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Doing The Work

We all at some time or another have great ideas. The ‘eureka’ moments that we want to share with the world. Often this comes from a long time spent in a certain field of study or from out of nowhere. This is the beginning of greatness for some. For others this is as far as it goes. The moment comes and without action it’s just a memory. Fear prevents us from taking action on these potentially genius ideas or we expect others to do the work while we sit back and muse. 

Thinkers and doers can no doubt have very different personalities. It’s those who can not only think but also do that reach their full potential. You’ve probably heard of the knowing and doing gap. I know what I need to do but yet I do nothing or do the opposite is how it plays out most of the time. What I’ve found to be the best approach is to start.Thoughts develop into action. Being intentional and writing down your ideas is action. As time permits you can revisit those ideas instead of wondering what they were. Setting aside time to work on your ideas is a great practice. Once your consistently taking action things begin to come together. 

It’s the Do The Work podcast series by Diego Footer that has inspired me to write this post. It’s his approach to life that I feel can make alot of difference in bridging the gap between having an idea and making it a reality. He signs off each episode with a simple message to his listeners. “Be nice, be thankful, & do the work”

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Observation of Natural Patterns & Chuck Norris Wood

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to go along with a couple friends on a weekend caming trip. They took me to a semi local destination that I heard alot about. It was close to Cheaha State Park in Alabama. The name was High Falls / Odum trailhead. We left early that Saturday morning heading out for adventure. It took less than two hours for us to arrive at the parking lot located at the bottom of the trail. With our gear on our backs we set out up the hilly terrain to my friends favorite camp site. 
Once we located the campsite we began to unpack our things and prep for the cold night ahead. The forecast was calling for 28°F that night and it might have even been colder. The wind direction was hard to pin point due to the terrain around us. We eventually settled on the primary wind pattern and placed their tent and my hammock close to a natural wind break. 

After we had our sleeping arrangements made we grabbed our water bottles, filter pumps, and Lifestraw and headed down to the water. The water was crystal clear with a soft blue green hue that took my breathe away. The constant flow of water cascading down the large waterfalls was hypnotic. Large rocks and boulders dominated the landscape adding to its beauty. I noticed several budding brushes in the sunny areas where the rock and water meet. The edge where the beneficial components came together was allowing life to thrive. We spent the rest of the day climbing rocks, exploring, and meditating. 

Cascading falls oxygenating the water

It was good to disconnect from the world and connect with nature. I noticed several wild berry bushes along certain areas. In other areas I saw how indigenous trees had continued to grow ontop of boulders. They didn’t give up fighting to live even in these harsh conditions. The wood of those trees was very dense, near impossible to break, and loaded with btu’s. I’m still reseaching to determine the actual name of the tree but for now we will call it Chuck Norris tree.  The monoculture pines that were meant to replace them however did ok until they got to the edge where the ‘Chuck Norris’ trees thrived. The top layer of soil was visibly superior where the planted pines had not taken over. The mentals notes of all I had observed will help me in the on going design of the Path To Permaculture farmstead.

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Forest To Farm To Fruition! 

It was around this time last year that we decided to host a workshop on inoculating logs for mushroom cultivation. The we I refer to here is our amazing local permaculture group. Path To Permaculture began planning the event for the following February. Some of us would need to order the spawn and wax. Others located items such as crockpots, drills, table, cords, and things such as brushes. Everyone came together to harvest the trees we would need. We teamed up with www.eatsouth.com to host the event in downtown Montgomery, Al. This allowed us to bring in more people from the local community who were also interested. Jayme Oates of www.farmscapesolutions.com did a wonderful job of introducing us to the whole process as our presenter. I will admit it was work inoculating a trailer load of green logs. Everyone got involved and everyone got to bring home a log! I was impressed at the teamwork of all those individuals coming together to do the hard work regardless of their differences, that may separate them any other day. Now it was going to be a waiting game for us newbie mushroom cultivators. I admit it crossed my mind a few times that the logs might not make it due to the awful drought we experienced this year. Making use of the logs instead for firewood never was an option for me. I had seen people work so hard to make this a reality. I keep my share of logs well shaded and in more humid areas of my property the entire time. It was a recent post by a friend in north Alabama that triggered me to take a closer look at my logs. She had hosted a similar workshop around the same time as ours. The logs they had made were beginning to fruit. Instead of my casually glancing at the logs as I walked by I took a closer look at what I had today. What I had was home grown shiitake! Seeing our idea come to fruition one year after taking action kicks ass!

Can’t wait to cook a flush of my shiitake up for dinner one night soon.