Author: Leisha Living Ground
Are you curious about what Living Ground Project is all about? Are you wondering how to get involved and/or support the Project?
We invite you to our base-line workshop where we dive into the creation of Living Ground, it’s purpose, mission, values and the lego blocks of the creative intentions. This is a 2-day workshop that is also an event to help with the financial support required to begin the lift off.
Last week, we legally acquired the Project Site located in Masanamaca. This is a one hectare land with a very large 1000 m2 building. Our vision for this site is for it to become the Microbe Education and Tourism headquarters for Ecuador (and even South America). The business model is is a creative construction of values and intentions to place people before profits through collaboration and interdependent “pods”.
This workshop is a invitation for all locals to learn, discover and possibily get involved. Day 2 is optional for those who are inspired and wish to go deeper into collaboration. We are sharing the concept of sacred commerce, the measurement of success and intending to raise leaders in the Project’s purpose.
We, the Soil Squad, do feel this is a Project for World Changers! We have the concept, the project site and the plan! You are officially welcomed.
To discover why this project is important in the climate of today’s world, here are 30 base reasons (and we can find more)
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp 0988771568. We are “looking forward” and excited about this gathering.
With 30 days left in our fundraising effort we share 30 reasons for our work and the action of our words. The challenges couple with the potentials are the fuel that feeds our misson.
To understand what the project is, see this post!
If we will have the wisdom to survive,
to stand like slow growing trees
on a ruined place, renewing, enriching it…
then a long time after we are dead
the lives our lives prepare will live
here, their houses strongly placed
upon the valley sides…
The river will run
clear, as we will never know it…
On the steeps where greed and ignorance cut down
the old forest, an old forest will stand,
its rich leaf-fall drifting on its roots.
The veins of forgotten springs will have opened.
Families will be singing in the fields…
Memory, native to this valley, will spread over it
like a grove, and memory will grow
into legend, legend into song, song
into sacrament. The abundance of this place,
the songs of its people and its birds,
will be health and wisdom and indwelling
light. This is no paradisal dream.
Its hardship is its reality.
– Wendell Berry
Here we share the vision of the Project Site and how we see it functioning in the future. As of today, there are 32 days left to meet our fundraising deadline. We are optimistic and hopeful. Please watch and consider sharing. The youtube link is https://youtu.be/K6RtJf53AYE
We’re in trouble! Our soils are dirt. Soil is the most valuable and least valued resource. There is drought, flooding and leaching of our soils. People are diseased. Our food is deplete of nutrition (even organic) and we face a growing public health crisis triggered by the decline of beneficial microbes and the rise of pathogens. Mother Nature does not need us…but we need her healthy and strong.
We are have raised 28% of the goal to acquire the Project site.
Now for the good news. Living Ground is in the business of mimicking Nature and farming beneficial microbes. We have created a change the world project that addresses and initiates solutions for many problems. Our primary intention is to heal the soil by farming and spreading the beneficial microbes but Living Ground is so much more. We’ve created a whole system where microbes, people and plants can enjoy success and health! Microbe tourism, education center, gardens, restaurant, cooperative, gourmet store, essential oils, apprenticeships, health clinic, regenerating sugar cane and corn fields, office to preserve land and water……and more!!!!! We’ve created a whole system where microbes, people and plants can enjoy meaningful employment, success and health. The Soil Squad Ecuador found the perfect site for our microbe mission to house the Microbe Education Center. BUT, we discovered a gas station was interested in this same property. So, we made a deal to purchase without the funds needed.
We have 2 months (march 15 deadline) Imagine a project that circulates around the beneficial microbes to ensure success, health, healing and touches life with hope!
It is important everyone understands that soils (sand, silt and clay) hold massive amounts of nutrients in every soil every where…..but these nutrients are not in available form for the plants without the beneficial microbes. Humans have destroyed this microbial web. We have a chance to reverse this in a way to rises microbes, humans and health. Our mission is to empower the web of life. It is time to gather everyone who gets the importance of this work, Please join us in a brainstorm “session” for the “what next” success. When the little guys come together, everyone wins.
WHEN WE GIVE LIFE TO THE “LITTLE GUYS” EVERYONE WINS!
The Launch Day was a success! Below are some snap shots of the event day sharing the “happy people”. We are still tallying up the expenses but it looks like we raised $1000! Thank you Vilcabamba!
Our Soil Squad gave it our all to serve and present to our community and share the mission and vision on Living Ground ~ Suelo Vivo. Our compost is ready and we are spreading the microbes
We continue with our Fundraising efforts as we are charged with an important mission. There is a huge crises on the soil front as we have lost vast amounts of soil organic matter and we continue to lose soil organic matter at a rapid pace. There is a severe water stress. There is very widespread loss of biodiversity. Collectivelly, we are heading towards disaster, food crisis and health crisis. Our project is about reversing this damage and mimicing nature both in operations (business structure) and in restoring the soil to ensure health for all living things. Our deadline to acquire the project site is March 15. We continue to ask for support. Our intuitions are strong this project will rise when the “little good guys” come together. There is still sharing and supporting required to reach our goal.
