Organic Tropical Fruit Orchard Grows 185 Trees on 1.3 Acres


Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com
! Today we have another exciting episode for you, and this one’s going to be a fun one!
And that we’re here on a field trip and we’re here at the Koral’s Tropical Fruit
Farm. I love my tropical fruits and you guys should too. Hope you guys are eating plenty
of fruits in your diet, they’re definitely one of the best foods on the planet, in my
opinion. Why we’re here today is we’re here to show you guys what is possible in
just a little bit over an acre, actually one and a third acres. There’s over a hundred
and eighty five fruit trees. Now you might not have one and a third acres to play with,
but definitely even on small properties you can fit in some fruit trees. And, you know,
I’m going to show you guys what are the fruit trees that are going to yield the most
and do the best for you here in the climate here. We’re in Vista, California, outside
San Diego. We are also going to get you a tour of the vegetable gardens and some other
cool things that’s going on here on the property. So I guess let’s head inside Koral’s
Tropical Fruit Farm and check it out. So the first thing I want to do is I want
to share with you guys actually Barry’s farm here. I mean, he has all these fruit
trees and they are planted, you know, a lot are fifteen feet apart but some are, you know,
as close as eight feet apart. So you don’t necessarily need a lot of space. He also keeps
them pruned down to his height so that he can easily pick things. And one of the cool
things about Barry is besides being a farmer and producer and growing food, he’s also
an artist. So one of the unique things that I haven’t seen really anywhere else on a
fruit farm is actually, you know, him incorporating his art work and bringing these kind of pieces
in to nature. So that’s really cool and I’ll point out a few really excellent examples
that I like a lot. So let’s go ahead and head to the back yard and share with you guys
this fruit orchard in the city. So one of the things Barry likes to do is
actually reuse things, you know. And, you know, I’m not big into like throwing things
away, and one of the coolest uses I’ve seen for barbed wire, right, if you’re not having
cattle, he’s growing grapes up on them actually. So he’s using the barbed wire as a trellis
material, and as long as you’re careful when picking your grapes, and the cool thing
about grapes is because the grapes are heavier they hang down, so you’ll never be in jeopardy
by that barbed wire and maybe you could pick some up cheap.
Over here you can see like all the massive amounts of trees he has. This is a huge white
sapote, it’s definitely one of my favorite crops. Here’s it, you know, not quite ripe
yet. On the tree this is definitely a sub tropical and does not like the frost. I have
seen one growing in Fremont, California but definitely here in Southern California they
are going to do really well. And it’s challenging to get good sapotes, because you know, it’s
at the point many place harvest them unripe and then they’re not going to develop the
full flavor. And once they do turn ripe, they go south really fast, you’ve got to eat
them at that right point. So, yeah, definitely best always to have your own trees.
We’re now we’re ducking underneath a huge massive fig tree, man. This is insane and
the figs are one of the crops that he grows that does the best. And he actually has a
fair number of fig trees. I want to show you guys a really cool one actually next. So the
first crop I want to share with you guys that does excellent and produces good yields for
Barry here are the figs. I love figs. Of course, you know, if you’re not in this sub tropical
environment you got to check and make sure figs are going to do well and grow well for
you. I know here in Southern Cal and Northern Cal figs will do definitely fairly good. I
have several fig trees myself. And they produce well for me every year. What we’re looking
at here are some special figs. These are known as the variegated figs, also known as the
tiger figs or panache figs, you know. One of the things that are important if you’re
a market grower or even if you’re just a home grower, and what I encourage you guys
to do is grow something different, you know. If you’re just growing apples at home and
you have an apple tree, that’s great, you know. You might love to eat your own apples
and yes they’re going to be definitely better than the store. But why grow apples when apples
are a dime a dozen? Everybody always has apples and they’re so common. You want to grow
something different, you know, so you could have new taste sensations. I’ve tasted these,
you know, variegated figs before, they’re absolutely delicious. Plus also, if you’re
a market grower and then you want to sell your crops to other people, you have something
truly unique and different that you could charge more for and that you’re going to
get customers. Because everybody is, once again, selling apples.
