Letter From The Director

Last Saturday was a success. Nine different families were represented at the open house held on the Riverbed Ranch, located 15 miles from Simpson Springs Campground. All were introduced to the property where surveying has commenced, soil samples were previously taken, and the results are in. We are now waiting for the final water analysis. However, all indications are that the water is good. Enough so that we are proceeding on all fronts.


A pilot hemp crop for CBD oil is being planted this year by 4 of the families. Licensing by the State of Utah is being finalized, seeds have been ordered, the equipment has been purchased and much more. With the execution of this pilot project involving a cash crop, we hope to demonstrate what can be done individually or collectively on each shareholder’s 2 acres.


Many people have the perception that becoming a farmer means eking out a meager existence and living an austere lifestyle. This does not have to be the case. There are many successful examples from which we can learn and which we can emulate. With the appropriate knowledge, planning, a network of like-minded people and essential resources, amazing opportunities open up.


Through its webinars, the Academy and its online instruction during the last six months have been introducing successful templates, such as Jean-Martin Fortier’s “The Market Gardener.” Mr. Fortier has successfully transformed a one-and-a-half-acre parcel of land into a micro farm that produces enough food for 200 people and makes over $100,000 a year. All this without any large farm equipment. Also, there is Rush Finch’s “Greenhouse in the Snow.” Mr. Finch has been growing citrus fruit in western Nebraska since 1979. His system of heating and cooling his large greenhouse costs less than a $1.00 a day to operate. His 12’ tall trees produce over 125 pounds of citrus each season. 


The path to self-reliance begins in one’s own heart and mind. “What is wanted,” continues to be the starting point. Self-reliance means for one to be self-determined. Those that continue to look for a handout or to have others provide for them do not understand the freedom that comes from being self-determined. 


It is my firm belief that if we provide our family and friends with an example and with an invitation, they will come. Hope will be rekindled, the industry will ignite, and lives will transform. We must set the example. 2 acres, a house, a barn, a greenhouse, and a garden/orchard, not connected to any public utilities, being totally self-reliant is the key to autonomy.  Add that with like-minded neighbors, now we have a  place where we can feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, minister to the sick and rescued children.


God speed my dear friends, brothers & sisters.

Philip J Gleason


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