At Nātcher Culture we are utterly obsessed with the Moringa tree and have been growing the trees and harvesting the leaves to use as a nutritional additive for every type of dish we make. We have been using it daily with extraordinary results. The people who have been getting the dried leaf powder from us can't believe what it has been doing for their body.
Nātcher Culture holds free classes, including Moringa workshops. They also sell seeds and tree starts that have been propagated from Moringa trees on their property. These trees have been adapting to the desert climate, and are surviving and producing well in the Phoenix area.
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Andrew gave me a jar of Moringa powder, which I have been adding to smoothies, with good results. Don't tell my family, but I have been adding it to pasta sauce, too.
As an urban farmer who grows food for both people and animals in a small space, I am very excited to grow Moringa. My sheep and goats seem to love it. And since it grows rapidly when the weather is warm, it could definitely replace some of our alfalfa for the animals, in addition to providing greens and dried leaf powder for my family.
Although many growers start Moringa seeds in pots, I started mine in the ground. When the soil warmed, the seedlings began to grow very rapidly. I grew the trees roughly 4 feet apart, and cut off the main growth point at the top of the trees when they reached my height (5 feet tall.) Since I am short, I wanted to encourage low, bushy growth for ease of harvesting.
The plants did very well, until our sheep escaped their pen. Within an hour, they had grazed the young plants to the ground. I had high hopes that they would grow back from the roots, to no avail. This year, I will be starting over and protecting them until they are very well established.
Here is some more information about growing Moringa:
How To Plant, Cultivate and Grow Moringa