So my favorite way to eat figs are fresh off the tree because, you know, then you can pick
when they’re optimally ripe. In the store if you buy figs, I mean, figs bought in the
store are never like the ones right off the tree because they have to pick them a little
bit unripe so that they do not spoil during transit and shipping.
Next best after, you know, having your own tree is to visit Barry at the Hill Crest farmers
market in San Diego. He is known as the fig guy there. And that’s how he is differentiated
himself, you know, from all the other growers by growing unique and rare varieties, you
know, one of which is these panache figs. And he has eight different varieties of figs.
So what we’re going to do next is actually share some of the unique crops that he grows
here that, you know, most other people don’t grow, to give you guys some ideas if you’re
growing at home or want to be a market grower. So, another crop Barry is growing that does
amazingly well here in San Diego area are these guys. These guys are the passion flowers.
But we’re not after the passion flowers as beautiful as they are and as much as insects
love them, we’re after the passion fruits man. And here’s some passion fruits. They
blend in to the greenery there. And I like passion fruits because they vine up stuff.
So actually what he has here is the big shipping container that he uses for storage. But he
has the passion vines growing all over them so that you don’t even know there’s a
big, you know, container there storing all his stuff. So it’s beautiful, functional,
it keeps the storage things in the storage container cooler because it shades it out
and this absorbs all the sun so that can continue to grow and produce edible fruit form. One
of the things I had today which was quite refreshing was orange juice passion fruit
100% fresh made here, grown here, so delicious. So another crop that Barry focuses on that’s
different than what most people would grow are the guavas. And one of the guavas are
right here. You could see it’s in the flowering stage right here. Here’s a little flower,
the flower petals are edible and taste like the fruit, not super sweet but definitely
really good. Wow, amazing flavor in just a little bit. I’ve amazed people by feeding
them, you know, just the petals of the pineapple guava. So this is not your standard guava,
you know, as his other trees are. This is a more sub tropical guava. So whether you’re
here in Southern California, even Northern California, like Santa Rosa area where I am,
this guy really produces well. The tip you want to know is with guavas they need to be
optimally ripe when you eat them. Otherwise the flavor is going to be like nothing because
they develop the most flavor when they are optimally ripe. But the problem is when they’re
optimally ripe they spoil very fast too. So you definitely have your own tree or buy it
from Barry who, you know, picks them at their peak ripeness. So these guys, you know, once
again more tolerant of the colder weather. Next we’re going to get in to some of the
tropical guavas. SO what we’re looking at now is the trunk of a guava. And to me this
is like really artistic and I just love the look of this so I want to share with you guys
this in HD. And check it out man, this is how the trunk looks. One of the cool things
is about the guava, you know, I was hiking in Hawaii down like in the valley and there
was a guava tree like going down this steep incline and I would just grab the branches.
Because the branches are quite flexible, you know, they’re not going to, they’re not
brittle and going to break. And so I’d, you know, use the branches to kind of shimmy
down the hill, whether I was sliding my butt all the way down, although I think at one
point I did slide on my butt and actually got cut which wasn’t too cool. But I love
the guava trees. They look so cool and they’re useful for biking in Hawaii. But they’re
also a great edible fruit that you can eat and it’s quite unfortunate that guavas that
are being imported from Mexico, if you find them in Mexican markets, are being irradiated.
And there’s a little red symbol if you notice, you know. Not so with California grown fruit.
