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Buy and Sell Organic Produce … FREE?

What do you do when time, the economy, and practicality way-lays your “Organic Farming Dream?” Improvise, and plan. I didn’t know it earlier, but there’s a saying that goes:

“If you don’t plan, then plan to fail.”

I always thought that if I got the next degree, license, or certificate, then all would be fine. But I’ve lived most of my life in the up-and-down economy of California. So, like Buddhism, I working on a “Middle Path.”

11 or 25 acres out in the hot, mosquito infested country may not be feasible for me at this time in my life, but a cheap little foreclosed home financed by the Veteran’s Administration is. Hell, growing a garden in the back and flowers in the front may well be just as rewarding. Now, to the newest idea I’ve come across:

My Organic Acres appears to be one answer to Monsanto and Agri-Business’ move to own all farming and feed us crap that makes us fat and unhealthy. (For instance, the Russet potatoes being sold in Safeway, Lucky’s or Kroger’s TODAY are so genetically loaded with sugar that you can’t even make the same lower calorie recipes you could make 13 years ago. You have to buy the smaller ones.) No wonder Diabetes and Cancer rates are off the charts.)

My Organic Acres promises to deliver you with fresh, organic produce that YOU CHOOSE. Plus, you can get more from other farmers and either sell at the Farmer’s Market of your choice or their, online Farmer’s Market. You can even donate the produce to the poor as a tax write off.

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Small Farming for Profit and Stewardship

Alan Nancy HicksHere are two people who decided to do whatever they needed to do so they could do what they WANT to do. That means stepping out of the box, defining what their dream life really looks like, what is essential for them, and then partnering to get it done.

North Carolina farmer Alex Hitt and his wife Betsy have worked their 26 acre farm in Graham, N.C. into an environmental gem and profit center. “Over the years, Hitt has reduced acreage and labor by improving their soil with cover crops, concentrating on high-value crops that grow well in the area. What he has not reduced is profit, thanks to direct marketing through the Caroboro Farmers Market and Weaver Street Market, a cooperative grocery store in the area.

“Each acre returns a minimum of $20,000 annually, while four high-tunnel greenhouses (that shelter young or delicate crops) bring in $1,000 per crop. The Hitts embrace their small scale, growing 80 varieties of 23 vegetables along with 164 varieties of cut flowers on just three acres. Alex and Betsy were winners of the 2006 Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture from Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.” (~Reprinted from “Small American Farm” magazine”, January 2007 issue.)

Alex and Betsy Hitt delivered the keynote address at the January 12-13, 2007 “Future Harvest Alliance Conference” in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Learn more about this and other Future Harvest-CASA information on their website at: http:/www.futureharvestcasa.org/, or email: fhacasa@verizon.net.

In rural areas where the average income is between $13,000 and $18,000 annually, the Hitts are making $64,000 (!!) by doing their market research and making money in ways that people raised in urban areas might seem unorthodox. Yet, who wouldn’t relish spending a day selling products they’ve grown and produced on their own land? It isn’t hard to make organic Cheese … and you can use milk from the little, gentle cow mentioned on: “Small Cow Farm.com

Green Collar Jobs

daveradio1Green-Collar Jobs Provide Pathways Out of Poverty

Most Green-Collar jobs require more than a high school education, but less than a four-year degree. Hence, they are well within the reach of lower-skilled and low-income workers.

As long as a person has access to effective training programs and appropriate supports … it’s really not that big of a deal to get “job-ready” training in a reasonably short period of time.

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Here in the California Bay Area, there are even “Green” programs designed just for you. (SEE Van Jones’ book, “The Green Collar Economy.”)

Green-Collar Jobs are GOOD jobs. Like blue-collar jobs that often allow a person to earn a higher wage, quicker than recent grads with bachelors and sometime masters degrees, Green jobs pay “family wages” and provide opportunities for advancement along a career tract of career tract of increasing skills and wages.

It’s time to begin moving away from the model that to live well, one HAS to have a college degree and live in the middle of a crowded city.

With the high cost of tuition and other fees continually rising, college for many has already reached a point of diminishing returns.

The bottom line is that we’re going to have to start doing things differently. As the old saying goes, “The only constant is change.”

Click on the link to view your FREE copy of “The Green Jobs Guidebook.

Urban Farming

Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins

Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins

Food prices soar … and will continue. Even if you have a tiny backyard, you now have a defense against supermarket bankruptcy.  As a truck driver, I travel from New York City to Crystal Springs, Mississippi and on out to Portland, Oregon.  The signs are everywhere … GET  SOME LAND AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

I don’t care if it’s that vacant lot next door, or 100 acres in the country, the current “economic crisis points to a new conventional wisdom that those who grow their own food will be healthier and economically more secure than those who will continue to depend on big agri-business to supply what they put into their bodies.

“Every problem is an opportunity in work clothes.”
-Henry J. Kaiser

Six months ago, the Real Estate forecasters were saying that housing prices will continue to deflate as foreclosures increased. Then, about two years from now, prices will rise again. Some also warned that Real Estate Speculators are doing with farm and rural land what they did to home prices in urban and suburban areas all over the country. Buying up as much as they can and speculating. Hence, when the economy does resurrect, they will be in position to capitalize on everything Green.

A friend of mine just sent me a link to a site called, “Little Homestead In The City.” Have a look. (Click on active link.) It’s chocked full of ideas about how to live self-sufficiently while living in the city.

Why This Blog

In this blog, I plan to offer: WillScott

Green For All. Green opportunities are increasing. One of my go-to sites for “Green” information will be Van Jones’ website along with his book, “The Green Collar Economy.”

Small Farming ideas. It’s nice to dream, but better to KNOW your future is already charted … and it looks GREAT!

New farmer opportunities … they’re not just for the young.

Urban farming. Not everyone wants to find 10 acres in paradise.

Dogs. You can’t have a farm without a good guard dawg or two. Plus, thars them goats dat need herding..

Real Estate. What good is a dream without good search tools and reliable agents?

Agri-business. Of course, what good is a dream if you can turn a buck with it. This is a great time to get into small farming, organic farming, and farming aimed at Farmer’s Markets.

This is about more than self-sustainability. It’s about self-actualization, bringing your ideas to the world’s table, creativity, making living art … but more … it’s about getting back to baseline. Mental and spiritual health. Raising families that are not doomed to … “meaningless, empty, hopeless lives without love.”