You all know that I love networking. Wait, it is not what you think. I am not going to invite you to my house in order to get you to sign up, or enroll in some business.
I love meeting new people, and then meeting their friends. I especially like to meet people who are into raising, or preparing their own food.
So I started networking with other gardeners. I go and hang out, and learn from them. Eventually I end up meeting a friend of two of theirs, and then go hang out with them to learn as well. I have found that in all this hanging out to learn, I also enjoy teaching.
Overtime, I have learned to invite them all to my house, so that now they can network through me to meet my friends, and so on and so on.
I had invited a group over today. These are people that I have met through others; to come and meet each other. Do you follow?
I asked them each to bring from the abundance of their life. This was garden related, but there were people here today that do not currently have a garden, so I told them to bring baked goods. Boy, did we ever have a party.
Steve said that there were about 25 people that came. I gave them a tour of our property and showed them my garden beds and what my reasons and theories are about growing vegetables year round in the desert.
So here is how you do it. Each person comes with their goodies and places them on the tables. Introductions are made, the tour is taken and then everyone walks around the tables and takes some of whatever item is provided.
I had previously written to Peaceful Valley Organic Seeds and asked them to provide us with seeds to share. I promised to write about the experience in my blog, so they sent me a catalog and several beautiful packages of organic seeds to share with my friends.
I also had oranges to share.
Some of the items that people brought were; seeds, lots of varieties of citrus, marmalade, baked goods, sourdough starter, kefir grains, lemon grass starts, sweet potato starts, sunchokes, someone brought a lovely tomatillo for someone else that had asked for it. I was given some sugar cane that I had requested. There were even tomato and pepper plants. I never did find out who brought the dehydrated orange slices, but I will forever praise them for giving me that idea. They were orange slices that had the texture of Cheetos. Hooray! What fun we had.
Now, all these wonderful people know each other. They can find new friends that they can connect with, to learn from and to grow.