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Hami High Medical Fair April 25, 2012: Many Seeds were Planted and Fulfilled

FIRST DRAFT
WRITTEN APRIL 26, 2012
A Work in Progress…






This is the Myth of America Happening at Hami High Thanks to Ms Eva Becker, Science Teacher; very special student volunteers and fantastic community participants who made the Medical Fair of April 25, 2012 an incredible success!



That is the true myth of America. She starts old,
old, wrinkled and writing in an old skin. And
there is a gradual sloughing off of the old skin, towards
a new youth. It is the myth of America.
–D.H. Lawarence, Studies in Classical American Literature,

Quoted from the Book, “The American Adam,” by C.S. Lewis


Ms. Eva Becker (L to R) Science Teacher Hami High, Daughter of Chef LaRue Palmer, and Chef LaRue. This magical health Chef aims to adopt Hami High and help the school apply Michelle Obama’s Farm to School principles of healthier nutrition.

Plant Your Dream! This is One Key to fulfilling the Myth of America toward a New Youth






“Good Job, Uncle!!! You Rocked!!! The Kids and Faculty Loved You!!
From Ms Eva Becker
Text Message April 25, 2012
10 PM



“Scientific” Testing at the Hami Medical Fair from Uncle Leslie:


” Growing a Healthier Pizza”; an Open Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Food (should Label GMOs be supported?) are two Ideas I launched at the Hamilton High School Medical Fair April 25, 2012. Both were enthusiastically Received and will be Advanced.



ONE: Organic Foods at Hami High Medical Fair April 25, 2012






Q: What is that Red Thing over to the Left in this Art????


THANK YOU TO MY SPONSORS FOR SUPPLYING FOODS I GAVE AWAY



A: It is a Horizon Organics Bag…FYI!!! Thanks for you sending the Organic Chocolate Milk and the Cheeses!!!

Audley Tingling, Head of the Hami High Cafeteria and I had a Great Rapport






Organic Food Arrives at the Hami High Cafeteria




One of the highlights of my day at the Hami High Medical Fair April 25, 2012 was interacting with Audley Tingling, head of the Hami Cafeteria and his staff, who serve the Youth food every day at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. Audley was very interested in the what i had to say about Kamut Khorasan wheat, Cheramoyas I had brought up from San Diego to introduce to students, and some of the fresh organic foods from JR Organics and Suzie’s Farm.

Audley enjoyed sampling some of the fresh Organic Produce that came into the Hamilton Cafe for the first time perhaps. He was already familiar with gardening. Members of his staff were friendly. Wee all delighted in a supportive rapport that I know will grow. Audley and I talked about better foods coming into the Cafeteria on a regular basis. I know there is support for this now among the USDA staff.

CSA Proposal for Hami High to be Explored




I want to explore seeing a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture Program, started and coordinated through the Hami High Cafeteria. JR Organic has two weekend Farmers’ Markets in WLA, within reach of Hami High. It could be possible to do a pickup on Sundays. Refrigeration would help.

More to come….

TWO: THE GREAT HAMI HIGH DEBATE OF FALL 2012



Inviting Students to Debate the Question of Labeling GMOs–More here:



http://plantyourdream.net/?p=12468




On the day I was at Hami High, Marlene Zuccaro, head of the esteemed Hami Music Academy, was handling out special awards to students who had excelled. One stopped at my Plant Your Dream Table. I invited her to participate in the Debate idea. She liked the idea. I introduced the idea of learning all sides of the GMO question. A number of students said they would be interested. The idea would be have have students learn all sides of the questions of GMOs. Bringing information about GMOs to light is an issue between now and the November California Election.



Professionals from Various Medical Fields Participated; Organics were also on Display as Well


Ms. Eva Becker organized this first Medical Fair that drew together many professionals including representatives from the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, and representatives from the Cedar-Sinai Hospital, scientists who introduced the idea of stem cells and their work to the youth.





Alexis F. Jones attended from the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. She was aware of the problems with modern wheat. She understood issues about GMOs. This was exciting to meet her. I shared with her information about Kamut and gave her a card I picked up from the SlickTruck Pizza store, where they serve Pizza made with Kamut ancient wheat. I looked at their site. What progress we are making to bring alternative healing practices in medicine! Yes.


UCLA CENTER FOR HUMAN NUTRITION
http://www.cellinteractive.com/ucla/natural_remedies/index.html

THREE: PROJECT TASTE ORGANIC KICKS OFF!