They’re not irradiating these guys, you know. Here we got the it’s just starting
to flower and then forming the fruit here and soon enough we’ll have some California
grown guavas. He’s growing five different varieties including the pineapple guava, the
strawberry guava, the lemon guava, the Mexican guava and the Brazilian guava. And if you
choose to grow guavas here in San Diego area, you want to grow the Mexicans, they produce
and are the most fruitful. So aside from growing all these some of these
specialised fruits that I have shown you guys already, he also has your standard oranges
here. Now he has a lot of them in the orange juice he creates but he also wants to be able
to offer those to people, and the way he basically offers something different is because he’s
on the rock dust product. So he re-mineralizes his soil with the rock dust. He also uses
the worm castings and compost that he generates here on site to produce, you know, some of
the highest quality fruit and best tasting fruit that you never tasted right. And one
of the challenges I have with conventional farmers and even many organic farmers is they’re
not adding the trace minerals back in the soil. And as Barry has learned by doing that
your plants are going to grow better, they’re going to be more productive. I mean, look
at all these oranges on here. I mean, this thing is loaded up with just tons and tons
of oranges. You’re going to produce more, but more importantly, they’re going to taste
better. And when you sample out these fruits to people at the farmers market, even if you’re
charging more they’re going to want to buy your stuff because you simply got the best
stuff. So whether you’re selling at the farmers market or just feeding you and your
family, I highly encourage you guys to use the things like the rock dust minerals and
the sea minerals, the trace minerals, to add to your soil to bring the, you know, qualities
of the fruit up, the health of the plant up, the yields up, but also more importantly,
the flavor. So you have the best food on the planet that you can get in the standard agriculture
system. So one of the most fruitful but also anti-oxidant
rich fruit trees you can grow is the pomegranate. And the pomegranates are highly tolerant of
many different conditions. Whether you live in Las Vegas you can grow these guys in the
desert, hundred and you know fifteen degree heat does not faze them. Whether you grow
in Northern or Southern California, these guys are going to produce very well for you.
This tree here produces hundreds of pounds every season. And these guys are quite anti-oxidant
rich, so you have a nice dark pigment. And, you know, they’re selling pomegranate juice
and all this stuff. But instead of buying the pomegranate juice in a bottle, I definitely
recommend growing your own pomegranates and juicing them fresh. One of my favorite recipes
is to use pomegranate juice with orange juice. It’s delicious.
So now I want to share with you guys Barry’s growing practices so that you can duplicate
and model, you know, to get these excellent results that I’ve shown you guys here. I
mean, it’s very simple. First, what he does is he plants a tree that’s newly established.
There are more trees that he’s starting to grow out, you know, all these trees are
in different stages. Sometimes he just decides to plant new trees to get more yield, and
specially with some of this expansive space, he wants to fill it to be more fruitful. And
I like being fruitful. And, you know, how he does it is he does it in accordance to
nature. That’s how I recommend you guys grow your garden. Whether you’re growing
fruit trees or vegetables, do it with accordance to nature. And that’s what I teach. It’s
so important to me to get away from the chemicals and the pesticides and, you know, even bag
fertilizer products. I’m not a big fan of because nature does not work. There are no
pixies in nature sprinkling pixie dust or fertilizer on the trees, you know, every season,
every couple months, right. And how Barry does it is how I would do it if I had a fruit
orchard. Literally what you’re seeing here is he lays down all this compost that he actually
he creates here on site. He also lays down the worm casting mixture with the rock dust.
And he just layers it on the tree and then he basically waters it. And he has a, you
know, irrigation at every tree. He also has these little things here so that you actually
don’t kick the irrigation. And the other thing he’s doing is very cool is he has
actually all these rocks around, you know, the trees. So this actually has a watery tension
area. So it just gets, you know, wet in this area and it stays there. And one of the cools
things is he goes out and collects all these rocks for free in the desert. So that’s
definitely really cool and it’s something pretty cheap and easy, you know. Buy a fruit
tree, make your own compost, put some rocks around it, have an irrigation and you can
be producing some fruit in no time. So it’s especially important when growing
the fruit trees and also the vegetable garden that we’ll show you in a minute is to have
a source of nutrition being created on the property. So, you know, I said that he adds
compost. And he creates his compost here. And what he does, he just does, he models
nature to make compost, right. Compost in nature they’re not turning it, they’re
not aerating it, it basically just drops on the ground, things cover it up and it composts
and it takes some time. And he’s got earthworms and all kinds of creatures in here breaking
down all this stuff to make the soil that he’s, you know, adding to all the trees
to feed them. Because think about it, all this compost, I mean, it’s the leaves, it’s
the fruit peels, these are things that the tree has pulled out of the ground, put it
into sleep matter and drop back on the ground. He’s collecting it, chopping it up, putting
it here to break back down so that he can re-add it to the soil. Many people do not
realise that, you know, when we’re growing things we’re really mining the nutrients
in the soil, or more specifically the minerals in the soil. And by putting back what you’re
creating, you’re putting back and keeping nature’s cycle growing, you know, not man’s
cycle of trying to put fertilizer that wasn’t even in the ground in the first place but
nature’s cycle by making, you know, your own compost and this is one of the largest
compost piles I have ever seen. Now the thing to remember is if you’re doing it in this
fashion and just going to, you know, pile stuff up, it would definitely it’s going
to take a bit longer, you know, to decompose and break down than your standard hot pile.
But I believe there is definitely pros and cons to every way and that you want to do
the way that’s going to work best for you so that you can always return, you know, what
you’re taking off your property back in to your property.
So another way besides generating compost on site, another thing Barry does is basically
he’s taking a waste stream that would normally go to the landfill and he’s using it on
property. What you’re looking here behind me is an expanse of just wood chips in between
his trees. So this does many things. Number one, it conserves moisture a lot because it’s
acting as a mulch. Number two, this would normally go to landfill and you know, it’s
being put in here instead. Number three, it’s actually breaking down. So these wood chips
break down over time. He has to keep putting wood chips on the property that keep breaking
down. And where does it go when it breaks down, right? It actually goes back in the
soil because the wood chips break down to create a nice rich humus basically. A fungal
dominated humus that’s going to feed his trees and basically build the soil all around
this. So if you’re interested more in learning
the power of the wood chips, you want to be sure to check my past videos on a video on
supersizing your plant growth with wood chips and rock dust. And that’s what he’s doing
here. So aside from all hundred eighty five fruit
trees that he has on property, he’s also growing a nice size vegetable garden. And
he has little critters here. So what he’s done he’s actually once again re-used things
that would normally go to the landfill like this galvanised stuff here. And he’s basically
put it around the base to keep small little critters out. In addition, his artist side
comes out in a lot of aspects in the garden and he’s decorated, you know, the outside
with all these cool artistic decorations, you know, to bring back, you know, some of
the things that man uses back into nature because that’s where it originated. And
I like the contrast between, you know, the art work and then, you know, especially the
kale greens right behind them. So what we’re going to do next is actually let’s go ahead
into the garden and share with you guys some of the things he’s growing, but more importantly,
how he’s growing it. So one of the crops he’s growing in his
garden that you may want to try to grow in your garden is one of the most anti-oxidant
rich super foods or super fruits in the world, it’s right here. This is known as the Goji
berry. And man this is one bountiful Goji berry, this is what happens when you feed
your soil. You feed your soil and the plants are very fruitful, they’re going to produce
more for you and they’re going to have tasty fruit. That being said, the Goji berry is
not known for eating fresh because they have a, you know, not the best flavor but when
they’re dry they’re absolutely amazing. And one of the cool things I want to share
with you guys is to grow Goji berries, you don’t have to find like the Goji berry seeds
and buy them for a lot of money from some seed seller, you don’t have to find a plant.
What you simply have to do is go to a health food store, and in many health food stores
in the bulk bins they sell dried Goji berries. So buy a bunch to eat for yourself to taste
how good they are, but also open some of them up and collect the little seeds out of the
dried Goji berries, plant them so that you can have your own anti-oxidant rich super
fruits. One of the most grown crop for home gardeners
is, I wish it was the collard greens here but it’s not, it’s the tomatoes that we’re
looking behind. And what he is using for trellis material is just some bamboo and wood from,
you know, that he’s re-using once again to make his own cool trellises. And he has
all different kinds of artistic designs in the trellises and yeah, that’s interesting
in itself. And I want to encourage you guys to re-use instead of recycle and instead of
throwing things out or away. And think about it, where does it go when it goes away? I
don’t know. So what we’re looking at here are the tomatoes. And he’s growing in raised
beds whether he has sides on the raised beds made out of wood, or whether he just has some
soil basically piled up into a little pile, he’s growing these tomatoes in raised bed
type fashion . And the cool way he’s growing the tomatoes is he’s doing what’s called
dry farming. So, you know, everybody has a different definition of dry farming. Some
people say if you dry farm you don’t ever water, maybe you water to get them established
and, you know, depending on your climate and depending on where you live, depending on
how much it rains you may be able to do that but here in the high climate here, he basically
waters every other day. So he’s not totally flooding his plants with water. Because when
you flood your plants with water the plant goes oh I got enough water, I don’t grow
my roots that far to get the water. But when he , you know, doesn’t water sometimes and
every other day or sometimes even longer, the roots tend to grow deeper down into the
soil to, you know, grab those minerals and bring them up. And because he’s not watering
all that much, the fruits have a much higher flavor and taste better than being all watery,
you know, like many tomatoes are today. So I want to encourage you guys to not only save
water but make your tomatoes taste better by, you know, not watering your tomatoes as
much. So as much as Barry likes his fruits, because
he has a lot of fruit trees, he also like me realizes that greens are important. And
he’s growing a whole bunch of different kinds of greens including lettuce and cabbage
and cauliflower, but more importantly there’s a nice large patch of these guys here. This
is known as the dinosaur kale or black kale, Tuscan kale, many different names for them.
