The Modern Revolution Will Be Blogged

Welcome to the Modern Revolution.

It starts now.

With us.

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It’s Time To Change Some Things.

Big Pharma failed us.

Factory farming failed us.

Our dominant health-care system is now a sick-care system.

Let’s build new ways of taking care of each other.

We can do better.

We Want Farms, Not Pharma.

We Want Water, Not Diabetes.

We want food to be produced in cleaner, healthier ways. We think that farms should not be factories. We believe so much we now have 4 chickens in our backyard. We made this video to teach how a chicken lays an egg and created the site: CanYouHaveChickensinTheCity.com  as a resource to others who might want to have their own birds laying fresh orgainic eggs right outside their back door.

We believe that small businesses are the future of business. Why support institutions when you can support people.

We’ve thought about the people who are already #revolting and venturing into Urban Farming.

Ingenuity is budding around the urban farming scene, where people must make do with what little space they do have while living in a big city apartment.  This includes utilizing their balconies, window sills, and rooftops to squeeze every last inch of space to grow as much fresh produce as they can.  Urban communities are coming together to solve the problems of outsourced produce, making it cheaper, healthier, and tastier for themselves.

Meet Our Farm: Grace Farms

Here we will grow vegetables both aquaponically and aeroponically – using a tiny fraction of land and water compared to conventional farming – and  growing three times as fast!

We have a weekly vegetable box program.

We will have a weekly egg program as well starting in late September.

We will also have a weekly flower program – where you can schedule a weekly pick up of a bouquet grown on-site.

Learn more about us in this appeal for community sponsorship:

Follow our Facebook Page here: Facebook.

Located at 13012 E. Chandler Heights Rd in Chandler, Arizona 85249

(Contact Peter Deeley directly at 602-717-7458 or info@awellrunlife.com)

Community Gardens

These programs offer great opportunities for not only the health-conscious citizens in big urban cities, but also those who struggle to find employment and want to do something positive, fulfilling with their lives while they get their feet under them.  This is a joint learning and harvesting venture for all of those involved.  Everyone does their part and everyone benefits, as a result.  Community gardens are typically maintained and supervised by the county, but there are plenty of “unofficial” community gardens out there to join.

Community Supported Agriculture

CSAs are opportunities for local residents to reap the benefits of urban farming while supporting their local farmers.  This is how urban farmers can get together and meet investors to grow their business.  It’s like a hub that exists to share vital resources and information with the community, including: local agricultural knowledge, local grants and subsidies information, and basic gardening classes to encourage more urban agriculture.

School Gardens

Urban farming is the future of sustainability, so it’s important to have kids learn at an early age about food, how it is produced, and that they can grow their own food without needing special training or tools.  It’s amazing how detached we have become with our food supply over the years, kids become very excited at the concept of growing something that looks and tastes better than the stuff we buy in the stores.  A school garden can grow a lot of great food, while teaching kids hands-on education about how food is grown and how to easily replicate it at home.

Benefits of an Urban Farm

The advantages of developing and eating your own produce are self-evident: nutritious nourishment, seizing the means of production, and feeling of belonging with others within the community.  With urban and rural territory, water conservation is key.  Numerous urban communities give the knowledge and power to do more with less.  This is a common underlying theme for sustainability and conservation of what we have on this beautiful planet.

Urban agriculture isn’t just about pinching pennies, promoting healthy diets, and building groups.  With the legislature shaping urban farming, offering resources and training and as interest for privately developed initiatives, it offers an intriguing business idea for a green-thumbed ventures.  With natural eating now highlighted even in big-chain stores, there’s unquestionably a developing business sector for natural, privately delivered nourishment.

The Rise of Urban Farming

The past century has seen the greatest proliferation of industrial farming since the industrial revolution granted the ability to do the work of many with just one machine.  More mouths to feed, more food to grow, it only made sense to grow in surplus in the beginning, but that power to grow more on a plot of land, coupled with the insatiable appetite of capitalism has resulted in a turning point in our society.

Profits ignore sustainability and even sustenance, the foundation of agriculture.  We have the power to yield enough food for more than three times the population over, yet we are living in some of the most food insecure times of our lives.  Between climate change, capitalism, and imperialism, the need for seizing the control of our own food supply has never been greater.

Urban farming is the rise of the people, embracing and promoting self-sustainability.

A Global Phenomenon

Where you see abandoned lots and concrete jungles, some people see a vision for the future.  Urban farming has exploded all over the world in places like New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Singapore, London, and Germany.  Rooftops, vacant lots, and even window sills are all highly efficient means of harvesting food, on a per-capita basis, when compared to the massive industrial farms.

