Always follow your heart, even if you don’t know where it is going. You can trust your heart.

 

Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The Grow Network which has the purpose of stopping the destruction of the Earth. Commercial agriculture and conventional medicine are two of the most destructive forces on the planet. The Grow Network is the premier community of people who are making their own medicine, growing their own food, and becoming extraordinarily healthy.

The Grow Network is a user supported platform for the global exchange of information and actions to living sustainably.

Marjory has been featured by National Geographic as an expert in sustainability, she has hosted Mother Earth News’ “Online Homesteading Summit”, she was honored in Reuters “Food Sustainability Media Award”, and is a creator of books and videos with more than a half a million copies in use by gardeners, herbalists, survivalists, missionary organizations, and universities around the world.

Where did the idea for your company come from?

I was volunteering on a farm to table project to get local organic food into the nearby Red Rock Elementary School.

Everybody wanted this – the teachers, parents, the school board.. Even the students wanted it (their favorite day was when we made vegetable soup from the small gardens growing onsite).

There was grant money available at both the State and Federal levels.

I was so excited – this was a sure thing!

And then the whole project failed miserably….

Really miserably.

It changed my life.

Why?

Because by the third meeting, we realized there was not enough organic food being produced. It would take all of the organic farmers from the three surrounding counties to even provide a tiny amount of what was needed.

Red Rock is about 45 minutes SE of Austin, TX. With a population of over 1 million.

I couldn’t stop shaking once I realized that there were absolutely no local food supplies anywhere nearby.

There are only 3 days on food inventory for the entire 1 million people in our area – and most of the US is in the same condition.

Have you seen the fist fights that break out when a tiny interuption in the water supply has people baring the shelves at local stores?

Do you recall those Willie Nelson rallies to help small farmers? Well, essentially the small farm network was completely destroyed and there is no resilience in our community.

I decided then and there to dedicate my life to bringing back the traditions of home gardens, the backyard flock of chickens, and the home rabbitry.

What ever I had been doing in my life previously was no longer worth pursuing and I would use my life’s energy toward this mission “homegrown food on every table”.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

I get up about 5’ish and do at least an hour meditation / prayer.
I then go outside and enjoy the morning with bare feet on the soil to gaze in wonder at the rising sun.
I do some quick chores (take care of the flock, collect eggs, see if the garden need water, etc.)
The coffee machine is next 🙂
Then I turn on the electronics – the phone, computer, etc. I check my schedule and plan the day’s work.
I decide on two to five things that if I get them accomplished that day, I will feel complete.
At this time in my life I skip both breakfast and lunch preferring bone broth or green juices in lieu of meals (my kids are grown now and don’t need my help for these meals, so I can have this schedule).
I often take mini breaks during the day to go outside and do some small chores related to food production, harvest, or preservation.
I love that my pantry and home apothecary is full 🙂
I really enjoy a long slow run in the afternoons.
And then I love preparing and eating (hopefully sharing with family) a delicious home cooked meal.
Some light reading before bed – or if the family is around perhaps watching a show together. If the kids are traveling, then some phone calls with them.
I journal the 5 things I am graetful for that day.

How do you bring ideas to life?

They often well up and come from the craziest places. I have so many ideas that I’ve learned to put them all in what I call an “Ideas Bank” or iBank. On a regular basis I go through the iBank and sort through what is still exciting. Then I figure out what resources will be needed and if it is a good viable project based on the company values, our mission, and the economics. If it passes that, then I propose it to my team. It often gets further developed and we figure out how and when to schedule the work. Many ideas that I thought were easy took several years to a decade to implement.

What’s one trend that excites you?

People are waking up to how toxic the commercial food supply is! And they are seeking alternitives to the established medical system.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

The morning meditation / prayer. It gives my mind the freedom and space to be open to new ideas. It helps me relax and enjoy life.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Always follow your heart, even if you don’t know where it is going. You can trust your heart.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

Everyone needs to be growing some of their own food.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Keep up your relationships and database of friends, family, and stakeholders.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.

Initially I grew the business by publicity (radio shows, tv, newspaper and magazine appearances).
Then we started doing Summits and working with affiliates (The Home Grown Food Summit, the Home Medicine Summit)
Now we are focusing on advertising to expand.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Initially I was running chasing every blinky shiny… My schedule was sheer chaos. The contrators working with me never knew when I would change directions…

It was painful.

Then I started implementing rhythms and cycles into the business. I began getting us on a regular schedule for everything that could be setup in a recurring way (this made running the business much more predictable and everyone knows what is coming and when).
I scheduled
team meetings
book keeping & payments
Summits
newsletters
content delivery
etc.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

There is a need for high quality chocolate that is not rancid or old. So much chocolate is bad. And chocolate is a very important anti-depressant.
If I had time, I would find a good farm in either Hawaii or Puerto Rico and start a chocolate farm.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

I purchased some supplies to do a ‘seed blessing’ experiment. I am going to run some trials where I ask my community to bless a group of seeds (the blessings are remote). I ‘ll also have three sets of ‘controls’ that won’t be blessed. And we will measure the growth rates between the two sets. I am so excited by this! It will be a test of the power of intentional thought and prayer.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?

OMG, only 1 piece? With an online business I depend on so many…. OntraPort, O365, Co-Schedule, HighRise, WordPress…

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

At the moment, the book “Shoe Dog” by the founder of Nike, Phillip Knight. If you need inspiration to keep going, this book is for you.

What is your favorite quote?

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money”
– Marjory Wildcraft

Key learnings:

  • Quiet time in the morning (for meditation or prayer) is vital to keep you balanced
  • Setup an iBank (Ideas Bank) and put all those exciting possibilities there. Schedule a regular time when you review all your ideas and choose which ones to pursue when you have a cooler head.
  • Always follow your heart. It will pay off in the end.

Connect:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marjorywildcraft/

https://www.facebook.com/TheGrowNetwork/

https://TheGrowNetwork.com

https://www.amazon.com/Marjory-Wildcraft

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