And this is the one, in my opinion, that grows best in the heat. I mean, this guy grows great
for me in Las Vegas, if it’s a 144 degrees out, if it’s 29 degrees in the winter time.
And these are a long live plants. Some of my plants live, you know, one year and they
could just grow. And these guys are nice like a 3 foot tall plants growing nice and bountiful
to provide him leafy greens every day of the year if he chooses to harvest them. So he
does like to do juicing a lot and he does blended stuff , and I’m sure he eats plenty
of these guys raw. I want to always encourage you guys to grow
your greens. I mean, my channel is called GrowingYourGreens. It’s growing your greens
for a reason, you know. I believe greens are one of the most important thing you need to
be eating that most Americans are deficient in, you know, besides the fruits, of course.
So next we’re looking at is this avocado tree that just is starting to fruit here.
And this very tree makes like 200 pounds of avocados a year. I know you guys know the
price of avocados, if you’re going to buy them, but imagine having 200 pounds of avocados,
you know. That’s completely insane. He has multiple varieties of avocados that fruit
at different times of the year. And if I just had a few avocado trees, I’d meet all my
avocado requirements for the year. Now besides just the avocados, which are probably
one of my favorite fatty fruits in the world, he’s growing something else below it. These
guys are known as the nasturtiums. So I love the nasturtiums, they are nice and beautiful
and filling on the bottom. And besides mulching with some leaves underneath the tree, he also
has these nasturtiums that are actually, you know, helping retain moisture in the ground.
Because the, you know, the sun’s just not hitting the dirt. And so he also produces
edible flowers he can decorate salads on. And many people do not know that actually
the leaves of the nasturtiums are also edible, although they are like five times spicier
than the flowers. So I recommend eating the flowers and if you’re on a famine food or
whatever, eat the leaves too. Or maybe once in a while throw a leaf in with your salad
to give you a little blast of heat, and cut it up into small pieces.
And the other thing he’s got going on here are these little guys here. And look at these
guys little right here man. His nasturtiums are currently in the seeding stage with these
little little seeds and no these are not peas, these are nasturtium seeds. And nasturtiums
seeds are also known as poor man’s capers. You can actually pickle these guys to have
caper-like taste and flavors, you know, in your food. So that’s amazing. I mean, the
nasturtiums are one of my favorite edible flowers because not only the flowers, the
leaves, but also the immature seeds are, you know, quite delicious as well.
Alright, what you guys are looking at next is this huge head of cabbage. This actually
looks like it’s bigger than my head almost. And cabbage yet another leafy green you can
grow. And , you know, here I just wanted to show you guys this cabbage to show how well
and how large a plant you can grow using natural growing methods. You don’t need to use miracle
crap and all those other stuff to get big plants. And these are not any special genetics
that have, you know, super large cabbage. These are just everyday cabbage plants that
were planted and grown in accordance to nature with the rock dust, with the worm castings,
with the, you know, compost, and look at the results. I mean, I want to go ahead and pick
this leaf for you guys. Look at this nice large cabbage leaf. Maybe you could play like
peekaboo if I had kids. Peekaboo, I see you! So what I’m going to share with you guys
next is my favorite citrus that he is growing on the property. These are known as sweet
limes. And most Americans unfortunately have not heard of the sweet limes. This is a kind
of lime that when completely ripe has basically zero acid, a nice kind of like citrus flavor.
