Volume 14, Number 3                                                        January 26, 2011

The Farmer

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2011 MOA Conference Proceedings:

Ministry of Agriculture Oakland CA Buying Club

By Sis. Majeeda and Bro Carlton Muhammad

Conference Report 15, January 2011

Dawson GA


Progression of MOA – Oakland (2006 -2010)


2006

Established a backyard garden in an unused lot of a Believer that measured 30'x50', wherein we in ground planted 30 different vegetables and herbs. For the 9 months we had access to the property, we harvested and sold fresh vegetables and herbs to the Believers on Sundays.

Carlton Muhammad, my husband, and I constructed two large redwood planter boxes (4'x10' x24” and 3'x6'x24”) filled with top soil, which was donated by Sis Wilma X, our most senior Sister (my Mother), to MUI students at our Mosque. Approximate value of donation $900.00

2007

Established a Buying Club which ran for approximately 10 months and stopped due to lack of proper organization.

Constructed and assisted with the construction of planter boxes for the growing of food for the African Advanced Learning Center, an independent african-centered school.

2008

Acquired the opportunity to use City owned Community Garden within a beautiful park in our neighborhood. Consisting of 12, 8'x4' planter boxes, 9 of which we manage through our Non-Profit, Oakland Agricultural Group. The Members growing food in the boxes are Believers from our Mosque (MM26B), and the interaction with the community is positive in that they enjoy seeing their own people growing food instead of white folks in our communities. One of our Brothers from the community looks out for the garden and in return we give him whatever he wants that is growing there. We will begin preparing our soil early February for spring planting in March. You may visit out website www.oaklandurbangardens.org to view some of our work.

2009

Motivated by the blueprint of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad wherein he states, Recognize the necessity for unity and group operations (activities)” “Pool your resources, physically as well as financially, The Honorable Minister Farrakhan's Address to us on “Accepting Responsibility to Build Our Communities, and the work and inspiration of our National Ministry of Agriculture by Dr. Ridgley and Sis Anne Muhammad. We reorganized, restructured and reestablished our Produce Buying Club and held our first event, May 16 with 27 Members participating. We currently operate every other Saturday and have signed on over 100 members with over half participating in every Produce Event. The majority of our Members are outside of the Believing Community. One of the goals of the MOA Oakland is “To establish a Member-Owned Cooperative Corporation in the Black Community, as an example of our collective work and a benefit to our health and economy.” www.yourmarketproduce.com

2010 –

Supporters have offered use of a 6500 sq ft lot for the purpose of establishing a Community Garden to increase access to fresh produce in the black community as well as teaching and training the importance of growing our own food, preparing for food shortages and working in a collective manner. This opportunity will also allow some production of vegetables and herbs for our Buying Club Members. The lot is currently undeveloped.

Held several Solar Cooking Workshops along with Sis Melva X, in San Francisco at Whitney Young Child Development Center and Oakland at Masjid Tasbeeh.

Received Non-Profit status for The Oakland Agricultural Group, Inc., for the purpose of acquiring Private and City land use to grow fresh produce, increase community access and awareness throughout our communities.

We are grateful for the efforts of Dr. Ridgley and Sis Anne Muhammad and all of the Believers serving in this great labor as stewards of the land of our Nation, producing food for our Nation and working to feed the 40 million.

Sis Majeedah Muhammad

Student Farm Marketing Coordinator

MOA – Oakland CA

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EAT RIGHT LIVE WELL

RIDDING OUR COMMUNITY OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY

By Sister Kemba Muhammad, Jacksonville, Fla.

Obesity is the number one disease that is plaguing us, our families, communities and our nation. It is also the number robber of our health, welfare, finances and life. Many adults have had to have limbs amputated, they have lost their eyesight, and have develop many other debilitating aliments. The best part of this disease is that it is preventable, and the worst part is that we do not do what it takes to keep us healthy and fit.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that there are a variety of factors that play a role in Obesity;

· Behavior

· Environment

· Genetic

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated that if you eat one meal a day and eat the right foods we would not be plague with obesity and it illnesses.

The CDC also states that obesity results from an energy imbalance. This comes from eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity; Body weight is the result of genes, metabolism, behavior, environment, culture and socioeconomic status. They also said that behavior and environment play a large role causing people to be overweight and obese.

