Photo 1: Tomball farmer Grant Wilson attracts an audience to his seminar at Big Stone Lodge on the health benefits of unprocessed food. Photo 2: Tomball farmer Grant Wilson discussed the benefits of raw food during a seminar at Big Stone Lodge.
Harris County residents learned about the health benefits of probiotic-rich and preservative-free selections from food activist, farmer and former lobbyist Grant Wilson during a special seminar at Precinct 4’s Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park, located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in north Harris County.
Presented by Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, the seminar was part of Big Stone Lodge’s monthly special events programming, which includes new speakers each month.
“Health is a big part of our special events programming at Big Stone Lodge,” said Joanna Wilson, director of Big Stone Lodge. “We host seminars on topics ranging from health and nutrition to safety with a goal of providing recreational and educational opportunities for Harris County residents.”
Since opening Gramen Farm in 2010, Wilson said he’s seen firsthand how unprocessed food has transformed lives. Wilson became dedicated to improving his health after suffering a stroke more than a decade ago. He quit his stressful job as a lobbyist in Massachusetts, moved to Texas, and adopted a healthier diet of mostly organic food with the occasional bag of potato chips.
In Houston, Wilson began a new life by getting married and starting a family. However, when his wife, Elly, developed food and environmental allergies while pregnant, the couple started investigating her diet, he said. While his wife’s allergies eventually subsided, digestion problems, rashes and allergies began plaguing their 13-month-old daughter, said Wilson
“When you look at the labels, the first ingredients are sugar, dextrose or corn syrup,” he said. “Everything in this world has a side effect; it just depends on how long you’re exposed.”
Eventually, the couple gave up buying their food from grocery stores altogether. Wilson was convinced that chemicals, preservatives and hormones were behind many modern-day illnesses.
“I had to completely change my life,” he said. “Each weekend I found myself driving sometimes two hours to get this pure stuff so my kids wouldn’t be sick, because that’s how far away the farms were.”
The couple noticed the biggest change in their daughter after leaving the city life for their Tomball farm to live off the land.
“My wife and I left the world to go back to nature,” he said. “All the rashes, allergies and the colic went away.”
Now, Wilson and his wife produce food, dairy and skin-care products that they sell to customers all over Houston. The 32-acre farm features free-range, grass-fed cows, pigs, goats and lambs that are raised chemical, hormone and antibiotic-free.
For more information on Big Stone Lodge’s special events programing, visit http://www.hcp4.net/ccenters/events.htm.