It’s not too sweet either but it’s a lot sweeter than your standard lime that’s like
ugh right. And this fruit I like a lot because it, number one, it tastes good, but number
two, Barry likes it because it’s quite productive. He’s already pulled out a hundred fifty
pounds off this tree and as you guys can see it’s loaded with fruit and it’s going
to produce hundred of pounds this season. And in addition, actually I see here, you
know, some flowers starting to develop. So it’s going to continue to produce from here
in this climate. This is definitely one of my top picks for growing citrus. Because again,
once again, it is different, it is quite unique and most people are not aware of them. And,
I mean, the main thing is it has such an amazing flavor to me.
So what we’re looking at now is an avocado tree, as you guys can see. We’ve got some
avocados hanging, but these are not the hass avocado that you guys know and love. These
are actually one of my favorite varieties of avocados known as the reed avocados. And
I love how they just hang on here and look like nuts but they’re actually avocados
here. But they have a nice fatty content. And he’s growing like six seven different
varieties of avocados. There’s so many different more varieties of avocados than, you know,
just the hass that’s most commonly sold. And the cool things is when you’re growing
them yourself, you get to choose what varieties you want to grow, you know, and I encourage
you guys especially if you’re living in this part of the world to grow some avocados,
but more importantly to taste test the different varieties to see which ones you like the most.
And even if you live in other parts of world, not here in the Sand Diego area, yes you can
still grow avocados, you know. I have a video that shows the most cold tolerant, you know,
avocados that you could grow in many places, including places like Houston, Texas. Yes,
Houston, Texas and even some of the southern states down there, you guys could also grow
avocados. Just because avocados mostly come from California doesn’t mean you can grow
them only in California. So check that video out. If your weather doesn’t get to cold,
and you know, frost too much, you could definitely still grow some avocados. I have the Mexicola
avocado variety that can handle a slight frost. And this past year in 29 degrees it definitely
got hit hard but it stayed alive and it’s come back and hopefully one of these days
it will be fruiting for me. So another crop that Barry grows here is the
mulberry. As you guys can see here’s one that’s ripened enough. He just pruned this
tree and there’s some immature ones, but this one’s getting close to being ready.
Now the mulberry is definitely, you know, probably my favorite tree berry. They’re
quite delicious, tastes ten times better than a good blackberry, in my opinion. Something
you definitely want to grow and actually it will grow in a wide range of places. You could
even grow these guys in like Northern California. This is known as like a sub-tropical type
tree, even though we’re almost in the tropics here in San Diego. And yes this is the same
mulberry that’s in the kid’s nursery rhyme, you know, something around the mulberry bush.
Well this is not a bush, this is a tree. It produces a lot of fruit. And once again, you
know, picking them ripe is way better, tastes way better than just buying them in the store.
And the other thing is you’re barely rarely ever find these guys in the store because
they are so perishable once they’ve been picked. So they come at a high price actually
at market. So yeah, grow your own to save all the money and have some of the best mulberries
in the world. So here’s another crop that actually does
quite well for Barry. And this is another crop that you need to eat at peak ripeness.
These are actually known as the hachiya persimmon. Yeah so it grows the chocolate persimmon which
is my favorite as well as the fuyu persimmon. And these guys are so tropical, so you can
grow this in like northern California quite easily. It will fruit and produce a lot of
delicious fruits for you. And yeah, this is a persimmon tree right here. And as you guys
can see, I don’t know, up the tree, this thing is completely loaded with all kinds
of fruit on it. Now this is the hachiya variety, it’s the astringent variety, so you need
to let them completely ripen up and be soft like jelly before you eat them. Otherwise
they’re not going to taste good. Overall, I prefer the fuyu variety that can be eaten
hard like an apple or soft. I kind of like them a little bit soft, you know, and that’s
the best I like to use them. Also, actually these guys, the hachiya’s are excellent
dried. That’s probably my favorite way to eat the hachiyas. They dehydrate quite well
and preserve well. And actually, you know, if you’re a market seller, you know, drying
your persimmons and selling them, it basically increases the amount that you could get for
your crop. So you guys just got the tour of the orchard.
