Uncomfortable Growth

Journey

Life & each person’s  journey is never straightforward. 

But…if you can take a step back, ask yourself what truly makes you happy, observe the patterns in your life & set yourself on a positive mission, you will ultimately find true happiness

Graduation weekend St. Andrews

Unfortunately, most never reach their full potential…but for those fortunate enough, including myself, this is a story of the journey to committing my life to regenerating agriculture.

So here it goes…the reason for creating Adam Grows EDEN…The Why?…and the mission to regenerate society by regenerating the foundation of all societies…agriculture.

Life as a Struggling Entrepreneur

For years, I had been struggling as an international entrepreneur, trying to get rich in Poland.

Still not knowing where my passions lay, the first business created was a marketing agency…learn how to do online marketing & you can create any business you like.

However, there had always been a deep unhappiness, being well-read, well-traveled and the inherent understanding in absurdity of our world.

Not being able to face the the abyss head on, it was the weekends to look forward to, not “normal” life.

However, 2016 was a key moment leading up to Adam Grows EDEN.

During this year, Steak Club was created, an online butcher of dry-aged beef. 

With good food & organizing barbecues (people), two passions were awakened.

As luck would have it, one of the original business partner in Steak Club, was the first one to introduce the concept of  “permaculture”.

I was immediately hooked.

For years leading up to this, magazines, newspaper articles, & the internet were awash with stories of a society destroying it’s eco-system around it.

And farming was the main culprit.

With Permaculture however, what was not to love?

Working with nature, not against it, creating jobs for local communities, while restoring bio-diversity through sustainable agroecologies….

This was not the farming we all think of, monotonous monocultures…but a possible solution to the world’s problems.

However, it would still take a couple of years, still ignoring the problem’s our society faced, in the pursuit of the American dream, obtaining wealth

Being an entrepreneur comes with risks & sure enough my attention was consumed by a second insolvency…bankrupting one business & nearly losing Steak Club…it was time for a reset.

As luck would have it, I may have been financially broke, but have a vast network of friends…meaning an all expenses paid trip to Peru, that would change my life.

While in Peru…it dawned on me…the purpose of life was not to chase money…but to make the world a better place.

When you die, what truly matters?

The gold you have stacked next to you?

Or friends, knowing you made a positive impact & enjoyed a fulfilling life.

So…how to fix society? 

By fixing the bedrock of all societies…agriculture. 

By leveraging the international network from growing up in International Schools with experience in high-frequency trading, marketing, beef & BBQ events.

Combined with that, were three lessons.
1. If you have one life, you might as well be positive
2. Balance is the key to a healthy life
3. Take responsibility for your actions

Coming back to Poland, it would still take 2 more years.

Continuing to chase money…only made life more miserable…

However, valuable knowledge was acquired, how to create online sales funnels & guaranteeing my clients in the marketing agency 300% return on ad spend.

Unfortunately, not aligning my true motivations, life served a third insolvency….

Walking Away from Rome

With no family, no kids,  no employees, or money to continue living in the city…the universe had made it’s point…it was time to embark on the journey of changing agriculture for the better.

So began a 5 year transformationnomading with little to no money, and beginning to create a plan to fix our agricultural system.

All Successful Businesses Start on a Piece of Paper

First step…move to the countryside, test the waters…and learn by doing.

Having lived in the city my whole life, the move seemed daunting, but in reality it was….amazing!

It was here I found my balance.
Routine is the key…


5 a.m. wake-ups, start the fire
6 a.m. put coals & brisket into the smoker
3 hours of computer work
Spend the next 9 hours outside working on projects &  with nature
Finish the day with a brisket and a swim in a pond
Repeat

Top that with a keto dietintermittent fasting for increased energy, and being around nature, experiencing real life never felt better!

For 3 months, it was figuring out how to run an educational farm, create weekend experiences, entertaining groups of people, group physical projects (karma yoga), barbecues & parties in the forest.

Learning by doing is the new mantra…tractors, chainsaws, and working with nature…the first project was a resounding success.

Creating a Mandala Kitchen Garden, it was amazing to see what you can grow with good soil, sunlight & water.

After 3 months…with no plans & still no money, friends started to call, with invites to join in on holidays, all expenses paid, for the rest of the year.

Surely this was a sign?

This opportunity was used to observe the agricultural practice in over 10 countries, including: 

Italy

Costa Rica (twice)

Spain

France

Germany

Monoculture Corn Fields for bio-diesel, juxtaposed by a diverse permaculture garden

Austria

Czech Republic

and Slovenia

This enabled me to observe a number of things:
1. The world is full of amazing people..but the disparity of wealth between countries & within countries is shocking
2. Western Agricultural practices of monocultures & chemicals are now global
3. Practically, no examples of profitable “permaculture” farms

But, the best part of the year…reconnecting with nature

Coming back from New Years in Costa Rica, as COVID Pandemic hit & 2020 began, a solution to reform agriculture started to form.

What was needed to reform agriculture?

1. Top-down Change: To work with governments & corporations (we live in an age of oligopolies), to convert land in mass to regenerative practices.

