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: