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Organic Farming Research Foundation Luncheon #expowest Inspires

–Props to one of my favorite Non-Profits, The OFRF!!!

May 26, 2012

We all Thrive when Organic Farmer’s Thrive!

Thrive Organically! Photo Essay is now UP on Facebook!!!

Organic Farmer Research Foundation Photo Essay on Facebook by Leslie Goldman, Your Enchanted Gardener

Coming home from #expowest March 8-11, 2012, my first stop was the San Diego North Park Farmers’ Market where I experienced after ten days out of town, a most inspiring display of vital energy. “Thrive Organically” is the theme for the Organic Farming Research Foundation 2012. I created a photo essay for this great non-profit. The foundation of farming as we move into the post GMO era will be a new generation of local organic farmers and thousands of Urban Agriculturists. The move toward a organically sustainability will be founded on more and more youth and adults getting their beat back with nature and regaining confidence that when we each grow a bit of our own food, we can make wise economic decisions in harmony with nature.



Where I post my Photos for Media Use


Organic Alfalfa Harvest 2012 Photo Essay…coming Spring 2012. Photos from the 2011 Organic Uprising Campaign…a photo montage…

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Throughout the year, if you are in the Organic and Natural Product industry, you are welcome to grab photos from the Friend of the Farm San Diego Facebook site.


Please make a contribution for use of my photos.

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For larger resolutions and commercial uses, contact me please. Write to Leslie at PlantYourDream AT cox.net. My phone is 619-384.2631. Credit all photos: Leslie Goldman, Your Enchanted Gardener, Plant Your Dream Blog.

Leslie Goldman, Your Enchanted Gardener, Facebook


Friend of the Farm San Diego Facebook


OTA Galleries will also have my Photos


in 2012, I will also begin uploading my photos to the OTA galleries here. My photos may be used to support the growth of Organic Trade. Give credit to Leslie Goldman, Your Enchanted Gardener, Plant Your Dream Blog.
Http://www.plantyourdream.net .

Sponsors of the Plant Your Dream Blog Support My Photography

Sponsors of the Plant Your Dream Blog support my photography to the Organic Industry. For numbers of years I was the photographer for the OTA banquets in Anaheim and the Organic Center. This is one contribution I can make to the cause of our success.


OFRF Luncheon Review

The Organic Farming Research Foundation Luncheon was an Inspired Meeting

Props to the Organic Chefs helping to prepare the organic foods for the OFRF luncheon at this year’s #expowest. One of my joys each year is connecting with Aramark Kitchen head Jim Tripp. Over the years, the presence of the Organic Farming Research Foundation –OFRF–and Organic Trade Association–OTA– chefs interacting with the Aramark Kitchen staff, and the presence of #expowest at the Anaheim Convention Center has significantly influenced them to go Green and Move toward Organic.

The Influence of OFRF, OTA, and #EXPOWEST On THE Greening of the Anaheim Convention Center

Back in 2006 or so, I first brought fresh organic herbs to Jim Tripp, head of the Aramark kitchen. I met Jim Tripp because OTA and OFRF chefs would interact each year in the Aramark Kitchen at the Anaheim Convention Center. I shared my dream to establish an herb garden at the Anaheim Convention Center. That Seed Dream will soon be fulfilled beginning in Spring 2012. This would not have been the current state if organic leadership and our chefs had not interacted.

Patrick Smart, Aramark head, Your Enchanted Garden, That’s me, Leslie Goldman, and Jim Tripp, head of the Aramark Kitchen, in 2012 at the OFRF Luncheon.

Read about the Influence of #expowest on the Anaheim Convention Center here
Press Release from the Anaheim Convention Center about the New Herb Garden

Read about the new herb garden being built at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2012. I planted this Seed Dream in 2008 with Jim Tripp


“Thrive Organically” is the 2012 Theme for the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

I will be spreading this theme through the year both locally and nationally. I aim to return to #expoeast through sponsor support. This is the year when we have it in our ability to regain our Seeds. Our seed are now in the hands of a few large corporations. They do not belong there. We each can be an Organic Uprising, each of us Standing Up for Nature’s Original Technology. The Organic Uprising Campaign continues through 2012, entering its second year. In 2011, Alfalfa was our primary seed. The March meeting of #expowest 2011 occurred a few months after the fated meeting of organic leaders with the USDA. This meeting, highly misinterpreted on the internet, resulted in an increased cry for Unity, as well as an opportunity for us–from grassroots to organic leaders to come together.