Now I want to show you guys the fruits of Barry’s labor. This is the van he uses to
drive to market every Sunday. I’ll go ahead and open this guys up, and check it out, man.
Barry is completely organized as a farmer, completely amazing me. All his tools are on
one section and even the produce that he’s growing and taking to market is fully organized,
right. He puts these out, puts them on the tables, they’re ready to sell. And the other
cool thing, check it out man, nice art work. He does all his own art work. Actually he
is an artist. He has a lot of art work for sale at the farmer’s market. I mean, this
van is full of, you know, avocados, limes, kumquats, eureka lemons, low acid meyer lemons,
sweet custard sapote, some of my favorite ones, farm fresh limes, and the supreme elixir
passion fruit. You guys got to try and make a juice with the supreme elixir passion fruit
and orange juice, one of the best drinks I’ve ever had.
Next, what I want to do is introduce you guys to Barry. And, you know, share some of you
guys’ farming practices but also some of his other practices in life. And he’s and
amazing individual. He has so much energy to do all this work. And I want to share with
you guys some of his health tips actually, because he eats the food he grows. I mean,
one of the reasons why he grows all this stuff is to eat the food he grows. It’s very important
to him to eat a healthy diet. So I’m going to share with you guys some of his information
about that. Specially if you’re getting up there in age on how you could be as energetic
and you know, be organized and all this stuff just like Barry.
So now we’re here with Barry Koral, who is 72 years young, just celebrated his 72nd
birthday. And besides just being the farmer, he’s also a health enthusiast and author,
a motivator and a speaker among other things. And we’re going to go ahead and interview
him and share with you guys, I mean, one of the things is that he’s 72 and he’s able
to run this farm, go to the farmer’s market every Sunday, sell the crops, do all this
stuff, travel the world. I mean, amazing guy. You want to be his mojo. So we’re going
to share some of that with you guys. But before we get into that stuff, you know, I want to
learn more specifically about why he decided to grow this farm and why, more importantly,
he is choosing to use natural methods that you guys saw are working so well for him.
John: So Barry, why did you start the farm and why are you using natural methods ?
Barry: When I first started this basically I was striving to become a self realized artist.
But I realized the greatest art form is the art of living. And to be involved in that
I think ultimately we have to grow our own food and get back to nature. And through my
studies I discovered that the best way to grow is to re-mineralize your food which you
are growing which ultimately is remineralizing your body. Because the reason why we’re
eating is to gain the minerals to sustain us and not only to survive but to thrive.
So as a result I first spent three years just mineralizing the soil and creating large composts
piles and breaking it down and putting it all over the land. And I started getting involved
in growing trees and the best thing to grow is what you love, and that’s what I’ve
done. I’ve grown what I love and I’ve done it in a unique way that helped me to
distinguish myself from other farmers at the farmers market. When I first started this
I was doing nine farmer’s markets. I’m doing one right now. Because I feel my greater
calling is not just about growing the best fruit or vegetables on the planet but to educate
others and to be an example of how we could age gracefully and really be sustainable and
not be part of the mass suicide that going on. Not to be negative about it, but I feel
that anybody that’s not really following the laws of nature is not really living in
accordance with the greater law even more so than man.
John: So another thing that’s really interesting about Barry is that he has come to the conclusion
that not all fruits and vegetables are created equal. Especially the ones you buy at the
grocery store, even the health food stores paying top dollar at whole paycheck. And he
does things a little bit differently, which I believe personally is one of the key reasons
for success. And this is a path that I’m also on myself. So Barry, do you want to talk
more about the nutrient density foods and how do you grow the different, you know, over
a hundred eighty different fruits trees and also a huge vegetable garden that he actually
he eats primarily out of. He barely buys any food from the store. And most things grown
by his own hands here on the property. Barry: Yeah I really think it’s very unnatural
that we’re spending so much time inside of a material world and involved in boxes
and stores and things like that. And we feel that’s the only source of our food that
actually there’s all the food is not growing inside a supermarket. When I first moved here
from Chicago, I thought our avocados grow in supermarkets because that was my only association
with. And then I came here and I realized that all these beautiful fruits are growing
on trees, especially in southern California, fascinated me. And that’s what one of my
motivations were for getting involved in growing my own items or my own produce. And the main
thing is that we are all electrical being. And the whole idea is that you want to re-lift
your vibration to a higher frequency. All of us are like radio stations. And the thing
about it with eating, if you’re eating heavier of the foods that are closest to the planet
it’s keeping you on a lower vibration. When people are depressed or a lot of people that
are very much involved in material world, they’re choosing heavier foods, animal based
foods, potatoes, things from under the ground and things that are closer to the ground.