Will you be a part of this important project?
Here we present the Project with love, intention and courage!
We are hosting another cool and informative workshop on January 20th in Vilcabamba. This is a mini 101 course in how to raise the good guys. Mission is to deepen awareness and knowledge on how to create and care for the microbes! Space is limited. Please email Leisha for registration (email@example.com)
Stay Curious Everyone!
I am begining to understand that the desception of the matrix in ways deeper than imagined and it is digusting. Species banking is becoming big business…and it is putting a “worth” on nature. The deception forms as many are participating thinking they are “protecting” nature. It appears good…and it is not. The worth of a species or a sector of nature is now determined by the law of economics – when there is low supply, demand and value increases.
Under the layers….more is being revealled. Can economics blend with ecology?
“Eco” is our dwelling, our house. “Ology” is the study, observation and learning. Nomics is “law”. The study of our dwelling and the law of our dwelling. Again, can they be blended?
Giving “credit” to nature is how the matrix is connecting ecology and economics. It is already big business as it snuck in from the sidelines disguising as something “good” for nature. It gives value on nature as exchangable credits…good credits offset bad credits. It is giving permision for destruction as long as good credits are held.
Biodiversity is now an economic farm of capital, nature capital. This is the business of nature. They have made nature a commodity.
This IS THE MATRIX!
We have been trying to save nature because it is the “right thing to do” and systems have been created to “save”. My gosh, this is so horrible. The scales have tipped…and the pricelessness of nature is now given value. Whenever we put a “value” on nature, we are participating. I don’t know what the answer is…and I am not sure we will find one now other than taking a good look out our personal selves and where it is participates in that Matrix and buy into it.
Personally, I am committed to doing more research and taking a good scrutinizing look at the model created for Living Ground. Where is it buying into this matrix? Where can it be separated so that it is NOT in that matrix?
Philosophically, this is a challenge! But it is not impossible. Our task at Living Ground is to consider and ensure we are not swallowed into the matrix. We are not sure how to do this…but placing attention on this the future.
To start, we are detailing our “values manifesto” so that now and in the future, it is a map or frame-work so that deceipt can not penetrate. We also are considering offering a mandatory “Living Ground Boot Camp” mini course for any current and future leader of Living Ground. This mini course will educate on the “little guys” and challenge the programs of our thinking and concieving that has been muddied and muddlied form our cultural learning. All leaders must go through this mini course!
Our task now is research and deep thought. I think it is time to change the view of “as above, so below” to “so below as above”. What can the community of microbes teach us about operating?
Everyone is invited to attend our Launch. Our Microbes are happy and so is the Soil Squad. Fun, games and discovery about our Living Ground Project. This project has the potential to transform our communities from the foundation up! We welcome everyone to join us and find out more. At 3, we will make a pilgrimage to the new Project Site and introduce the plan for us to become the Microbe Education Center for Ecuador. WE are READY!
This POD is about providing a weekly basket of Microbe Rich Grown Food and gourmet products. We will have baskets for singles, couples and families. We are creating and designing this as we go..this will be an experiment in how to service you and nourish the soils at the same time.
A lot of what we are doing is moving with the microbes. Our mission is to change the path of war to raising the “little good guys” in mass. Whether that be the little good guys of the soils or little good guy humans (souls). When you work and love a garden, you have to create. For me, that is most precious experience. Been doing this for decades now. All that learning, discovering and enjoying. It honestly is my most favourite action of my day….garden to my tummy. I love to alchemize the garden for enjoyment of the senses.
These skills of experience are a part of the Living Ground. Everything is connected. In the last 2 years I have discovered the microbes and learned how to harness and make them happy. They work with the plants to ensure bounty. I harvest the plant with joy. I make food and medicine. I am apart of the microbes and they are a part of me. It is really quite simple.
Living Ground will offer gourmet, nutrient dense, taste bud delight foods. We made Basil Infused Sun Dried Tomatoes, started a wine of basil vinegar (watermelon homemade wine) that is florescent green, buttered up a turmeric pepper horseradish sauce. There is plenty and more than plenty if you try! Last night, we had a meal that literally knocked our taste and digestion into healthy gear.
This is what this about! Diversity. Growing! Alchemizing! Healing! Loving! Deliciousness! It is all connected.
And, as it is connected, this is a part of the Cooperative POD ..the weekly basket program. It is beyond organic and always alchemized.
Here we present some photos of the first Microbe 101 Workshop presented at Madre Tierra November 24th and 25th. There were 29 participants in the workshop from diverse and different backgrounds. The intention and mission of the presentations was to help others enter into the paradigm shift of understanding the importance of the microbes instead of being afraid of “germs”. The Soil Squad feels this mission was successful. We are looking forward to presenting many more workshops and refining and improving our work.
