Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Venice Community Gardens Urban Permaculture Talk

Last sunday I was lucky enough to be invited to speak
at the Venice Community Garden. I spoke about why food forests
are the key to bringing health back to the cities and its inhabitants.

This photo makes me so happy!

This community garden isnt even a year old yet.

Trying to summon the garden spirits to bless all of us lol :)
I think I was actually talking about kiwi vines climbing up trees hahaha

We were soaking up the vitamin D that day...no weird white lines in the sky either!

Bobby Is-Real gave a great talk on ways for us to co-create and share
our resources to help the cities become paradise again.
Im really excited to be teaming up with both him and Norma.

Speaking of Norma...she is the organizer of the Venice Community Garden.
She brought this community garden to 55 families who are now
growing their own food! How cool is that???
And this garden isnt even a year old!
Just think of the power that one person can hold!!!!

I covered the basics of permaculture,
my experiences in Northern and Southern growing zones,
and working with the birds and the bees!
So much to share...I couldve kept going on and on but
Brother Sun was telling us to wrap it up!

I am collaborating with both Norma and Bobby to help
bring this idea of urban food forests to the LA area.
Together we are creating a wonderful synergy and
the time is absolutely perfect for the changes to occur.
And they already are! We are planting a food forest tmrw in Mar Vista
and will continue obviously spreading ideas and inspiration.

Even if one person showed up...that is one person that will hopefully
get turned onto an idea so powerful that it can affect the lives of
people living hundreds of years from now.

One guy in the crowd came up to me after the talk and told me
that of all the talks he has heard about the topic mine was by far
the most informative and entertaining! Ha! That felt great.

I wore the tie to prove a point.
Some of us in the green-living community can be judgmental towards
the "9 to 5" crowd...thinking that we might know more or are more "advanced".

That kind of thinking feeds NOTHING positive.
Our brothers and sisters who work all day in the office
are the ones that can have the biggest affect on this movement.
Imagine if a business executive gets turned onto replanting paradise?
Think of the resources she could put towards that idea.
Would she create more change than an angry Karl Marx fan living in
his parent's basement? Do you see my point?

We are all on this rock flying thru space...lets make it fun
and turn it into a paradise planet now that we have the heart and
mind to do so! I think this is the perfect time and I welcome all
of those who seek a better world for their children to give this idea a try.

We filmed a very good chunk of this talk, as did some people in the
audience so this talk will be up on youtube soon!!!

Thank you Norma, Bobby, Ria, and all the members of the garden.
I hope to be a regular contributor if I indeed move back to LA soon!
You have such a magical place there and I am SOOO happy and SOOO
impressed by what you are all creating! MUCH LOVE + RESPECT!!!!!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why a tipi?

If anyone has been following the story of this garden
they might be surprised at the sight of this tipi.

I had yurt fever for a few years..I really liked the space
and it seemed easy enough to move if needs be.

I drifted from that after realizing just how much I could save if
i built my own octagon-shaped cabin instead.
It wouldnt be portable but it would be warm and cozy
and really just more sound and sturdy I felt.

The tipi came into play when I started to think about the bigger
picture. Would it be smart for me to spend 10K on a cabin or a
yurt when I could use that money for something else?
If things REALLY got crazy with civilization collapsing,
we would all just be in my parent's place anyways across the road.
Why get crazy so early about a permanent structure?

Maybe in a few years but now...it was time for something a little more...

The tipi fit the bill..I could have bought a good tent and it would probably
be more waterproof than, but the tipi grabs eyes for sure.
Aesthetics come into play - they really do! We have to feed our eyes too!
I think its such a good fit in this garden, plus, since its basically a tent,
its not considered a permanent structure so no increase in property taxes.

Thats really something to think about...adding more living space
without adding to your property taxes.

I can eventually take the tipi off of the deck and place it in the
western meadow when the time comes for a more permanent replacement.
Im quite sure it would be an octagon shaped cabin with
*possibly* a dome greenhouse on top for some raised beds and
container plantings...the dome would warm up the house so well
in the winter time (if anyone even wanted to be there in the winter!! lol)

I always planned to make this a seasonal thing.
April to October mostly...then head south.
Now that everything is planted I just have to stay on top of
mulching around the trees and making sure the grass doesnt
compete with them too much. Im happy to be into that phase now
- its mostly mulching and harvesting.

My ideal is to have a tropical food forest.
Either in SE Asia or Hawaii..
Maybe Latin America...
To be in a year round food forest...to never have to worry about the
bees freezing to death...always lush...always things to harvest.