For every ten acres of an urban farm planted, over 35,000 lbs of food can be yielded.  These urban farms on a community-scale also create jobs, those jobs in-turn circulate more money into the community, enriching the neighborhoods within.  It is because of these incentives of urban farming that every major city around the globe that has the same issues with inequality and food insecurity that urban farming has taken off so quickly.

Efficiency and Resiliency of Urban Farms

There are numerous ecological advantages of urban cultivating for urban areas, for example, more greenery, better control of spillover, better shading, and the balance of urban problem areas. Eliminating the quantity of miles produce needs to travel, either through plane, train, or diesel enhances air quality, too.

Urban horticulture is performed under particular conditions that require advancements diverse to those utilized as a part of the provincial setting.  Such particular conditions experienced, among others: restricted accessibility of space and the high cost of urban land, located in vast quantities of individuals (and in this way a requirement for safe farming techniques), utilization of urban assets (natural waste and wastewater), and potential outcomes for direct farmer and buyer contacts.

Increased Sustainability

Most accessible horticultural advancements require adjustment for use in these conditions while new innovations must be produced to react to particular urban needs (e.g. non-soil generation advances for use on rooftops and in basements; improvement of sheltered and financial practices for reuse of wastewater).

There’s a ton of ways that urban farming tech and local initiatives can further advance the promotion of self-sustainability, increase yields, protect urban farmers from unfair ordinances or being excluded from critical funding opportunities by local governments.  The battle to make urban farming commonplace is a long and heartfelt road, as the agricultural industry has a lot at stake in keeping waste high and a dependence on outsourced food.  But, we feel the tide is already turning, urban farming is the future.

Top Successful Urban Farms in the World

Researchers predict that a total of two-thirds of the globe will live in urban developments by 2030.  The sci-fi pictures of major metropolis hubs are starting to become reality.  We just hope self-driving cars become the standard by the time we reach that realization, because I’m not sure the world can handle even more terrible drivers on even more crowded roads, but I digress.  We’re here to talk about how we’re going to feed all these people that are stuck inside these cities of concrete, glass, and metal.

The only viable solution to this urban growth is urban agriculture.  Thankfully, we have some brilliant minds who are hard at work to show us that we don’t need to dedicate half the planet’s land to farming just to feed the booming population, we have all the space we need on our rooftops and cityscapes.

Don’t believe it?  Here’s a few places that prove urban farming is more than just a fad, it’s a way of life (and living) for their communities:

Food Field

Detroit, Michigan

If you need proof of concept, you don’t get any more real than Detroit, when it comes to a population that wants and needs the means to be self-sustaining and has limited resources to choose from.  Food Field is a project that has transformed an abandoned elementary school lot to a fully-fledged urban farm.  This is a direct reply to the corruption, abuse, and neglect the residents have received from both corporate and government entities.

Food Field provides fresh foods to community residents and local restaurants with the help from volunteers.  This is an example of a community that is taking matters into their own hands to help create something better for themselves and their future.  Food Field is also building up their infrastructure to help raise fresh seafood via aquaponics systems.

Sky Greens, Singapore

Singapore doesn’t have the luxury of having large swathes of their country dedicated to agriculture, like many countries in the West.  It is because of this, that the average person only eats about 7% locally grown produce.  Sky Greens is changing the way Singaporeans eat by building highly efficient, compact, and healthy vertical gardens.  These vertically stacked urban farms waste no water, as it is distributed evenly throughout each layer of produce.

Sky Greens is able to produce 5-10x the amount of produce, per-capita of land, while using less water and less energy.  This is obviously one of the most promising solutions to urban farming for the future, producing healthier and accessible food for everyone.

The Delaney Community Farm

Denver, CO

This small farm allows everyone the opportunity to access fresh produce, no matter what their income or social status.  They supply produce for approx. 500 families via Community Service programs and Federal cooperation for WIC families to obtain fresh food in exchange for just an hour of work every week.  This farm acts as a valuable resource to the community, not only with the food they harvest, but also with their teachings of how to farm and cook healthy at home.

How Restaurants are using Urban Farming to Improve their Menus

If you’ve only heard about urban farming in the context of growing herbs on window sills or inside apartment at home, you might be surprised to find that many restaurants in the big cities are turning to urban farming solutions to source the freshest ingredients for their dishes.  Whether these farms are literally on the tops of their roofs or in nearby vacant lots, urban farming is a growing trend that is allowing chefs to obtain the freshest produce, while reducing their costs.

