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Jeff’s Schedule for March 27- April 2, 2017

In the midst of the busyness of Spring, I use My Intentions to make the choices that direct my actions. In doing so, I create My Life. At some point, I have to let go of all this creative energy so that it can shape, and in turn, be shaped by, all of the energy put out by other folks. When I truly let go, I am taking a step of Faith that My Work will return to me with some kind of value for both the world and myself.
This is a week of busyness for me, and I’ve created a week of events and classes that I hope will bring something of value to you!

Monday, March 27, 2017 6-8PM
Successful Gardener at the Homestead
Reynolds Homestead, Critz, VA
“Getting a head start: Early spring gardens”
There are lots of ways to extend the gardening season. We’ll look at ways to grow food earlier in the year and have more fresh food from your garden!
For information, click here.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 630-730 PM
Yoga for Men
Wellness Pursuits, 130 Volunteer Road, Hillsville, VA
Here’s the current class schedule.
The stretching and strengthening of Yoga asana practice complements the physicality of gardening. I’m a healthier person because of my Yoga practice and because of the good, fresh food I grow in the garden. Both practices feed my soul. If you’re interested in a class in your area, contact me.
I teach workshops, as well. Here’s more information on my workshops at Wellness Pursuits.
Contact: Yvette Ladd, 276-210-3577, or ypladd@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10AM-12PM
The Successful Gardener 2017!
Renfrow Farm, 409 West Charles St., Matthews, NC
Getting a Head Start: Early Spring Gardens
There are lots of ways to extend the gardening season. Some have to be built. Others are as simple as an old bed sheet. We’ll look at ways to grow food earlier in the year and have more fresh food from your garden. If weather permits, we’ll be at the farm, so dress for the weather!
WHERE: Renfrow Hardware, Matthews, NC
PARKING: Market Parking Lot
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29 10AM-12PM
COST: $20.00
To pre-register, contact me here.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Farm Business Management
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro,
**This is a curriculum course and registration is closed for the semester.
I teach Farm Business Management at CCCC, based on my work, Cash Crop: Cultivating Profit In Your Farm or Food Business. 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, March 31, 2017
Home, Farm, & Business consultation
I’m in the Matthews, NC area, conducting Home & Business consultations. 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, 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.

Saturday, April 1, 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.
Contact: Renfrow Hardware (704)847-4088

Sunday, April 2, 2017 3-4 PM
Homestead Gardeners tour
Reynolds Homestead, Critz, VA
History and horticulture have a lot in common. Until the Industrial Revolution, most people were farmers, raising food, livestock feed and forage, fuel, and fiber. Even after so many folks took on “public” work͟ at the mill or factory, gardening and subsistence farming was a major part of our lives.
The Homestead Gardeners, a project of Reynolds Homestead and The Successful Gardener, support the mission of The Reynolds Homestead by maintaining and interpreting the gardening and farming methods of both past and present.
Whether you want to help with the Vegetable Garden, the Tobacco Patch, the Herb Garden, or the Azalea Garden, you have the opportunity to learn more about gardening, both past and
present. We’re always looking for volunteers, and we’d love to add you to the 2017 “Crop” of Homestead Gardeners! No gardening experience is necessary, just a heart for service and a
mind full of curiosity.
Contact Jeff Rieves, Successful Gardener instructor and Homestead Gardener coordinator, here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for March 20-25, 2017

With the Vernal Equinox having just occurred, a gardener has a LOT of opportunities to spend time in the garden. That’s what I’m doing these days. Outside in the ever-changing weather, seeing (and enjoying) new flowers as they pop up, and new ideas for plantings coming up everywhere you go. It seems like overnight, the slow pace of late winter has accelerated to, “Its time!”
One thing I would encourage you do go in all this growth energy is to take time to enjoy. Enjoy your garden, sure. That’s the Successful Gardener way. But have the Intention of Joyfulness in Life. Take the time every day, every HOUR, to stop, look around, and find something to be joyful about.
It’s a practice, so start simply. “I really enjoy the sun today”. OR “I’m really glad that we got some rain.” Don’t just say the words. Savor the experience, reveling in the Joy of Living right here, right now, today.
As I said, I’m out and about a lot. Hope to see you this week!

Monday, March 20, 2017
Patrick County, Virginia
I’m working on local projects today and tomorrow. If you see me around town, say hello!

