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.
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! 😉
Much has developed within the past few months and I am so very grateful for every bit of it; in fact, this is what I have been hoping for for the past couple of years now. To catch you up to speed, it was sometime during the early days of March when my friends Allison Adams, Jonathan May, and myself were all together when it was thrown up into the air that we should together start a market garden. To my understanding it was quite random how it all came about, and initially Jonathan was somewhat hesitant of the idea because he was afraid we would lose interest and not follow through with the idea… oh how we’re proving him wrong every day forward.
The motivation these two souls have given me has been such a blessing. I hope there’s a way that I can fully express my gratitude towards these friends of mine; they have been able to give me the gentle push forward I have needed in order to kick start the stagnant ideas I have been resting on. They have given me the courage to press forward and purchase the land I have been seeking to acquire, and now it is almost mine.
Now that we have leveled up, have jumped through some of the hoops, and have moved forward enough through the game, here we are working in the fields, preparing our garden beds, and planting seeds… not only will we yield a harvest of high quality foods, but I imagine metaphorically we have planted the seeds to a long lasting friendship and in time the fruits of our labor will keep on giving and giving. I honestly cannot say enough good things about where we’re at; we question each other, we challenge each other, we motivate each other, and we respect each other.
I’m titling this post Transition Gardening because I’m hoping what happens this season becomes a grand transitional period for not only myself, but for everyone involved in this project (and even beyond that); I believe all of us will be able to grow alongside one another. Another side to this is that I’m hoping this is the beginning of my occupational transition; I’m hoping that this micro-farming/urban-farming can develop into not only a sustainable way to acquire food for myself, but enough to feed others to the point where it can become my livelihood to do so indefinitely. I want to do so because I stand behind the notion that in order to heal many of the issues we’re plagued with in today’s society that we need to restore the small farm and the local supply chains; our communities need to realign their priorities and to understand how critical it is to have a clean source of food and to learn to stray away from big-box processed goods that our toxifying our bodies, our brains, and our immune systems (the gut!).
* The goal is this:
We need to restore the health of the People. To do so we need to bring back clean-sourced local foods, traditional methods used to properly prepare said foods, and the necessary education as to how and why foods are the answer to our healthcare woes. I believe when these measures are taken we’re better positioning ourselves to become a more effective People.
If you want to more closely follow our journey you can find out more information at www.highprairieproduce.org; we also have various social media outlets such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (as of right now our Facebook page hasn’t officially launched).
* This goal is a personal goal of mine, and doesn’t necessarily reflect the mission statement of High Prairie Produce