community

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

Happy Holidays

This Christmas Season is a great time for many to run frantically around in preparation for this time of giving, and for some it may be a rather difficult time for personal reasons. I have been fortunate in my life to have been able to spend the holiday with family and friends in the spirit of love and giving, and I always reflect on the holiday with pleasant memories.

As I sit here writing this post, I am thinking about how Around The Bend Farms could one day be the type of organization that welcomes families near and far to participate in the spirit of joining together in unity, enriching each others' lives and sharing experiences. I am wondering about how we might work together to spread the message of our common desire to bring people together as we forge ahead through the challenges we face in our country and the world at large. A questions that comes to mind is, "What does peaceful community partnership look like to people?" I guess, more importantly the question I should consider is, "What does peace look like to me?" I have seen enough unrest and instability to know what peace does not look like, and I often wonder if it is a reality that can materialize in our world forever. These are important questions that I should consider as I work with others to develop the design & organizational structure of Around The Bend Farms, Inc., not just because it's just a good paradigm, but because I have seen a possible way to establish a balanced system that reflects the peace that I experience daily.

I hope that you all have a very peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

-Ben