My latest project involves food. My wife and I have been troubled by our food source for quite some time. Monsanto's practices are ridding the world of quality, organic, sustainable food. The grocery stores are filled with processed foods that are making us sick, all so companies like Monsanto, Dow and others can make huge profits controlling the world's food source.
As a result, my wife and I have started the Crave Organic Company. The idea of Crave is to grow organic food, create partnerships with local like minded farmers and ranchers to offer food that is grown and raised locally. Not only does this reduce our carbon footprint (food isn't trucked in from hundreds or thousands of miles away), but will allow our community to meet and get to know the people who provide their food.
There are many challenges to growing food via traditional farming all year long, especially in cold climates like Idaho. We are pioneering a new trend here in our area called Urban Farming. There are many ways to do it, but we have chosen to create an indoor aquaponics system, which mimics nature to grow healthy, organic fish and produce.
Aquaponics is a closed loop system that uses fish waste to fertilize plants, which grow in water (yes, good old H2O). The plants clean the water, which returns back to the fish tank. We'll also incorporate vermiculture (worm composting) which will give our plants even more nutrients, increasing their yield naturally, without the need for genetic engineering!
We're also growing our own fish food. By growing organic Duckweed to feed our fish, we will be able to control every aspect of our operation, ensuring that the food we offer is as healthy and free from nasties as possible.
Everything about our project is sustainable, and we're pretty excited about launching it.→ Crave Organic Company
For more than 6 years I have been working with Independent artists to help them create a sustainable business model that frees them from the tyranny of record labels and publishers.
Artists are learning that going through a label or publisher isn't as powerful as using the Internet to reach fans. Many artists and authors are going "Indie" and keeping more of their money, while providing fans with top quality entertainment.
Big entertainment is scared, and they have begun to fight back. They are working with governments around the world to censor the Internet. They want control, and that spells disaster for both fans and content creators. Many countries have already passed laws that censor or limit how Intellectual property is consumed on the Internet. The US has 3 bills, 2 of which have been put to rest for now, but the fight is far from over.
As "Big Entertainment" continues it's assault on the people, it's time to create a system that doesn't include them. Artists and fans alike should boycott big entertainment and embrace a model that rewards both the artist and fan. Direct sales to fans is not only the future, but necessary to create sustainability for artists while creating art that fans can experience on terms that is beneficial to everyone involved.
It is my goal to create an alternative system that replaces "big entertainment" with a mechanism that is easy for fans to access quality entertainment at an affordable price but still supports the artist. It will be an uphill battle, but a battle I believe we need to fight.→ Phibble Music
→ Phibble Books
→ Phibble TV
→ Phibble Media (for the artists' business)
→ LikePhate Publishing (helps support authors)
Knowledge is power. As I set out on my journey of activism and journalism, I learned how much I didn't know. I learned that my schooling was selective. We skimmed the surface and the important stuff was left out. I now understand this was to create worker bees that didn't question things. We were told how life worked - you went to school, got a job, got married and had kids, then you'd retire. There were rules for society, and you were to conform to them. The problem is, I've never one to conform, and I broke the rules and got a better education. One that involved telling the whole story. Needless to say, the last couple of years has been quite an education.
Our news media has been failing us for quite some time. They often lie, they leave out critical facts, or skew things to appease their corporate owners. Journalism is dead.
I tried to fill the void, but my enthusiasm got the best of me, and I bit off too much. I couldn't keep up with everything, and my impact was limited. Going forward I will be focusing on just two areas that I am passionate about (music/entertainment and food/sustainability). This, I hope, will allow me to have the impact I desire.
About a year and a half ago, I released my first book. It helped small businesses market themselves intelligently. I updated the book a few months ago with techniques that went beyond the usual "do this" type books, and helped readers gain an understanding of the "why's" of doing something, thus giving them the power of knowledge, not just "to-do lists".
I have several ideas for books that I will release over time. All will be knowledge that you can use to become a stronger person that doesn't need to rely on the status quo. It will give you the power to realize your vision, whatever that may be.→ Books
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