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Archive for November, 2013

The Blogger Returns!

IMG_3865Hello, World!  My 2013 blogging sabbatical was unplanned, but necessary.  An opportunity to lease a 2 acre farm site (with copious quantities of water available) came along at the end of last year, and I jumped.  Needless to say, it takes a lot of energy to create a farm, and much of my time has been devoted to just that.

Bluebird Farm is now well underway, and you will find a new page, listed above, with a description and a few pictures of it.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve also been developing the plan for the 2014 apprenticeship program, which is now ready to unveil.  Drum roll, please!

The short description is below, and a fuller description is on the new Time-Trade Apprenticeship page. Please do pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested.

I’ll be back in a week with a “real” blog.  I’ve done some fun reading in the last few weeks – The Spiritual Life of Water and Secrets of Your Cells being two of the main titles – and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on all kinds of topics.  Yes!

Bluebird Farm is offering a unique, 9-month, farm apprenticeship in 2014. Based on a firm foundation in the best of organic and permaculture strategies and techniques, and with an emphasis on building living soils and integrating animals into farm systems, this program also offers extensive training and experience in shifting from mechanistic-universe thinking modes to holographic, living-universe thinking.

Best suited to those who are seeking to understand the “bigger picture”, this apprenticeship will explore questions such as:

  • What forms of farming are best suited to the ecology of the Sierra foothills?
  • In a quantum-based universe, what role does consciousness play in agricultural systems?
  • What community-based economic models can we build that would support a shift from the food-as-commodity system to a food-as-sacred-connection system?

This program requires a minimum of 8 hours per week commitment for the full 9 months, and is designed to accommodate those who wish to pursue a serious exploration of agriculture while keeping their “day job”.  It is being offered on a time-trade or cash basis, and is open to 8 people maximum.  Full details are on the Time-Trade Apprenticeship page.