“Project Taste Organic” Kicks off with Giving Out Organic Samples




Then, there was my station in between the two, that featured my new project “Taste Organic!” and samples of Organic Chocolate Milk, and organic cheeses from Horizon Organics; soaps and “Coexist” bumper stickers from the Fair Trade folks at Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps; and samples from Eden Foods.


Herbal Teas Too from Traditional Medicinals







In one part of the table, we had herbal teas including some from Drake Sadler of Traditional Medicinals. This inspired another table that served hot teas.


THINGS I HAD ON MY TABLE



Three Main Books on Display



On my table, I had three main books–Nina Federoff’s, Mendel in the Kitchen,” a Scientists view of Genetically Modified Foods; “Empty Harvest,” a classic work by Dr. Bernard Jensen and Mark P Anderson. The Third book I featured was “The Science of Eating” (1919) by Alfred W. McCann, who was an eye witness to the founding of the FDA, and a close ally of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, whose work inspired the FDA.

“Mendel in the Kitchen”



The Day before I left for L.A for the Medical Fair, a book I want to study called “Mendel in the kitchen” arrived. This book explains GMOs from a genetic scientists point of view. I had this book on my table at the Medical Fair, as well as the book “Empty Harvest by Dr. Bernard Jensen. My ideas is that I inspire students at Hami High to enter into a study of all sides of the GMOs Labeling question that will take place on campus. I want to invite some of the students to enter in a Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Food on Facebook.

“Empty Harvest,” by Dr. Bernard Jensen and Mark P. Anderson

more here…

“The Science of Eating” by Alfred W. McCann (1919)


Quote from Alfred McCann On Wheat



From the Preface to “The Science of Eating” by Alfred McCann (1918)




in Mr. McCann’s opinion, it will be a long time before Congress will successfully grapple with the facts which he now outlines in detail {In his book, [ “The Science of Eating.]

His belief was that the work must be done in the schools.

He said, “Our American children must be taught the meaning of depraved foods, that they must learn how foods are processed, bleached, colored, sifted, bolted, denatured, degerminated, demineralized, chemically treated and refined; that they must be taught the relationship of foodless food to sickness and death; that they must be taught the relationship of natural food to health and life.”




Who was Alfred McCann?




He has been used as a witness by the U.S. Department of Justice in interstate conspiracy prosecution; by the Attorney General of New York State;by the District Attorney of New York County….He has been arrested on charges of criminal assault and upon trail in a hostile court has been acquitted. He has initiated two hundred and six sucessful prosecution of food adulterators and has never lost a case.



Videos on Display




I also had a few other videos that will are already part of the Video Science Library in Ms Eva Becker’s class, that already include “Food Inc.” The new additions I plan to add include a video by Dr. Bernard Jensen called, “World Quest for Health and Happiness,” As literature on the table I had information from the Human Genome Project, and “20 questions on Genetically Modified Foods” from the World Health Organization (WHO), and an array of materials from the Label GMOs California Initiative Campaign.

FOUR: ACTIVITIES AT THE ORGANIC, GROW A HEALTHIER PIZZA, & PLANT YOUR DREAM STATION
AT THE HAMI HIGH MEDICAL FAIR, APRIL 25, 2012



Grinding Kamut Khorasan Wheat

One Hands on activity I did was with students was inviting them to help me grind some fresh Kamut Wheat from the Whole Khorasan wheat berries in a hand wheat grinder. More than 15 students helped, as well as my sister, Vivian Becker, who came to support the event. Vivian is the mother of my niece Eva Becker, a beloved science teacher at Hami High.

Hands on Project: Grinding Kamut Khorasan Wheat was a Step toward Making a Healthier Pizza



Reading the Label GMOs Materials Out Loud



Numbers of students read the Label GMOs flyer outloud and agreed that they felt they had a Right to Know what was in their foods was they could make intelligent choices.


Planting seeds in the Pot

Aside from the seeds of Khorasan wheat, I asked students to plant the Non GMO Tomato Seeds that were a gift to the Label GMOs campaign from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company in the same pot.


All these seeds were planted.


As I came home to the Enchanted Garden, there were a few drops of rain along the way. I made sure to take all the pots with new seeds out of the EG Mobile when I came home and place them back in the garden. Soon after, it became to rain, and it rained steadily throughout the night.

Many seeds were planted at the Hami High Medical Fair in my pot and through the amazing participation of so many from different points of view, interacting with the students.

I know something good is going to grow from all this.
Plant a Seed. Grow a Whole New World.