As a preview for next week, I’m teaching the next Successful Gardener at the Homestead on Monday 3/27. “Getting a head start: Early spring gardens class & workshop”.  There are lots of ways to extend the gardening season. We’ll look at ways to grow food earlier in the year and have more fresh food from your garden! On the following Saturday, we’ll do some of those ways in our demonstration garden.

For information, click here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 630-730PM. Yoga for men.
Wellness Pursuits, 130 Volunteer Road, Hillsville, VA
https://www.wellness-pursuits.com/ongoing-classes.html
The stretching and strengthening of Yoga asana practice complements the physicality of gardening. I’m a healthier person because of my Yoga practice and because of the good, fresh food I grow in the garden. Both practices feed my soul. If you’re interested in a class in your area, contact me.
I teach workshops, as well. Here’s more information on my workshops at Wellness Pursuits.
Contact: Yvette Ladd, 276-210-3577, or ypladd@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
I’m working ON my business today as opposed to in my business. Usually Monday’s are for planning, writing, and communicating. But you have to be flexible, with a “beginner’s mind (no expectations as to what might happen). This is an important part of the success of any small business. It’s not a luxury, either. Planning for success is as essential as a planting and harvesting plan for a farm.

Here’s another preview for next week.
The Successful Gardener 2017!
Getting a head start: Early spring gardens
There are lots of ways to extend the gardening season. Some have to be built. Others are as simple as an old bed sheet. We’ll look at ways to grow food earlier in the year and have more fresh food from your garden. If weather permits, we’ll be at the farm, so dress for the weather!
WHERE: Renfrow Hardware, Matthews, NC
PARKING: Market Parking Lot
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29 10AM-12PM
COST: $20.00
To pre-register, call The Successful Gardener at 919-538-5777 or email us at jeff@jeffrieves.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Farm Business Management
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro,
**This is a curriculum course and registration is closed for the semester.
I teach Farm Business Management at CCCC, based on my work, Cash Crop: Cultivating Profit In Your Farm or Food Business. 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, March 24, 2017
I’m in the Matthews, NC area, conducting Home landscape consultations. 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, contact me here.

Saturday, March 25, 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.
Contact: Renfrow Hardware (704)847-4088

Remember that I’m available for Home Landscape consultations, Farm visits, and small business training and consultation. You can reach 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, 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 THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for March 13-18, 2017

This week finds me back in a regular schedule of Tuesday Yoga, midweek on campus in Pittsboro, NC, and then down to Matthews, NC for consultations and greenhouse work.
Hope to see you this week!

Monday, March 13, 2017
I’m working ON my business today as opposed to in my business. Monday’s are for planning, writing, and communicating. This is an important part of the success of any small business. It’s not a luxury, either. Planning for success is as essential as a planting and harvesting plan for a farm.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 630-730PM. Yoga for men.
Wellness Pursuits, 130 Volunteer Road, Hillsville, VA
Here’s more info.
The stretching and strengthening of Yoga asana practice complements the physicality of gardening. I’m a healthier person because of my Yoga practice and because of the good, fresh food I grow in the garden. Both practices feed my soul. If you’re interested in a class in your area, contact me. Here’s more information on my workshops at Wellness Pursuits.
Contact: Yvette Ladd, 276-210-3577, or ypladd@gmail.com

Thursday, March 16, 2017 Farm Business Management
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro,
**This is a curriculum course and registration is closed for the semester.
I teach Farm Business Management at CCCC, based on my work, Cash Crop: Cultivating Profit In Your Farm or Food Business. 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 landscape consultations. 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, contact me here.

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.
Contact: Renfrow Hardware (704)847-4088 or http://www.renfrowhardware.com/contact-us

Remember that I’m available for home Landscape consultations, farm visits, and small business training and consultation. 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, 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 THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Everything You Need

I ran across this quote from the Roman Stoic philosopher Cicero today.

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

Being both a gardener and a writer, as well as a librarian in a past life, I fully agree with this sentiment. Being also a bit of a skeptic when it comes to internet quotes, I did a little research into these words. The general agreement is that Cicero did write these words in a letter to a friend. The literal translation is, “If you have a garden in your library, you have everything you need”. Many, if not most, homes of wealthier Romans had inner outdoor courtyards with a garden. So in this context, the literal translation may be the correct one.

In my case, the literal translation may also be the more apt one. Most of my Life has been spent with books and gardens. Even my career has revolved around the the worlds of plants and words. They have informed each other, shaped how I see the world, and helped make me who I am today.

