Archive for the ‘My Philosophy’ Category

Refinery Project Launch Event RECAP

If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worth reading, Or do things worth writing.

— Benjamin Franklin


This quote above from Ben Franklin speaks directly to that little engine burning hot at the core of my being that motivates me to do what I do every morning I wake up. This life is so temporary, and we need to live it to the fullest. We will all perish in the end. I believe life is about taking ACTION and DOING something. Anything is possible and there are no limitations, except those we place on ourselves. Dare to dream, and be even more daring by acting on those dreams.

One person doing just that is my friend Lan Thai. Lan is a chef, artist, creator and all around bad ass chick living up here on the North Shore of Oahu. She owns Happy’s Hawaii catering and is also co-founder, with Nick Wells (Two Crows Surfboards), of the Refinery Project (R/P). The R/P is an off-grid, creative collaborative space located inside the historic Waialua Sugar Mill on the North Shore. It’s build out of shipping containers and mostly re-used materials. Art and creativity run rampant throughout the space. As Lan describes it:

The Refinery Project takes the community to make it an awesome place and i hoped i have proven with the groundwork i’ve laid that i can really make this happen. This will be the best art space collaborative in the world. I will bridge art events from town to country. i will draw artists and creatives from all over the world. I will make it happen. This will be a prime Hawaii destination. The community will benefit from the awesome workshops and classes for all ages. Workshops including painting, music, cooking, gardening, homesteading, computers… just about everything but all in a collaborative and unique creative way to make learning fun.

Each One Teach One Farms is proud to be a partner in the R/P. We are helping out with the garden, implementing a Bokashi food waste recycling system and will be conducting classes and workshops there in the future.

This past weekend, the R/P held a launch party / fundraiser gala to raise funds for a solar system, shipping containers and other expansion supplies. There were over 100 people in attendance enjoying live art, music and amazing food. Thank you to everyone who came out to support and make this event a success.

If the Refinery Project is something you believe in, please make a donation. You can go visit the R/P Indiegogo Fundraiser Site to make a donation. We thank you.

Here are some pics from the event. All photos taken by Benjamin Pettus. You can view all photos from the event HERE.

The Honolulu Weekly also mentioned the R/P event in their latest issue. Go HERE to check it out.













The Spiritual (Jedi) Farmer

This as an excerpt taken from an article written by Mike Adams from Natural News website. It’s a great article, but this segment of it really spoke to me and so I thought I’d share. I believe that many of our problems can be solved when more of us move into the mindset that we are stewards of the land, here to care for it and leave it better than we found it. You can read the full article, titled 2012: The Year of Consciousness HERE. Happy New Year ya’ll!!

A woman who grows a garden is aspiritual farmerin that she gives new life to seeds. When a plant creates a seed, at first that seed is just a biological machine held in stasis, awaiting the right moment to sprout. When a seed sprouts,consciousness enters the plantin the same way that a soul enters the developing fetus right after the moment of fertilization. Continue reading

Who are we? Why are we here?

My own personal journey has driven me to ask these big questions, and I am being guided to the answers everyday. I believe that all you have to do is listen and be obedient…put those puzzle pieces together that you’ve been given and see the bigger picture of your purpose.

I won’t go on too much about my own journey in this post. I just wanted to share two videos i watched recently that really resonated with me and my views on what it means to live the human experience. The first one is a rant from journalist/film maker/truth activist Alex Jones. The second is a talk by Eustace Conway from Ted Talks. Eustace truly has lived a REAL life close to the earth and his story is inspiring. My hope is that these videos bring you closer to forming your own views on what it means to walk this earth…and ultimately make the most of it. What’s life, if you ain’t living it?

E1T1 Farms Video Profile: My Story

Each One Teach One Farms: Video Profile from nathan m peracciny on Vimeo.

My good friend and film maker, Nathan Peracciny shot and edited this video profile of myself and Each One Teach One Farms while I was in NJ last month visiting my family. He did an amazing job! In this video I share my story, explain the mission of E1T1 Farms and give some insight on why I do what I do.

Fat Joe Loses Weight

The legendary Bronx hip hop artist that I’ve been listening to since I was a teenager, Fat Joe, is not so fat anymore. In the past 9-months he’s shed 90lbs by changing his diet and exercising. In this video he also talks about how so many of his young friends are dying from food related illnesses (heart attack, diabetes, etc).

“The craziest thing is the biggest killer of people is food. It kills more people than AIDS, gun violence, war or anything you can name.”

This is testament to the fact that food IS medicine…that is wholesome, organic, non-gmo foods.

Watch Video

Read entire Daily News article

Some reflections and big UPs!

Had a great time participating in some great events this past week and got to meet some awesome people. I’m stoked people are waking up and eager to make a difference. Thanks to everyone for your support and blessings. Aloha.


“Self-Reliance is an essay written by American Transcendentalist philosopher and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson. It contains the most thorough statement of one of Emerson’s repeating themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson’s most famous quotes, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – From Wikipedia


This is a pretty hefty read, but definitely worth the time of getting through it. I like this because I think it contains principles I feel are the backbone of what I do and what I feel is important…being self-sufficient, following intuition (purpose) and individual responsibility for your own health, wealth and happiness.

Here’s some videos I dug up on YouTube that I think do a good job of putting this text into context for us in present times: