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Our Reasons for Living Abroad: Spreading Awareness & Holistic Practices to Promote Wellbeing

It happened so many times. I know you know that feeling… looking at the label to see the ingredients, and how much trans fat, and sugars it has. Where does it come from? And now more and more, the information is getting out there about the ghastly vast list of negative consequences using fertilizers, has on everything. Cause and effect.

Man using magnifying glass to look at food labels

We’re starting to be more aware as a collective of the many causes we have created throughout our history that has led to the effects we are seeing more clearly now on a daily basis. And that new knowledge carries with it some great burden, because now we find ourselves as lead investigators, studying closely the contents on every product we are even remotely interested in. And all that time and energy spent adds up!

But we do need to be informed of what we are consuming. What we eat is such an important factor in our overall health, that if we want any shot of staying healthy in such a disease-ridden world, we have to monitor closely the things we are putting into our system. It’s a must! We are what we eat.

That was driving us nuts though! The insecurity of not really knowing what is in your food creeps in and becomes like a leaky faucet dripping drops of stress into your organism without end in sight. The Chinese water board torture that grocery shopping had become was enough to get us onboard a plane looking for alternative answers.

batch of organic vegetables

And answers we have found. We are finally getting to a point where we aren’t looking at so many labels all the time. The solution we found was making as much of what we consume as we possibly can. Sounds simple enough. Is not.

Making your own things has both its ups and downs. One of the obvious advantages is that you’re no longer having to worry about the origins of the product. You planted the thing; You watched it grow!

Vegetable garden in Illari, Colombia

Another advantage for us is the peace of mind of knowing that what we’re about to put in our mouths doesn’t have nearly as much poison and chemicals as it once did. We’re not quite at the point of self-sustainability that a perfect permaculturist might aspire to achieve, and that means we gotta buy the ingredients we are missing. So yeah we still look at labels.

The gratification of seeing something you planted grow into something beautiful and tasty that you can consume has to be one of the best advantages of doing what we are out here doing. It takes the relationship you have with food to another, deeper level. It can easily be called love. That plant or whatever it is becomes one of your own, one of the family. And it is so wonderful to see that little blossom flourish!

White lilies in bloom in Illari, Colombia

The whole point to saying all that is, that we are actually doing what many of you may have imagined at some point down the line. We have some land, and we are cultivating the coffee we drink, planting the corn we eat, the bananas we enjoy, the plantains we fry. We get to see the whole process up close and we are studying every part of it so that by understanding it better, we can create the best systems to responsibly carry on producing more. We left the country and are now living abroad!

That is one of our reasons for being, to share with you, our fellow earthen brethren, what we are learning over here in our farm. What we find out as we create more of our own food. What we see works and what doesn’t in this crazy adventure.

People gathered around dinner table

And also just as importantly, to share some of the products we have created with great dedication and care with people all over. With those who can’t go out and get their own plot of land, or who don’t even want to, but would still like some wholesome and truly organic goods.

Because it ain’t easy folks! Leaving all the comforts of the city life to tough it out in the countryside doesn’t come with a smooth transition. It’s a whole new world out here in the wild! But it really is great living, and that’s why we want to share it with all of you.

No grain is too small, and for us that means that even if we don’t produce huge quantities of our products, we will make sure to achieve the best quality possible every time. And we will do so using the best practices available for our environment’s sake and for our own sake. And that little grain will go a long way in helping us tip the scales to get on the right planetary path, as long as everyone else brings their little grain too.

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