Of course there is the classic “Pay in Forward” concept but there are some other ideas emerging too.
Ideas like a depreciating currency, a yin & yang economy, time banks and bit coin were all new to me.
I also was told: If your product has value you should charge for it. And to find people whose strengths are my weaknesses.
I also got to enjoy a lovely concert from one of my favorite groups Avasa & Matty Love. There was even a cool former Disney artist doing live sketchings… it was a really artistic party!
On the way home I had some lovely conversations in the airport, however the plan was not full so I sat alone on the ride back. I edited photos and pondered my trip. While flying it occurred to me that when it is dark I could be 1 000 000 miles off the ground and never know how high I really am.
Before we left Glade I made Steve and Randy take me to their backyard to see their massive compost operation and their backyard garden setup.
Steve compared making compost to baking a cake. His strategy is to put a layer of hay, a layer of grass clipping or leaves or yard waste and a layer of food waste (if I recall correctly). The hay helps to create heat which helps the food waste to break down. He also recommended peeing on your compost. Pee has nitrogen which speeds decomposition and helps to create heat. They keep a thermometer in the compost to see if it is getting hot enough.
They have several bins going and once the compost is done they move it around into a bin for compost which is ready to go into the garden. They also showed me some of their growing techniques.
These tomato plants grow upwards on the strings which guide them.
I love Steve and Randy, they are beautiful people living a beautiful life.
On the drive back a lightening storm started. It was so amazing to be surrounded by the awesome power of nature. We passed two mountain deer (slightly different than the “city deer” in Grand Forks hehe).
Let’s say I grow some strawberries. Then I wash them and eat them. Of course I choose not to eat the leaves so I compost them. I wait until the compost is ready to be used a fertilizer and then I spread it back on the strawberry plant.
In a way the strawberry plant is eating old strawberry remains…