I could keep coming to the MN food forest in the growing season...
but afterwards it just hibernates - even the greenhouse up here goes to sleep.
Thats why the tipi made so much sense right now.
For $2,000, I have a living space that is bigger than many studio
apartments Ive seen in NYC. Its paid for and done - no housing bills
for now...nice to have it *kind of* taken care of.

Dont get me wrong - earlier this spring it was COLD in there.
Waking up in the tipi to see 35F on the thermometer
DOES NOT make you want to get out of bed.
Sleeping with wool socks and thermal underwear
makes it more than bearable, but for how many people? Not many.
Most folks are WAY too far down the path of domestication to
actually want to sleep in that kind of weather, but I assure you
that once you start doing it - it becomes addictive.
I know people that have gone year round in MN in a tipi
with just the woodstove and warm clothes...obviously
the Native Americans of the Great Plains had worse weather than
my springtime 35F with rain.

luke doing a BD stir in front of the tipi..we just set it up in this photo.

The tipi is the happy medium.
Maybe thats what will be there for a long time.
If I were to actually start a family here, of course there
would have to be an upgrade, but for now with me here by
myself its really perfect. I have a kitchenette, a bed, a place
to hang my stuff and put my stored food...its fine.
And who wants to be inside anyways?
Design more living space OUTSIDE. Fresh air!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

White Clover - ALL OVER

My biggest regret is not knowing the true difference between
red clover and white...I have lots of both growing around,
but the red is so tall and makes it hard to walk around.

On the other side, the white clover stays low, puts out flowers
that the bees just go crazy for, and can really take a landscape
that looks like the surface of the moon and change it into
a lush paradise vibrating with the eager work of honeybees.

This is the pathway leading to the greenhouse and then
the "driveway" which is now car-free.
Raspberries on the left, and fading into red clover
on the right...I just love walking through this everyday.
You have to watch out for the bees though!

I would cover an entire food forest with this.
Fukuoka knew that white clover was the key to fertility.
Whenever there is time to plant a new shrub or tree,
I just pull back the white clover until the space is adequate,
and then just pop in the new plant.

By pulling away some clover, I release lots of
nitrogen into the soil that the clover has fixed from the
the atmosphere into its roots. When you prune the top,
the plant "self-prunes" its own roots...thus feeding its neighbors.

It can handle some shade, and it can take the sun.
It stays low, feeds the bees, feeds the other plants,
and you can eat the flowers and the leaves!
This is a crucial addition to any food forest that has enough
moisture to support it...clover DOES need water.

Plant more and more - you wont regret it!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

June 17 2011

Live your life like you mean it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Moon Landing ponderings again

I go back and forth with this.
Honestly, now I believe at the time in 1969,
it had morphed into such a propaganda machine
that they simply had to produce a successful
landing and the 100% sure-fire way to do it was to fake it.

Why send humans there the first time?
Why the trickery seen in this video???

with Jay Weidner, and he recently produced a film
claiming that Stanley Kubrick was involved in this as well,
and that 1968's "2001: A Space Odyssey" was the prep for that.

WTF? Seriously listen to that interview and do some situps and push ups.
Watch that vid and do some boxing torso twists. Why not?
Multi-task if at all possible.
At least stretch a bit ;)

So where does this leave us?
If this has really been a massive lie for the past 40 years,
what else are these people capable of?
Im sure you can imagine.

if by chance anyone of dark intent is spying
(as if this is really THAT important?)
I would just like to send love to you and ask you
to plant a forest garden for your family and others you care about.
This can truly be a paradise planet and we can all have a really
great time without all the fuss and disappointment.
Sending love to you and yours...

I can't blame the LBJ/Nixon crew for getting this all set up.
Look at the political situation-Russia, Vietnam, China and really
the rest of Asia...definitely an acidic environment that they were
spreading all over the place...people HATED these guys!
One can only wonder what the diets were like...Im sure someone
out there has a good idea...truly the best could have been had them.
Were they ultra-mineralized?
Shining pillars of health due to their financial resources?
Im thinking probably not. No way.
The food-health connection wasn't common until pretty recently.

But to really fake the moon landing? Really?

I get a bad feeling of truth when I watch that vid.
Like when I saw the grassy knoll vids with "badgeman"...
it really makes me feel scared because I just FEEL that
cold spot of evil somehow...yeeeeks!

Sending love to everyone on fb too...it really does fill a person up right?
Damn...I dont blame anyone for forgetting birthdays,
im horrible at it myself to the point of trying to convince others
how trivial it all is lol...ANYWAYS...facebook really gives us that gentle
nudge that can really turn someone's otherwise mundane bday -
(like mine for example...very mellow with parents but PERFECT
for the timing really...truly the perfect thing for me)-
into something that leaves them feeling REALLY good
when they are laying in bed later on that evening.