We’re in trouble. Our over-reliance on fossil fuels and our taste for foods with a high carbon footprint is causing disruptive climate change. Our throwaway society has flooded the land and seas with plastic pollution. And we face a growing public health crisis triggered by the rise of disease-causing microbes that we cannot kill with antibiotics.
Now for the good news. Living Ground is entering the busy-ness of selling food…but our primary intention to provide a system where people can have ready and affordable access to gut food – that is food grown in microbe rich soils.
Our guts are a real brain. They form part of an intelligent control system which manages our bodies, particularly our appetite and so decides how much and what food we want to eat and how much and where we store fat. Our guts are also home to the bulk of our immune system. Poor guts health is at the source of modern chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and its related heart attacks, dementia etc. A health gut is really important.
But to have a healthy gut means we need the right biology in the first place and we need to feed it the right sort of food. When people find out how gut food is grown the whole idea puts most people off, which is why you can’t buy gut food from the supermarket or in a bottle from the chemist.
Healthy gut biology starts in the guts of creatures that live in the soil. Read that again! This microbe biology passes from the guts of the microbes and into the plants where if we eat them soon after they are harvested they will enter out guts and the plants will provide them with food so they will flourish.
We, and all animals, have been doing this for millions of years but the whole idea is totally at odds with our modern antiseptic society so eating gut food will always be for a minority group. And, humans will diminish! We can not duplicate Nature as much as science and technology tries.
We know how to grow gut food, you have to have soil which is full of creature of the soil. To feed the creatures, the soils must be full of organic matter. We don’t have to be concerned with minerals..there is plenty of that!
And we have to avoid chemicals which will harm the beneficial biology – modern chemicals may not hurt us but they can be a disaster for micro-biology. And, I will add that Natural insecticides also are harmful.
And we have to eat the plants shortly after they are harvested before the beneficial biology dies.
All this is a more expensive process than modern chemical industrial farming and supermarket system and to many people quite revolting, which is why we don’t see gut food products on super market shelves.
Good and nourishing food is really about growing food to feed our brain. To do that we have to feed the microbes that already are living in our gut – that’s a pre-biotic.
But we also have to breed new microbes in the soil, which will go into the plants that we will eat and hence from part of our gut brain – that’s a pro-biotic.
To breed these microbes we have to feed and water them – for that we need plants that take the energy from the sun and covert it into microbe food. The plant will exchange this food for the food it needs. So, the microbes go get the plants food. Now the snag is that there are good bugs which will make us strong and healthy and bad bugs which at best just want to use as a comfy home to breed in – but unfortunately they often get it wrong and kill us.
To breed the good bugs – without the bad bugs taking over – we have to manage the conditions, which means food and water. The good bugs like oxygen and a little water….but not too wet (aerobic) while the bad bugs breed when it is wetter and no oxygen (anaerobic). How is oxygen transported in the human and what does it need to transport oxygen? Iron. But parasites love stored iron. Is this a rabbit hole or what?
Let’s get to the nitty gritty of true health! That means a paradigm shift. It is a 360 on our beliefs about health and microbes. Well, remember, Douglas Adams wrote : “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.” We probably only know 5% or less of how Nature works..but we do have some good information to change our ways NOW. And, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT!!!
Will you be apart of this soil revolution?
Good Morning Soil People
Two of our members of the Soil Squad team have studied with Dr Elaine Ingham and we are completing the master’s program with her
Organic is not enough. Our tests show that our soils are depleted as they are all over the world. It is a critical situation. So, our primary mission is to return and restore the soil food web and educate everyone.
Recently, we chose to launch (earlier than anticipated) due to a gas company that is prospecting a site we feel is perfect for our mission. This one hectare property sits an the main highway, with 1005 m2 of structures that could be easily converted to become the Microbe Center for Ecuador and South America.
It is Microbes vs Chemicals situation…..little guys vs the big AG guys.
Living Ground is a project that can (and will) positively impact our local community, Ecuador and South America. We believe we can (and we are) co-creating an ecosystem business that enables an entire bio-region to thrive, restoring balance to Nature, nourishing microbes, plants and people, and generating improved conditions for future generations. The project puts people and microbes before profits as it is created as a collaboration and cooperation project where everyone wins.
Our Project Overview:
We have created PODS that are operations that rise form the microbe rich soils. All PODS will be inter-dependent connected to the Microbe Rich Compost and Consultancy POD. We will train and raise leaders for success in each POD (ALL PODS are underlined)
A look into the life of Leisha and the home land of Living Ground.
Microbiology soil testing done with a microscope. Every test is explained to you in simple terms. A suggested way forward is offered so that you gardens and land can flourish with the “good guy” microbes.
Quality, tested and certified with minimum microbe requirements for all plant life. Our piles are a science in art of Nature. Guaranteed no pathogens or bad guys.
Little stories about soil health and reclaiming soil health. Everyone is learning this new science Here I share to educate and help. Here I desire you to understand and take this knowledge and change our world.