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Join us for Simply Us Farm Tour Day!

Every year we do a farm tour on Simply Us Farm. This is a great chance to meet the farmers and see the farm. We’ll show you our work in progress and talk about how we do regenerative farming. Farm tour includes – detailed tour (family friendly)– 1/2 lb of honey from our remote mountain …

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Chapter 3 – Finding Priceless Moments

Remember the Meme on Pinterest that I talked about in the first chapter? It showed a Prius at the top of the image, and at the bottom a Jeep in the desert sitting on the crest of a hill, in front of a sunset. A guy and his kids are in the Jeep enjoying the …

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Chapter 2 – Types of Camping

Check out my books on camping There are many different levels of engagement when you’re camping. Anywhere between an epic adventure like Man vs. Wild or perhaps one where more creature comforts are brought from home. Either is fine as long as you can physically pull it off and afford it. The goal is to …

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Church Men’s Group Brainstorming Session

A local church wants to develop a community of men through events that resonate with the community and meet the needs of local men and also men within the church. After some mens events that really didn’t gain traction in the church, the next step was conduct a brainstorming session and solicit ideas from men …

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Why Go Camping?

So, you’ve almost decided to go camping; but you’re wondering what you can expect. Will there be stress or relaxation? You may experience physical pain from usually unused muscles, or perhaps the benefits will outweigh the perceived negatives. This is a good thought process to have. Properly planned camping trips can cause relaxation. Planned properly, …

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Honey from the Farm

We have honey ready to ship or for local pickup. We are so excited. This honey is raw and from our farm. This is the first time we’ve ever had honey for sale. Contact us for local pick up or visit here for honey shipped to your door.

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Camping on the Farm

It was nice to have a weekend where we just enjoyed camping on the farm, without working. The grilled creation was cooked over the fire in the black cast iron cookers. The shell was made of corn dog roll with hot dogs, chili and onions inside. Tasty! The Mayapples are growing. We never get any …

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Class Project – IDEO Insights for Innovation

Join me as I share my class project in this podcast. First we created a challenge. The challenge guides the project. How might we create experiences and farm products for potential customers that appeal to their desire for healthy foods from local farms who create nutrient rich goods with sustainable practices? One really important thought …

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What I Learned by Taking the IDEO Insights for Innovation Class

I just finished the Insights for Innnovation Class. This a wonderful class. We concentrated on observing, interviewing and developing customer insights. Walk with me though the podcast as I share what I learned.

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State of the Farm and Pictures from This Week

This has been a busy week on the farm. We try to give a semi-annual update that talks about what is going on at the farm in detail. We’ve also been working this week on our potatoes, developing the back field and planting a few ornamental plants. I had a few days on the farm …

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Interview with Niti Bali – Food Church founder

I’m taking a class called “Insights for Innovation” with IDEO. Part of that class is doing interviews for developing empathy and better understanding customers. Niti was the perfect person to interview to better understand the farm-to-fork community. I learned a lot in the interview and hope you do too.

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Rough Draft – CERT Emergency Communications Plan

The work on the emergency communications plan is moving forward. Our plan covers two main contingencies: One of our team goals is put ourselves in a position where we can help the broader community during a wider emergency, such as a grid down situation after a hurricane or power station sabotage (like the next county …

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Brainstorming Results – CERT Emergency Communications Plan

Here are the ideas that we generated. There are over 140 ideas. Hopefully these give you a head start on developing your plan. Idea Bucket Work with local AM / FM stations to get message out. (Highly rated idea by group) Beacon / One Way Comms Create AM / FM bandit stations for a hyper …

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Brainstorming! – CERT Emergency Communications Plan

We gathered as group at the training room in the local fire station. This was great venue with whiteboards and plenty of room to spread out. An enthusiastic group that really wants to find better ways to help out in the community during an emergency really made this morning a joy. Here are some images …

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Next Step – Getting Ready for Brainwriting – CERT Emergency Communications Plan

The next step in developing our CERT Emergency Communications plan is the brainwriting challenge for team members. Challenge Question How do we create a workable plan that allows the CERT team to communicate within the team, with local authorities and the community in an emergency Specific Questions Buckets Deployed CommunicationCommunication between CERT and the communityHam …

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