Thursday, September 30, 2010

As the World Burns

(Does this remind you of someone you know?????)

Truly a wonderful and comical work from Derrick Jensen.
Time to get off our duffs and start participating.
No more passivity! The stance of the passive liberal is WAY outdated.

Just be in the moment...visualize peace...don't be negative.

Sound familiar?
Time to Act!

Enjoy the snippet of the book!
Support him HERE if you dig...Derrick Jensen is one of my favorite
authors without a doubt...few things inspire me more than his writings.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

California recap and lots more giveaways...

Speaking at Whole Foods in Pasadena with
Deb from Debbie Does Raw last weekend...

Great crowd - we braved the heat and really made it happen.
Deb brought many tears to the crowd with her inspirational story.

Deb and her daughter Sam

Deb doing her magic!

Thanks to Heather at WF Pasadena for setting up the event and
doing such a great job with the promotion.
We look forward to doing it again soon!

Headed down to Ito's neighborhood...

The garlic bread and chimichurri @ Au Lac...
and of course the one and only Chef Ito...
gave them all some goodies and samples from our new seed collection.
Daniel even came up and asked for Nettles!
We are really focusing on wild varieties so the synchronicity
with Daniel's talks recently have been amazing.

We saw so many friends at the Longevity Conference and
the talks were amazing...SO nice to see such a professional
and focused approach compared to some other gatherings.
Everyone who organized the conference deserve a huge wave of
gratitude for bringing this cutting-edge information and great products to
the world...I cant imagine where I would be if I hadn't been exposed
to the wonderful work of all the participants...big high fives all around.

Check out Matt, Angela, and Daniel dishing it out in the parking lot
of the conference...AWESOME AWESOME VIDEO.

Since we were in California and they still value
the consumer's choice - I was able to buy lots of raw dairy products.
My gem was this colostrum...SO amazing.

People can buy booze and cigarettes everywhere,
but raw dairy...OH NO! Shouldn't consumers have that choice?
When I learned about the natural healing powers of good
grass-fed raw dairy, I soon realized why its mostly illegal.
Glow-in-the-dark GMO milk is legal though...strange right?

Anyways...feeling the LOVE in the Santa Monica Community Garden

Eat your heart out Philip! Ha!
The lovely ladies from Honey Pacifica stopped by
and shared their AMAZING raw wild honey with us - divine!

Our buddies Philip from
came over and jammed with us at Debs...GOOD TIMES!

And Erewhon is now carrying Blackbird Truffles!
We know that Southern California is calling us,
and we are now looking to transfer over there.
Edwin at Erewhon wants us to speak there as well so its really
falling into place quicker than I couldve hoped.

Things are just clicking now...we are really in the vortex.
So it only feels right to be offering another giveaway to celebrate...
Make sure you're friends w/ Blackbird on Facebook...
Leave a comment in the next 48 hours and youll be in the drawing.
Truffles for sure...and we'll even through in
some goodies from our seed collection!

Thanks to all our friends out in California...
you made our time so memorable and full of great energy.
We love you's to the tribe!

What in the World are They Spraying?

THIS is the issue.

Let this be the crack in the armor.
When it really sinks in...everything changes.

Blackbird's In-Store Garden Demo at Whole Foods, and Fighting Darkness with...

Such an honor and privilege to work with these two amazing women!

I think i've found my calling!

"Male model goes from a Times Sq Billboard to a Sq Ft Garden!"

My heart sings for this kind of stuff.
We had the kids pop in the seedlings and they just loved it.
We also did a great smoothie demo and gave each person some peat pellets
to start their own plants RIGHT AWAY. Thats the key. Not later...NOW.

Earlier in the week I spoke at a high school in Tempe about my story
and gave the students lots of tips about post-high school life
and how to milk as much life out of this particular ride as possible.
I spoke about the traps set up to get them into the 9-5 and how to
design a life that can still have abundance without consuming so much time.

They made a thank you card and their wonderful teacher
gave me Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"...a classic.