Leslie Goldman
Your Enchanted Gardener
April 26, 2012

BACKGROUND OF KAMUT KHORASAN WHEAT PROJECT


In recent months I have been inspired by Bob Quinn of Kamut International, who has been educating and improving the condition of wheat through the introduction of Khorasan Organic Wheat. He is a sponsor of the Organic Farming Research Foundation and their notable work to help Organic Farmers, and the OFRF theme is “Thrive!” I have come to love this grain that is of ancient stock. As one legend says, it is called Prophet’s Wheat, and the Prophet the Turkish People have in mind is Norah who build the Ark to save important species from extinction at the time of the flood.

Khorasan Wheat Arrives in the Hami High Cafeteria at the Medical Fair





I had one bucket filled with Khorasan Kamut Wheat. Some of this was used for the Plant Your Dream work. Other was ground to demonstrate the making of a healthier pizza.


Problems with Modern Hybrid Wheat




I have been aware of problems with modern hybrid wheat for many years. Dr. Bernard Jensen wrote, Grains are truly ‘The Life of a Nation.’ However, the way we have handled grains in this country means that we are living on the poorest part of the grain. Some of the most fundamental mineral elements have been taken away, leaving the husks–insofar as nourishment goes–to live on. We said, in his booklet, “Let’s Begin at the Beginning Man Needs Good Earth and Grains for the Body, if we continue in this direction we shall some day wake up to the fact that we are a seriously undernourished people!”

Journey to Restore Healthier Wheat Begins




I began the journey to bring the Ancient Wheat Kamut Khorasan back into one school, April 26 at the Hami High Medical Fair. I had one student read the quote to me a loud, and got her opinion. She thought it was important for students to learn about what McCann was saying. I asked numbers of teachers what they thought. They were enthusiastic about my pursuing this project to teach students “How to Grow a Healthier Pizza”


UNCLE LESLIE’S “SCIENCE” PROJECTS AT THE MEDICAL FAIR OF APRIL 26, 2012 & BEYOND…





Project Taste Organic!

Premise: If students have a chance to Taste Organic Food, they will like it!

Procedure: Gave samples of Organic Foods at Medical Fair.

Outcomes: The students who had tasted and used the organic foods in the past were excited and asked for more!

The Sprays from FES were asked for.

What I served before. What I served this time.

Fill in…

GIVING THE FDA SOME DATA TO PROVE OR DISPROVE THIS COMMENT




Does Eating Better Give Better Health? Can You feel the Difference between eating five regular pizzas
and five healthier pizzas?




Dr. Elmer M. Nelson in a special Constitutional Court in Washington October (1912) testified that: “It is wholly unscientific to state that a well fed body is more able to resist disease than a less well-fed body. My overall opinion is that there hasn’t been enough experimentation to prove dietary deficiencies make one more susceptible to disease.” (from The Washington Post, October 26, 1949.), says Royal Lee in “Let’s Live” Magazine, 1950


Source:
Articles by Royal Lee from Let’s Live Magazine 1950:

http://www.soilandhealth.org/02/0203cat/royal.lee.lets.live.articles.htm

“SCIENCE” EXPERIMENT TO BE CONDUCTED IN THE FALL 2012




Students will do a study on Pizza. What are the ingredients in a regular pizza and what ingredients would a healthier pizza have?

Then, we will send a team out to have a Pizza eating contest.

We will eat five pizzas from the regular pizza, and five from a Healthier Pizza Store.

We will see if we can tell the difference in how we feel.

SCIENCE EXPERIMENT #2:




Does Tasting Organic Food (No GMOs) vs. Regular Foods with GMOs Make a difference in how we can feel?


FIVE: PREPARATIONS FOR THE HAMI HIGH MEDICAL FAIR OF APRIL 25, 2012


Visiting the Hami Garden

photo goes here…



I took the book “The Science of Eating” to the Hami Garden, and left some seeds both of the Kamut Wheat and a few packages of Non GMO San Marzano Tomato seeds from Paula Waxman, head of this tremendous garden. I influenced the growth of this garden when it first started three years ago.

Pizza Pilgrimage to Los Angeles Brings me to SliceTruck Pizza’s New Store, April 24, 2012




On my Pizza Pilgrimage to Los Angeles, I also visited Chris Hanley, co-owner of the new PizzaTruck Brick and Mortar shop at 2012 Sawtelle, a little north of Olympic Blvd. in WLA, about five miles from Hami School. I witnessed, for the first time in my life, a Pizza maker. Chris told me how a number of years ago, he set out to make make the finest pizza possible. He met up with Kamut Khorasan wheat through Tara Blyth, the daugher-in-law of my friend Bob Quinn.



