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Jeff’s Schedule for April 24-29, 2017

I’ve been gardening organically and teaching organic gardening for nearly 30 years, using flowers, herbs, & compost to grow a great garden. Join me this week for another opportunity to learn about organics!

Monday, April 24, 2017 Successful Gardener at the Homestead 6-8PM
Reynolds Homestead, Critz, VA
The Organic Gardening Primer
We’ve all heard the “o-word”, but what does it mean? Learn how to grow more fresh food using flowers, herbs, & compost.
For information, click here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Because of a scheduling conflict, there will be no Yoga for Men this week. See you next week!
Wellness Pursuits, 130 Volunteer Road, Hillsville, VA
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, April 26, 2017 The Successful Gardener 2017! 10AM-12PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 West Charles St., Matthews, NC
The Organic Gardening Primer
We’ve all heard the “o-word”, but what does it mean? Learn how to grow more fresh food using flowers, herbs, & compost. 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, April 26, 10AM-12PM
COST: $20.00
To pre-register, call The Successful Gardener at 919-538-5777 or email us at jeff@jeffrieves.com

Thursday, April 27, 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, April 28, 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 29, 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 to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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What if? A Poem by Ganga White

What if our religion was each other?
If our practice was our life?
If prayer was our words?
What if the Temple was the Earth?
If forests were our church?
If holy water—the rivers, lakes and oceans?
What if meditation was our relationships?
If the Teacher was life?
If wisdom was self-knowledge?
If love was the center of our being
©1998 Ganga White

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Jeff’s Schedule for April 17-22, 2017

This week will be a little different for me. Due to some family challenges, I’ll be rescheduling some things over the next few weeks. I’ll do my best to minimize the inconvenience to all of you.

I am Grateful for the flexible nature of my work. I can change directions quickly and do what needs to be done. That comes from Intentional creation, and living My Intentions.

Monday, April 17, 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, April 18, 2017,
10AM-2PM. Homestead Gardeners in the Garden
Reynolds Homestead, Critz, VA
More Info here
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 work” 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.

630-730PM. Yoga for men.
Wellness Pursuits, 130 Volunteer Road, Hillsville, VA
See the schedule here.
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 you͛re 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

Thursday, April 20, 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 farm͛s operation in order to grow your farm͛s profits.
This class can be offered at your community college, too. Contact me to find out how.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 Shine A Light On Pranayama Workshop
Wellness Pursuits 130 Volunteer Road, Hillsville, VA
See the schedule here.
“Just breathe.” I say that in every Yoga class I teach. Several times each class, in fact. That’s because Breathing is essential to Life, and Yoga practice helps us Live our Lives in a conscious way. Conscious, directed Breathing practice is called Pranayama. My next workshop will “Shine A Light On” Pranayama and it’s benefits. We’ll practice the different breaths together and learn how to integrate them into our Practice and our Lives.

REMEMBER-
Feed your body good food.
Feed your mind new ideas.
Feed your Soul Beauty & Truth.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for April 10-15, 2017

Garden projects are in full swing, farm planting continues apace, and Spring has everybody headed outside! The Successful Gardener is no exception, and I’ll be at all my regular spots this week.
The Homestead Gardeners are off to a good start. We had 8 folks show up for the organizational tour, and more signed up later. If YOU are interested in helping us at Reynolds Homestead, let me know!
The guys had a strong Yoga asana practice at Wellness Pursuits. We moved through a lot of Sun Salutations for a complete workout, and to pay respect to the Sun as it hangs around more and more. It’s a good idea for gardeners to start a Yoga practice to help ease all those backaches and muscle soreness that comes from all of the Springtime garden work.
Last week, I had a great class at Willow Grove Retirement Community. We used sweet basil plants as the template to talk about plants and gardening. Everybody left with a basil plant they’d potted, stories we’d told each other, and some beautiful memories shared of gardens past.
Consults always introduce me to interesting people, and last week was no exception. A new gardening family and an experienced gardener new to the area were 2 of the folks that learned how to enjoy their gardens more!
Lots of folks came by Renfrow Hardware to pick up seeds, vegetable plants, baby chicks, chicken feed, fertilizer and just to do the shake & howdy thing (That means stopping by to say hello, BTW).
We’re doing it again this week, too! I’ll be at The House in the Horseshoe working on the historic landscape, at CCCC for class, and on to Matthews for consults and work with my friends at Renfrow Hardware. Here are the details!