Gardens and libraries are both repositories of information. The written, spoken, and filmed words you find in today’s libraries bring the world’s knowledge to anywhere there are people seeking to learn. A garden brings the experiential version of much of that knowledge. Let’s call it an interactive library of science and art. So the two concepts support one another. You may experience some natural or man-made phenomena in a garden, and go to the library to find out about it. Or you may read about/hear about/see some amazing garden at the library, and then go and see it or try to recreate that effect. However the approach, the effect will be some wisdom gained.

And knowledge gained and applied, multiplied by the experience of using that knowledge, is in fact, a type of wealth. The designer and philosopher Buckminster Fuller offered this idea as a definition of wealth. We are always learning more and experiencing more. As we apply this knowledge and experience to our lives through our actions, we become more wealthy.

That’s certainly been my experience. Through my time spent in libraries and gardens, I have learned how to feed myself by growing, cooking, and eating lots of fresh food, how to heal myself by growing and using all kinds of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, how to construct shelters using plants and soil, how to provide money for myself by growing food/flower/fuel/fiber plants for others, and how to heal local and planetary environments by growing/planting/using plants. The biological processes alone could keep you busy learning, teaching, and doing your entire life!

Add to that the artistic and spiritual knowledge and experience you’ll find in a garden. I often say that gardens don’t just feed our bodies; they feed our souls as well. We’ve all experienced the restful coolness of a forested garden. The riot of color in most flower gardens stimulates us and lifts our spirits. As we gain the confidence to create our own gardens, we have the opportunity to indulge our inner artist. Our creative nature is engaged, and new parts of the brain may even be activated.

Just as a well-loved book will have worn, stained pages, a well-loved garden will have worn paths to certain areas, often stained with the blood, sweat and tears of the gardener. Special sections of both books and gardens will be easy to find. That’s where the most attention goes. Follow the most often used trail in any garden to see what the gardener enjoys most. Find the most dog-earred pages in a book to discovered the most treasured passages. In either case, the knowledge is where the wealth is, because that’s where the Love is.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for March 6-12, 2017

After a 4 week hiatus from teaching Yoga, I’m back at it!
Monday, March 6, 2017, 630-730PM Spirited Flow
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 630-730PM. Yoga for men.
Wellness Pursuits, 130 Volunteer Road, Hillsville, VA
Here’s more info.
The stretching and strengthening of Yoga asana practice complements the physicality of gardening. I’m a healthier person because of my Yoga practice and because of the good, fresh food I grow in the garden. Both practices feed my soul. If you’re interested in a class in your area, contact me. Here’s more information on my workshops at Wellness Pursuits.
Contact: Yvette Ladd, 276-210-3577, or ypladd@gmail.com

Thursday, March, 2017 Faculty workday
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro,
No class this week, but I’m in Pittsboro and on campus in the morning if you have questions.
Students- remember that your mid-term projects are due 3/16!!!
I teach Farm Business Management at CCCC, based on my work, Cash Crop: Cultivating Profit In Your Farm or Food Business. 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 11, 2017, 10AM-12PM The Successful Gardener: Workshop: 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 workshop covers the basic types of cuts, why to make a pruning cut, choosing the right tools, and how to maintain them. Bring your (non-power) pruning tools along, and we’ll do a sharpening session, too. No chainsaws, please. We’ll be outside, so dress for the weather!
Note that this workshop has a $10 fee if you have not previously attended the pruning class.
Contact and registration: Lisa Martin, 276-694-7181, or martinlm@vt.edu

BONUS!
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 3-5PM
Shine A Light On Letting Go
Wellness Pursuits, Hillsville, VA
Here are the details.
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali writes that constant practice and giving up attachment are the ways we stop “the turning of the mind”. And in our quiet mind we become whole.
So much of the chatter of our thoughts are these attachments – to the way things are, the way things should be, the way things could be. If we simply let things BE, then things happen as they will. And if we have lived our Lives Intentionally, then when we let go, we can be confident that we have taken action based on who we really are. Living Intentionally is a part of becoming comfortable with Letting go.
In this workshop, I’ll share my practice of letting go, while living an Intentional Life. We’ll let our new practice inform an asana practice, so come dressed to move on your mat!

Remember, 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 you͛re 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 THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!

Hope to see you somewhere this week.
Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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