This episode was recorded in a greenhouse in the small Hill Country city of Buda. The town recently has exploded in population, with development flowing from through the land from where the highway crosses the rolling landscape.
In this community there is a small library where I read after this recording, a pretty downtown with a Magnolia-esque mock-industrial shopping center. I have family who live there. Other than these things my focus was primarily upon the man at hand, and his handiwork.
Jonas Jones (yes that is his real name) is an organic farmer. He operates Grey Gardens, an operation of small acreage which grows fresh vegetables, and many delicious tomatoes. And kombucha, a personal favorite.
Jones, and his operational partner Nick, both work the farm seven days a week. Jones lives on the property and tends to it constantly, making sure the food grows well and healthy.
I have been affiliated with this farm for a few years now. I began by volunteering in my college years, spending time weeding and picking in exchange for fresh, organic produce (and KOMBUCHA). Upon graduation, I operated a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivery service from this farm to my neighborhood.
In my opinion, the food grown at Gray Gardens is of the highest quality. The people, both those who work full-time and the volunteers, are as well.
Jones’ personal story is first. Discussed amongst the construction and traffic noise, all of it recent to the last few years, are the subjects of what constitutes good food, how that food is grown, how it makes it to your supermarket, and the quandaries of being a farmer in the modern world, especially one who cares enough to do it right.
His story is powerful, and certainly will assist those who have interest in any kind of real transformational work in this world.
On the business note, I now have a Patreon page. For those who don’t know, Patreon is an artist-supporting, community-building service which provides a way for you, the listener and reader, to actively participate in my creative work.
My goal with this Patreon page is to create a community of like-minded individuals to discuss and implement the real changes necessary for the health of future generations. Things like Restorative Agriculture (Google it), the merging of artistry and entrepreneurship, and spiritual self-knowledge are all central aspects to our lives. I’d like this to be a place where someone can come to be encouraged to follow that light they see, that idea which they know might be crazy but could also do some real good in the world. This is exactly what this podcast and blog are for, and this is exactly the spirit I hope to engender.
The podcast certainly runs on good vibes, prayers, and kindness, but also on all the economic practicalities of life, so any support is CERTAINLY welcome.
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PODCAST #5 IS IN THE CAN. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎 I got to hang out with Jonas today, the dude in charge of @graygardensbuda. We talked about what it’s like to move from working in corporate food to raising and growing your own local, organic stuff. It was a really awesome conversation. ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼 This is stop 1 for the current trip I’m on through the Texas Hill Country, recording podcasts. I’ve already got PODCAST #4 done, with a secret guest I’m stoked on (@rosentrained), and I’ll post it tonight or tomorrow. If some of y’all missed the last one with @lorenzomireles4, actor extraordinaire and San Antonio luminary, that is likely because I experimented with some different promotion techniques for the Facebook post. However, all you gotta do is click over to my site (in description) and check it out. 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 My hope with these podcasts is that they are spaces for people to take a breath and hear the story of somebody else who is doing their dream. Jonas is a guy who has always been into plants and helping people eat really good food, and it took him a journey to get to where he is today, serving others with the best produce around. My goal is to expedite the change we see in the world by helping others see the places in their dreams they can move into now, and to know perhaps the speed bumps that take place when you’re getting there. The easiest way to do both is to hear the stories of those doing their dreams now, and how they got there. Anyways, thank y’all so much for doing all the encouraging stuff, liking and sharing the posts, messaging me about how these things have entertained/helped you, and certainly using the Amazon Smile Affiliate link for your shopping. All of these things help to build this so I can do more and reach more people. 🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎 So, love y’all! Have an awesome day. And check out the latest episode at the link in description. 🌄🌄🌄🌄🌄🌄🌄🌄🌄 #podcast #organic #changeisgood #bethechange #garden #farmhousehappy #blue #sky #green #greenisgood #farmersmarket #tx #buda #budafarmersmarket #graygardensbuda #graygardens #greygardens