When I pick up an O Magazine, the very first section I turn to is 'What I know for sure' right in the back. It's where Oprah spends time telling us her truths and what she's learnt over the years. They always lead you to believe in the greater good, in yourself and each other. To breathe deeper and to take it slower.
What we know for sure when it comes to our wonderful Wozani Farm is all centered around the thought of community and sustainablility. Both of which Rainer and I strongly believe is needed and lacking in the US. So below we will be defining some of what we know for sure.
What we know for sure:
Let every avenue we explore be a teachable moment for ourselves and others.
Permaculture is a word that keeps coming back to me.
We are going to strive for low impact to the earth.
By Conserving water through zericscaping and drought tolerant plants, while maintaining an attractive aesthetic.
Use grey water from the household for garden/farm needs.
Creating Habitats which allow for symbiotic relationships.
Keep it green.
We are so saddened how Round Up, giant corporations and city build up are creating worlds that are destroying entire ecosystems, where the butterfly and bee are no longer thriving, thus by default or chain reaction farmers can't produce (bee pollination) and insects species are endangered (monarch butterfly) So we will strive to create safe habitats for all Gods creatures, well, most of Gods creatures, be-gone all snakes and spiders! ;)
Bee Friendly - We will resolve to do all we can to make our 4 acres as bee happy as possible, by both hosting bees through bee hotels and hives, and by planting pollinator friendly crops, flowers, shrubs and trees.
The monarch butterfly is in a steady decline. Milkweed, the essential plant that sustains the butterfly's life cycle is being eradicated as for its name sake - MilkWEED. We'd love to become a certified Monarch Waystation where we would aide in the conservation to assure the preservation of their species by creating an ideal habitat for them. In order to do this, we would have to verify that we provide enough milkweed to sustain the Monarch in all its life stages. More information at www.monarchwatch.org
Organic! Yup, all plants and animals on our little farm will be grown and fed with organic practices. We'd love to be verified as an organic farmer. (we got goats to help control the weed situation, because oh man... weeds are bad in the back.)
Healing! Both Rainer and I love to help and uplift. But, it goes beyond our education, Rainer as a Nurse Practitioner and I as a Holistic Nutritional Consultant, we yearn to strive for more.
We want to bring health back to families encompassing mind, spirit and body. We are not sure exactly what it will look like but here are some ideas.
A healing garden that soothes the soul with herbal smells, and soothing running water. Both bringing you closer to God, while filling your senses.
A wellness practice on the property that gives one the option to seek western medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional, physical therapy, movement classes, to get you in your best health for a perspective that pain is telling us something is wrong, and we don't want to dull the pain, but rather find the root cause and target that.
Finally, we are thinking of creating some kind of retreat. More of that to come.
These are some of our Founding Principles, and what we do with Wozani will always be based off of these.