Yes these factors plays a role however if we practice the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and follow the guidance in his books called How to Eat to Live he will teach you how to master all of these factors.

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight for a lifetime, the bottom line is calories count! Weight management is all about balance- balancing the numbers of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses or “Burn off”.

Exercise is very important because of our sedentary life style, however if we followed the How to Eat to Live program you would not have to exercise to burn off calories because our meals are not high in calories if we prepare them correctly.

A Calorie is defined as a unit of energy supplied by food. A calorie is a calorie regardless of its source. Whether you’re eating carbohydrates, fats, sugar, or proteins, all of them contain calories.

Caloric balance is like a scale. To remain in balance and maintain your body weight, the calories consumed (from foods) must be balance by the calories used (in normal body functions, daily activities, and exercise.

If you are” in balance” you are eating roughly the same number of calories that your body is using. Your weight will remain stable.

If you are “in caloric excess” you are eating more calories than your body is using. You will store these extra calories as fat and you’ll gain weight.

Losing weight “In caloric deficit” you are eating fewer calories than you are using, your body is pulling from its fat storage cells for energy, so your weight is decreasing.

Genetics and the environment may increase the risk of personal weight gain. However, the choices a person makes in eating and physical activity also contributes to overweight and obesity.

People may make decisions based on their environment or community. For example, a person may choose not to walk to the store because of a lack of sidewalks. Communities, homes, and workplace

Can all influence people’s health decisions. Because of this influence, it is important to create environments in these locations that make it easier to engage in physical activity and to eat a healthy diet.

FACTS

· In the state of Florida where I live 25-29% of the population is obese.

· Blacks had 51 percent higher prevalence (meaning widely existing, practiced, and accepted) of obesity in the US.

· Greater prevalence of obesity for blacks and whites were found in the South and Midwest.

· Childhood Obesity (2008) report children 2-5 years of age obesity has increased from 5.0% to 12.4%.

· 6-11 years of age increased from 6.5%-17.0%.

· 12-19 years of age increased from 5.0%-17.6%.

· One in 7 low-income preschool age children are obese’

· American Indians and Alaska Native are the only race or ethnic group with increasing rate and has increased ½% point each year. (2003-2008).

· In 2008, obesity prevalence was 11.8% among black children American Indians or Alaska Native was the highest (21.2%).

Now that you have heard some Facts and have seen the articles in the Final Call, the time is what must be done and not what should be done. It first starts in the homes with the adults. Children only do what you allow them to do and eat what you allow them to eat. So if you are unhealthy and eat poorly and you feed them the same foods you eat, they quite naturally they will have the same unhealthily life style.

Adults have to;

· Reduce time spent washing television and in other sedentary behaviors.

· Build physical activity into regular routines.

· Incorporate How to Eat to Live in your daily lives.

Unfortunately many of our children (Nation of Islam) are still in public school and eating those free lunches. What are you thinking? If they are eating those breakfast and lunch foods they are eating foods that start the overweight and obesity trend and ultimately illnesses and possible death.

The schools are not supplying adequate daily physical education. So you must incorporate that in your family daily activities.

We as members of the Nation of Islam cannot go into the community to Teach Civilization when we are not practicing it ourselves. If we want healthy children then we must become healthy, follow the teaching and make How to Eat to Live fun, and enjoyable then we can go to the community with a successful program.

What Must be Done

First of all we must;

· Practice and teach the science of How to Eat to Live.

· Learn and teach the art of growing your own food.

· Learn and teach the science of cooking, baking, canning your food and making it fun.

· Educate ourselves, our youth, and others the true meaning and results of fast foods.

· Educate ourselves, our youth, and others what must be done to protect our freedom for producing our own food.

My final statement is we all claim not to have enough time. Well that depends on you and your priorities. You either want life and life more abundantly or you want death to you and your families.

Minister Farrakhan gave us a tool to free ourselves to do what we need to do. The tool is Dianetics. If we would get on the course of study and complete it, get audited to release those Engrams that are stopping you from reaching your full potential. I guarantee you will think better, have more life force, able to manage your time better, think better of yourself, and you will look around and fine that you are able to do more than you did before and you will be able to get done everything you need to do.

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