We all struggle with balancing our footprints in the process of keeping up.
Many readers mention their concerns about the organic status the environment and about their food supply… especially concerns about GMO foods.
We all want a healthier environment yet we are all caught up competing in business or in our job in a world where many competitors have short term advantages from short term thinking and short term efficiencies created by the big agri community.
Those who take short term short cuts often appear to be living more productively.
They appear to be living faster. If we walk everywhere, we may be healthier and stamp a lower carbon footprint, but others who drive get more places faster. We have to drive also to keep up.l
How can we fight such facts?
One way is to have our own multi dimensional life that we run from home… and where we grow our own food.
Merri and I run publishing businesses from a farm and an orange grove and an Ecuador cloud forest. Our webmaster, David Cross, provides a website and voiceover service but produces 60% of his families food supply organically.
This is why we have encouraged David to develop his watertheroots.com website. Here we share that site’s most recent post that provides some seeds of wisdom about seeds and an offer that can help you have more of your own organic food.
Let’s all get some seeds and beat the big agri businesses by being small… organic and self reliant by being organic and multi dimensional!
What Did Julia Child Know About Gardening?
Why should you start growing your own food, and how can you get started quickly? In this article I show you how you could be eating your own, home-grown food in less than four weeks, and I also tell how you can get free organic vegetable, herb or fruit seeds for the next month from one of the best organic suppliers in the USA.
The reason I started growing and rearing my own food is that I love cooking, and I decided that I wanted the freshest, tastiest ingredients all grown without harmful chemicals and using seeds that aren’t genetically messed around with.
My first memory of cooking was standing on a chair next to my mum, and adding ingredients as she made a cake. Here’s a photo taken in 1967 of me and my sister, Ruth, scraping a bowl of cake mix.
Many years later and I am now doing the same thing with our daughters, Sequoia (6), and Teeka (4). They stand next to me on two chairs – or I hold them – while we learn to cook together.
Our cooking education has become quite a multifaceted adventure, and in addition to growing and cooking our food together we enjoy reading recipe books and looking at the photos. of dishes and they decide what they’d like to cook. Also, Last summer Teeka discovered a fascination with seed catalogs which she frequently enjoys as bedtime reading material! “Next year I want to grow that, that and…this. Mmmm…I think this would be delicious…” she said one evening while looking at different types of broccoli.
We recently discovered that my Amazon Prime account contained every season of Julia Child’s The French Chef dating back to 1963, and this winter we’ve often sat by a nice log fire in the evening and watch an episode. At Thanksgiving last year when I asked the girls what they wanted to eat, their reply was not “Pizza and fries!” but “Boeuf Bourguignon…with elk!“
And so on Thanksgiving morning we cooked a classic Boeuf Bourguignon with elk we’d hunted together the previous fall. We used vegetables from our own garden and I had a beer I brewed myself. For dessert we enjoyed apple crumble with apples from our little orchard and made custard (Crème anglaise) with our own eggs and milk from our friend’s farm. Everything was absolutely delicious and great fun to make together.
A Quiet Revolution
Julia Child revolutionized how an entire generation of people in the US cook. Writer Diane Jacob notes in her excellent book Will Write for Food that:
“After taking cooking classes in France, Julia Child opened a cooking school in Paris with two Frenchwomen (sic). Many of the students were American, and soon Child decided to write a manual of French cooking for them. Her radical idea was that all ingredients should be available in the United States, and that readers should learn French cooking techniques.“
By imparting simple skills using available ingredients Julia Child helped to take away the feeling of being overwhelmed, and made it easy for anyone to cook delicious meals using fresh ingredients. If she’d insisted that people must first locate authentic French ingredients her approach would have been far less accessible and The French Chef would have probably ended after one series. The point is that using available ingredients is the key.
My goal here is to help you get started and to share our own journey with you. We have a small (six acres) farm and my first year of growing three tomato plants, one chili plant and two zucchini plants “As an experiment” has grown into me now farming a half acre of vegetables and rearing our own organic eggs and meat.
But I don’t want that to put you off!
I hope that this is obvious but…you don’t need a farm to get started!