Slice Truck Pizza is Outstanding; Ten out of Ten; The Best



I watched Chris make a pizza for guests who showed up to do a blog on him. I stood by and took some photos. Then, I planted Khorasan seeds in the pot that I was to take to Hami High the next day. Later, I enjoyed comraderie with some Jeff Walker, and his wife. They are Pizza Connosiers. Jeff, after eating the SliceTruck Pizza told me on a video that SliceTruck Pizza was a Ten out of Ten, in other worlds, some of the best pizza he had had.

Tasting Kamut Pizza near Hami High School



This photo shows a card from SliceTruck Pizza that I had on my Hami High Medical Fair table. They are the only pizza in the USA to serve Pizza Made of Kamut flour. It’s amazing that Chris Hanley, co-owner, is nearby. I am going to ask him to be a consultant on the “Growing a Healthier Pizza” Project. I tasted his pizza, and plant seeds with Chris for his success. He offered me some dough that I will use today at the Wild Willow Farm Potluck, April 28, 2012.

OTHER PROPOSALS FOR HAMI HIGH ALSO HERE!





Feedback from Hami High Students



FEEDBACKS FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH AT HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL
LOS ANGELES


Dear Uncle Leslie,




I really enjoyed your presentation yesterday. It uplifted my spirits and made me feel like I had to do something to make our planet better. Personally, I don’t eat vegetables but everything you said changed my mind about it. I do need to change my eating habits and I do need to grow my own vegetables. You kept the classes’ attention. You were funny, and you kept us interested. You’ll probable be the man that’ll actually get our generation to do their part in helping rebuild our enchanted garden.




Sincerely,
Summer
15 or 16 year old
Hamilton High School
October 5, 2011

http://plantyourdream.net/?p=4498

Dear Uncle Leslie,

I was very impressed by the natural sprays. You had different types of mixtures which I was interested in trying, because I remember I sprayed this one essence and when I was going home all my emotions settled and I felt brand new.

Sincerely,
Kevin
15 or 16 year old
Hamilton High School
October 5, 2011

Uncle Leslie!!!

This is the 2nd time I’ve had the pleasure of listening to your wisdom & everytime I see you I learn so much. Not only am I gunna change my eating habits, but I have more courage to chase my dream! You’ve opened my eyes in many ways. PLEASE
COME IN AGAIN
SO THAT I CAN SEE YOU BEFORE I
GRADUATE
–From: Tim. D

15 or 16 year old
Hamilton High School
October 5, 2011

“THAT’S ORGANIC! THAT’S REAL FOOD!”

Youth at Hamilton High School enjoy an organic yellow watermelon from J.R. Organics, fifth and sixth generation local organic farmers from San Diego County. Securing The Organic Future at the Rodriguez Ranch, a land that needs to be back in the family hands, is one fundraising project on my Radar.

PROJECT TASTE ORGANIC: INTRODUCING YOUTH TO ORGANIC FOODS

Introducing Youth, beginning at Hamilton High School, to organic food and natural remedies is another pilot project

Dear Uncle Leslie,

I really enjoyed the lecture you gave us (and the watermelon!) It taught me that you need to eat all of the right foods to be whole and live your dream. I could relate to a lot of it, especially the part about planting your seed to live your dream, even if you don’t know what your dream is quite yet. Something you taught me was to eat organic foods because they are much healthier. Also, you taught me that shopping at local farmers markets will benefit us and the farmer. The local farmers really care about our well being and after I ate the watermelon, I believe it. The whole presentation was very interesting and educational in a good way. Thanks for taking your time and talking to us about this important subject.

Kayla Benenson
15 or 16 year old
Hamilton High School
October 5, 2011

FROM MS EVA BECKER, SCIENCE TEACHER
HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL LOS ANGELES

Dear Uncle Leslie,
Ya, we appreciate your support Uncle Leslie!! Love you very much. You are a great and wise teacher!!

SANCTIFYING OUR RELATIONSHIP TO PLANTS

Working with Arundo Donax, The Giant Reed.

PROJECTS AT HAMI HIGH I WANT TO SUPPORT

The Music Academy

http://hamiltonmusic.org/


Graduation is June 19, 2012
http://hamiltonhs-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/seniors

VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO BOB QUINN, THE FOUNDER OF KAMUT INTERNATIONAL




Congressman Dennis Kucinich with Bob Quinn. Photo from the Natural Product Expo West, March 10, 2012. Bob was a hero in my eyes at the Natural Product Expo West. Kamut International gave $25,000 to help the Organic Farming Research Foundation. He spoke two or three times in behalf of his work with Montana Organic Farmers, and the issues with Wheat. I am sending my good thoughts to Bob for a great Kamut harvest in 2012 that includes students and parents coming to love this ancient wheat for modern times.

