Work­shop looks at or­ganic gar­den­ing

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

It is easy to in­cor­rectly guess Dee Pigneguy’s age.

The 70-year-old has a glow about her which she puts down to eat­ing nu­tri­ent­dense or­ganic food.

It’s a way of life she is hop­ing to in­spire more peo­ple to take up through her Gar­den­ing for Health work­shop at the Dig It! Royal Oak Or­ganic Gar­den.

The au­thor’s healthy life­style comes from be­ing brought up on a farm in the Canadian wilder­ness.

‘‘If we didn’t grow it, shoot it or catch it, then we didn’t eat it.’’

But she says on the whole peo­ple now have too much ready-made ‘‘fake food’’ handed to them on a plate.

‘‘When peo­ple go to the su­per­mar­ket now it is just re­fined sugar, re­fined sugar, re­fined sugar,’’ she says.

‘‘I would hate to be rais­ing a child in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

‘‘I would con­stantly be try­ing to keep them away from the tele­vi­sion, away from movies, away from malls – all th­ese things and places where they are con­stantly be­ing told what to eat.’’

Pigneguy says peo­ple need to head back to their roots and back to the gar­den, to re­mem­ber the way things used to be.

‘‘If you were preg­nant you wouldn’t take iron pills, you would use net­tle tea and mo­lasses to get the nu­tri­ents, the iron, you need.’’

And the ‘‘it is too ex­pen­sive’’ to eat or­ganic ar­gu­ment holds no weight with Pigneguy.

‘‘You will pay for it now or you will pay for it later,’’ she says.

‘‘Peo­ple need to look to food as the an­swer to good health.’’

Dig It! Royal Oak Or­ganic Gar­den su­per­vi­sor Vicky Bar­nett says the com­mu­nity gar­den is the per­fect ve­hi­cle for the healthy eat­ing mes­sage.

‘‘We have all th­ese veg­eta­bles, all this fresh fruit – some of which you can’t even find in su­per­mar­kets – grow­ing here.’’

Dee Pigneguy

Photo: ROSE CAW­LEY

Muck­ing in: Dee Pigneguy and Vicky Bar­nett are run­ning a Gar­den­ing for Health work­shop at the Dig It! Royal Oak Or­ganic Gar­den.

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