Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to receive discounted and prioritized orders on fig cuttings

The upcoming GreenFin Showcase concert series has a Donor Ticket program, whereby people can buy tickets and donate them to their choice of recipient:  farmers (Kansas Farmers Union), teachers (Kansas National Educators Association), cancer victims/survivors (K-State's Johnson Cancer Center), military veterans (American Legion), local students of music/writing/agriculture, etc.  Ticket purchasers just need to forward their receipt to us at and tell us which recipient they choose.

In return for helping worthy recipients be able to enjoy a fun concert, we'll give each donor a free download of the concert DVD (it will be filmed).  And if someone donates 10+ tickets, they'll receive a hard copy of the concert DVD signed by the performers.

I would like to contribute to that program by offering the additional benefits for donors:

1) Prioritization* on all personal fig cuttings orders placed throughout October
2) 10% discount on all personal** fig cuttings orders placed throughout November
3) 25% discount on all personal fig cuttings orders placed throughout December
4) 50% discount on all personal fig cuttings orders placed throughout January

Cuttings will be healthy and viable at all times: I don't prune my trees all the way when I start; I cover them in greenhouses and keep them warm enough that I can continue harvesting fresh cuttings from them well into the winter :)

*People who have already submitted pre-orders are already in line and will not be skipped.  But from now on, people who participate in the donor program will always get to move up to the front of the line as soon as their orders are placed.  For example, when I launch the fig cutting sale in a week or two, I expect a flood of new orders that will take me 2-3 extra weeks to work through.  Some varieties will sell out before I get to the later orders, but that problem will be much less common for donors, since they'll move up to the front of the line as soon as their order comes in.

**I say "personal" orders because I don't want everybody pooling their orders to take advantage of the discount received from buying 1 ticket, or something like that.

Here's the link to our concert tickets page; you can click through any of those showtimes to read the description, see the list of performers, and order tickets:

The performers are a collection of my friends and music heroes, and they're all coming together to help fund the GreenFin Gardens food project that I've been working on for the past 7 years.  They're donating 50% of net ticket sales to help fund a large pilot complex of GreenFin Gardens, which will feature ~10 acres of greenhouses for intensive food production, a fresh market, and a restaurant.  The market and restaurant will only sell foods that are grown on site (hundreds of gourmet varieties of fruits, vegetables, berries, tubers, fish, eggs, herbs, etc).

The idea is to try and create an entire network of complexes so that practically everyone around the country (and the world) can have easy and affordable access to an ideal human diet.

You can help with this project, and at the same time help ensure that we'll be able to build a complex for you in your neck of the woods, by participating in the donor program.  Or even by rounding up your family and coming yourself.

The shows will  probably sell out in a few more weeks (late October?), so if you want to participate in the donor program and receive the fig order discounts and prioritization, you'll have to order your tickets soon.

I promise the music will be great!  Mostly because I'll only be performing one song  :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

GreenFin Gardens Kansas Songwriter Showcase

A very large group of songwriters with strong ties to Kansas is kicking off a benefit concert tour on Nov 24th/25th at the Wareham opera house in Manhattan, KS. 

The benefit concert series will fund the GreenFin Gardens food project, which aims to reduce hunger, improve nutrition, and revitalize local economies through large-scale hyperlocal food production facilities, each with their own fresh market and restaurant.  Half of all net ticket revenue will go towards creating a large 10+ acre pilot facility here in Kansas.

Here is the current lineup of artists:

Christie Lenee (a profoundly amazing talent; 2017 International Fingerstyle Champion)
Bing Futch (another nationally renowned star; headlined at Winfield this year)
Robin Roberts and Billie Preston (Winfield legends)
Nikki Moddelmog (best female singer/songwriter in Kansas, imo)
Bob Morrison (an amazingly deep talent; mix of John Denver and James Taylor?)
Sally & The Hurts (these 3 ladies rocked Winfield with guitar, fiddle...and saw!)
Stewart Ray (has a bit of a Hank Jr 'Bocephus' vibe; from Manhattan)
Jim McCarter (award-winning songwriter; his song "Big Hit" is going to be a fan favorite)
David Hakan (prolific award-winning singer/songwriter from the KC area)
David Thompson (director of the Manhattan chapter of NSAI)
and me (runner-up in NewSong contest at Winfield this year, my first ever songwriting contest)

Christie and Bing aren't Kansans, but were named Honorary Kansans by the group due to their over-the-top contributions of time and talent to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield.  Not only are they major showstoppers there (Christie won the International Fingerstyle Championship last year, and Bing headlined the main stage this year), they repeatedly seek out Stage 11, the songwriters stage sponsored by the Kansas City Songwriters Circle, and give amazing after-hours shows deep into the night.  Their music is shockingly great; just breathtaking.