In this interview made September 21, 2012 at the Organic Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, Bob Quinn talks about Kamut being the Prophet’s Wheat. Uncle Leslie projects into the future what was fulfilled at The Hami High Medical Fair, April 25, 2012,seven months later!

BOB EXPLAINS ABOUT THE PROPHET’s WHEAT BEING KAMUT




Bob Quinn, a sponsor of our beet keepers campaign to educate about roundup herbicide and help us hold back its use from the rim of the arosa canyon speaks about kamut, the prophet’s grain. They tell that story in Turkey…that it came from Noah the Prophetand was carried on the Ark.

KAMUT HAS A GLUTEN MANY PEOPLE CAN HANDLE

http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=1911157

STUDY SHOWS THAT KAMUT HAS ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES


Kamut Khorasan wheat, an ancient and organic grain, has antioxidant properties which protect against oxidative stress suggests a new study.

This article has an interesting quote from Bob Quinn. He points out that many people with sensitivities to wheat do better on Kamut, a form of wheat that has not suffered through modern wheat production.

http://www.bakeryandsnacks.com/Formulation/Antioxidant-properties-of-ancient-organic-grain-can-protect-against-oxidative-stress-study


FACEBOOK KAMUT SITE
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kamut/112795142065314?sk=wall

ANCIENT GRAINS FOR MODERN MEALS FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ancient-Grains-for-Modern-Meals/103107013106217

KAMUT INTERNATIONAL ON FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/KamutWheat?sk=wall

Bob introduced me to Kamut Khorasan Wheat, one of the incredible plants that are central to my 2012 Enchanted Garden Campaign to help our world return to Sanity.


Wheat Out;Kamut In


http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=1914357

FLYERS AND MATERIALS
2012 YOUTH CAMPAIGN THAT BEGAN AT HAMI HIGH



IT’S TIME THE GMO LOVERS AND ORGANIC LOVERS TALK





The Character in the poster above is Keep The Beet Media Star, The World’s First Talking Beet Plant. She has a mind of her own, and from time to time speak through me here on the Plant Your Dream Blog. It is good to have a second opinion for some of my own thoughts, and it is nice to know that I am esteemed enough by the vegetable kingdom to be on such good man-beat of life relations that an organic beet would take the time to talk and give her advise.

FOR MORE ABOUT KEEP THE BEET MEDIA STAR GO HERE




http://plantyourdream.net/?page_id=652

How Fast Can a Dream Grow?
As Fast as a Blade of Grass!





When I Touch Grass, I touch Infinity…”
–George Washington Carver





This is a Favorite Quote for the 2012 Season from George Washington Carver. I found this quote in the books of Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, who I see an the foremost Essene Renaissance Prophet of the 20th Century. “Essene” means many things, including, Expectant of the return to wholeness. It means, holding to the Essential. It means each of us being an Organic Uprising, Standing Up for Nature’s Original Technology.


UNCLE LESLIE SAYS: NEVER, NEVER, GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS, EVEN IF THEY TAKE 40 YEARS–OVER HALF YOUR LIFE– TO FULFILL



Uncle Leslie says: “I felt Profound Healing at Hami High Medical Fair.”



Began today writing a lot about the April 25, 2012 Medical Fair. I was profoundly moved. The experienced triggered a healing inside me that goes back 40 years. This letter summarizes my feelings, and the healing that occurred. This letter was addressed to Dr. DeWayne Johnson, a Journalism Professor and Photography teacher at Cal State Northridge, who also served as the Faculty President and an editor at the L.A. Times. We became dear friends at Cal State Northridge 1970-72, and we are still in touch.


A Letter to DeWayne Johnson, a Great Friend, Teacher, and Witness for more than 40 years.


DeWayne, I am so grateful that you are still alive to hear these words. You were my first real photo teacher. You gave me my first positive feedback from my photo talent. On the day that students were shutting down Cal State Northridge because other students at Kent State in Ohin had been killed innocently on campus, I was a leader in that shutdown. You were the friend from the Journalism Department who walked down to tell me I had just won a national writing award from the Hearst Competition for my feature the previous year on the Native Americans. You were my witness when I was doing writing work for the environmentalists in Chatsworth; Over time, that little writing I did for them, helped establish the Santa Susana Mt State Park. That work came out of my journalism class.


