Ancient Organic Revival

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To keep things moving at a viable pace, Daugherty has implemented a type of work ethic code, making very clearrepparttar criteria to be met. "We allow a three-strikes-you're-out rule in everything we do and everyone we work with," says Daugherty. "We're very helpful, even if you're out. Atrepparttar 110099 same time,repparttar 110100 people are very different inrepparttar 110101 fact that every single thing they do, their heart is so poured into it. I mean,repparttar 110102 energetic quality of these crops and food are offrepparttar 110103 Richter Scale with most people who are testing them and eating them."

Permaculturing... Part ofrepparttar 110104 criteria for a growing operation includes strict permaculture procedures to ensure that once an operation has been brought intorepparttar 110105 production line, it stays there permanently. "We're setting up a four-stage system where every single associate that we're working with in our projects are only allowed to sell to us if they are permaculturally-based," says Daugherty. "So they're not just mono-cropping. Where we're working at our projects, people are having perennial and annual crops that are being harvested at various times ofrepparttar 110106 year, allowing for all of their land to be covered in something green and growing, to be watered and nurtured, and to provide a healthy ecosystem forrepparttar 110107 preservation ofrepparttar 110108 land and forrepparttar 110109 future of any growth there."

What doesrepparttar 110110 permaculture look like? "There's a canopy, and then there's something growing under that canopy--usually a smaller tree--which is sometimes taken out afterrepparttar 110111 larger canopy trees are in full bloom and growing to their full capacity. Then we have crops growing down atrepparttar 110112 bottom--various medicinal herbs and fruit and vine crops. We are intervening slowly chicken tractors and goose tractors; cows and goats, and that type of animal through all of these crops, so they're doing all our cleaning, and naturally fertilizing as they go along."

Challenges and joys... Daugherty gets a lot of interest from neighboring farmers who see how productive these methods are, and want to join up, which presents its own set of challenges. "The main challenge is justrepparttar 110113 lack of education," says Daugherty. "Luckily,repparttar 110114 follow through onrepparttar 110115 buying end hasn't been so hard. Another challenge isrepparttar 110116 testing to prove that our product is better on an alchemical structure inrepparttar 110117 States, which we have been overcoming by bitingrepparttar 110118 bullet and just paying forrepparttar 110119 testing. Butrepparttar 110120 main challenge is thatrepparttar 110121 economy is very stressed in Peru, andrepparttar 110122 health is very stressed. Most ofrepparttar 110123 people, although they are full of heart energy--a very amazing people--they live in an environment where there are no catalytic converters, purified water, air quality monitoring, those types of things."

Withinrepparttar 110124 challenges lierepparttar 110125 joys, andrepparttar 110126 true reward, not only personally, but socially. "One of our joys is to empower these people to work through a system, and they come out onrepparttar 110127 other side feeling empowered--that's whether we're here or not. They now have a better quality product that has been brought to market that has fair market value placed on it. It has allrepparttar 110128 spec sheets, analysis, and clear projections. So they feel they have a future involved in what they're doing," says Daugherty.

Local promotion... To spreadrepparttar 110129 gospel of sustainable agriculture torepparttar 110130 cities, Daugherty's team presents periodic conferences, through three certifying agencies and through two educational organizations where Daugherty's partners are onrepparttar 110131 board. "We have an 'All-Organic Day,'" enthuses Daugherty. "We get organic catered food and organic drinks to a church or whatever facility. We usually collect 50-100 people at a time--and about 20% out of that stay online and start creatingrepparttar 110132 info loop. We definitely letrepparttar 110133 people realize we're not fromrepparttar 110134 States to be some big overbearing company, we're being a conduit. Once we know that your criteria is fulfilled, and we know that you are really in synch, then we are your financier. We cash crop your product, and help you in all your phases, not just relying on your end sales. We buy your boxes, your bags, we financerepparttar 110135 harvesting, we financerepparttar 110136 processing. We finance it pre-shipment, so it's a different type of buying than most American companies who just buy based on what they receive."

Daugherty has run into zero resistance from other commercial farmers in Peru. "They think we're crazy," he says matter-of-factly. "We really follow through andrepparttar 110137 money is there when we say, andrepparttar 110138 boxes are there. We keep following through and pushing them for more information, which they like, and they're very receptive. The skepticism tends to fade as we intervene more and follow through." The word gets aroundrepparttar 110139 various farms and villages: "How much did you get for your corn?" "Oh, I cut mine down--I couldn't get anything." "Well, we just got 38 cents a kilo."

Future expansion... "There are easily over a thousand new items we will have overrepparttar 110140 next three years--new things that have never been heard of before," claims Daugherty.

Currently Essential Living Foods is co-packing for five Whole Foods Stores regions, through a New Jersey co-packer warehouse. "He's been doing that since we started--one of my first accounts," says Daugherty. ELF products can be found in such brands as Soy-Delicious Ice Cream With Pecans, Campbell's soup is buying ELF's hot peppers for their Spicy V8 Juice, and Whole Foods Blue Corn Chips participates. Daugherty keeps on networking, "There are a couple of larger companies we are working with, so slowly, little by little."

What can interested conscious consumers do to support ELF's efforts beyond buying organic products? "We're setting up a tiered system of buy-packages for groups that you can invest in. We're also going to be accepting donations for what we are working on. Plus, people trying out these new products, sharing with us their true heart-found responses--not just 'yes, that's interesting, that's energetic'--but more what it can be used for, helping us to figure out ways to get it intorepparttar 110141 mass market's eye."

To augment ELF's regional outreach, Daugherty is supplyingrepparttar 110142 Casa De Milagros Orphanage in Peru with organic foods. The orphanage is partly supported by actor Woody Harrelson, and rock band, The Black Crowes. Subtle Energy Solutions and Transformation Enzymes are also providing therapeutic products for these children.

"ELF is one aspect of our company," says Daugherty. "We're also creating a line of medicinals called Indigenous Medicinals. You could call it 'Phyto-therapy fromrepparttar 110143 rainforest.' All grown sustainably."


Boyd is the webmaster of and the newsletter writer for that site. He enjoys a wide range of experience both in the ways of the internet, alternative medicine, environmental issues, and in freelance writing. An active, professional drummer, Boyd performs in the Portland area with several area blues and R&B bands.


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