The Easy Way to Grow Nutrient Dense Food

The Easy Way to Grow Nutrient Dense Food

chocolate-cakeImagine the joy of eating one of the best cakes in the world. In one bite you would experience

  • Exquisite Flavor
  • Perfect Texture
  • And an Irresistible Desire to Take the Next Bite

In my mind it would have to be a chocolate cake with hints of coffee flavor—but not too sweet.

But what if you wanted to make this cake yourself? What would you need? To make one of the best cakes in the world, you would need:

  1. Highest quality ingredients
  2. Mixed together in just the right amounts (levels)
  3. In correct proportion with other ingredients (ratios)
  4. With proper mixing and baking procedures (instructions)

In short, you need a recipe.

You don’t have to be Buddy Valastro to make an outstanding cake.  All you need is a recipe showing ingredients and instructions. Having a recipe means you don’t have to do the hard work of perfecting the levels and ratios because it has already been done for you.

But what if you wanted something more nutritious than cake? What if you wanted to raise the best fruit and vegetables in the world? Could you?

Yes, you can! And it’s not even that hard. All you need is a fully optimized soil and a few simple instructions. If you have an ideal soil then growing nutrient dense foods is…wait for it…a piece of cake. It’s easy.

Grow Your Own Nutrition (GYON) is all about helping you optimize your soil so that it can produce the most nourishing foods for you and your family. We start with a detailed soil analysis and then carefully select the best nutrient sources to optimize your garden soil.

The Easy Way to Grow Nutrient Dense FoodsUnlike baking a cake, crafting an ideal soil is a biological process. It takes time to change the level and ratios of available minerals. This is because they must first be pre-digested by soil biology.

GYON provides the “recipe” for you to grow nutrient dense foods by first creating the ideal soil. Here are the exact steps we follow:

  1. Test the Soil
  2. Apply what is Deficient / Avoid what is Excessive
  3. Microbial Digestion
  4. Plant Uptake / Nutrient Depletion
  5. Repeat the Cycle

Each time we go through this cycle we move the soil closer to ideal. In the first year, you will see notable improvement in flavor and yield. By the 3rd year, your soil will be much closer to the ideal pattern, and the food will be the best you ever tasted. After that, we keep repeating the cycle and fine tuning the soil.

As the pattern of the soil improves, so does the nutrient density and flavor of your produce. Children will love eating raw green beans and soon start raiding the garden for sweet peas.

When crafting an ideal soil never forget this cardinal rule:

Do Not Apply what is Already Excessive!

The violation of this rule is why so much organic produce tastes poorly. In many cases, compost is applied even when it is not needed. This upsets the levels and ratios of minerals in the soil which lowers produce quality.

By using Grow Your Own Nutrition, you will optimize your garden soil. This leads to flavorful, more nourishing food. But the ultimate benefit is the health and energy this food provides you and your family.

Even if money was no object this type of food simply isn’t available in the marketplace. If you want the best, you’ll have to raise it yourself.

Here is how it works


  1. Tom H says:

    Jon, I teach Permaculture Farming.

    I’m a passionate no-till / no-disturb proponent, following nature, our teacher. This is a primary permaculture platform.
    Any disturbance, even a single pass of tilling or ploughing will set back for years the critical soil functions, which are working to deliver nutrient dense food: fungi, michorrhizea, bacteria, minerals and organics, all the bio and mineral components building 24/7/365 the necessary soil support systems. Allow nature to flourish and expect the most tasty and nutritious food produce.
    I’ve followed your great articles since 2015. To your point, while researching for my new lecture series I discovered disturbing
    information that our food is seriously nutrient deficient because in large part our soil reserves around the world are severely mineral deficient.

    My questions: I’m advising purist permaculture farmers (no-till) to …
    1. Prep the soil with one final tilling, working in layered amendments including minerals, compost, biochar, pH balancing, etc
    2. The area will be left undisturbed in future, allowing natural methods only to enrich and balance the soil
    3. “Feeding” the soil through Lasagna Layering mulch-compost from the top, including application of rock dust as soil tests

    Appreciate your comments, thanks
    Tom Houtman
    B A Sc / UBC, Mechanical Engineering
    PDC, Permaculture Consultant and Teacher
    PDI – Geoff Lawton, Certified Permaculture Course

    • Jon Frank says:

      Tom – This is a big topic. The reason food is deplorably low in nutrients is because nature’s requirements for quality have not been met. This lack comes from an imbalance in the level and ratios of available minerals and many times includes a lack of electrical conductivity in soil, i.e. low electrolytes.

      In a forest/tree situation tillage is not suggested or required. In vegetable and grain production I would much rather use tillage than herbicides. Let’s stay in touch. ~Jon

  2. Claire DGaia says:

    I would make #2..get and understand the interpretation of your soil test! Just pretend you are starting soil school.

    • Jon Frank says:

      Claire – Some people want to learn on a deep level but most just want a garden program that produces high quality food. We have DVD for more in-depth teaching.

  3. Linda says:

    So much work in that list. I have not tilled in many years but I do apply amendments based on Jon’s tests and broad fork them in. I learned over 20 years ago how to do no till and hay mulching from the original proponent, Ruth Stout. I had added horse and cow manure in the past but have not been using any inputs in the last several years beyond hay mulch and the minerals. I agree that the soil needs to be crafted for a vegetable garden as it evolved with no regard for man and his food crops. The plants that persisted were the ones that evolved here and found the climate and soil right for them – the native plants to each region. That is not to say that some vegetables will not grow well in a particular soil but not all of them. The soil has and will also lose minerals as they migrate to the subsoil due to the rain. Our annuals are not the best for bringing those minerals back to the surface as it is perennials that have the larger and deeper root systems. I would not double dig or do the layered method as there is no reason to make this more difficult than it needs to be.

    • Jon Frank says:

      Linda – There are lots of garden methods and I encourage everyone to find what works best for them. Thanks for sharing. ~Jon

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