One of the best things about creating something from nothing is exactly THAT! Creating something that is POSSIBLE in a space where there is NOTHING (in the way but to create).
Last night, my awesome friend, and group member Timothy Holmes and I got to chatting about one of the homework assignments in a course we’re currently taking (I’ll get more into that in another post) and we were sharing about our bold requests for the day. I shared about asking two of my friends who own businesses to meet me to discuss partnering opportunities for my non-profit ECOtionally and that I requested to help a friend who was having some reasons and considerations about her current situation.
Timothy shared that he had requested of his employer that he not work on Thursdays because that’s the day he chooses to drive 4+ hours from Victor, New York, USA to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to attend this course that we’re taking together (again I’ll share more about it in a separate post) – but let’s say that it’s powerful enough that he willingly and intentionally crosses the US|Canada border (in and out) and drives 4 hours to be in a classroom for 2.5 hours with a group of people who are committed to leaving people touched, moved and inspired (yes, it really is that life transforming guys!).
Now, I have to acknowledge Timothy, he is a spiritually free human, with a big authentic heart and is full of acceptance – I always feel that he truly listens, is genuinely interested in what I have to say and he’s open to doing what’s necessary to transform his life into something awesome that he loves and lives, powerfully. His sharing within our team and within our larger group is invaluable. I really get a lot from his participation in the program – he’s just so darned inspiring … (everyone clap for Timothy please 👏🏻).
Out of our sharing I asked Timothy about the project he has been working on at Exodus Farms (his family farm where they’ve been organically farming for more than 40 years) and the event which he created and is taking place this Friday (he’s such a cool dad that he incorporated his daughter’s birthday into the event!).
I was so inspired by what he created and is looking to create in the long term that I asked if he’d be ok with me writing a blog about him, his project and the other BIG things he’s up to in making the world a better place for all of us and that is how you create something out of nothing! Out of a simple conversation, something was created, an opportunity – I was provided with awesome blog content to share with my readers – about someone who’s out to change the world and Timothy was provided with the opportunity of pro bono advertising for his endeavours (win-win!)
Exodus Farm’s Vision
“Our goal is to protect and preserve this land with a land trust and use the organic farm land for “tiny home” non-fixed/non-permanent type dwellings, homesteading and permaculture community with like-minded folks who would like to live in a natural way with sacred connection to all the living animal, insect, plant, water and wild earth habitats that are here on this land.
We seek to nurture this ancient tribal land in community by living with and learning from this land by honoring it. I envision this community being self sustaining by everyone growing and sharing their organic food. I envision solar power and a purified well water source.
Knowing that contributors are assisting in creating this Earth Dream into reality they would be more that welcome to participate and be a part of this community, visit, stay in sacred communion with the land in its many aspects. We would like to see the land be protected and preserved also because our ancestors have worked so hard in our past to ensure that the natural resources and living things on this land were preserved so we definitely want to continue with their vision of preservation”.
Ummm, Ok – So What Exactly is a Permaculture Community?
Before I started talking to Timothy , I felt kind of ignorant that I had absolutely NO IDEA. Not to fret, I got it now – it’s really just a fancy dancy word for a holistic, living-in-harmony-with-nature worldview, as well as an approach for how to do so.
The more sophisticated version is that permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale.
And that my friends is what Timothy is working on achieving at his family homestead in Victor, NY.
Q&A With Timothy Holmes
Q: Can you tell us more about who you are?
Q: Tell us more about your family farm.
Q: What are you currently working on at the farm?
Q: Tell us more about your event this coming weekend?
Q: What are you up to next?
Click below to take a listen to Timothy’s appearance on the Urban Monk Think Tank podcast called “Weather of the Mind”.
I really enjoyed these podcasts – it was truly interesting to learn these deep spiritual connections that are so important to Timothy and why the project he’s working on is so dear to him. The purpose of Timothy’s appearance on the podcast was to bring in the people to build the spiritual-permaculture community at his farm.
If you’re in or from the Finger Lakes Region this weekend – definitely consider popping by Exodus Farm and visiting Timothy for some interesting chats and what he’s up to in the big wide world!
“Don’t waste time waiting for opportunity to surface; it may never happen that way. Spend time to create one and many more will unfold in series!”