We are all Growing in the Same Pot

Through 2012, I am taking every opportunity to ask the “Seeds” I meet–the people I meet–to plant Khorasan wheat–now called Kamut– in the same pot. To more fully explore this theme of taking our seeds off the shelf, and the invite from Mother Earth to Plant Your Dream, please go to these Plant Your Dream Blogs.

How to Plant Your Dream!


A Brief History of the Growth of Organic Alfalfa December 2010-Spring 2012
from Your Enchanted Gardener

Spring 2012, organic Alfalfa flowering at the Enchanted Garden Intentional Community Growing Grounds, San Diego

Alfalfa Growth at the 2012 OFRF Luncheon….

Organic Alfalfa Growth at #expowest 2011

Note it is much smaller….

Last year, I brought a small container of Organic Alfalfa to NPEW that was carried from venue to venue. Organic Alfalfa is now growing in this larger pot I brought to #expowest 2012. There is more organic alfalfa, symbolically, growing in the world and at the Enchanted Garden Intentional Community Growing Grounds–my home I share with others.


Leadership Speaks Out!


Mike Ferry, Horizon Organic President, Calls for Unity




“Take the High Ground,” Mike Ferry, president of Horizon Organic said. Horizon has helped convert more than 600 Farmers to Organic.


Props to these Natural Product Industry Sponsors who helped make the 2012 Luncheon a Fabulous Success!


The Work of Moving Organic Forward has been Supported Financially by Generous Contributions from Industry Sponsors

Through my eyes, for more than a decade I have watched the generosity of the organic leadership in America. They have propelled forward a bounty of real science and organic farming research through support of three primary non profits I support: The Organic Farming Research Foundation, The Organic Trade Association, and The Organic Center, and

My Position: Organic leadership are Organic heroes, and heroines!

Photo (L-R) Maureen Wilmot, of the Organic Farming Research Foundation; Christine Bushway, of the Organic Trade Association; Peggy Myars, of the Organic Materials Review Institute; and Joan Boykin

Press Release March 7, 2011 Celebrates that four organic organizations have four top woman in the lead position.


You Can Study the Work of These Organizations Here::

Organic Farming Research Foundation

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is sowing seeds to transform agriculture by working for the continuous improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF sponsors organic farming research and education projects and shares the results with organic farmers. Our research provides farmers with the informational tools they need to be successful growing good, organic food. We also work to create federal farm policy designed to bring more farmers and more acres into organic production. Founded in 1990, OFRF is the leading farmer-driven organic advocacy group in the country.

Grants from the Organic Farming Research Foundation

Organic Farming Research Foundation on Facebook

Organic Materials Review Institute

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides an independent review of input products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing to determine compliance to the National Organic Standards. Acceptable products are OMRI Listed® and appear on the OMRI Products List. OMRI also provides guidance on various generic material inputs under the National Organic Program and operates an organic seed information service to help growers find organic seeds.

Organic Trade Association

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers, and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy.

Report on the Work of The OTA FIghting GE Contamination

Organic Trade Association on Facebook


The Organic Center

The Organic Center is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) research and education organization whose mission is to advance evidence-based scientific research on the health and environmental benefits of organic food and farming, and to communicate those benefits to the public. All of The Organic Center’s research reports, publications, consumer guides, and videos are available free of charge on our website,

The Organic Center on Facebook

State of Science Reports Produced by The Organic Center
In 2012, I see a movement away from GMOs. I see us engaging increasing in Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Food with the Biotech Industry, and winning Consumer to the Non GMO side. The contributions of these non profits and the sponsors who have supported them will become increasingly evident. A powerful body of valuable research and data is now available for study and dissemination.


Strategy for entering the Post GMO Era

By March 27, 2012, Label it! had crossed the 1,000,000 mark telling the FDA that we want Genetically engineered foods labeled. On the same day, from Pamm Larry, inspiration behind the CA Initiative, told me that we had crossed 500,000 in the California Label GMOs Ballot Measure. An estimated 850,000 is the goal to get this on the ballot. We have until April 22, 2012.


“Taking Back Our Seeds” and to “Help Monsanto Corp become an Appropriately Sized Little Company in Saint Louis” is my personal bias. My call is to enter into an honest Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Food on Facebook with Monsanto and the other corporations who believe that they have the best approach to sustainable living for the people of this planet.

Join the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Food on Facebook here

The AAAS Venue

I am projecting that one of the most important venues for engaging Monsanto will be the AAAS Annual Conference. This is where I first met and interacted with Dr. Robert Fraley, Phd, the father of Roundup Ready Technology. Through him I met Tami Craig Shilling, one of the chief information officers for Monsanto. Tami is a member of our Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Food on Facebook. The AAAS–The American Association for the Advancement of Science– is the most presdigeous science organization in America with nobel peace prize winners in their ranks.