Monday, April 10, 2017
I’m in Patrick County VA, working on a private project.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 630-730PM. Yoga for men.
Wellness Pursuits, 130 Volunteer Road, Hillsville, VA
See the schedule here.
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, April 12, 2017 200-500PM Garden work session
The House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site
Sanford, NC
Here’s more information
The House in the Horseshoe, or “the ‘Shoe”, as it’s affectionately called, is a 245 year old home in the Horseshoe bend of the Deep River. A group of us are coming together to help the staff look after the grounds and garden at the site. If you’re interested in being a part of this effort, come see us on Wednesday.

Thursday, April 13, 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, April 14, 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 15, 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

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Living Your Practice

Most folks, me included, came to Yoga for physical reasons. Greater flexibility, more core strength, or to deal with pain. For me, it was a decades old chronic pain in my lower back. My Asana practice, the physical movements of Yoga, has been amazingly effective for all those things. In the practice that has helped me physically, I have found a very effective way to Live My Life.

In the Yoga Sutras, the ancient texts of Yoga, practice is only half of “becoming whole”. The Sage Patanjali writes that we must cultivate our practice over an extended period of time, with a steadiness of purpose. I see this as a focused practice, guided by My Intentions. The second, equally important part, is to be unattached to the outcome of the practice. That is, letting go of the result of your Intention.

This letting go business has always seemed rather paradoxical to me. Why on Earth would I develop a laser-like focus on something, only to let it go? As I studied the concept of Vairagya, Patanjali’s non-attachment, I realized something. Not being attached to the outcome of practice allows for a lot of different outcomes. Some folks are uncomfortable with that uncertainty, I know I was. But as I began to see this “field of Pure Potentiality”* as OPPORTUNITY as opposed to uncertainty, I began to see how the two concepts work together.

To take advantage of the vast number of opportunities, you must have some focus as to what opportunity you want to practice toward. At the same time, there are so many opportunities, you should not let one outcome be the sole focus of your practice. So outcome should not control Practice, certainly. But Practice doesn’t really control outcome, either. It certainly acts as a guide, but that word control seems to be the key. It’s here that I come back to a benefit of Yoga I mentioned earlier. One that usually manifests physically, first.

It seems to me that letting go of attachments or outcomes is a sign of an adaptable practice, a flexible mind set to go along with that flexible body we are creating. This flexibility allows for unforeseen opportunities to create something more from our practice; more Love, more Compassion, more Abundance.** I call this having a resilient practice, being able to LIVE your practice, able to Live in and THRIVE amidst all of the sound and fury in the world. Because that, to me, is the primary reason to practice Yoga. To become whole, so we can then help others on their journey.

Yoga means union. Union of self with the Divine. Union of the individual with the rest of humanity. Those concepts are part and parcel of the same thing. As impossible as that seems at this point in history, we are One. One planet, if nothing else. “We are all connected. To each other, biologically. To the Earth, chemically. To the Universe, atomically.”*** A resilient Yoga practice of much more than the asanas allows us to carry that further. We ARE all connected. To each other, by Love and Compassion for ALL of Creation, not just the parts we like. To our home planet Earth, by using her resources wisely, instead of simply for economic gain. To the Universe, by a sense of Awe and Wonder at what we are a part of.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

*From The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, Deepak Chopra

**We can certainly create negative things as well. We have to face up to that. We already have so much experience at creating negativity, I’ll leave that for somebody else.

*** Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Jeff’s Schedule for April 3-8, 2017

Last week was a busy one for The Successful Gardener in the NC Piedmont! I held 2 well-attended classes on Season Extension, taught farm tax management strategies in Pittsboro, NC, helped out at Renfrow Hardware, and somewhere in that span of 7 days, worked on the new display garden at Renfrow Farm (Details soon!).

The foothills and mountain gardens will be planted soon. In my research on gardens, I get to experience more than one spring every year. I’m looking for a garden in the Wilmington, NC area to conduct research on The Living Garden, the gardening practices that I am developing to help folks grow more fresh food easier. If you know of an area with public access (Sorry, no private homes, please.) that has water access for irrigation, let me know!

Monday, April 3, 2017
I’ll be in Patrick County, VA, working on or in my business, depending on the weather.

Tuesday, April 4, 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, April 5, 2017
I’m in Matthews, NC, conducting private consultations. If you’d like Home Landscape advice from a horticulture professional with 30 years of experience, contact me here. See Friday’s entry for more information.

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

I hope to see you sometime this week! Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!!!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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