A Fresh Look at Organic with High Desert Farmers Markets

There is confusion about organic these days, which does not necessarily mean no chemicals or toxins. It would be impossible to grow great amounts of food without some form of pest and disease control. A material list of allow- able organics is published on the USDA website. Pay attention to Category IV allowable materials – compounds con- sidered by the USDA/FDA to be least harmful. Food produced with these materials, are considered safe. Farms can register for a fee, and certify they use those items in farming practices along with soil and water testing. Many large corporations have done this since using the term “organic” comes brings huge financial rewards.

The USDA Organic label just means a farm uses 80% organic materials. To get this prestigious title it is only necessary to fill out an application, provide their own soil and water samples, and send them off to Sacramento for approval! No inspector visits their farms to verify this information.

There are reputable organic farms out there. To be verified by anc carry the California Certified Organic Farm- ers (CCOF) label there rigid requirements, with specific, allowable materials for a farm’s Integrated Pest Management programs. A healthy fee is charged for the group to inspect, man- age and oversee these farms. The pr cess can also be very timely, but con-umers looking for truly organic food look for and respect the CCOF label on packaging and produce.

“Educating the public on sustainable food and related subjects is an on- going process and desired goal” says Kerri Santoro of the High Desert Farmer’s Markets. “There are so many factors that effect our future health, and we are passionate about giving customers the facts to decide what’s best for their families. Coming and experiencing the market is a great place to start.”

High Desert Certified Farmers Markets promote and support local businesses, bring neighbors together and share resources. They bring an increase in local social capital, food-related community education, commerce and creativity. Local farmers, food vendors and vendors of all kinds serve up quality, freshness, fun and entertainment for the whole family. Experience it…it’s all here for you! HDFM staff will show you around. Have a great time tasting!


SWIM (Seniors with Inquring Minds) Meetings are Informative

New Seniors With Inquiring Minds (S.W.I.M.) board members have been elected. New president Delia Itanen brings to the board her nurse/educator and business experience, with a goal to increase membership. “I am proud to lead this group dedicated to keeping their minds alert and active,” she said.

Vice President Tom LeCoq con- tributes marketing and training experi- ence to increase visibility. Diane Dungian was elected treasurer, Ruby Baker as Secretary, and outgoing president Sally Landis remains on the board.
S.W.I.M. is a member directed, learning in retirement organization. Swim members usually create their own programs and/or have outside speakers teach on a wide variety of topics:

  • Aug. 9 1:00 pm – American Hall of Shame – an embarrassing incident in our political history,” by SWIM member Sally Landis. 2:30 program TBA.
  • Aug. 16 1pm -“The Affordable Care Act as it Relates to Seniors with Medicare,”byDougShaw;2:30- Live performance of “Queen Esther and her life” by SWIM member Roseann Smith.
  • On August 23 there is no speaker;
  • August 30 they are dark – No meeting!

Guest speaker Douglas Shaw is a HICAP/Health Insurance & Advocacy Program Counselor. He will outline The Affordable Care Act, especially as it relates to seniors. He is state-registered, and offers unbiased group seminars about Medicare and other related health insurance. Trained extensively on Medicare rules & regulations, HICAP Counselors are expert at helping people understand options to maximize benefits.

SWIM meets Fridays at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, 16138 Molino Dr. (off La Paz Dr) in Victorville. For more informationcallColleen Velander at (760) 240-5425 (email or Delia Itanen at (760) 946 1586 (email

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Fun at Annual Kids Care Fair

Victor Valley Global Medical Center held its 12th Annual Kids Care Fair on July 21at the Victorville Fairgrounds. The fair offered children’s health services, exhibits, vendors, car seat safety checks, bike helmets, and insurance information, free of charge for children 2 months to 18 years of age.

Free snacks, lunch and drinks were provided. Prize drawings were held throughout the day, with five bicycles given out this year, along with razor scooters and more.

Victor Valley Global Medical Center with support from the Medical Staff, hospital employees, VVCH Auxiliary, local healthcare professionals, sponsors and community volunteers participated.