“Mendel in the Kitchen” was authored by Nina Federoff, one of the recent presidents of AAAS. I found attending the AAAS and BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization conference, two of my most enlightening adventures as a member of the professional press corps. BIO and its sponsors have some of the most talented PR and Marketing specialists in the world in their employment; they have these specialists hard at work in an attempt to turn back the Label GMOs Movement in 2012; however they are no match for the inherent power and ability of anyone who aligns with the Beet/Beat of Nature. Bring it on, my friends! May The Rock Your Soul Opera continue!


I have spend many hours blogging on these strategies that I will apply in 2012. We are now a nation that has been fed since childhood inappropriately.

Seeking the Wisdom of Our Natural Product Elders: Dr. Bernard Jensen was one of Them


Dr. Bernard Jensen helped more than 350,000 patients during his years of service to humanity. I was one of those patients. I wrote a number of his books. I am now owning portions of the teachings he shared with me, a decade after 2001, when he died peacefully at his at what is now the HIdden Valley Spa and Retreat in Escondido, California.

Here is quote from Dr. Bernard Jensen for a little booklet, “Let’s Begin at the Beginning. We need good Earth and Grains for the Body.” I will be reprinting this booklet on the internet through the support of Kamut International and my other sponsors.


The Importance of Grains to give us the power to Plant Your Dream has been Subverted

Grains are truly “the life of a nation.” All great nations are dependent upon grains as the foundation of their basic foods. The different nations look to rice, corn, barley and wheat for the strength and nourishment of their bodies…As the Good Book tells us, It is the Staff of Life.”

However, the way we have handled grains in this country–devitializing, demineralizing, degerminating them–means that we are living on the poorest part of the grain. Some of the most fundamental mineral elements have been taken away, leaving us the husks–insofar as nourishment goes–to live on. If we continue to this direction we shall someday wake up to the fact that we are a seriously undernourished people!”–Dr. Bernard Jensen, Phd, nutritionist, Natural Products Elder, 1980.


My Sponsors of the Photo Galleries 2012 for OFRF Photos from the 2012 OFRF Luncheon and Local
San Diego “Thrive Organically” Projects

Anthony Zolezzi



Anthony Zolezzi, an inspired Sustainability expert and Organic Foods Pioneer was converted to go organic when he visited an organic stawberry farm and a conventional farm. The story is told fictionally in “How Dog Food Saved the Earth.” Anthony was instrumental in my 2005 campaign that brought local organic strawberries into our local Whole Foods Hillcrest Market. Today, the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market is noted for its outstanding support of many local organic farmers. Sage Mountain Farm, that grows food from deep water wells, has a CSA weekly pickup at Whole Foods Market Hillcrest for customers who want this option of farm fresh therapeutic quality food. The Taste of Organic, fresh, local, whole, pure is our biggest selling point for Organic Trade.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation Luncheon, opening day of #expo West is one of the major organic networking events. I had a delightful moment with Anthony Zolezzi, I brought a number of plants, including Arundo Donax, The Giant Reed. This is a plant that is called Invasive. Huge budgets are allocated to kill the plant with Roundup Herbicide. It has many uses. There are farmers in Portland who are being paid to grow Arundo as a biofuel source. Anthony liked the idea of have youth harvest the plant as we harvest cans. Anthony was a key player in that kind of Greenopolis idea.

Bob Quinn, Kamut International

Bob Quinn with Maureen Wilmot, Organic Farming Research Foundation, leader.

To Keep Tabs with Kamut International Go here

The Organic Farming Research Foundation Site is here

The Organic Farming Research Foundation is one of more than 500 groups that sponsored the Label It Campaign. You can still tell the FDA to Label it!–Genetically Engineered Foods.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation on Facebook
Thrive Organically is the 2012 Campaign of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Kamut International on Facebook

Our 2012 Project :

How fast can a dream grow???? As Fast as a Blade of Grass!


A collaboration using BioSmart Sugar Bagasse Pots and BioSmart.
These pots will be planted with Kamut wheat in 2012…or in other larger pots to help youth regain confidence that they can grow some of their own food!


Bob Quinn of Kamut International is one of our first 2012 Beet Keeper Sponsors for our Enchanted Garden Campaigns. He spoke at the Organic Farming Research Foundation Luncheon. Bob is one of the benefactors of the the Organic Farming Research Foundation and our Project 2012: How Fast Can A Dream Grow? As Fast as a Blade of Grass!



