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Jeff’s Schedule for February 27 – March 4, 2017

Here’s where I’ll be teaching this week. Come join me!

Monday, February 27, 2017 6-8PM
The Successful Gardener:
A Cut Above: Fruit Pruning for Healthier Food
Reynolds Homestead, Critz, VA
Here’s more info
Pruning is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your fruit-bearing trees bushes and vines. This class covers the basic types of cuts, why to make a pruning cut, choosing the right tools, and how to maintain them. We’ll follow this class with a workshop on the Homestead grounds on March 11.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00-9:00PM.
Agripreneurship Seminar: The Cash & The Cost Share
RCCC’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, 660 Concord Parkway N., Concord 28027
This is a FREE seminar! Here’s more info
Ag Entrepreneurs create new ways of solving problems and creating value while using andprotecting our natural resources. They meet the needs of our society while nourishing our families and developing our communities. They may create new production methods, or even new ways to do business. Tonight we’ll look at how money moves through a business, the ways we can manage the money we have, and how to use government and non-government funding to build a business.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 Farm Business Management
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro,
**This is a curriculum course and registration is closed for the semester.
You can cultivate profit in the same way you cultivate your crops. Good planning helps you work ON your business as much as you work IN your business. Creating and analyzing enterprise and whole farm budgets cultivate the farm’s operation in order to grow your farm’s profits.
This class can be offered at your community college, too. Contact me to find out how.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Patrick County EMG “Master Your Garden” Symposium
Reynolds Homestead, Critz,VA
Information here.
While I’m not speaking this year, I’ll be available all day to answer questions about The Successful Gardener program, The Reynolds Homestead Gardeners, and queries about horticulture in general.

Remember that I’m available for Home Landscape consultations, Farm visits, and small business training and consultation. You can reach me here.

Hope to see you some time this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for February 20-25, 2017

Here’s where I’ll be teaching this week. Come join me!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:00-9:00PM.
Agripreneurship Seminar: The Business & The Certifications
RCCC’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, 660 Concord Parkway N., Concord 28027
This is a FREE seminar! Here’s more info
Ag Entrepreneurs create new ways of solving problems and creating value while using and protecting our natural resources. They meet the needs of our society while nourishing our families and developing our communities. They may create new production methods, or even new ways to do business. Tonight we’ll explore proprietorships, partnerships, & corporations. We’ll also work through Organic certification and food safety GAPs. If you have no idea what any of that means, this class is for you!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10AM-12PM
The Successful Gardener: A Cut Above: Fruit Pruning for Healthier Food
Renfrow Hardware, 188 North Trade Street, Matthews, NC
Here’s more info
Pruning is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your fruit-bearing trees bushes and vines. This class covers the basic types of cuts, why to make a pruning cut, choosing the right tools, and how to maintain them. If weather permits, we’ll be at the farm, so dress for the weather!
To pre-register, call The Successful Gardener at 919-538-5777 or email us at jeff@jeffrieves.com. You can also contact Pressly Williams, 704-847-4088, or pressly@renfrowfarms.com

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 9AM-1150AM
Farm Business Management
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro,
**This is a curriculum course and registration is closed for the semester.

You can cultivate profit in the same way you cultivate your crops. Good planning helps you work ON your business as much as you work IN your business. Creating and analyzing enterprise and whole farm budgets cultivate the farm’s operation in order to grow your farm’s profits.

This class can be offered at your community college, too. Contact me to find out how.

Friday, I’m in the Matthews, NC area, conducting Home, Farm, & Small Business consultations.

Saturday, January 28, 2017. 9:00AM-2:00PM
In the Greenhouse at Renfrow’s!
Renfrow Hardware, 188 North Trade Street, Matthews, NC
Open Wednesday- Friday 8AM-5PM Saturday 8AM-2PM
Here’s more information.

While not a class in the strict sense, I’m glad to answer questions while you’re picking up vegetable, herb, and flower plants. Renfrows has a good selection of fruit trees, berry bushes, and grape vines, too. Plus, they have the best selection of vegetable seeds in the Charlotte metro area.

Remember that I’m available for Home Landscape consultations, Farm visits, and small business training and consultation. You can reach me here.

Hope to see you some time this week!

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Jeff’s Schedule for February 13-18, 2017

This week there are more opportunities to be a Successful Gardener!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:00-9:00PM.
Agripreneurship Seminar: The Customer & The Story
RCCC’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, 660 Concord Parkway N., Concord 28027 This is a FREE seminar! Here’s more info

Ag Entrepreneurs create new ways of solving problems and creating value while using and protecting our natural resources. They meet the needs of our society while nourishing our families and developing our communities. They may create new production methods, or even new ways to do business. Tonight find out where your customers are hiding in plain site and what kind of stories they like to hear. In other words, Markets and marketing.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
I’ll be doing consultations in the Matthews NC area. If you’re interested in learning how to enjoy your garden more, contact me.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, NC
Farm Business Management
**This is a curriculum course and registration is closed for the semester.

You can cultivate profit in the same way you cultivate your crops. Good planning helps you work ON your business as much as you work IN your business. Creating and analyzing enterprise and whole farm budgets cultivate the farm’s operation in order to grow your farm’s profits.

This class can be offered at your community college, too. Contact me to find out how.

Friday, February 17, is open for consults in Piedmont NC. To learn more about becoming a successful gardener yourself, contact me here.

Saturday, February 18, 9:00AM-2:00PM
In the Greenhouse at Renfrow’s!
Renfrow Hardware, 188 North Trade Street, Matthews, NC
Open Wednesday- Friday 8AM-5PM Saturday 8AM-2PM

While not a class in the strict sense, I’m glad to answer questions while you’re picking up vegetable, herb, and flower plants. Renfrows has a good selection of fruit trees, berry bushes, and grape vines, too. Plus, they have the best selection of vegetable seeds in the Charlotte metro area. Here’s more info on Renfrow’s!

͛If you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’ve designed and installed all kinds of landscapes, from formal herb gardens to Permaculture homesteads. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested in a home landscape consultation, contact me here.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

In these times of great opportunity for small business owners, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting theinformation you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT͛S what makes you a Successful Gardener!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Life Lived More Abundantly

We were made for so much more than ordinary Life.
It’s time for us to more than just survive.
We were made to thrive.
From “Thrive” by Mark Hall & Matthew West

It’s time for us to thrive. I believe that. In fact, I believe that it’s long past time for every single one of us to Live an Abundant Life. Obviously, there are things that we’ve accepted as obstacles to our Abundance. They are all of the constructs of society, both ancient and contemporary, that we have believed to be “true”. Simply because something is “the way we’ve always done it” has nothing to do with whether we can change it. All that means is we’ve not come up with the Love to create the change. And Unconditional Love is the thing that will create lasting change.

“That’s easy for you to say. You’re a white guy with a college degree and a supportive family.” You’re exactly right. I do have that privilege. But it’s not easy for me to say. What I want to say is based on my old Personal Mythology of being so pissed off about my life. That life that I was promised by society, dammit! Be a nice guy, work hard, be a loving husband and father, and retire from a steady job that gave me a good retirement. It didn’t work out that way for me, and for a long time, I have been mightily pissed off about it. If I didn’t live the American Dream as a white guy, I cannot imagine what it’s like for other folks.

But being pissed off never did me any good. Because just like a lot of the way society works, it’s not based in Love. It’s based in fear and anger. Why did people band together in the first place? For security. Sure, we’re social beings, but we gathered into tribes because of fear. We were scared and mad about other creatures taking from us, including taking our lives. Power, and then politics, evolved out of that fear. Nations grew from fear. Economic theories grew from fear. And yes, I’ll say it, religions grew out of fear, too. I know there are exceptions, but not many. And the louder and more stridently we say, “MY religion/nation/economic system is the exception” usually proves that it isn’t an exception.

Argue about this all you want, the main point is, WE are responsible for this world. We created it just the way it is. And WE are also responsible for straightening this stuff out. “Oh, no, not me. I’ve always been a good person.” Ever voted against somebody because you were AFRAID of the other candidate? How about joining a group because you were afraid of what might happen if you didn’t do something? That’s what I’m talking about. We do things based in fear, not Love. If we put all our energy out into the world based in fear, that means we are surrounded by fear, stress, anger, greed, discrimination, and violence. When modern society’s ills are talked about, those are the causes that are most often mentioned.

Before you jump to any conclusions about what I’m proposing, I don’t think we should do away with any government, religion or philosophy, unless it proves that it cannot be lived in Love. And let me be clear about the type of Love I mean. Simply, as Dr. King wrote, “the understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all… It is a love that seeks nothing in return.” Simple and straightforward, isn’t it? That part is easy. It’s letting go of all the fear we’ve accumulated over the centuries that gets tough. And then add all of the assorted bullshit that we, as individuals, have lived and are scared shitless of, and we have some real work to do.

“That’s just too much. There’s no way that we can create that kind of change.” But there is, and it is possible for every person on this planet. For the more cynical among you, please note that I said “possible”, not probable. But just because we don’t see a possibility today, does NOT mean one doesn’t exist. That possibility exists in Love exercised at a personal level.

