By: Kelley Dillon and Jenny Breen
This recipe was inspired by our CSA which included kale from Dancing the Land.
"Tons of compost, tears, and hard work have restored the generosity in the soil, and the hope in our hearts."
- Liz Dwyer, Dancing the Land
Soil health is the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Healthy soils support microbial communities that improve nutrient density of food.
Soil health can be maintained and restored by minimizing disturbance, keeping soil covered, keeping living roots in soil, increasing diversity, and integrating livestock. Liz Dwyer and Curtis Weinrich at Dancing the Land farm embrace all five principles.
There are three main types of kale that come in various colors. Curly (or Scotch/green) kale has curly, green leaves. Black (or tuscan/dinosaur) kale has flat, bluish-green leaves that are crinkled. Red (or Russian) kale has frilly leaves that are red or purple.
Kale is a superfood because it is very nutrient dense. Nutrient density refers to the amount of nutrients compared to the weight, energy content, or additives in a food item. Kale is rich in phytonutrients, iron, calcium, and vitamins C, K, and A. Iron helps red blood cells transport oxygen in the body.