You were my witness during those horrific experiences in Student Teaching when I got kicked out of the program. You were with me when I felt lost attempting to find my bearings in professional journalism, but could not find my place. You were with me during the years my health was failing and I was crippled, and during the years I left the city to start my life journey in learning about natural healing. You saw me during the years I was flat on my back totally crippled.


Now I am 64 and you are in your late 90’s. I wanted to tell you, that the last three years, I have been having opportunities to teach in the classroom of my niece Eva Becker on occasion at Hami High School in Los Angeles. She is a incredible science teacher. I am called “Uncle Leslie” in the classroom. I have been effecting the lives of a numbers of kids, just as you touched my life with your kindness, love, and skills. Everything is coming together now. Years ago, I was given a United Nations Peace Medal for the work I would do in my life. I enjoy very much my life as a Blogger with more than 4.6 million page views. All my years of training in the natural healing arts has led to my ability to improve my own health and make the most of the years when I did have a clue that arthritis and devastating mental pain could be helped and improved by natural means. I see myself as an Enchanted Gardener gearing up to bring in 1000 years of peace. I inspire others, and annoy others as well.


The work that I started under your real guidance in photography, and the love of your friendship was so important to me back then. I just wanted to share with you my deep happiness that happened yesterday at a Medical Fair at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. I found my work, and the sense of who I am, being valued by teachers, admin, and students. I feel my growing ability to work with leaders in the Organic Field nationally. My understanding of what the earth needs now to Survive This Day and thrive propels me forward to help our dear earth so in need of your and my gardening trowel. In recent years, a book came out called “The Ultimate Gardener”. The book was published by a company I had wanted to be my publisher for 14 years. The book was dedicated to me for the work I do planting dreams.


Last September, I spoke at Organic Listening Day at the USDA in Washington, D.C. I was sent there by my friends in the Organic Industry. I volunteered to be the Organic Gardener for the People’s “Organic” Initiative. I see my work helping more than 1,000,000 youth and others gain confidence that they can grow some of their own food. The organizer of that Organic Listening Day last September, was touched. The following night he was being given an Organic Trade Association leadership award by my industry. He mentioned that an Enchanted Gardener had shown up. I stood up and took a bow. I feel the world deeply needs what I have been groomed to give. I am feeling very moved, that at a young 64, I have on occasion an opportunity to serve and be heard. There is a lineage of Natural Healing Arts Pioneers, now in spirit, who are looking to me to carry on very important work. Our food today in in crisis. I know what it will take to regain sanity. I am doing that work.


My own home, 1/3 acre I share with others, bordering a canyon, still needs help to ground, and become the park that I envision as my city moves forward into Urban Agriculture. Another stable housemate to garden would help now.


Sending you love and blessing for all you have given me and so many others. I call forth the goodness you have given to your students. Your work is not forgotten. I wanted to take a moment to thank you and share my joy.


Leslie Goldman
Your Enchanted Gardener
April 26, 2012

RELATED PLANT YOUR DREAM BLOGS


Materials for Hami High Medical Fair, April 25, 2012

http://plantyourdream.net/?page_id=12274


MORE INSPIRATIONS:
LESLIE GIVES USDA PEPTALK

http://plantyourdream.net/?p=4498


LESLIE WINS SUPPORT OF ORGANIC STAKEHOLDERS, GRASSROOTS


FAIRFAX-HAMI FOOD GROWING CHALLENGE
Related Plant Your Dream blogs
http://plantyourdream.net/?p=2057



FIRST RESULTS OF 21 DAYS ON THE ROAD
http://plantyourdream.net/?p=5006



NOTE TO MY ORGANIC STAKEHOLDER FRIENDS
http://plantyourdream.net/?p=4007


My Garden Management Journal


Today are Green Fest Earth Day Week Activities at SDSU. I Love Greenfest, but I have to Stop to Reflect on What Happened to Me at Hami High



Today are Green Fest Activities at SDSU. I came home with the thought I could just move ahead into that experience. I can’t rush forward without recording feelings about my two-day trip to Los Angeles for the Hami High Medical Fair. I planted Seeds with the Future. The most delightful youth came to Ms. Eva Becker’s Medical Fair, April 25, 2012. Ms. Eva Becker is my niece. She began calling me “Uncle Leslie” when I first came to her classroom three years ago. At that time, the other students started to call me “Uncle Leslie” too. A Powerful chapter of my life opened up. I am now “Uncle Leslie” to the students of Hamilton High School. That was very much sealed at a higher level yesterday at the medical fair. I have opportunity to serve these delightful students, many who already recognize me. Because of Eva’s role as organizer of the event, I was put in a position of interacting with others participants, cafeteria staff, and faculty.

