Transitional Gardening

Transition Gardening: My Future Forward

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

Land Owner

Becoming A Land Owner

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I think now is an appropriate time to reveal the next chapter of my journey – that is becoming a land owner. The desire to acquire property has been cooking for several years; in fact, ever since I came back from North Carolina I have wanted land for myself.

For several years now I have been contemplating the chess board – deciding which move I would take. It had been a back-and-forth dilemma between various ideas and locations – what kind of life I wanted to transition into. I was never able to commit to just one of them.

Thankfully, a group of friends and I have recently started a very ambitious gardening quartet – looking to bring clean nutrient dense foods to our local markets, to change the perceptions of how food can be grown, to educating school children, to promoting self reliance and so forth. This group, with its drive, passion, and motivation, it became the momentum I needed to push myself forward and continue down the path I had started years ago.

Everything went so fast.

We needed land and I wanted somewhere we could call ours. The time was right and I knew about a 2 acre property which had good potential. The price was good but my offer made it better. After all these years of waiting I had the funds ready for this moment. My offer was accepted without hesitation.

Now we wait for the finalization of paperwork and then to hand over the cash payment to seal the deal.

This is just the beginning of the new Enlightenment.

School Food

Health vs. Convenience: A Look At Modern Public School Lunches


health |helTH|

noun

the state of being free from illness or injury


Health is very important to me, as it should be for every one of us. But unfortunately, ever since the Golden Age of American history, what I believe has happened is a new ideal has set its roots in the minds of the masses – that is:


convenience |kənˈvēnyəns|

noun

the state of being able to proceed with something with little effort or difficulty


With that said comes the inception of the “TV dinner”; the brainchild of Swanson, marketeers, and the now present convenience-driven-mindset. These prepackaged meals came resting on Alzheimer-Aluminum, ready to be popped into the oven; until the dawn of the Microwave Era and its children – Microwave-Safe-Hormonal-Plastics.

Skip forward a few decades and you now arrive to a world that has pushed forward the ideology of convenience, shape-shifting into the psychologically weaponized buzzword we deem Instant Gratification. We’re drowning in processed snacks and quick-death-fast-foods – all to please our manipulated way-of-life…