Creating a Vision, Taking Initiative, and Making Things Happen
“The vast population of this earth, and indeed nations themselves, may readily be divided into three groups. There are the few who make things happen, the many more who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Every human being is born into this third and largest group; it is for himself, his environment and his education to determine whether he shall rise to the second group or even to the first.” - Nicholas Murray Butler, 1931
What a beautiful rainy day it is on this fantastic day in April. Four years ago, as of the 15th of April, Nature’s Roots Farm was conceived, and the road was cleared for where we are today. Things didn't happen overnight. Our vision started over ten years ago when we lived in Huntington Beach, CA where I was going through the Dietetics Program at Cal State: Long Beach. My dream at that time was to help folks learn about nutrition and where their food came from so that they could live healthy and happy lives. As I made my way through the program, I learned some things that derailed those dreams. Things like how the Dietetics Program at Cal State was sponsored by Monsanto, Coca-Cola and Pepsi to name a few, like many other programs across the United States. At one point we were taught by the head Dietitian of the program in a lecture that high fructose corn syrup was not as bad for your health as some nutritional reports were stating at the time as well as a bunch of other corporate sponsored nonsense. At the same time, I was reading Joel Salatin and learning about regenerative agriculture on my own and learning about holistic and organic gardening as well as urban farming from my rugby coach. I was conflicted but I knew deep down that what was being taught at the university was a bunch of corn-fed bull crap (grass-fed bulls crap actually doesn't smell.) I made a decision to bail on the program and pursue my true dreams of leading folks to healthy food produced regeneratively.
After the stint at Cal State, I spring-boarded my learning and development into larger scale regenerative food production and entered an internship at Full Circle Farm in Live Oak, Florida. I received amazing hands-on training and education from my entire experience at Full Circle Farm. After the four-month internship, I stayed for an additional 3 years where I started a forest raised pork business under the Full Circle Farm umbrella and all the while still developing my vision to have my own farm one day.
In 2015, Angela and I were offered an opportunity to purchase 50 acres in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina. We jumped on the opportunity and started to see our vision come to fruition. Little by little we started our farm business and started adding on peripheral operations to create a diversified farm operation.
Today we have a small herd of dairy cows, gardens, mixed fruit and tree orchards, egg layers, pigs, a sawmill for processing lumber and a brick oven so that we can create beautiful meals for our family and offer a social and educational space for others to learn and enjoy. We made that happen on our own without government assistance. We pushed through when folks doubted our dreams. Now we are where we are today because of that drive to self-educate and acknowledge that we had a broken food system. All to be able to teach others and offer high quality nutrient dense foods for our family, friends, and patrons. It has been a true and amazing journey to be able to do all these things and continue to develop and hone our skills to try to be better today and in the future. Best of all, you can do the same things and make your own dreams come true!Finally, we are working to compile a before and after collage of photos from our farm and will share that with you soon! Have a great week!