Looking Forward ... to 2015 and More Dec 1, 2014
by Calvin Bey
I have been retired since 1997, time has flown by, and I still have many things on my "to do" list. I say this, not in complaining, but in announcing I do need to slow down a bit.
Since "retirement," we moved and built an energy efficient house; fully landscaped the 2 acres; started and expanded the vegetable/fruit garden; taught many classes (with over 500 students) on growing nutrient-dense vegetables; wrote over 100 articles for Master Gardeners; wrote articles for AcresUSA; gave many talks to Garden Clubs, civic groups, local WAPF meetings; talked at WAPF International Conference; served on Boards and Committees, and much more.
For 2015 and beyond, I intend to continue helping others in many ways. My emphasis will be to concentrate on activities that teach others to grow their own food. The late Charles Walters' (who started AcresUSA) last advice to AcresUSA conference participants was this: "1. Learn to grow your own food, 2. Get out of debt, and 3. Be good to your neighbors." That is good advice whether or not we face a world stressed by pollution, financial collapse, and social turmoil. It would be such a different world if we would all strive for these goals. How about going for 2 out of 3? You choose. :)
So in 2015, I intend to teach my usual gardening classes, grow my usual garden, and do some garden tours. For 2016 (its the year I turn 80), its uncertain. "Slow down" seems appropriate.
I say all this to ask you to help in the goal of "teaching others how to grow their own food." I encourage everyone to take up this same mission. It is a huge task. Start small and do it right.
To Change the World
I have pondered many times what few simple things would most change the world from stressed (filled with terror), to one of peace. Though history would say conflict is not new, it remains very frightening today. The looming conditions are not what I want for my grandchildren and yours. I say, lets start by helping everyone get clean, healthy water and good nutrition. Help your neighbor be a better gardener. Who knows what else that might lead to. Good luck and God Bless.
Living in Harmony with Nature and teaching others to garden the natural (organic) way, with emphasis on practices that lead to NUTRIENT DENSE produce!
Welcome To Our Site
Our intent is simple: to provide useful information on gardening, health and sustainability issues. We will include class and meeting announcements, gardening information, and book reviews. The articles that Calvin writes for Garden Thyme, the Master Gardener Newsletter will be included. We will try to make this site easy to use and relevant.
- Harmony Gardens
- Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
- Harmony Gardens is the home of Calvin and Doris Bey. As the name implies our goal is to live in harmony with the Laws of Nature. We are concerned about the environment, energy efficiency, organic gardening, alternative health, and sustainability issues. We love our Stitt Energy Systems Inc. energy efficient home, which received a First Place NAHB National Award for 2003. Calvin is a retired USDA Forest Service scientist. Each year he teaches classes in Organic Gardening in February and March and again in September. Doris is a retired RN. Calvin and Doris have put their energy efficient house up for sale (by owner). See first post for description, pictures, and house design.
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