Reconnecting with Food

All restaurants can stand to benefit from urban farming.  By growing their own or sourcing from a local urban farm, they can actually save a ton of money in the long-term.  That’s because the associated costs with purchasing produce from out of town and paying for the shipping costs much more than the start-up costs of growing it in-house.  Not only that, the ingredients that you can locally source will be the freshest possible and of a higher quality.

Restaurants can market this local garden freshness as a healthier experience (because it is), thereby increasing revenues and customer traffic.  There are other hidden benefits to growing an urban farm for restaurants too, like reducing the amount of waste because you only harvest what you need.

For some real examples of urban farming restaurants in the big cities, check out these locations:

Windy City Frontera Grill

Chicago is big on urban farming.  There are a number of restaurants that are taking advantage of the rooftop real estate for urban agriculture.  One of the most prominent restaurants doing this is the Frontera Grill.  The owner, Rick Bayless, uses EarthBoxes to grow nearly all the vegetables needed to make the restaurant’s salsa dishes.  Nearly 1,000 lbs of tomatoes and peppers, to be exact.

O’Hare Urban Garden

We take a look at another place in Chicago that is leading the way for urban farming, right in the middle of the great O’Hare airport.  This is a fully-fledged aeroponic garden, growing large amounts of vegetables and herbs for the nearby restaurants every day.  This is the first of its kind in the world, towers of produce growing the ingredients that will end up on your plate at either the Tortas Frontera, Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi, Blackhawks Restaurant and Tuscany.

Bell, Book & Candle

The Big Apple is another city with lots of activity on the urban farming front.  From community gardens to rooftop agriculture, you’ll find plenty of projects underway.  The Bell, Book, & Candle also takes interest in the aeroponics solution that O’Hare uses, incorporating 60 of them on their roof.  It works perfectly for their restaurant’s needs.  They can grow over 60% of their produce and herbs without needing to rely on a full-time farmer or sourcing outside to save on costs.

The technology is ripe for the picking.  Urban farms are highly efficient and fool-proof ways of growing your own produce without needing to have a green thumb.  Chefs can focus on their craft, rather than learning how to grow the hard way, saving them precious time and money, while increasing the quality of their dishes.

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I love crossfit and we are strong believers in physical fitness. We made this video to show wheat CrossFit taught us.

Since the family is all athletic to one degree or another, so we included an online store for athletic clothes as well.

As you can see, we have a lot to say.

And a lot to do.

We want you to be our first lone nut.

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Come join us.

Let’s Get to Work.

Needful Things

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I have a very particular style of home improvement.

My instincts attune to the whatever is the easiest, most efficient route

And I travel that path only after exhausting every single difficult road first.

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I have a very particular style of home improvement.

My instincts attune to the whatever is the easiest, most efficient route

And I travel that path only after exhausting every single difficult road first.

I come from a family who deeply values language and we look for metaphors everywhere

But we’ll save the obvious corollaries to my life for another, longer podcast.

The Best Three Minutes of Your Day

New Podcast: Stinky Honey

You can now listen to Stinky Honey. Here is an exerpt:

My wife’s palate is very sharp. She can parse flavors in dishes down to the spices and the addresses of the pigs who gave their lives for the pork in our stew.

With great tasting powers come great smelling powers. Which can be a blessing and a curse.

“Honey,” she says while I have come in from working on a small farm we are shaping to lay next her for a brief moment, “you need a shower.”

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Name That Chicken!

Grace Farms wants to buy 144 chickens in March to get ready for delivering eggs to local residents in October.

Sponsor a chicken and you get to name it.

Go here to sponsor your baby chick!

So far we have:

1. I Told You So

2. Miracle

3. Mr. Chick

4. Sherbert

5. Chick Fil-A

6. VDEB

7. BENTLEY

8. MOL-MOL

9. SAMMY

10. BARON

11. MAX

12. MUSH MOUSE

13. BUTTERBALL

14. RANDY

15. FRANK-O

16. Indiana Jones

17. Short Round

18. Show Me the Money

19. Crispy Critter

20. Chickie’s Got the Blues

21. Peep Major 7th

22. Clara

23. Fio

24. Woodstock

26. Phyllis

27. Mojo-jojo

E-mail your name to info@awellrunlife.com

 

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Be Healthy! #revolt

Being healthy is an Act of Revolution.

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Show your rejection of Big Pharma, factory and our broken food system in general. Wear this razor back tee and enlist in The Modern Revoliution!

Buying this tee-shirt gives seed money for Chandler’s Grace Farms. This is A Well Run Life Project and you can learn more about them here.