Sending love!

How do we go from faked moon landings to this? :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

30th Bday Giveaway and THANKS!

This was me a little over 10 years ago! All puffed out on breads and pasta.
Late night eating too...so much factory food! I was working out allot during
this time so that is a HUGE clue as to how WHOLE-istic this life needs to be.

My 20th Bday...Cheesecake! Not a bad option if its grass fed
and the sweetener is of a higher vibration than white sugar.
Think of the omega 3 vs omega 6 in the two different cheesecakes.

After being in this food game - Ive realized that omega 3 is
such a huge part of the game. If you win one of the 30 consultations,
I will definitely mention this. In this post Im going to mention a few things
so EVERYONE can really benefit.
Of course I would love it if you wanted to do a one 2 one consult
where I could give more specific feedback, but I want you all
to know here and now a basic guideline to how I live these days.

I live in a garden with frogs, chipmunks, woodchucks, eagles, and deer.
This is huge. Not only for my lungs but for my soul!
Im barefoot and grounded many hours of the day!
I drink from the underground aquifer 160 feet below this food forest.
So not only am I eating food from the surface that I grow with love,
but Im also drinking the ancient water filtered thru the bedrock below it.

Being a model, I have to have a good blend of lean muscle mass.
Not too big that I cant fit into a well-cut suit for work,
but not to skinny that people would be asking me about my diet
so that they could PROPERLY AVOID IT.

I remember Dawn always telling me how I was so skinny
when we first met - and thats when I thought I was really tuned in too.

I was way too skinny back then...my agent even told me that I looked
like a bobble-head doll! These messages come at the right time.

At first I went to more fat but still raw vegan.
Coconut oil (coconuts in general are just perfect), avocado,
olive oil *check out Rallis olive oil from greece its amazing*...
And that helped...my rollercoaster eating habits were now fading away.
The low fat just had me constantly thinking about food...i would crave and then
eat the worst stuff as if I was a junky...something was not working.

I had really secluded myself from information outside the raw vegan world.
Once I finally tapped into Patrick Timpone at OneRadioNetwork.com
(Support Patrick! The man is putting out so much free info!)
I began to finally expand my horizons.
I heard interviews from ex-vegans who now became more
into the grass-fed Weston Price style diets and their stories
completely mirrored mine. The bad digestion, the cravings...

I decided to try it...starting with Goat Kefir.
As soon as I started to sip it...a lightbulb turned on.
Rarely have I felt that ah-ha moment but it happened then.
Whether it was all the grass-based minerals packaged in that wonderfully
absorbable delivery system known as milk
or maybe it was all the probiotics? Who knows...nevertheless it sent
me on a path and now over two years later I am so happy and
keeping lean muscle mass without so much intense daily exercise.
Im of northern european descent so I can digest lactose easily,
but this was fermented milk...kefir...so the lactose was already gone.

Fat burns CLEAN and slow. Carbs burn fast...whether or not one wants to say
they burn dirty is their opinion, but they do burn fast and I was tired of
constantly eating all damn day. This was so new for me.

So what do I eat now? Egg dishes...with the yolks barely cooked.
I use Franky G's Mexican spice with grass fed cheddar and eggs and
its the most simple but amazing breakfast I make.

I eat a fair amount of Sardines now...usually from Canada.
I like sardines because they are a fish from colder waters
so the human presence is still very low.
In addition to that, they are very low on the food chain,
so they haven't accumulated toxins spewed out by humans.
Brisling sardines (very small ones) would ideally be the best,
having only fed on phytoplankton until they are caught.

Im doing lots of grass fed butter, coconut milk, rhubarb, berries...
Raw milk too. I found a great resource 15 min away so Im hooked!
Ive been making a great coconut soup and at the end i put a big
handful of rhubarb....im going to film it today!!

those are my major supplements besides the green powders,
especially chlorella and spirulina. They are huge!
If you are aiming towards veganism, the Sunwarrior stuff along with
the good fats and hi omega 3 items are CRUCIAL.

Im just speaking from my experience. I got the results I wanted
from these techniques and found it to be far easier than in my
early days of low fat veganism. It could be my body type,
or it could be humanity in general (im nudging towards the second).
I know that its real nutrition that our human bodies AND BRAINS need.
I think thats a big part of it...feeding our brains.
The original ratio for 3 to 6 is 1:1.
The modern diet is around 1:20 or even 1:50.
Inflamed overweight people are the result.

The foods pushed by the "authorities" have very little omega 3s
and simply are loaded with toxins and additives.
I would feel guilty feeding a dog or cat that food - let alone my kids!

