How it all began.
Dan and I were driving to the farm yesterday on our way back from getting birdseed, discussing what to call “Our Farm” for Retreats in Nature. Organic Oasis was an idea, so we googled the word “Oasis” and both definitions fit our vision perfectly!
noun, plural o·a·ses [oh-ey-seez]/oʊ ˈ eɪ siz/.
1. a small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or well.
2. something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/oasis
Dan and I have been entrepreneurs since 1987. We started a custom home building company, Dan Adelmann Construction, after both our daughters were born. Our business was built on word of mouth referrals. As our business grew, we took the next step, I became a Realtor in 1990. Business was booming! Our girls worked right along side of us. They helped with construction clean up, played by themselves while we worked, and sometimes even slept in the car when we were finishing up loose ends before closings. Ultimately, they were rewarded with sleepovers at our Model Homes. There were long hours, sacrifices, hard work and many challenges that brought us closer together, as we “worked hard”.
As we progressed financially, we felt there was still something missing in our life. In 1994, we moved to the country to pursue our dream to be farmers and to be closer to the Earth. Dan has been farming since he was 16. His love for the earth and nature was an instant attraction for me. I fell in love with Dan as a farmer. He is amazing with animals and caring for the land. I also have an affinity for Nature. My main focus was and still is – how to get outside, dig in the dirt or just swing and sing. Looking back now, we both recognize the divine plan. Our work is with Earth and Nature.
We continued to build homes, conventionally farm and strive with hard work for more success. Our girls helped with the farm, too. They weeded, rode in the tractor with us and spent extra time with their grandparents when Dad and Mom were working. When we moved South of Lakeville, I used my cosmetology manager’s license to open Char’s Salon, still pursuing what we thought was the American Dream. More, better, bigger, different. As our girls grew, they were ‘successful’ in everything they did. They had good grades, awesome friends, lots of extra curricular activities…then off to college. We thought we had nailed it! The perfect family.
Then I got a phone call that changed my life…our oldest daughter calling from college and asked, “Why do we need to get A’s?” She choked back her tears, frustrated with yet another college test. I answered mindlessly, “I don’t know, it’s what my parents told us we had to do.” In that moment, something shifted. The conditioning of work hard, get good grades, try harder, do more, became absurd. All these years we were trying to get to something or somewhere when we were already there. Looking back now I hope we enjoyed some of the journey amidst the chaos. That is really all there is, the journey is the destination.
Now, in the year 2017, we are living the shift we recognized a decade ago – creating and living in our own unique Oasis, no matter where we are – no longer striving to reach something, someone or somewhere. We are thriving.
As the NEW ENERGY pours in, we are recognizing that everything can be easy! As we follow our path to connect with the Earth, we have slowed it down a bit. Dan’s building what and when he wants, bringing in our daughter Amy, so he can remain computer-free, which in turn frees me up so I can do *my work.
Our farm is now 100% Certified Organic as we begin our 1st year as Hemp farmers in the 2017 Minnesota Hemp pilot program (best crop to enrich our depleted soils). We all create our own unique Oasis through our lives. The question is “how to find it?”. What lights us up, brings us joy, fills us with peace? The answer to those questions is the answer to the new question. What is the NEW ENERGY propelling me towards?
As we continue on our journey, we are doing so with love…love for ourselves, love for all others and love for our planet. We are also committed to only doing what is easy and brings us joy. The NEW ENERGY!
Our new creation begins – Organic Oasis.
Our small organic farm, Organic Oasis is south of Lakeville, north of Northfield, east of Elko and west of Farmington. Here we will share our space with others to allow them the time to create their own unique Oasis – to use their time in Nature as a retreat to move forward. Honor the old, bring in the new.
My sincere wish for all of humanity is that we can find our way out of the illusion of working hard, striving for more, getting “A’s” and becoming ‘successful’ – to finding our way in to what is real. joy, ease, peace in our own unique way.
Thank you for reading my story. Writing is something I’ve dabbled in and wanted to pursue for the years but I was always too busy “working hard”. The “blogging” has encouraged me forward on another dream…to write. Namaste’.