Well...this is what its all about.
I feel that there is literally a war going on for the hearts and minds
of the children...the forces of darkness have so many resources but they
are clearly lacking the one thing that will change everything.
Love. And the desire for Heaven on Earth.
I want these kids to be live lives of purpose and co-creation.
Not to be mere cogs in the wheel or names on the employee list.
We are all Angels, so why do so many parents insist on locking their
kids away with the mentality of fear and lack?

Whats really interesting and even somewhat ironic is that
I know for a fact that they wouldnt have listened to me the same way
if I hadnt done big modeling jobs, and now all of that makes sense to me.

I knew from the start when I was living in Paris and reading
Thoreau's Walden...if I stuck with that path and landed some big jobs Id
have more credibility when it came to healthy living and eating.

Maybe that was why I fell into modeling?
As if it was a weapon to fight the forces of darkness?

Looking back on it now it doesnt sound all that crazy.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dont stop - gar-den-ing...

(All of our seedlings going into the Blackbird Food Forest)

Sing it like Journey's "Don't Stop Believing"...

Dont stop...gar-den-ing...
hold onto that feeling yeah...
swiss chard...carrots....oh oh Ohhhhhhhhhhh........

and I've had that in my head for the past few days now :(

Seriously...just because fall is around the corner
doesn't mean we are throwing our hands up in the garden this year.

Gardening does not end on sept 1st.

(Major Carrot Harvest - Good Living!)
In the Minnesota garden, we are in fall mode now...check it out -
swiss chard
brussel sprouts
3 kinds of cabbage
dinosaur kale...
-not to mention all the perennials going.

(These Fall Gold Raspberries are spreading like weeds now...good autumn eating!)

-all these will take us way into November.
And when we are talking about using a greenhouse,
there is NO need for any downtime.
We can actually make fall and spring meet and kiss
all the way up in the northern climates with some clever design and planning.

Now on the flip-side of this, the Blackbird Food Forest
is down in Paradise Valley Arizona, right near Phoenix.
The downtime there is june-august and we made it thru that
by growing lots of basil, okra, squash, melons,
cherry tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, herbs, and perennial fruits.
So we are just now getting started since the temp is going under 90F at night.
We still have loads of produce coming from everything planted this summer.

We know that it will dip down to the low 30's F in about 4 months
here in AZ, so we are starting seedlings for cooler stuff as well,
but we know that we can overwinter all those cooler varieties,
unlike up north where EVERYTHING is frozen outside.

(-10F outside, a balmy and cool-weather crop loving +40F inside)

We know that growing our own food with supercharged soil and TLC
is the best way for physical and spiritual health.
We know that we can grow OUR OWN superfoods now.
No more summertime gardener mentality like the past generations.
We are permaculturists doing it 365 a year. Its a whole different level.

So make the most out of each season.
If you're living in the cooler parts of the planet up north,
its a good time to start all those things mentioned about the MN garden.
Get good seedlings for some of those if you can, they will give
you a nice 1 month+ head-start and then you can stagger the rest with seeds.

If you're one of the lucky folks living in warmer areas, there is still
time for tomatoes and eggplants but I wouldn't start them from seed-
go with good seedlings. We are starting our cold weather stuff from
seed right now and its mid sept. If your plants don't get large enough before
the cold you can always cover them with burlap. Spinach does very well
with this method, and dont forget an affordable hoop-house.

Always remember to plant garlic in every little spot you can find this september
and october and also focus on building up the soil and composting leaves.
A gardener's work is never done (thankfully!)

Much love and keep planting those seeds!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

MN Food Forest Update

Enjoy!!! Clary Sage IN THE HOUSE!!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Jesse Ventura on the View!

May the light of the Universe keep shining on Jesse Ventura.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pics from the MN Food Forest

Hard work pays off.

Im moving errant raspberry shoots around the rest of the garden
and doing lots of weeding! It never stops!
Back to Phoenix thursday!!!

The Vaccine Pushers are LOSING

Remember the facts in this vid when you see
all the advertisements for the flu shot this autumn.