Start Growing Your Own Food…Now
Last weekend we sat down with some seed catalogs from my favorite seed and gardening suppliers and made a list of everything we’d like to grow this year. Last year we grew about 27 types of plants. This year we have a list of over 58 types of plants that we want to grow which – added to apples, pears, cherries, grapes, raspberries and blueberries (oh, and blackberries which grow wild around here) – brings us to a list of 65 different plants…fruits, herbs and vegetables.
Here’s a copy of the page in my notebook that Sequoia enjoyed transcribing as we all shouted out the names of plants we want to grow. We even found an olive tree that should grow in Oregon.
Even in the mid-winter as I write this we still have fresh Swiss chard, spinach, tatsoi, potatoes, turnips, cilantro, carrots and beets, and it’s only a few days before we start planting seedlings again for the spring and summer.
But I don’t want that to put you off! In my first year I grew just three types of plants (tomatoes, chili and zucchini) and if all you do this year is to start growing just one plant you’ll have made a start. And that is what is most important…to make a start. Getting something in motion is the part that requires the most energy.
Start Small, Start Now
There’s an old joke about a visitor in London who asks a cab driver for directions on how to get to Buckingham Palace. “Well, if I was going there I wouldn’t start here!” quips the cab driver.
Although you may enjoy eating asparagus, artichokes, carrots or cauliflower, if I was just starting out I wouldn’t necessarily begin gardening by growing these veggies; they can take time to develop (asparagus) or be a little temperamental to grow (cauliflower).
One of the simplest types of vegetables to start growing are leafy green vegetables or salad leaves. In fact, you can even grow them inside your house or apartment. Anything such as:
- Lettuce leaves
- Mustard greens
- Salad mix
These will grow well in most environments and be ready to eat relatively quickly – you can start eating some types of lettuce in less than four weeks!
You can start a small plant pot or even old yoghurt containers almost anywhere in your home where there is natural light; on a windowsill or shelves by a natural light source can work well. They will also grow in cooler environments (not frosty…grow the indoors or under cover in that case).
Free Organic Seeds to Get You Started
I spoke to my friends at Peaceful Valley and mentioned that I was writing an article on starting to grow your own vegetables, and they’ve kindly agreed to send you two FREE packets of organic vegetable, fruit or herb seeds – whatever you like, but why not start with lettuce, green leafy vegetables…something simple and quick to get you started. (Valid until February 17, 2013.) Pretty cool!
I make nothing from this offer, and I am really happy to recommend Peaceful Valley. I’ve shopped there personally for two or three years, and their products are great, they are always friendly and enthusiastic to help, and have always been able to answer my questions. They’ve also some great videos and helpful hints on gardening at their website.
Here’s a selection of veg I grew last year with organic seeds I bought from them:
Gardening is a fun way to spend family time together and to educate your children about where their food comes from. Growing their own food is a great life skill and who knows what the world’s food supply will be like in 20 years?
Here’s a photo. of Teeka and some of the potatoes and turnips that she planted, which were also seeds we bought from Peaceful Valley:
How to Get Your FREE Organic Seeds
To get your free organic seeds (valid until February 17, 2013) and also win a chance to have a box of organic veg. from my garden shipped to you free, simply sign-up for my Water the Roots newsletter. You will immediately receive the coupon for your free seeds, and you’re welcome to remove your name from my newsletter immediately if you wish. If you choose to stay subscribed you’ll be entered into the drawing for a free box of organic vegetables.
Remember to get your free organic seeds and use the coupon before February 17.
Learn how to enhance your multidimensional business with writing and publishing.
Writer’s Camps – Recorded on MP3Learn how to learn how to wrote and self publish from our recorded Writer’s Camp…
Seven P Secrets of Self PublishingHere are seven secrets that can help you earn as a writer and self publisher.
When you write, you can work anywhere. Here I am working in my greenhouse.
Gain the freedom to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.
These seven secrets are important because growing numbers of unknown writers have become famous writers and rich by self publishing over the internet.
Take for example Amanda Hocking. After self publishing her first book at Amazon.com in the spring of 2010 she became one of the the best-selling e-authors. In the next year her book sales grossed approximately $2 million.
