Red Oak Creek

Turning Red Oak Creek into a Downtown Asset

“Red  Oak  Creek  flows  just  one  block  from  the  core  of  downtown,  but,  quite  simply,  it’s  a  mess.    It  presents  an  opportunity  for  creating  an  east/west  link  through  the  community  for  walkers  and  bicyclists,  and  in  the  downtown  it  offers  the  opportunity for another great public space.  Red Oak Creek offers a chance to  reclaim  a  bit  of  nature  that  has  been  lost  –  even  disrespected  –  in  Red  Oak, and to reclaim it in ways that bolster downtown’s business climate and creates a place for families and children.”

The Red Oak Strategy Plan of 2002

Revitalization of Red Oak Creek

The development of a Red Oak Creek corridor should not happen in a piecemeal or haphazard way. There is a real opportunity here, and the formulation of a common vision for the creek and the ways in which it intersects with various parts of the community should be a priority.
Initiating the Local Movement

Initiating the Local Movement

We are living through an interesting time period littered with cutthroat geopolitics; dangerous daily rides on the international economic roller-coaster; all while experiencing an influx of social justice issues that are dividing our nations and our people. It is truly a complex transition for the next generation.

With that said, the question then becomes, “What can we do to better our future?” The most hopeful solution I see is to collectively become the change we wish to see in the world as said best by Gandhi. We must take responsible action on a local level; to positively influence our communities to better understand and educate how we can all coexist together in a peaceful & abundant manner.

God has given me the beautiful gift of good health and the eyes to see through disillusionment. It is my goal to dedicate my time and energy towards something larger than myself. I want to help create this new path forward, and I will do all that I can to succeed.

My goals with High Prairie Produce are just the beginning for Southwest Iowa.

Friendship Trees

Friendship Trees

It was a Saturday night and a good amount of friends and I were at the bar playing some shuffleboard. My buddy Kyle was in town from Portland, Oregon for his birthday/Mother’s Day; we had a good time catching up. Somewhere within our conversation I came up with the brilliant idea: Friendship Trees

I want each and every friend of mine to plant one tree on my piece of land;

We together can watch our friendship tree grow throughout years.

I had already planned on using the South quarter of my property for establishing a food forest, and there is also a strip along the Eastern side of my lot in which I want to create a natural privacy fence for. With both of these ideas already in place I knew this thought would work out quite well.

Since Kyle was only going to be in town for a brief period of time I knew I wanted to align our schedules to be able to take him to a garden store to pick out a tree to plant; I should mention that Kyle loved this idea and was totally excited for it. Kyle decided upon purchasing a Santa Rosa Plum tree and while there I picked up a Belle of Georgia Peach tree to plant alongside it.

I took Kyle to my property and he was amazed by the size of it, “… Beau, you can plant so much here!” As we walked the land we continued our ongoing conversations about how we the People need to take action to better the world around us rather than waiting and expecting others to do it for us.

Kyle is a firm believer that I can positively change our community’s future and I think so too.

“Well, what if your friendship ends?”

Then I’ll just chop down the tree and burn it! 😉