Greenfest SDSU Links


Finally caught up with a bit of Greenfest SDSU online, Friday, April 27, 2012


http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=1934343

No Impact Week SDSU
http://www.facebook.com/sdsuNOIMPACTWEEK

Plant Your Dream was part of what I did at Hami High Medical Fair, April 25, 2012




These experiences were mutually nurturing. In my role as Your Enchanted Gardener, I was able to inspire many. “Plant Your Dream!” was one of the activities I did. This work involves asking those I meet to pull sacred seeds of success out of a silver box and take a moment to reflect on intentions. They then plant seeds in a group pot. Some are invited to take seeds home. As the Seed grows, the Dream Grows.

Bringing in an Array of Organic foods and Plants


I had one of the L corners to set up, and this meant I had to call on many of the youth to help me. This was also very healing. The youth are profoundly cooperative and want to do good with their lives. They are very drawn to what I bring. The natural organic things and the plants speak for themselves. They are deeply needed by humanity now. These youth have already been gathering cumulative experiences Tasting Organic Foods, getting introduced to Flower Essence Society sprays, and pulling their dreams out of the “Magic Box.”



This was the Ultimate “Uncle Leslie” Experience so Far




I came away not only touching the lives of many youth. I had many quality interactions. I can’t imagine a more satisfying experience then being approached by youth, who are hungry for good food, or asking a kid if he is hungry and then being able to give them something that is good for them. All this was happening in the Hami Cafeteria. Many of these kids know the food they have been buying could be improved. They delighted in the “science experiments” I was doing, asking them to taste organic Chocolate Milk from my friends at Horizon Organic, tasking organic cheeses, and samples of fresh colorful organic vegetables from local San Diego Farmers J.R. Organics and Suzie’s Farm. And then, then, there were other experiences…



The Great Debate of 2012 Begins…


I introduced this idea to the Youth, April 25, 2012. Learn both sides.



For a number of months now, I have been deeply involved in the California Label GMOs campaign. The signature gathering campaign is now over, and the challenge is to introduce the idea of GMOs to many who have never heard of GMOs. I had many of the youth read out loud one of the documents of the Label GMOs campaign. I began with the question. ‘Do you know what a GMO is?” Many–even the adults I asked–had never heard of a GMO, Genetically Modified Organism; some are just catching on ti what organic food is. The youth clearly love better foods, and they know. I was initiating Project Taste Organic. Taste this, taste that! It was all working! The youth love Organic food when they have an opportunity to taste it. I believe that Tasting Organic Food converts others to better nutrition.



Something else Happened Yesterday…


There was something else happening yesterday that was stunning. I was being asked back by other teachers, and I could see, through the friendships I was making with faculty, admin, and staff of the cafeteria that I could play a role in the transformation of healthier foods coming into the cafeteria. Other staff faculty, who are in hardship funding conditions for outstanding programs, felt hope through my “out of the box” positive energy and infusion of inspiration.

The day of my arrival was all about logistics. Eva was multitasking and there were a lot of things to work out. The EG Mobile was loaded down with plants, and gifts from Organic Food Companies, and give away little bumper stickers from my friends at Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. and much more.

Every where I turned, I was met with appreciation and acceptance. This was profoundly meaningful to me.



Rushing Home



It might have been wiser to stay up another day, but I came home, imagining I could stuff one of my favorite yearly experiences on top of this–the San Diego State University GreenFest Week, April 22-28, down the street. This event is a highlight of my year and an opportunity to reconnect with the deans and a great keynote speaker, and student leaders. but this year, there was a choice I had to make. I chose going to Hami High.

Today, I just have to take this morning to reflect and write. I am profoundly moved by what happened at Hami High, and a “Pizza Pilgrimage” I took the day before to a new little Brick and Mortar store not far from Hami High called SliceTruck.


My Plant Friends this year include Khorasan Kamut Ancient Wheat, Tomato Seeds from Baker Creek, and Arundo…




There are a number of plants I befriend each year as teachers. One of them this year is called Kamut Khorasan Ancient Wheat. SlickTruck is the only Pizza store in the U.S. that makes pizza with Kamut dough. Its co-owner Chris Hanley, is equally in love with this grain. Kamut brings a powerful message of healing at a time when most modern hybrid wheat is hurting rather than helping the well being of our kids and adults as well.


