Problem: we don’t have an ecologically produced source of almonds.
Even the organic farms we buy from are monocultures.
Solution: create biodiverse food forests from which to source the nuts and seeds that we use for our products.
What I want for my 27th birthday: you to help us sprout Almondia, the world’s first ecological almond orchard!
This would be the best birthday gift ever. I bet you or some people you know could help give it to me!
We call our open source business model “Nourishing the Roots.” The model works like this: a food product company creates demand for ingredients and starts generating revenue in their product sales. Revenue is used to support or establish an ecological agriculture project that wholesomely grows ingredients for the company. The cycle is established: land feeding company feeding people feeding land.
Excess revenues can be used to support and establish further orchards. In this way, we will create self-seeding systems of abundance that nourish Life at every level in every step of the production and consumption processes.
Planting Almondia would allow us to become vertically integrated as the first nut and seed butter company to source its nuts and seeds from an ecological food forest rather than from industrial scale monocultures. The problems of almond monoculture cannot be understated.
California orchards produce 85% of the world’s almonds, but unfortunately the status quo of large scale almond monoculture is detrimental to the health of the trees, bees, ecosystems, and people involved (even when it’s organic, though to a lesser degree). Nature does not work in monocultures; neither should we, if we hope for true abundance and resiliency.
I am working on writing an article detailing these facts, but in the meantime, I would recommend reading this article on the drought and California almonds as well as watching the documentary More Than Honey. This film chronicles the largest human-induced pollination event on the planet, which happens every spring when beekeepers nationwide ship their bees to pollinate California’s almond orchards. This event is a major contributing factor to Colony Collapse Disorder, which has been decimating bee populations.
Why make it the distant goal of our company to establish an orchard with money that will come slowly over time, when we already have a company whose connections could sprout an orchard NOW? Why individually plan to make a better world later when we know we need to act together to create one NOW?
Once we have one example established, we will continue to sprout a vibrant network of Permaculture orchards as quickly, powerfully, and abundantly as the thousands of seeds we sprout every day. Can you imagine re-creating California’s Central Valley into the abundant cornucopia that it was before modern extractive agriculture laser-leveled it into a desert??
Given that this new Aries moon happening today is such a powerful time to plant seeds of intention in this astrological new year, and the fact that my 27th birthday was yesterday, why not ask the universe for something I really want? I am requesting help from your portion of this great universe to attract a parcel (or parcels!) of land on which we can plant our food forests!
The land can be anywhere that has the climate (and the water!) to support almond trees. I am looking for collaborators in this project, including landowners, financial wizards, and land use wizards helping on the ground with design and implementation.
For an example of farm-scale Permaculture that already exists in a different part of the world, see my favorite land use wizard Mark Shepard’s video, look at his New Forest Farm in Wisconsin, or read his book “Restoration Agriculture.”
I recently had the privilege of participating in a two-day workshop with Mark on creating drought-tolerant food forests. I learned beyond any shadow of a doubt that not only is this new type of perennial polycultural food production possible, but it is happening now!
We are collaborating to form a network of Permaculture food growers and manufacturers and we need more folks to get involved with this pursuit. For conscious consumers, sourcing food from holistically sustainable biodiverse farms represents the next level of conscious consumption.
How can you help us manifest an ecological food production system? Any thoughts, connections, land to utilize, or other offerings would be much appreciated. Email me at tim(at)thephilosophersstoneground.com with your contribution to this piece of the mysterious Universe puzzle.
Remember that real wealth comes in the form of clean air, pure water, healthy soil, and rich symbiotic relationships between all the organisms that share Life on this planet.