Join the Food Revolution!

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My friend Greg Peterson is an urban farmer in Phoenix, Arizona. He’s an educator and

longtime food­grower offering a webinar coming up soon called 3 Simple Steps To Grow Fruits

And Veggies For A Healthier Life (click HERE for more information). He has dedicated his life

to learning how to grow healthy, nutrient­dense food and transforming the global food system.

He is one of the leaders in the Food Revolution and I absolutely love what he does.

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Click the link below to check this out!

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Below is an

article that he wrote about a day on his farm:

There is something to eat in my yard every day, 365 days a year. Last Thanksgiving it

was a wonderful salad that included: Six different greens such as Nasturtium leaves and sorrel

(a surprise find growing in the back ‘wild’ area); ruby red pomegranate seeds; an incredible

citrus called limequat that was sliced up skin and all for a tangy/sweet sensation; and a little bit

of the herbs tarragon and fennel, with a smidge of that pretty little three­leaf clover you see

growing in some yards called sour grass. The flavors were so diverse and striking that I chose

not to add any dressing at all.

I have spent a large part of the past 27 years integrating edible plants into my landscape,

from the Thanksgiving salad and my farm soup, to the occasional snack as I work through my

weekly urban farmer tasks. All the hard work and experimentation has netted an incredible,

edible yard and a hard­knock education about how and what grows best in my yard.

When I was in the eighth grade my family moved into a home with a very large yard where

the back 1/3­acre became our garden. We planted, the seeds grew and a spark ignited inside of

me…I decided to be a farmer. Over time, my dream became farming 200 acres out there

somewhere, and when I went back to school for my bachelor’s degree I was required to write a

vision for my life. In that vision, “farmer” showed up, but with a twist: Instead of 200 acres, The

Urban Farm was born on a 0.4­acre property in Phoenix, AZ and I was a farmer. My gardening

hobby of 10+ years was in reality urban farming, an incredible canvas on which to paint my

dream.

One outlet for my passion has been to re­landscape my entire yard with the notion that

everything that I grow is either edible, or supports the plants that are edible. Over the past 27

years I have planted trees that produce edible fruits, nuts and beans such as mesquite;

perennial herbs including basil, rosemary and oregano that I use a hedge trimmer on

periodically; along with the standard annual vegetables – broccoli, snow peas, and cucumbers

to name just a few.

Because of our name, visitors to The Urban Farm have an expectation that they will see

long rows of corn and beans, and a full working traditional farm. To the contrary, much of what

we have accomplished lives in standard garden beds, and if a person visiting did not know any

differently they would just see a nicely landscaped yard.

Magic happens when I stand back and watch the natural processes that exist in my yard.

A couple of decades ago I was fighting a basil plant ­ it wanted to bloom, I wanted the basil

leaves ­ as if I KNEW what was best for it. After a long battle, which I finally learned that I could

not win, I gave up and let the basil bloom, and boy did it bloom. What happened next was one

of those secrets that nature only whispers if you stand back and watch. The bees arrived by the

hundreds, and since then pollination has not been a problem on The Urban Farm.

My job these days has become helping others transform their outdoor living spaces into

edible wonderlands. Offering a plethora of classes on a diverse list of topics is the most natural

way for me to express my passion. Over the years topics such as vermiculture (cultivating

worms for their manure), desert gardening, edible landscaping, fruit trees, and the always

popular “Keeping Chickens in Your Yard” have begun to reconnect Phoenix residents to the

roots of where our food comes from.

Now I’ve expanded my reach to the global community by offering online classes, both free

and paid, to inspire and empower people from around the world to grow their own healthy,

organic food and join the food revolution. My latest free webinar, 3 Simple Steps To Grow

Fruits And Veggies For A Healthier Life, will cover how to choose the right space to plant

your edible garden, how to determine what to plant when, why soil is your most important asset

and gardening hacks that will make growing your own food easy and successful. If you are

excited to join the revolution and start creating your edible yard or patio but have little to no

experience, this webinar was designed for you! Click here to learn more.

Farming the city spaces around us presents a whole new paradigm for growing our own

food and reigniting our connection to nature. The tools are here, and the knowledge is available,

you can kindle your desire by getting your hands dirty, taking a chance and spreading some

seeds. The fruits of your labor are much tastier (not to mention cheaper) than what you find in

the grocery store and come along with the satisfaction that YOU grew them. Many people tell

me of their “black” thumbs as they admire what is grown on The Urban Farm. I reflect back to

them the years of experimenting that I have done, noting the countless plants that did NOT

make under my care… and that is how I learned.

Toddler Proven “Power of Positive Talk” Experiment #1

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Toddler Proven “Power of Positive Talk” Experiment #1 Inspired by Dr. Masaru Emoto Water molecule Experiment on Rice…

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I have been struggling with my son using words as a way to hurt peoples feelings. I did not know what to do about his recent habit, all I knew is that it made me sad. I do not want my child to think it is good to use words as a weapon! I had tried several ways to talk to him about his new form of communication but nothing seemed to get through to him. Then I remembered the experiment by Dr. Masaru Emoto so I decided to give it a try with my 3 year old.

