Reaping Root Value


When we focus on root value… everything can change.  See why below.

Here is why… when we focus on root value… everything can change.

Root value is value at its most important level… the place where a little improvement makes huge changes.  I mean monumental shifts.

Last week we looked at the best worst book entitled “Anastasia” I have ever read in the message “Micro Business Strategies From Siberia“.

As literary Anastasia is poorly composed… but an absolute must read… incredible having sold 10 million copies and covering so eloquently the concept of searching for root value.

When we invest or start a business we need to look for value… but if we find root value instead profits… potential… fulfillment… positivity expand exponentially.

Many call this watering the roots. This can be bad or… really good.

Take the problem of global nutrition as an example.  This is a problem of quality versus quantity.  The world has a growing population so more food is required.  The solution has been monocropping and centralized distribution.  Monocropping a high-yield single crop yearly on the same land seems economically efficient but damages soil and increases crop vulnerability to opportunistic insects, plants, and microorganisms. This form of food production requires increased pesticides and artificial fertilizers.

Central distribution forces early harvest (when food has not reached it maximum nutritional value) and requires enormous expenditures of energy for transportation and storage.

The problems associated with these systems compound as they breakdown as all systems eventually do.  One way to overcome the loss of coherence is adding more pesticides, more artificial fertilizers, more longer distribution… just like one way to resolve too much pressure on a damn is to build a bigger damn… until the damn or the system breaks.

The alternative is to go back to the root… in this case the need for growing amounts of  sustainable nutritious food.

We can see many alternatives.

The website foodurbanism.com shows two great alternatives and says:  As part of the 5th International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Test Site has included the city’s first rooftop garden on top of the Schieblock building. The garden houses vegetables. herbs and bees, with the produce being distributed to local restaurants and in the future their own shop.   23.4 meters above the Schiekade, the Dakakker’s goal is to turn Downtown Rotterdam into a district that is a source of fresh produce for the neighborhood. In a city with high vacancy rates in its downtown area, any community-building strategy is a positive development.

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The Rotterdam Test Site.

Another article a foodurbanism.com says:  In 2003 the Russian President signed into law a further “Private Garden Plot Act” enabling Russian citizens to receive free of charge from the state, plots of land in private inheritable ownership. Sizes of the plots differ by region but are between one and three hectares each [1 hectare = 2.2 acres]. Produce grown on these plots is not subject to taxation. A further subsequent law to facilitate the acquisition of land for gardening was passed in June 2006.

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Russian Private Garden.

It is estimated that much more than half of Russia’s vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat is produced on these plots.

Though almost half the voters in the USA were disappointed last week.   Maybe though, the White House has one thing right… its organic kitchen garden and it program of teaching children to grow their own food.  Let’s hope this model is highlighted more!

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White House Organic Kitchen Garden.

There are precedents for an expansion of good nutritional ideas from the White House.

In 1918 to highlight food rationing, President Wilson and his wife brought sheep to graze and fertilize the White House lawns. During World War II the Roosevelts planted a White House victory garden.  During that time about 40 percent of America’s vegetables came from Victory gardens.

Perhaps humanity can learn to feed itself sustainably without the pressure of war. Let’s hope so.

There is a commercial alternative to the nutrition problem as well called Community Supported Agriculture or CSA.

The Localharvest.org website says: Community Supported Agriculture.  Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Advantages for farmers:

* Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
* Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
* Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

*  Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
*  Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
*  Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
*  Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
*  Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

Looking for root value goes beyond thinking outside the box.  Root value thinking looks at the making of the box… searching for its beginnings, its structure, substructure and its real meaning.  From this new ideas (or often old ones used in modern ways) recreate an entire system economy or society.

This for those who would like to look at Ecuador farm property.

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Imagine having a multi dimensional opportunity like this.

There are opportunities to own an Ecuador farm with a combination of beach front and agriculture.

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Delegates visiting Ecuador farm on beachfront with multi dimensional opportunity.

Living on your own multi dimensional farm can help you tap into root values so we have added Ecuador small farm tours to our catalog.  Click here to read more on Ecuador Small Farm tour details.

When you find investments or business ideas that water the roots… then you have discovered the greatest opportunity of all… in every way… the root value.

Gary

Learn more about finding root value in a microbusiness that uses writing at our December 1-2-3,  (we have 2 spaces left) or join us March 15-16-17, 2013 Florida, Writer’s Camps.

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webmaster's garden

Learn to tap root values and earn with writing as our webmaster does.  The photo above is of his home and sustainable garden where he also writes, records and manages websites.

Read more at foodurbanism.com

www.localharvest.org/csa/

More information about CSAs

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