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American Ingenuity at it's finest. What I call Wholistic Industry
In this case the sign reads -- Please come on in!
There is a place where they claim "every acre of greenhouse will create over ten jobs and every job created on the farm will create over 2.5 jobs elsewhere in that community". Now that is some kind of serious serious claim. One nearly has to say "No Way!"
And also this group claims to do that while making a profit engaging in sustainable organic food production and then they tell us they can do it using trained veterans. And they do not need to tell us that that kind of work is extremely healthy. And they do not need to tell us that growing things is good for our air and that other than transportation has almost zero emissions footprint. And they do not need to tell us that the food they produce is good for everyone's health.
Do not worry we found some downsides and negative factors here, read on!
Well so far this whole project just sounds like this song!
Here are some "downsides" to this project.
This may sound real good but if you stop and think about what is required here it does not look so great. It requires hard work. Oh for sure not as hard as our ancestor farmers or Mekong Delta or Chinese hillside or Somalia farmers. And undoubtedly not as much heavy work but still it requires that booting up, suiting up and showing up kind of hard work.
It probably does not provide the type of gossipy around the coffee room social interaction that people seem to like so much.
It definitely will cut into pesticide and herbicide companies profits. And therefor make those products more expensive. It will most likely have a negative impact on genetically modified food sales. It may even impact tractor and other farm machinery sales. And if you think about it, it probably might hurt insurance and healthcare providers and therefor pharmaceuticals.
So perhaps we should be very cautious when viewing this whole notion and business model.
This recent college graduate is all about healthy food and lifestyle.
No permission granted or obtained.
I have not sought out permission from this group/business to write this article and I note that much of their stuff is copyrighted and trademarked. But they are a business and their information is in the public domain. And I cannot imagine that they are not interested in people finding out about them. They have an amazing amount of public and private support as you can well imagine. And they have a really cool training program for veterans and now others to come in and learn how to do this and then write up a business plan and go do it themselves. Talk about spreading the wealth!
Just from their website information it looks like the course is 270 hours, so at least equivalent to an associates degree. And tuition seems to be a very reasonable $4,500 or so.
So look them up at archisacres.com and I think you will be as impressed as this writer.
Are you for helping Veterans, organic farming, sustainable farming, training and education and feeding people?
Future hydroponics expert?
Right here and right now. We have tilled and turned and treated that soil organically. And will begin planting in about two weeks.
That picture above means he really like things that grow plants. Dirt and water and an interest. We hope our test carrots and tomatoes will come up by next week. We start out with ones that come quick and are very visible. Little guys are not all that patient. He will pull the carrots up at the size of his own pinky but then eat then right there and right now.
"A man who cannot grow things, saddens my heart" (ed 1996)
So around here the beauty of a growing thing is taught from before long term memory will remember so it is a part of them. A footprint that turns into a cause.
We have forty acres of sun drenched land 17 growing cycles and all the water we need.
So what is stopping us? Well nothing. Hopefully we will build a model just like what I described above. We are going to a "mushroom" show at the wonderful Balboa Park this weekend. And we are working hard with our farming friends south of the border to see if we cannot grow in this area together. And we are working with some Vietnamese folks and with a University for Oriental medicine to see if we cannot help work with some scarce herbs other plants that they need. And we have plans to work with some folks on plants that they think might be becoming extinct.
So let me ask many of you to stop and donate to this noble cause. No do not give someone a handout. Donate by taking a double take on that extra 50 cents on local organic grown foods. But make no mistake in this tough economy it is a wonderful way to donate.
Being a preacher man of sorts, I can tell you that your church donation feeds the souls and that is fine, but if that soul is dying of cancer because of the garbage in the food it takes in, think about donating to the body by buying and supporting healthier notions of providing food.
What price is our security and convenience?
Let us wrap this old huberoo up
Enjoy life and enjoy it well. There was a man who ran wild in the open country when he was a child. In a beautiful place. It was near a land the Americans called the Four Corners Territory. Sadly his government tested atomic bombs miles away but the wind blew the debris his way. Cancer struck him. As the government knew it would. He died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was a Navajo. Another man watched him die sitting in the chemotherapy chair next to him with the same disease and the same age and same cause. We all here know that man for it was me.
Let us move and live and honor those who have died from our chemicals and radiation and all matter of ill by trying and striving to do better by our earth.