Roots of the Healing that Happened Yesterday




The healing journey that I had yesterday with the youth has roots in incidents that happened back in 1971. Back then, I saw myself becoming a well known writer. At a later time in life, I would return to the classroom. Blogging is the new journalism; it has fulfilled the first part of that dream. I blog every day. I am starting to have experiences working with sponsors. Eva, my niece, opened the door to the second part of the vision I had 40 years ago. Truly, the love I wanted to give in the classroom started that day I came to her science class at Hami High and she called me “Uncle Leslie.”



Looking Back



Back then, in 1971, I wanted to get a teaching credential. I thought I would graduate in Journalism. My double major was English. I thought I would become a successful writer. I had awards to show for my writing. I had won two Heart Competition awards for feature writing. I had already made significant contribution to an environmental cause. Part of my writing as a senior in college was instrumental in helping to inspire what has now become the Santa Susana Mt State Park, but I also had this dream to get a Teaching Credential.


Devastation before leaving College




I left college on a very impactful and shocking note. I had great success in college as a student leader. I attended college between 1965-72. I participated in social movements, but I had this idea that I wanted to get a teaching credential before leaving college. At the time, I was truly not suited to be in the public school classroom. I was not a suitable disciplinarian, nor did I have enough life experience to share my own teachings. I could not control the students in the classroom. They were not really interested in what they were being asked to learn. I was not a good teacher of this materials. I did not get the support I needed to become a good teacher. I was neglected by my supervisors and never got my issues in the classroom identified early enough to correct them; if that was at all possible. I was shockingly thrown out an advanced Teacher Training Program weeks before my teaching credential was to arrive. I attempted to regroup. I though I could get a job as a journalist. I was already a national award winning writer, the best the department–Cal State Northridge– had up to that time. No doors opened for me. I had some photography talent, but the only job that came my way was in the darkroom at the Thousand Oaks Chronicle. Darkroom work using chemicals, meeting deadlines, and standing up all day was not in the cards. I did not have the skill set for the job. I was soon fired.

I never succeeded in teaching. I never had a chance to develop as a journalist. it was a really terrible moment.

Looking back, I was not good controlling students in the classroom. I was more suited to be “Uncle Leslie,” inspiring youth with my life wisdom, and skill set as an Enchanted Gardener; for all that to occur, Eva, the daughter of my sister, Vivian had to be born, and I needed to get a whole lot more life experiences.



The Health Factor



The other factor–the backdrop for my success and failure–was my health. Throughout childhood, I had allergies to foods that went undiagnosed. I was likely allergic as many in my day, to standard wheat and sugar, but who knew that then? Each week I would get allergy shots.

I did not have a home life that gave me what I needed. My life at home was a constant trauma. My father was a rageaholic with religious fervor. Through my early youth, I was a runaway from the life he had in mind for me. My safe harbor was my mother Anne. She was a pillar of love and grounding, not only for me, but for many in our Jewish community. She was a skilled baker. I remember Beverly, who worked for the Raskin’s Bakery on First Street, coming to our home and raving for my mother’s pastries. All that changed. She died when I was 12. In those days, Cancer was not the popular condition it is today. From the time I was 15 to the age of 25, It wasn’t until 25 that the condition I had could be named by Western Medicine.

I suffered bouts of paralysis in my hips, extreme grief and loss. In those days, the 60’s and early 70’s, Popular Western Medicine did not understand how the body,mind and soul were connected. I was “accused” of having a Psychosomatic condition. No one could say what was wrong with me. The holistic movement was not born until the 80’s when we began to reinvent an understanding that the mind effected the body.

At 25, I was already taking pharma drugs to survive. My bowel was bleeding from the conventional drugs for arthritis. I knew I was not going far.

My saving grace during all my years, was a sense of service and abilities to be of service to others. The love I could not find at home was met by school opportunities to serve. Then, everything seemed to fall in on me. I had to find another life. It was this dire health need, and feeling of no where to go, that led me to the doorsteps of the life I was intended to live.


I was led out of the city to the country. I was led to the doorsteps of Dr. Bernard Jensen, an elder in the Natural Healing Arts. It was destiny that we came together. When we met, Dr. Bernard Jensen was himself in a crisis of grief. He had recently been arrested for teaching people that they could improve their life with green juices, and that green juices could impact Cancer. Although that case was through out of court, he was deeply wounded. Like me, his deepest desire was to give love to others. He needed to to that for his own well being.

This grew, by college into a condition that would later be identfied as Arthritis. just did not have the physical stamina to do what was being asked of me. I was already burning out. I had already had incidents of being crippled with Arthritis, and had been in hospitals a number of times during college and spend months after months on crutches.

These incidents, including not being able to succeed either as a journalist or a teacher at that time, were meant to be. It was years until I came to see that.



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