In 2011, St. Martin’s press paid Hocking more than $2 million for the world English rights of a four book series. In 2013 she sold another series to St. Martin’s Press.
E.L. James is another such story. She sold 250,000 copies of “50 Shades” via Createspace and Amazon.com before publishers noticed her and published the erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed which sold over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time.
Hugh Howey is a third example. He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks. Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon. This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.
I know Hugh. Sometimes we get together at my farm and play chess (he beats me badly).
These writers are great inspirations.
Hugh’s success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person. He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.
Neither you or I are likely to have this type of success. The good news is… we do not need this type of success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle. Self Publishing offers so many opportunities that one can have a life that most people only dream of as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.
May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.
What most success stories like those of Hugh Howey or E.L James or Amanda Hocking rarely explain how many hours of writing each devoted before their self published book sales soared. They were journeymen first… stars second.
The sevens secrets are the journeyman secrets… call them a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income and fulfillment.
Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.
Merri and I are not writing stars. We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in a year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.
Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars. Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.
In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably for you too. First some history.
Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts” about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in. This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.
My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.
That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.
Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.
Self Publishing has become a new business art form and the seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.
Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing. Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology. Everything seems new… except the seven secrets. Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many. We love it due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps. The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.
The First P is Passion.
Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing. This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted in life. Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all, you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets on writing to sell.
You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget. Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.
So the question is… What do you love to do?
What’s Your Passion: An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain? He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms. For example: “What Is Whip Lash?”
The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read. These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.
There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business. It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.
Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.
I’m passionate about investing, so I write and self publish ideas about investing. Merri and I love Ecuador… so we wrote about Ecuador.
What do you love? If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf. Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art? Write and sell publications in these fields.
Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues? You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.
Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place? Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.
Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.
This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers. To be immersed in our passion and get paid well for it. That usually enough.
The seven Ps are:
#4: Profitably Priced Product
#5: Prospecting Pathway
In 1974, I had a business that never got ahead. I was almost penniless, in debt and living from hand to mouth. Then I discovered these seven secrets. They helped me write and sell book after book and report after report. Since then, our self publishing business has brought in millions.
One key to building a successful self publishing business is to use the Golden Rule of Simplicity and the 7Ps to create your publication. The premise behind the Golden Rule is that if you have a passion… you have a problem. Your problem is a desire to fill.
The Golden rule of writing uses a writer’s desire as a compass to direct the creation and sale of the publication.
Here is the Golden Rule of Simplicity: Your Desires Are in Others. Your Desires ID Markets. Your Habits Reveals Pathways. Your Emotions Create Stories. Your Demands Create Publications.
This creative pathway works whether your publication is written by hand and sold on the street corner or published for Kindle at Amazon.com. These simple but basic fundamentals guide the creation of your works whether you use the most sophisticated equipment and algorithms or are totally low tech.
The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar. We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled. People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.
Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience. We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.” Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.
Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.
You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you. The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop. I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299. You save $598.
We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .
These courses are not theoretical. They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now. We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.
This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course. The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business. This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.
Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business. Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.
Here is a special offer. We provide two emailed courses “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.
We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell. In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process.
Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product.
You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).
David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s. He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.
You can learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.
For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners. He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.
David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small. From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.
David is an essential part of our web based business and Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc. wrote: “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”
As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.
David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use. In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.
There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding. Expand your borders now! Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.
If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days. You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.
You also receive a report “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.
Plus you get more in the program.
You receive the Report, “How to Finance a Small Business Overseas” (no extra fee).
Merri and I have always preferred to start our micro businesses through cash flow. However in the early the days of our business I found myself raising extra capital several times. I have also helped numerous businesses raise money to get started. This report shares several experiences to give a thumbnail sketch of how to raise money abroad.
In addition you receive any updates we make on any of these courses reports or recordings, free for a year. Businesses usually need to evolve. Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses. Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year. We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.
My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:
- “International Business Made EZ” course
- “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
- Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
- The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
- The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
- Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
- Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.
We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .
To order International Business Made EZ and the entire “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program for $299. Click Here.