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Not many garden photos for a farmer to post in snow country during the winter. How about a short description of transformative changes in my farm and lifestyle?

A year ago, Dan Barber, got me to thinking about what is my life purpose.... Therefore, I started evaluating everything I was doing and I've been discarding those parts of my life that weren't in harmony with what I do best and value most.

A couple of months ago, I planted my second largest field into grass. My annual garden is now the smallest that it's been since the 2009 growing season, and I'm planning on planting about 1/3 of the remaining fields into grass in the spring.

I sold the bees and most of the equipment, then burned the left-over bits and pieces.

I stopped selling fresh produce, and quit my long-term farmer's market. (I'm only selling processed food now.) That freed up two days a week.

The rabbits had to go!

I'm not selling seeds this winter. I sent the seed to friends at The Experimental Farm Network. They will be distributing them.

These changes free up my time to do more traveling to teach at seed conferences, and to do more writing about plant breeding. I expect to spend more time managing The Beautifully Promiscuous and Tasty Tomato Project, and less time actually growing tomatoes.

I have become a World Tomato Society ambassador, and am writing a lot of fascinating articles for them.  

With the freed up time, I have been able to learn to play the guitar, which is bringing a lot of joy to me and my loved ones.

And also, this winter, I am taking yoga teacher training to become a certified yoga instructor. I never expected when Dan asked me about my life mission, that his question would take me off the farm and into other areas that I knew nothing about at the time.


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Joseph, yoga teacher training at Shanti Yoga Roots:
 
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Joseph, if your new endeavors are even half as successful as your gardening, seed development and landrace work, you will be at the top of your class.

I really enjoyed your gardening work and photos, and will miss them.

But I think it is awesome that you took time to pause, take stock and reinvent yourself.  That’s the real meaning of life ~ finding what you love, which, by the way, may change over time!  

A corny analogy, but a season for everything.
 
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Interesting travels, Joseph!  Namaste!
 
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Sounds like a nice plan Joseph. I'll ask you a question on the promiscuously pollinated tomato thread.
 
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Joseph, with your new plan. Do you need help stewarding any of your creations or do you think enough people kind of have the idea and are running with it?
 
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