Each day we would wake up and as soon as we went downstairs for breakfast or snack we would speak to the jars we had labeled with either “I HATE You” or “I Love You”. But we would only speak nice, kind, loving and enduring words to the jar labeled “Love”. And we would yell at, tell nasty things to and say ugly words to the jar labeled “Hate”. Dr. Masaru Emoto had 3 jars & he ignored the 3 jars but I thought this concept would not be understood by a 3 year old, so we decided to skip the 3rd jar.

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Negative talk damages and alters the make-up of molecules

As the days progressed we started to notice that the jar labeled with “I HATE You” was pretty dirty and cloudy in color. But the “I Love You” jar was barely effected at all. My son pointed this observation out as often as he could, constantly asking, “Mommy why is the “I hate You” jar so yuki? I would explain to him how our words can effect even the smallest of things like a few grains of rice… and rice isn’t even alive so that should tell you something.

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After a couple weeks

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Notice all the “sludge” on the I Hate you jar?

After a couple weeks of this routine the “I Love You” jar was finally starting to get cloudy and milky, so it was time to end the experiment. Here is a video of the final talk my son & I had about the Power of Positive Talk.

The final result of this experiment is profound and the interesting thing about the outcome is my now 4 year old son does not use words to hurt people very often at all. Children pick things up so easily. We adults take children for granted, underestimate them and sometimes believe that they cannot comprehend the world for what it is. But this experiment proves (at least to me) that children can learn to correct their behavior, they are Compassionate beings and when they realize that their actions hurt another being they STOP that behavior. Children are not the little “sociopaths” we can sometimes believe them to be… I challenge you speak to children like they are “real people” that they understand cognitive thought and if you have a little one (or big ones) I challenge you to do this experiment with them and see how they react…

Until Next Time… Peace be with You…

A new appreciation for the Desert…

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Value for all… Hidden in the Desert…

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On Friday on my way up to Sedona to help a Andrew Ecker with Drumming Sounds facilitate a drum circle for The Sedona Yoga Festival I stopped at Montezuma’s Well for a brisk walk, a sip of ancient waters & the beautiful view… I was intrigued by all the knowledge in the signs of the native plants in the area. I have a lot of appreciation for how our Native relatives utilized all every tree, flower, shrub & plant in some form or fashion. Here I took a few pictures of the plants & signs that were displayed…

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montezumas well red barberrymontezumas well desert hollyYou know what the Universe works in mysterious ways; just as I was driving up to Montezuma’s Well I had an epic brainstorm about plant identification, then at the well I saw all the signs identifying plants. Then after my hike at the Well what I find most interesting is that when in Sedona a dear friend & I went for a hike at the Stupa we ran into the beautiful minded Illup the Master behind Kejiwa Creations (the best Kombucha I have ever had in my entire life!) & were invited to join a on one of the most exciting moments of my life…a plant identification walk in the red rocks… If I were reading the signs correctly I’d say the Universe was blatantly showing me that it has something in store for me in regards to plant identification… now it’s my turn to take the reins and figure out just what the Universe is trying to show me..

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Illup from Kejiwa Creations facilitating an herbal plant identification walk in the Red Rocks of Sedona

Never in my life, in the 22 years that I have resided in Arizona have I ever had such an appreciation for the Sonoran desert… as I walked on this 2 hour hike with a group of Yogis, I felt like a kid in a candy store… I learned so much about the every day plants we usually take for granted… As I left the tour and drove back down to the Valley of the Sun I was on a complete high, ecstatic & enthusiastic about what the desert holds in its greatness. Now every where I look hidden in cactus, dried up shrubs and intoxicating aromas cures, tinctures, food and tools are hidden every where… 

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So now I admit to the world & to myself that finally after 22 years I can honestly & whole heartedly admit that I have a Great appreciation, a new love & an open mind to what this land offers to the people who reside in it… What have you allowed yourself to appreciate hidden in your local area lately? Have you been able to find beauty, mysticism or peace within your surroundings? If not why & I ask you to open yourself up to what Mother Nature has to show you because hidden beneath every tree, every flower and every rock a magical world awaits you… Now put a smile on your face & embrace all that surrounds you with loving open arms… The Universe is amazing in all that it has in store for us…

Until next time… Peace be with you…

Obama Forgiveness Actually Works!

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I can honestly I have never appreciated Obama until this very moment! I applied for Obama forgiveness for my 20+ thousand school loans & guess what… I qualified and now I will pay a very small portion only .06% of my entire school loans! And as i start new semesters for the next 25 years these loans will go towards Obama Forgiveness… So boo-ya!

Happiness

And if you have any negative comments to make about people taking out school loans I really don’t care to hear about it. Until you are a single parent trying to make it all on your own, with no help from family or a mate you have no clue how hard life can be & sometimes those loans help you SURVIVE so eventually we can THRIVE

Helping Hands...

Helping Hands…

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