Congressman Dennis Kucinich was a guest at a panel on the upcoming blockbuster video by Jeremy Seifert GMO (Untitled). Bob Quinn, spoke at the highly inspired gathering, and had a cordial greeting with one of Washington’s lead representatives who has been in support of GMO Labeling for many years.


Read about Kamut, the Ancient Grain for Modern Times on the Kamut International Website and
these Plant Your Dream Blogs

Upcoming Event:
Project Taste Organic! inspires High School Teens and returns April 25 to Hami High School

Uncle Leslie, as I am called in the Classroom offered up Organic Food from #expowest a few days after the 2012 event. I will return April 25 to participate in a Medical fair. Wow!!! What vittles will I bring?????? I want to give the youth a Taste of Organic!!!!!!


Youth Testimonials are Here



Of interest!!! First Kamut Pizza!!!!! Wow!!! Pizza with Kamut for Hami High Medical Fair???
April 25, 2012


GrubGrid.com: SliceTruck Behind the Scenes from plastic pearl on Vimeo.


Whole Food Organic Shopping Spree!!!
Whole Food $5.00 gift certificates will be given to the youth!!!! +




Update Spring 2012 On the Rock Your Soul Opera

Google Plant Your Dream GMO


March 20, 2012

I am calling for 1.7 million signatures for the ballot initiative

New Videos to come up soon….

















Strategies for Winning the California Label GMOs Ballot Measure


Shifting the Nature of Our World

This is the Plant Your Dream Blog about the day I planted organic seeds with DR. Robert Fraley, the father of Roundup Ready Technology.

Unedited Notes for a Huffington Post Story I want to Write


Keeping the Dream Alive!

On March 25, 2012, I committed to fulfill my promise to Dr. Bernard Jensen to be Keeping The Dream Alive!
I made this promise on the day he first drove me to the cabin in the grove at what is now near the property of the Hidden Valley Spa
in Escondido. This is the healing land where I was first crippled with Arthritis and where I would come back over the years to gage my progress.

Keeping the Dream Alive is more than keeping the dream alive for Dr. Bernard Jensen. He had studied with many of the great natural healing arts pioneers during his many years of training. He built bridges with the past, present, and future that we cannot afford to lose if we are to regain our Food Supply, and bring true Food Safety into our midst. It is this, that I commit to now. Dr. Bernard Jensen said,
“My Purpose is to serve, and I must serve my purpose.” Ditto.


Topical Lectures at the AAAS February 21, 2010


Sustainable Solutions for Doubling Crop Productivity by 2030

Robert T. Fraley, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto Co., St Louis, Missouri

Dr. Fraley oversees Monsanto’s integrated crop and seed agribusiness technology and research with facilities in most world areas. He has been involved in agricultural biotechnology since the early eighties and has been with Monsanto for 25 years. His educational background includes a fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Ph.D. degree in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Illinois. Dr. Fraley has contributed to years of agricultural development through a number of significant activities, including authoring more than 100 publications and patent applications relating to technical advances in agricultural biotechnology. He received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 1999.




OMG, GMOs: Pesticide Expert Charles Benbrook

Dr. Charles Benbrook
14 JULY 2011, 11:36 AM
Jessica Knoblauch

“It’s a technology custom-designed to promote the emergence of weed resistance.”

Scientist Charles Benbrook is a pesticide policy expert and weed resistance specialist.
Intro: (This is the second in a series of Q & A’s on genetically engineered food, which harm the environment by increasing pesticide use, creating pesticide resistant superweeds and contaminating conventional and organic crops. Earthjustice is challenging the USDA’s decision to allow genetically engineered sugar beets and alfalfa onto the market. To learn more, check out our GMO web feature.)

EJ: The biotech industry claims that genetically engineered (GE) foods decrease pesticide use. Is that true?

CB: The Organic Center has done four reports on this question and has found that crops like corn, cotton and soybeans genetically engineered to be resistant to herbicides have actually increased herbicide use by hundreds of millions of pounds over what herbicide use would have been had these crops not been commercialized. So when the biotech industry says that today’s GE crops have reduced and are reducing pesticide use, they’re factually wrong.

EJ: Why is herbicide use increasing?

CB: GE crops were being exposed to only one herbicide, glyphosate, which is the active chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup brand herbicide. Whenever farmers try to control weeds with a single chemical, they create selection pressure on the weed population so that weeds that are highly susceptible to one chemical are completely controlled, but those weeds that are less well-controlled do a little bit better every year. These weeds are actually undermining the effectiveness of the Roundup Ready system as a whole. In the southeast it is a technology in active decline and in a few more years it simply won’t be a commercially viable option.


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