Logan Mize is a country star who also loves the project but can't join us onstage before March due to previous scheduling.  He's still a big help behind the scenes, though, including wanting to pass along an endorsement to the media and to help with advertising:

"GreenFin gardens is one of the best ideas I've heard in a long time.  I really hope everyone sees the value it could bring them and their communities.  I'm on the bandwagon for sure..."  --  Logan Mize

We are doing this concert series to support a large-scale food project aimed at reducing hunger, improving nutrition, and revitalizing local economies.  Half of our net revenues from tickets will be donated to that cause. 

The goal is to make it easy and affordable for everyone to eat an ideal human diet.  We'll do this by funding the creation of a large pilot facility (10+ acres) specializing in the intensive greenhouse production of a diverse and complete range of the very best gourmet temperate and tropical varieties of fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, tubers, legumes, hull-less oats, fish, eggs, salad greens, etc.  There will also be a market and restaurant built on site that will sell those foods fresh or in prepared form.  Everything sold in the market and restaurant will be grown on-site, and delivery will be available to local customers.  We estimate that each facility will be able to totally support the caloric and nutritional needs of around 5,000 adults.
The food will also taste a lot better than what we're all used to.  Since we will completely eliminate the supply chain, we'll get to grow the best varieties, rather than the ones that ship the best.  And we'll be able to pick them when they're ripe and taste best, rather than when they're immature and ship best.  It will be like a giant buffet style version of the Garden of Eden...for everyone.  After we build the first one, we'll build another, and another, etc, with the goal of making them as pervasive as Walmart or Burger King...and thereby making a profound positive difference in the world.
We think this project has the potential to become the biggest story in the music industry over the next year and play a key role in making the world a drastically better place for many millions of people who face hunger, malnourishment, and disease due to a poor diet.

Many of the artists listed above are eager to speak with media about it, so if you'd like to speak with Bing, Christie, etc regarding media interviews, just let me know, and I can put you in touch :)
Here is a summary of our showtimes for November 24th/25th for anyone interested in getting tickets:

The GreenFin Gardens food project & Kansas Songwriter Showcase

The GreenFin Gardens Kansas Songwriter Showcase is kicking off its tour with back-to-back dates on Saturday November 24th and Sunday November 25th at the Wareham opera house in Manhattan, Kansas.

There are 3 showtimes available each day:  noon-3pm, 4pm-7pm, and 8pm-11pm.

Tickets are $30 and are not expected to last, so order early.

Here's how you get tickets:

Thursday, August 30, 2018


As alluded to in the previous update, there is a new forum available for the fig community at

As fig forums go, will be much like the old figs4fun.  The emphasis will be on the hobby, on helping people learn, and on helping collectors to get all the varieties as cheaply and easily as possible.  The difference is that will have closer moderation than figs4fun in order to prevent the sort of massive crash and exodus that was caused there by self-appointed vigilantes several years ago, or the runaway trolling which finally finished it off last year. 

Since there will be competent moderation at, activities like libel, defamation, tortious interference, wrongful demonization, false accusations of fraud, etc, will not be tolerated.  In other words, will operate in accordance with common sense and the law. 

How 'bout them figs?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

How to Propagate Figs "Impossibly" Fast

I have been relentlessly attacked and trashed over the past 2.5 years for claiming that I can propagate figs at rates that Wills and his band of biased 'experts' swear is impossible.  They say that I knowingly made false estimates about shipping dates that were based on propagation rates that were "impossible," and that I was therefore a crook/conman/cheat/scammer/etc who should be trashed and undermined every step of the way by any and all means (including both legal and illegal means).

Well, Wills and his 'experts' are of course completely ignorant and wrong, and I can easily demonstrate why, since I have always had actual proof.

