Haiku from Ukiah: A Palindromic Reflection

The word is backwards Life is upside downish All straight roads are curved   Waiting to fingerprint At Ukiah Sheriff's Office This is so strange   Department of Ag Please accept our permit app Let cannabis grow!   Sacred Cannabis We love you and are grateful For your many gifts   We are determined To [...]

By | 2017-05-23T11:52:52+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Notes from Nikki|0 Comments

Cannabis of the People, by the People, for the People

I am of the firm opinion that cannabis fulfills the three most important rights of the United States founding mission statement, The Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's medical prowess is everyday reaffirmed, The right to ingest cannabis is a fundamental liberty: the freedom to choose to grow one's own [...]

By | 2017-05-17T13:37:36+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Swami Says|0 Comments

Three Phases of Reality

Every week there are encounters that seem to define our era, yet the contrasts are noteworthy. Tuesday morning was spent in the dentist's chair and the afternoon was hardly less painful. This was the feeling at the Willits Senior Center during a workshop organized by the Mendocino Agriculture Commission.   There were presentations by the [...]

By | 2017-04-26T15:21:37+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Swami Says|Comments Off on Three Phases of Reality

Not Just another Meeting

The white sign in front of the unassuming house on Main Street, the former home of the Willits Environmental Group, announced an upcoming event about Regenerative Agriculture and Cannabis. Seeing this as I drove by had piqued my interest. Shortly thereafter, in front of our local health food store, I met Pat Higgins,  Managing Director [...]

By | 2017-04-22T12:12:49+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Swami Says|Comments Off on Not Just another Meeting

A Week in the Life

What an amazing week it was. Here's a taste of what a few days with Swami, off-ranch, are like.   On Tuesday Nikki and I live-streamed the Board of Supervisors meeting to see the vote on the Mendocino Cannabis ordinance. In this historic, though rather anti-climactic moment—what with only three “yes” votes—the future changed for [...]

By | 2017-04-11T16:06:08+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Swami Says|Comments Off on A Week in the Life

The Living Soils Symposium

Last week, eager to dive deeper into regenerative models, my garden co-creator Cassie and I drove up to Medford, Oregon for the second annual Living Soil Symposium.   The Symposium gathered friends new and old, some from the 2016 Emerald Cup's  "Living Soil Contingent.” People came from as far as Jamaica, Canada, Philadelphia, Florida, Nevada, [...]

By | 2017-04-05T09:57:17+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Swami Says|Comments Off on The Living Soils Symposium

WATCH: Using Cannabis to Manage Pain & Inflammation

Surgery of any kind can be a scary thing. Something’s gone wrong with the body and the doctors are telling you the only way to fix this is by cutting you open. Sometimes surgeries are successful, sometimes they’re not – and recovery is almost always painful.   To help you manage the pain, most doctors [...]

By | 2017-03-28T11:22:32+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Notes from Nikki|Comments Off on WATCH: Using Cannabis to Manage Pain & Inflammation

That’s Farming

Spring planting goes on, in spite of rain and snow, cold and hot. Nikki and I had to go down to Ukiah last Tuesday for a couple of doctor appointments sandwiched around a brief appearance at the County Board of Supervisors, who are in the midst of finalizing the county cannabis ordinance. When we got [...]

By | 2017-03-29T16:50:32+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Swami Says|Comments Off on That’s Farming

A Seed Story

Those of you who may have read this blog over time will begin to realize I change the way I do things rather frequently. The biggest change, of course, has been my slowly dawning realization of the critical importance of living soil.   I have also changed the way I sprout the seeds. We’ve switched [...]

By | 2017-03-29T15:54:10+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Swami Says|Comments Off on A Seed Story