about T4CI, please visit: http://trustforconservationinnovation.org/

One hundred percent of the funds received by Piggy Bank will be distributed to ranchers impacted by the hurricane and subsequent flooding. An application will be made available to all ranchers interested in being considered for a portion of the relief funds for ranching operations within the counties included in the Presidential Disaster Declaration for FEMA assistance. Membership in any association or parties is NOT necessary to be eligible and will not be considered in distributing funds.

The application will request information about losses and/or disaster related expenses to aid in distributing funds. Documentation of losses and/or expenses will be required. A committee comprised of local producers, Piggy Bank and local Texas leadership will review the applications and determine a method to equitably distribute the funds. Timing of distribution is unknown at this point. We will balance allowing enough time for contributions to be received with the desire for ranchers to receive the funds as soon as possible.

The committee will comprise of the following members:

Brady Lowe, Piggy Bank
Elaine Dillard, The Butchers Ball
Jonathan Beitler, The Butchers Ball
Joyce Hunter, Piggy Bank
James Carr, Cochon555
Tyler Horne, Urban Harvest
Felix Florez, Black Hill Meats
Jason Schimmels, 44Farms

For more information contact:

Brady Lowe - Project Director | Piggy Bank
Piggy Bank: http://www.piggy-bank.org 
Email: gift@piggy-bank.org   
Phone: (404) 849-3569

Elaine Dillard | Event Director
The Butchers Ball: https://www.butchersball.com
Email: elainedillard@gmail.com
Phone: (713) 819-1423

Federally-declared disaster counties eligible for Relief Funds include: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

Rebuilding The Challenger 7 Garden

A fully-functioning donation garden prior to Harvey, Challenger 7 was flooded out and completely devastated. The Challenger 7 Community Garden was started in the early '90s in the Challenger 7 Park near Webster as a donation garden. The garden now has 15 beds, and all of the vegetables are donated to food pantries in Clear Lake, League City and Pearland. Prior to Harvey, the garden was averaging about 2,700 pounds of donated vegetables each year.

On Saturday, November 18, the first workday began in the garden. All of the beds need to be cleared of weeds and dead plants that have established since the flooding, as well as rebuilding the soil health by adding ammendments of compost and MicroLife.

Additional workdays will begin in January. If you are interested in helping restore this garden, click here to volunteer.


SNAP Launches

Our SNAP benefits program at the Saturday Farmers Market at Eastside successfully kicked off on November 18. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits cover fruits, vegetables and herbs; cheese, eggs and other dairy products; meat products; bread and other baked goods; honey and maple syrup; jams, jellies and sauces; and seeds and plants that produce food. 

“By being a part of the SNAP benefits program, Urban Harvest is providing access to locally-grown produce, meats and more to the community at large,” said Scott Howard, President of the Urban Harvest Board of Directors.  “In addition, we are increasing a buying audience for our area farmers and vendors, thereby strengthening a local, sustainable food system.”

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to the communities.

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