The resurgent use of hemp in America has to be partially credited to foreign nations. They have seen hemp cultivation do good things for their economies from the farmers that cultivate it to the industries that now manufacture hemp products. I became intrigued with another import recently, one that comes in the form of a message. The concept is called a Kin’s Domain, and in Russia, thousands of such family farms now produce the bulk of that country’s agricultural products. I became aware of the concept through a series of books titled “The Ringing Cedars.” Millions of copies have sold worldwide.
I moved “back to the land” in my younger days, on a small wooded parcel in Arkansas, where we grew our own food and lived a “green” lifestyle. So after reading Vladimir Megre’s “Ringing Cedars” series, I became inspired to try it again, this time in a desert setting. I eventually discovered a rural setting in the desert between Kingman, Arizona and Las Vegas where the Colorado River flows nearby, and busloads of tourists traverse the area on their way to the Grand Canyon. My little Kin’s Domain has water, the key to life in the desert, and I have planted trees and bushes and a patch of grass as well as organic gardens. It’s a fun yet challenging task as the oasis attracts all kinds of living creatures from quail to coyotes, all wanting to take a bite out of the newly sprouted landscape or the wildlife that the vegetation attracts.
The plan is to raise some chickens and a few other barnyard type animals as well as some bees, and construct a pond and a living windbreak. Self sufficiency and sustainability is the goal. However, one must of necessity consider the money factor if the concept is to last.
In rural Russia, raising and selling produce and livestock seems to make the people happy enough. In America, most of us need a little more. So what can one do in a rural farm setting in Northern Arizona, or Oregon or upstate New York to raise a little cash? Lots of things, from growing organic herbs and vegetables and taking them to market, to Internet based businesses and cottage industries. I have always liked candles, so I decided to make some hemp and soy candles. Then I thought about making them more special somehow. So I dropped some gemstones in the wax, and came up with the Hidden Treasures Gemstone Candle. The semi-precious gemstones are beautifully cut, and when set in jewelry, will make some nice presents. To add to the giving spirit, we are donating a large portion of each sale to Patch Adams’s non- profit organization that is building a hospital in West Virginia for folks without means.
But Bruce’s Corner is always basically about hemp. Growing hemp on my Kin’s Domain is the ultimate goal. It would be interesting to see the plants flourish in rich the desert oasis, provide new habitat for wildlife, food for our table, fiber from the hurds as well as animal bedding and mulch for our gardens. Now, in 2012, with a permit, Medical Marijuana can be cultivated in Arizona. Why not hemp? That day can’t come too soon!
Here is one of our video’s about what we are doing at the Kins Domain.