Well...things are continuing to come together! New Associates Store, Assembling the Research Team, Volunteers, and Funding.

Spring is finally here, and it's a time for "planting new ideas" and providing the rich "soil" that will help them to germinate and grow. As the days have been unfolding, there have been great opportunities for exploring ways to continue to grow the company. Day by day, the vision is materializing. I'm passionate about helping people, being a part of a sustainable practice, and widening the scope for building connections with community members.

As the vision has been growing & grant opportunities continue to emerge, the time has come for us to begin to assemble out first research team. Not much can be accomplished by sitting wistfully about in the sunlight, dreaming about what could be. I have decided to "grow more roots" in the process of expanding the team that will become the "seed" for how our business model grows. One great thing that has come about (as I've been talking to applicants), is that offers for volunteer work have sprung up. This is great, because it gives me so much excitement to see how interested people are eager to help us to develop our community ties, hone our marketing strategy, and focus a bit more on developing products & services for consumers. 

We have finally begun our first iteration of our online store. We've decided to partner with the world's biggest online store, because it seemed to make sense to tap into gardening & micro-farming product lines that are often difficult to access in many local stores & markets. Additionally, we can explore creative ways to bring in money to expand our marketing efforts & eventually offer more products to people. Down the road, we will be offering our own products online, and that's a really exciting thing!

I am so fortunate to be a part of a such a great community here in Central Oregon, and I really look forward to continually expanding our team, building the solid support structure of passionately driven folks, and being steadfast in our strong desire to serve people and sustain our planet.

-Ben