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Raining Walnuts

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Tony and Peggy Barthel from Featherbed Railroad visit Dancing Treepeople Farm and Loretta gives them a tour.  Crazy.


Turning problems into opportunities

As a certified permaculturist, you'll often hear me say:

"The Problem is an Opportunity" 

 I didn't know that I would be living that principle nearly every day. Building my own business has forced me to face "the problem" of my own fears and insecurities. Before I started on this journey, I had no idea how much internal resistance I would face and how much I would be challenged to grow. It seemed like every time I turned around I was encountering another barrier... most of them were self-induced!

Gradually, it became clear to me that I was getting in my own way. I noticed that often I would take the wrong actions (the ones that were easier) or choose to go at it alone instead of reaching out to others. At first, I thought I had many problems--but after awhile I realized that they all boiled down to this: I wasn't taking courageous action in my business--the action that involved making the tough phone call or making an offer. What was stopping me we…

Turning problems into opportunities

"The Problem is an Opportunity" 

 I didn't know that I would be living that principle nearly every day. Building my own business has forced me to face "the problem" of my own fears and insecurities. Before I started on this journey, I had no idea how much internal resistance I would face and how much I would be challenged to grow. It seemed like every time I turned around I encounter another barrier... most of them self-induced!

Gradually, it became clear to me that I was getting in my own way. I noticed that often I would take the wrong actions (the ones that were easier) or choose to go at it alone instead of reaching out to others. At first, I thought I had many problems--but after awhile I realized that they all boiled down to this: I wasn't taking courageous action in my business--the action that involved making the tough phone call or making an offer. What was stopping me were three BIG internal issues: my perfectionism, my reluctance to ask f…

Bringing Walnuts to Market

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Organic Walnuts, fresh from the farm.  In this video we load up Loretta's Toyota Corolla and head out to the co-op drop point.

Organic Certification 2012-2013

Organic Certification

This year it was EXPENSIVE, since the USDA program is no longer reimbursing organic farmers in California.  *sigh*.

Barn Owl

Many years ago, we hung Barn owl boxes around the orchard. My thought at the time was that barn owl habitat would bring barn owls and barn owls would prey on rodents, which are always abundant on a walnut orchard.

Well, for a variety of reasons, the boxes were not attractive to barn owls. In time, the plywood deteriorated and the boxes fell from the trees. In the meantime, the walnut trees continued to age and now they provide what looks like plenty of owl habitat where old branches used to be. We hear the owls at night.

And, much to my surprise (though I realize the irony here) we DO have a barn owl...

living in the barn.

I am celebrating today.

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Celebrating today. My book has reached #1 in the Permaculture Kindle category!


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Transforming our World--one garden at at time, one business at a time.

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What if we could transform the economy one business at a time and in doing so, transform the face of the planet? Imagine millions of personal, small decisions, one community at a time-- we can heal our world. In this three minute video, I share this dream.

Permaculture: the power of relationship

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One of the key tenets of permaculture is relationship. Everything gardens. In an actual garden, this is easy to observe, over time. Every element in a garden, whether it is a plant, an insect, a rock, a pond, animals, a tree or a structure, has an effect on the others. The effect, in most cases, is predictable just by observing the nature of the element placed.

For example, where I live in Northern California, a large rock in a garden covers the soil preserving moisture, creates habitat for frogs and lizards, provides shade at certain times of the day, and may even create a small micro-climate for some plants. The rock, by its very being, its relationships and its placement, is gardening. It might be fair to say that we, like the rock, need simply find our appropriate place and relationships to create a beneficial impact. And, like the rock, we might have a detrimental impact if we are not in the appropriate relationships or place.


Engaged Spirituality

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We are excited to share with you the inaugural edition of Growing Edge. Our hope is to support your grounded and engaged spirituality as you take on the challenge of bringing about personal and cultural transformation--whether it is through your inner work, your ministry or your business. In it, we provide insight and practical opportunities to both nourish your spirit and encourage you to follow your dreams.

We hope you LOVE the Growing Edge and get a lot out of it, however, we also want to honor your wishes around continuing to receive it. We know that you did not specifically sign up for our
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A good talk on Leadership

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