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The Medical Director for this project is Naturpoathic Physican Dr. Maggie Garvin. Learn more about her practice On Being Well here.

Follow our blog TheModernRevoltion.com and A Well Run Life’s Instagram.

 

We need a Modern Revolution.

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The Tower Garden Revolution! #revolt

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Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system, allows you to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet—indoors or out. So it’s the perfect companion in your journey toward healthy living.

Grow 30% More, 3x Faster, with 98% Less Water

An advanced form of hydroponics, aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment rather than soil. Aeroponic systems use water, liquid nutrients and a soilless growing medium to quickly and efficiently grow more colorful, tastier, better smelling and incredibly nutritious produce.

Using aeroponics—the same technology NASA uses—Tower Garden grows plants with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. Research has found aeroponic systems grow plants three times faster and produce 30% greater yields on average. That means you’ll be enjoying abundant, nutritious harvests just weeks after planting.

Get Nutrient-Loaded Produce
(without Loads of Work)

Pests, disease, weeds—traditional gardening can be complicated and time-consuming. But because Tower Garden automatically delivers water and nutrients when they’re most needed, you’re able to grow strong, healthy plants with minimal effort. And healthy plants can better protect themselves from pests and diseases naturally, without pesticides. Plus, you don’t have to deal with weeds (or getting dirty) because there’s no soil.

Live Well with 90% Less Water and Space

Want a garden but don’t have the space? Dealing with drought? Because of its vertical, compact design and closed-loop system technology, Tower Garden requires as little as 10% of the land and water traditional growing methods use. So it’s perfect for sunny small spaces, such as balconies, patios, rooftops—even your kitchen provided you use grow lights. And it’s better for the environment, too.

Because there’s no dirt, there’s also no digging or weeding. Plus, you don’t have to worry about ground pests or contaminated soil. And did we mention Tower Garden’s vertical design uses 90% less space? That means you can grow food in some pretty interesting places.

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How Tower Garden Works

Tower Garden will arrive at your doorstep with seeds, nutrients, supplies—everything you need to get growing. After about 20–25 minutes of minimal setup, here’s how your Tower Garden will function.

1. Plants grow in a soilless medium called rockwool.

You’ll start seedlings using the kit we ship with every Tower Garden (unless you decide to buy seedlings). And when your seedlings are ready—usually about three weeks after germination—you’ll plant them in your Tower Garden.

Instead of soil, Tower Garden plants grow in a medium called rockwool, which provides plant roots with oxygen and consistent moisture, encouraging rapid, healthy growth.

2. The reservoir stores the plant nutrient solution.

Tower Garden Mineral Blend, our proprietary plant food, powers Tower Garden. Containing the pure earth minerals essential to healthy plant development, the Mineral Blend provides an all-natural “shortcut” for plants, which typically must source nutrients from decomposing organic matter in soil. The result is greater nutrient uptake and superior growth for a range of plants.

You’ll fill the 20-gallon reservoir at the base of your Tower Garden with a mixture of Mineral Blend and water.

3. The solution cascades down the Tower Garden, nourishing plants.

A low-wattage, submersible pump in the reservoir pushes the nutrient solution to the top of the Tower Garden through a small central pipe. The nutrient solution then drips down the inside of the Tower Garden, evenly cascading over the exposed plant roots.

A timer ensures this process repeats continuously—usually in 15-minute increments—to deliver the ideal amount of oxygen, water and nutrients to plants at the perfect time.

4. In a few weeks, plants are harvest‑ready!

Aside from a few minor maintenance tasks, such as checking water levels and cleaning the pump filter, Tower Garden will take care of itself. And in just a few short weeks, you’ll be enjoying abundant homegrown produce, harvested at its peak (so you can be at yours).

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Helpful Links:

This Is Why 2017 Is the Year for Local Food (and Farms)

Top 10 Tower Garden Plants to Grow

How to Get Growing Now (the Fast, Easy Way)

The Most Profitable Crops to Grow (and How to Grow Them)

When Is the Best Time to Start Your Garden?

8 Excellent Ways to Enjoy Your Garden’s Greens

Questions?

Contact Peter Deeley at 602717-7458 or info@awellrunlife.com

Sleep Your Way to Success

 

We don’t reccommend many supplmements to the people we work with – however, we have found Magnesium to be an amzingly effective sleep aid for many people.

I personally have always struggled getting to sleep, and Magnesium works great for me.

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions in your body, particularly in the bones, muscles, and brain. It has an important role in the nervous system for helping you calm down and be able to sleep.

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