Future Developments

Greetings C3!  As the last weeks here at the farm come to a close, we have begun to reflect on  future developments.

2018 Apple on tree at pepperfield

We will be travelling from Iowa to Florida on the 13th of November via car.  This journey will span over 2800 miles, nearly 10 states and seven days of travel.  Nathan, along with his mom, will traverse the United States on a tour of barbecue.  As this unfolds, we will closely document each step through video, picture, text and soundbite.  (Don’t expect the usual posting schedule or content; things will be crazy!)

Moving forward, our future developments include moving the weekly updates of Nathan’s experiences to the back burner.  Don’t worry though, we will be supplementing that section with new content.  Once again, thanks to our patrons, the maintenance costs for this year have been covered.  This will allow us to dedicate future pledges and contributions to creating new content and testing out new ideas.  Interested in connecting with the C3, learn more about how you can here!

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Upcoming Patreon Benefits Schedule and Background Information

Last month we held our first AMA session for our patrons. During a two hour window, we curated a space for any of our patrons to “Ask Me (Us) Anything”.

We didn’t receive a huge response but we will still be offering this as one of the awesome benefits our patrons receive. Our plan is to host the AMA session each third Wednesday of the month. So for September we will go live again on the 26th. You can check out the AMA template here to get an idea of what an AMA actually is. Moving forward we hope to see more participation among the C3, but we understand that this first attempt may have been a little confusing.

Pans & Perspective has not decided how we want to handle the Monthly Video Updates moving forward. Just keep a close eye out for the video posted here and be sure to give us your feedback about our accomplishments and future goals. Our ultimate objective is to have these videos planned and released on a schedule similar to the AMAs.

Lastly we wanted to take a second to explain Patreon. Our campaign started nearly as month go as a means for people to connect with the exciting C3. Patreon acts like a subscription service where you can make a monthly pledge to promote the Community of Conscious Consumers – C3! There is no obligation to continue each month and our patrons are free to contribute as much as they feel appropriate. In doing so, our patrons unlock a myriad of fantastic benefits such as access to the AMA sessions mentioned above, first looks at our monthly video update and other exclusive content, chances to participate in and create discussions, a small swag package from the team here at P&P and much more! One of our future objectives is to be able to host an interview style podcast or video that interviews members of the C3 – people just like you – who share an interest in P&P and all things food!

We have heard some feedback about the lack of clarity behind both our intent as well as what Patreon is. Found both on our Patreon Page as well as on our Youtube, you can find a brief video explaining who we are and how Patreon works. We highly encourage you to check it out. That being said, if you have any questions or need any clarification please feel free to comment below or even send us an email!

Video Update 1.0

Here is a quick recap of what’s happened since I arrived at Pepperfield. New segments, exciting changes and future developments all discussed in this video!

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Never Give Up, Just Try: Planting the Future through Perseverance

The simplest, maybe easiest, approach to dealing with anything is to not try. Surrendering is appealing to some because it requires no further effort. This can be compounded if the fight or battle against or with someone or something repeatedly ends up unsuccessful. Striving to actually “do”, whether it be in life, work or any other capacity, requires an investment. It might be financial, but more often it is time or energy oriented. One of the most strenuous elements of combating an issue or goal is to maintain a path of advancement. Simply, to try. I have always revelled in the feats of humanity. Each time I witness something amazing – cars in space or an egg cooked, then reverted back to its raw state – my belief to “Do my absolute best even when facing adversity because I can do anything as long as I try”, becomes even stronger. Humans have the ability to do anything. But that’s not to say there aren’t physical and mental limitations.

About a week ago I witnessed one of the best living examples of trying, more aptly called perseverance. It was a warm afternoon and David and I went to the upper vineyard. Our plan was to plant some new vines to replace others lost to winter kill. I watched as David meticulously planted the new Blue Bell grapes for future harvests. As he completed the series of plantings I asked him a few questions. “How much will these vines grow? Will they double in size?” Looking at these skimpy twigs I was curious how they could ever turn into the massive vines that dominated over two-thirds of the vineyard. David told me that if we had proper growing conditions they had the potential to double, possibly even grow more than that. As I gazed across the vineyard another spark of curiosity ignited within. “How old are these vines up here”, I asked, observing some of the behemoths with trunks thick as my wrist. David pondered for a second and I interjected, “Are they as old as the vineyard?” He quickly replied, “yes”, and followed it up with an explanation. He told me that he put this upper vineyard in about five years ago. Without any inquisition, he also added “These guys” – the vines we just planted – “will take about that much time before they set good fruit”
This is where my amazement peaked. David is 76 and yet he’s still planting vines. He’s looking to the future with optimism that he will still be around to care for them – although I’m sure he will be – and with hopes to enjoy the fruits of his labor. I’d like to talk about David. Author of several books, entomologist, and photographer, although he claims these are just hobbies, teacher, naturalist and farmer, he has lived his life in a similar fashion for its entirety. Even at 76 this season he planned – without any real knowledge of my participation on the farm – to manage his own life and land, the gardens of two of his neighbors, an edible landscape at the local hospital, oversight of a bed and breakfast, with efforts predominantly spearheaded by Ellis, countless donations to local non-profit organizations, and teaching people about growing in body, mind, and spirit. This testament alone demonstrates his drive to persevere: to never give up. But he isn’t a god, just a man. He has made countless sacrifices, which I applaud and respect, to achieve these feats; each carefully calculated to maximize his success and efficiency.

It would have been significantly easier for him to decline these supplemental garden projects; he could have taken a year off with the hospital landscape; hell, he even could’ve just brought me out here as a body for work and kept his philosophies and teachings to himself. (I’m extremely grateful he didn’t) He could’ve forsaken the grape vines and the vineyard and chalked it up as a loss. But that’s not David. Instead he is going “full boar” – one of his favorite euphemisms – looking beyond his daily tasks and comfort to plan for and plant his future.

Pepperfield – but moreso the man behind it – has taught me something everyday, ranging from farming to philosophy. It has given me the chance to be introspective and determine how I plan to live my future. One of the biggest components here at Pepperfield is the work. Laboring for countless hours, hauling pounds of manure and expelling gallons of sweat for a fabulous finished product. A living example planting the future through perseverance. David understands this so well because he has lived it for his entire life. He has seen the conversion of raw physical energy and mental determination transform into a beautiful bounty. David knows how much easier it would be to call it quits and lead a different life. The most intriguing point is that he doesn’t want to. The best part of this lesson is understanding it physically as well as mentally. I have only gotten a taste of David’s teachings and the work involved but each day as I grow, just like the vines we planted, I continue to experience what is like to try. Life isn’t easy, if it was it would be boring. Hard work, determination and perseverance are only a few of the keys to success. The biggest proponent is you! Next time you want to quit or surrender, don’t. Just try, strive to achieve more, plant those grape vines: plant your future.

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