How?-> Create a small consulting company to cooperate with the above entities  -> Adam Grows EDEN

2. Bottom-up Change: Create a network of educational farms, to create a new  generation of farmers & entrepreneurs in order to decentralized agriculture back to a  farm-to-table system.

How?-> Leverage Network & partially funded by profits from Adam Grows Environmental Development Education Network

Beyond Permaculture

Fortunately, the pandemic was great for business. 

Having an online food business (Steak Club), the year was spent traveling freely, hosting barbecues in the countryside (lockdowns be damned!), working on gardens, traveling & continuing to grow a network of people & solutions

but there were a couple of problems with Permaculture!

What problem?  As an entrepreneur…nobody could show me a business model with a working spreadsheet!

As the Fall of 2020 approached, it was obvious, more research was needed…permaculture was turning out to be “dogma” (SWALES EVERYWHERE), with no real answers on how to profitably regenerate land on a large scale.

Now….working on the fringe of society…means you meet other thought leaders with fringe ideas.

Thus, while looking for a farm outside of Warsaw to start an educational farm…I met the infamous Dr. Svensson, holistic doctor & quantum medicine expert.

Over the winter of 2020-2021, isolated in a strange place…I set to continue my search for more answers.

First, was learning about holistic health… details of which you can check out in the YouTube playlist below.

A longer discussion, let’s just say, that we are what we eat, & agriculture is inextricably linked to human health.

Second, was finally finding spreadsheets! 

Richard Perkins, excellent book The Regenerative Agriculture Book, had everything needed to start a farm (including spreadsheets), not just permaculture, but a multitude of methods, including something called keyline design.

Third…after searching for 2 years….finally finding the knowledge I had been searching for!

A farm planning course based on keyline design  called the Regrarians Platform, for regenerating farms 0.5ha to 1 million ha.

A Year as a Farmer

As 2021 came around (now after 2 years of nomading), I refused to return to the city.

Steak Club could now be managed fully-remote, and now having until the Fall to start the Regrarians Course,  it was decided to move to Western Poland,

the least populated county in the country.

The goal? To get boots on the ground experience, and truly understand the issues farmers were facing in the countryside…

What did I  find?

The countryside is just as broken as the cities. 

Unhealthy people (I now understand the root cause of 95% of modern illnesses are Western Diets), unhappy/depressed farmers, mismanagement of forests, and extreme droughts…in Poland!

As Fall came around, and the Northern European winter set in, I geared up for the next adventure.

It was time to return to California, my home state…to get a first hand look at the problems there.

The World in Crisis

What was the goal of this trip besides observing the challenges we face?

1. Completing the Regrarians Course -> The missing puzzle piece of knowledge to design large farms
2. Building a network in California → putting my networking skills to the test & begin integrating the European Network with a US network

Really, there shouldn’t have been any surprises, but what I witnessed…was a civilization crumbling before my eyes.

Obesity epidemic, homeless people on streets, urban sprawl as far as the eye could see, crumbling infrastructure, droughts & while I was there…floods! 

However, the same problems plagued one of the wealthiest places on Earth as the rest of the world:

1. The disparity of wealth between countries & within countries is shocking
2. Western Agricultural practices of monocultures & chemicals are now global
3. Practically, no examples of profitable “permaculture” farms

To top things off…Steak Club underwent another crisis, meaning no income in one of the most expensive places on earth, Los Angeles.

Luckily, now after 3 years of nomading, using my knowledge of holistic health, and moving to a farm, I managed to survive on $74 a month.

How?

By going to Latino stores, & eating beef liver, flank steak, eggs & butter.

We only grow when put in uncomfortable environments!

Nearly finding myself nearly homeless during the Christmas of 2021-2022, only on Dec. 23, did I make it to Marquez Ranch

and in the process met a “new family.”

That winter, we went about fixing up the ranch, getting first hand experience, while finishing the Regrarians Course.

This trip was risky, but well worth it.

The knowledge acquired & furthering to create a global network. all towards changing agriculture for the better.

Destination “Calabrifornia”

Returning to Europe during the Spring of 2022 (and again nearly losing Steak Club), the world would have to wait….this year was about fixing the beef business.

By this time, after 4 years of nomading, the world had been through a pandemic, demonstrating the fragility of the global supply networks, and there was now the war in Ukraine….

Creative recycling!

During the past 4 years, the knowledge & network had been acquired to begin regenerating land, people, and profits.

As the end of 2022 approached…it was time again to move to warmer spot for the winter.

This time to Calabria, Italy…and finally begin working on Adam Grows EDEN full-time.

With friends, a community, a place with amazing weather, great food, friendly people…2023 is now being spent learning Italian, identifying farms for the Education Network…& finally helping to regenerate land, people & profits.

Adam Grows EDEN was created to provide best in class expertise in Regenerative Agriculture for landowners, farmers, corporations, governments & NGOs, with proceeds of profits helping to grow the Environmental Development Education Network (EDEN).

Change is not easy…growth is uncomfortable.

As we face the painful changes coming, it is only by moving forward and confronting our problems, where we grow to solve the challenges within ourselves & our global society are now facing.

Don’t be scared, all the solutions exist to solve our problems, but only by working together & applying these solutions with an open-mind, we can transform a broken system.

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