SO - for diet - HIGH OMEGA 3 (whether vegan or not)
Chia seeds are high in 3, as are leafy greens as well as macadamia nuts.
Those three items right there all make me very happy.
And for omnivores...animal products coming from animals eating their
natural diet which is completely loaded in Omega 3's and NOT 6's.
Higher fat worked for me bigtime. Try it and see.
Animal products and fermented foods were HUGE for me.

Water - Spring water as much as possible. Become a water snob.
Its what youre made of silly!
No filtered BS at the restaurant if you can help it!
Obviously many systems are very good at filtration, but mama nature...
she does it the best...nice and slow....nice and slow :)
Thank you Daniel, JS and Heidi, and Dhrumil for bringing Findaspring.com
to the world! It is a free resource that is a true gift to all of us willing to
take the MUCH NEEDED steps in these next years!

Working Out -

Here's the key - make it fun.
Check out Tracy Anderson on youtube or Bodyrock TV
Honestly they will kick your butt if you are female OR male.
Check out P90x too...it does work. For everyone.
Eat your superior diet while doing it
and really see the results.

Back to the key about making it fun. I mostly listen to interviews
on Oneradionetwork.com - They are perfect and Im really
able to get the workout done while enjoying what Im listening to.
Of course you can listen to music or watch tv -
Thats it. That way you can keep doing it.
I dont care what a person's workout routine is really like.
I know that if they have the results, its because they
are putting in time and sticking to the curriculum.
Consistently always gets the goods.
And they give it 100% at the end.
Make that last push up or pull up last forever...suspend yourself
in mid air until your muscles are so challenged that you have to stop.
Challenging your muscles (and yourself) is the only way to improve.

Go to the gym if you want to meet someone or enjoy the sauna-
otherwise youre wasting your time and your money -
and really exposing yourself to heaps of kooties in the locker room
and on the equipment - yeech! Too much! Then they spray it all down
with chemicals and all that...NO THANKS.

As for the gardening and permaculture food forests -
we are MEANT to live on a Paradise Planet.
The only question is whether or not you want to co-create
one for your descendants or not. Do it now - seriously.
Sitting around putting it on the back burner is the biggest possible
mistake you can make at a critical time like this.
I dont want to sound too extreme - but in 5 years you will be so
happy that you didnt wait any longer to get things planted and established.

Turning 30 is weird - its all BS calendar stuff anyways but it is a good
time to reflect on the last decade and start to manifest the next.
Im at a critical new chapter in my life - things are rapidly
manifesting and everything is now coming into place.
Everyone is waking up and tuning into the love and abundance
vibration and we are alive to witness it! Send love to each other!

In parting...WE ARE ANGELS.
I kid you not one bit. The cells in your body were once the cells of
the sun and before that the cells of a supernova.
You are walking around on this rock flying thru space.
Accumulated stardust contemplating itself. Pretty cool.

If we can simply (seriously!) tear down the division between Heaven and
Earth (which is just an illusion anyways) then we have arrived.
This is the grandest story HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
Are you on the field or the sidelines? Really?
We have nothing to lose...we are eternally blessed with the gift of life.
Live as if you are in heaven. Do away with your old fearful & lacking self.
That person is gone anyways - everyday you choose who you are
and how you act. We can keep kicking the can or get on with
When talking to people,
when making food,
when driving to work,
when involved in commerce,
when planting your garden with your loved ones...
THINK ANGEL. You are. I know it might sound so cheesy to some,
but if you can really absorb the potential of that thought and simply
start LIVING it...just be nice to people...help others...it will make sense.
When you at last realize that you are helping your self by acting this
way, everything will crystallize. Im sure many of you realize this already.

Some people might say that Ive been too nice to people,
that I might be taken advantage of by some misguided folks.
I say let people try to take advantage of you - they will only let
their nature be shown to you sooner. Be nice no matter what.
Never let the lower vibrations of others bring yours down...
keep the high vibe and send out good energy!
Screw the naysayers lol! Dont be a doormat of course...
have a backbone...but come from love and KNOW
that you are indeed in good hands.

We are so blessed its a joke. Its not even fair really.
Some reading this have seen and maybe even experienced real poverty
in their lives...but many of us get it thru the TV screen.
We have it so good...so good.
Walking thru Kathmandu or Phnom Penh...you see
that we are all just friggin whiners in the west.
Seeing people living so simply really inspired me
to design for simplicity with my garden...
the true teachers are not always so obvious!

So........an early congrats to the winners!
I look forward to helping you along your path!
Eat REAL food, make exercise fun, Replant Paradise in your
heart and in your yard, and know that you really are an Angel.
Now all we have to do is act like it! :)
Enjoy the vid if you havent seen it yet!
Garden more in your undies!