Awesome Stories 340

This week Awesome Stories brings you joy, Metropolis Farms, storytelling, and garden lessons.

Metropolis Farms

Philidelphia, PA is home to one of the most energy-efficient, cost-effective, and highest producing indoor vertical farming operation in the country called Metropolis Farms. Their goal is to change the way we farm and help spread their technology around the country. Their system uses only 2% of the water and 12% of the energy compared to traditional farming. Plus they can grow almost any crop, organically, in a profitable and sustainable way. Metropolis has four divisions to help drive innovation, teach farmers, and spread the use of indoor vertical farming to grow food locally around the country. This approach provides the best quality food with better economics and lower environmental impact. I like this idea, but am concerned about removing the connections to the soil. The health of our land is critical to the health of both our food and planet.

Storytelling as Service

This is a touching story of Kristin Pedemonti and how she uses storytelling and listening to touch the humanity in people around her. It started with Kristin being a child who loved to read as an escape. Then she tried acting, fell into being a children’s librarian, and found her home as a professional storyteller. While traveling in Belize, Kristin realized how many people have stories they need to tell and be heard. So in addition to telling stories, Kristin focused on listening and asking questions like what do you need and how can I help. And Kristin reminds us there is great power in the words we tell ourselves and others. Let’s use our words to uplift and empower others. She also crusades for joy and Free Hugs realizing how desperately we need to connect. Thank you Kristin!  🙂

Learning from Nature

I see the value of daily reflection – to look back on the actions of the day and assess their effectiveness. This is not done in self-flagellation, but to bring more care and consideration into what I do, and more subtle awareness as a result. ~ Alanda Greene

gardens, Awesome Stories

My garden July 2012

Alanda Greene writes eloquently about her lessons from the garden. In focusing only on removing the weeds and debris from her garden, she accidentally created more rodents and loss of strawberries. The snakes helped keep the rodents that eat her garden in check. Upon reflection, she realized she was the cause of the loss of snakes by removing their habitat. Ultimately, Alanda learned how she is part of a larger ecosystem and each choice creates new consequences and ultimately some kind of balance. Now, she considers herself a steward and aims to take action for the good of the whole. Sounds like good life lessons to me.

May more of us embrace our roles as earth stewards. Peace out!



26 thoughts on “Awesome Stories 340

  1. Very interesting reading, Brad! Loved (among other things) the view of the Storyteller “When you are on a path that is the right one for you—whatever that path is—this clarity will appear.” Hmm. I think there’s something to it.

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  2. I like what Metropolis farms are doing and I can see this in small scale for me, so i will need to do more research on that. I agree, the connection to the soil will be the biggest stumbling block to this way of doing things. Playing in the soil is part of a connection the gardener has with their garden.

    I liked Alanda’s take on the ecosystem of her garden and I wished i had some snakes to take care of the rats for my strawberry patch. I am in direct competition with birds, rodents, slugs, slaters, etc. I am way down the food chain.

    Thank you for your post. Merry Christmas. Lee.


    • Thanks Lee and welcome to our blogging community. I miss my garden where I designed, built, nurtured, and experimented with different ideas like instant beds, direct compost right on the beds and more. Enjoy your foray into health, gardening, and blogging. Brad


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