Change, real change, nearly always starts at the individual level. This is not new (nothing I’m writing about today is), but isn’t widely known. But think about it. Where has the biggest impact in your life come from; a change to YOU personally or to society in general? Individual impact is always greater, regardless of the source of change. It’s a direct impact. It’s that level of change that will have the greater impact in living from Love as opposed to fear.

How will we manage to do this? We begin with Faith. I’m not talking about Faith in God (though that will be a BIG help), but about Faith in the Power of Love. Then we realize it’s Faith in the Power of Love to change US. That could be scary, but that’s where the Faith part comes in handy. It gives us courage to do the work of change that begins inside of us. That’s to accept ourselves as we are.

Acceptance is not saying that anything and everything that we might do or might have done is OK. It’s saying that WE are OK, regardless of our actions. The OK part is often referred as the Divine part of our being. If you aren’t comfortable with that, it can be the pure energy that we are made of, that our whole world is made of. What this step gives us is a common source of existence. From there we are better able to offer forgiveness to ourselves for not being the perfect person we wanted to be. Maybe a better way to say this is we are able to let go of that perfect person. Because that perfection, too, is based in fear, not love.

We then work to really love ourselves, not judging ourselves constantly, understanding that we are creating this Life we lead as we go. For me, at least, this is where Intentions come in. Intentions are the “I AM” statements that I use to create My Life. This was inspired from The New Testament’s Book of Galatians, Chapter 5 (RSV).

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”

Saying, “I AM Love. I AM Joy. I AM Peace. I AM Patience. I AM Kindness. I AM Goodness. I AM Faithfulness. I AM Gentleness. I AM Self-control.” on a regular basis creates what your really are, or at least what you want to be. I’ve added more as time as gone on, because I find it quite beneficial. These statements create that kind of energy around me. Plus, these words, as they are repeated, begin to create new neural pathways in our minds, eventually setting these states of being as OUR state of being.

I have to say here that this has not been a quick process for me. Old patterns of thought have to be worked around and eventually let go of. But it’s a practice that I have committed to, and am seeing the results of. Slow or not, it’s been worth it. But do have patience with yourself.

I call this process, “getting a Master’s in Spiritual Alchemy”, or the more common, “gettin’ my shit together”. As I have become a more Loving person, a Patient, Peaceful person, I approach the world differently. And here’s where the change in your world begins. If you approach the world with Love, you’ll see the world differently. As you experience the world with Peace, you’ll have more empathy for others. You’ll have similar encounters to Life as everybody else, from heavy traffic to divided politics, but you won’t approach them with fear, but with Love. (In the spirit of full disclosure, that traffic one has taken me a while.)

Living a Life of Unconditional Love does not mean being passive. In fact, it seems to require me to take more responsibility for both My Life and the world I Live in. I certainly see more opportunities to create My Life and My World. And in the midst of all of that creativity, the opportunity to Thrive. As a Loving person, that Abundance gives me the opportunity to share it with others. When enough of us do this, the world we live in begins to change, especially as we Live our Lives in Love. As I realized this, I’ve added new Intentions – “I AM Generous”. And “I AM Humbleness”, to remind me we are all the same, regardless of circumstance.

I have to say my favorite is “I AM Grateful”. My Life is much richer for what I’ve learned. Yours can be too.

REMEMBER – Love is all we need. Because it will help us take care of the rest.

Inspired by Jesus, Gandhi, MLK, and many more Loving people.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for February 6-11, 2017

This week there’s a bit of a schedule change while I teach in Concord NC. Here are the details.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6:00-9:00PM.
Agripreneurship Seminar: The Agripreneur & The Idea
RCCC’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, 660 Concord Parkway N., Concord 28027
This is a FREE seminar! Here’s more info

Ag Entrepreneurs create new ways of solving problems and creating value while using and protecting our natural resources. They meet the needs of our society while nourishing our families and developing our communities. They may create new production methods, or even new ways to do business. Tonight you’ll discover the skill set of the Agripreneur, get some of the basics of those skills, and learn to recognize opportunity when it appears.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
I’ll be doing consultations in the Matthews NC area. If you’re interested in learning how to enjoy your garden more, contact me.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, NC Farm Business Management
**This is a curriculum course and registration is closed for the semester.

You can cultivate profit in the same way you cultivate your crops. Good planning helps you work ON your business as much as you work IN your business. Creating and analyzing enterprise and whole farm budgets cultivate the farm’s operation in order to grow your farm’s profits.

This class can be offered at your community college, too. Contact me to find out how.

Friday is open for consults in Piedmont NC. To learn more about becoming a successful gardener yourself, contact me here.

͛If you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’ve designed and installed all kinds of landscapes, from formal herb gardens to Permaculture homesteads. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested in a home landscape consultation, contact me here.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

In these times of great opportunity for small business owners, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT͛S what makes you a Successful Gardener!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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