I waited until now because I didn't much care for Wills' technique of trying to bully me into divulging my competitive advantages over him.  I strongly suspect he always knew I had a real solution up my sleeve, that he was frustrated that he couldn't figure it out on his own (despite my strong hints), and that he was using the smear/defamation campaign against me as a means of pressuring me into revealing what he wanted to know.  I think this because it's completely inline with the actual words and behavior that he displayed in private emails to me during the weeks leading up to the original $7 fig tree sale...when he was relentlessly badgering with me with dozens and dozens of aquaponics consulting questions, since he wanted to start an aquaponics system and since he knew I was a nationally renowned expert in the field (probably top 5 in the country at that time). 

It's amazing how much different everything is when you know some of the background truth.

So without further ado, here's quite possibly the most interesting thread ever posted on a fig forum:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Rooting Cups

If you need to root some cuttings, clear rooting cups make the process easy and fun. Whether it's figs, flowers, citrus, or any other rootable cutting, these rooting cups can help.

Clear rooting cups are also great to use for starting seeds. Not only do they allow you to monitor root development at a glance, they help promote strong rootballs that will pay dividends when it's time to up-pot or plant them in the ground.

The cups are available at

Monday, February 27, 2017

Blue Tilapia pond stocking

Do you want to clear up a pond choked with algae?  Do you want significantly bigger bass, catfish, and bluegill?  You can accomplish both goals by stocking with adult blue tilapia broodstock in early spring.

When you stock a pond with adult blue tilapia broodstock in the spring, they'll reproduce throughout the summer and fall.  Blue Tilapia females spawn every 6 weeks or so, producing waves of fry that feed aggressively on algae over the summer, clearing up your pond and providing increased forage for your game fish. In the late fall, when temperatures dip, blue tilapia become sluggish and eventually die when water temps drop below the upper 40's, thereby providing your game fish with lots of easy food to fatten up on heading into winter. So in essence, stocking with blue tilapia will clear up your pond and convert unwanted algae biomass into game fish biomass.

I cannot recommend blue tilapia enough as a tool for pond management. I think it is well worth the time of any interested person to google around and research the topic for themselves. Tilapia pond stocking is taking off as an effective biological method of pond management, replacing chemical-based methods. The price of using blue tilapia often comes out similar to the price of using chemicals, but the other wonderful benefits of using blue tilapia strongly tip the scales in its favor.

Why stock pure blue tilapia instead of other kinds of tilapia? First, blue tilapia are significantly more cold hardy: they can survive down into the upper 40's, whereas other types of tilapia die off in the mid/upper 50's. This means that you can put them in sooner and they'll stay alive longer, giving you an extra couple months of growth, production, and performance from blues that other types of tilapia cannot provide. Second, blue tilapia are better filter feeders than other kinds of tilapia. As adult blue tilapia swim around, algae in the water sticks to mucus in their throats, which they then swallow. This allows adult blue tilapia to get significant nutrition directly from the water column (digesting the algae and the bacteria growing on the algae) while further cleaning the water for you.

Recommended stocking rates and dates

If your pond is already stocked with game fish, we strongly recommend stocking blue tilapia at a rate of 60-80 lbs/acre for algae control and to provide forage for your game fish.  When we first started researching the use of blue tilapia as algae control in Kansas ponds, it was common to see a recommended stocking rate of 40 lbs/acre.  According to our own experience, though, that rate only holds for ponds that lack game fish, and is insufficient for most ponds.  (Part of the problem is that the algae seems to be getting a larger and larger headstart each spring, most likely because our winters have been getting increasingly mild.) 

Blue Tilapia are stocked when ponds have a significant amount of water that is consistently over 60F, which is usually around May 1st in Kansas, depending on the weather.

How To Order
If you are interested in ordering blue tilapia for the upcoming 2018 season, then email us at to discuss and reserve your order.  You won't pay until next spring, but by committing early you can get your spot in line and receive a 20% 'early bird' discount.

Delivery is available and is charged separately based on pounds and distance.  If you need your fish delivered, you can determine the cost by looking through the 2nd table below to find the rate that matches your poundage and approximate distance from our farm (we're near Manhattan, KS).

Quantity (lbs)Price/lbTotal

Distance from ManhattanDelivery Charge per load (up to 150 lbs per load)
under 50 miles$75
50-99 miles$100
100-149 miles$150
150-199 miles$200
200-250 miles$250