If you really think about it, the highest vibrational food besides being a Breatharian
which doesn’t work, is growing food that is highest off the ground that pulls us to
heavens. And what that is, is the tree. So that’s why I got involved in fruit growing
trees growing fruit off of trees, because it’s closer to heavens and it produces abundant
amount of food and as you raise your vibration, what I have learnt by doing that, is I crave
things of a higher vibration and I’ve got more away from the density of heavier foods.
So as a result, I personally incorporate a tremendous amount of food in my diet. I don’t
need a 100% fruit, I also incorporate the vegetables because we are unfortunately living
in a very toxic world. And we need to have the balance and the stability and the focus
to maintain ourself and not just run out in nature and live on happily ever after. Because
the thing about it is we’re all part of this earth and we have to perform and show
off at different places. And they might not all be conducive to our sensitivity. So one
of the ways of sustaining yourself and giving yourself the vitality to be able to move through
all these experiences is to embrace the greens with your fruits and to live a happy healthy
balanced life. And that’s what I believe is the reason why we’re here together, as
we put the earth through the transition that we’re going through right now that we could
all return back to the garden. But one of the points that I forgot to mention is that
we really don’t need nearly the amount of food that we’re consuming and we could get
by with far less. And the thing is to truly eat when you’re eating to truly eat only
when you’re hungry, not for emotional purposes or for satisfaction. And to always make choices
if you’re going to choose to eat something that is somewhat steamed or cooked, always
start with your raw food because that’s going to have the best effect on you, and
to ultimately embrace a 100% living foods is the way to go, not only for yourself but
for the planet. John: So the last question I have for you
today Barry is- is there something that you want to say to all of our farmers and gardeners
and growers out there, you know, a message that’s really important to you, like your
message that you want to let them know about? Barry: I think the main thing is that each
one of us in our own way could grow something and do something for our own well being and
our own survival and be able to thrive. And we are right now we’re depending on just
too few people to provide all of our needs and take care of us. And I think each one
of us in our own way, not everybody has to be as efficient in any one area, but everybody
could do something. And if we would participate as a mass society and the care of each other
and what we’re producing, we could have beyond abundance. And I think there is abundance
already in the material world. It just that the forces that exist right now are keeping
our natural resources from us. But as we get together in community and as we gain the knowledge
to know how to do this, then we could come forward and be our own producer and not just,
not so you have to be a farmer but even if you’re living in an apartment you could
have something growing on your patio and you could even do your own compost. And so it
could actually be involved on all forms of society and the way all different types of
people live. It doesn’t have to be just the farmer.
John: Wow. I mean, I definitely agree with Barry. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it
again. I want you guys to be producers instead of consumers. One of the challenges in today’s
world is that people are just mass consuming and there’s not many people producing anymore.
I want you guys to produce your own food. Some of the highest quality foods, some of
the highest quality fruits and vegetables that you guys even seen today like Barry is
doing. And of course, eat them like Barry so you could have the health like Barry is
here. So Barry if somebody wants to learn more about
you, your work, do you have a website, let them know the farmer’s market you sell at
and how to get a hold of you? Barry: Yeah, the best way to get a hold of
me because I come from a different generation is to have a personal connection with somebody
and you could best contact me at my phone. My phone number is 760 455 1261, or my email
is [email protected] . I’m also on Facebook and I believe I do have some website
that people have made for me. But I’m not as technologically connected as many people.
But I’m getting more in to it and I just like personal connection with people.
John: So Barry, well, thank you for having me at your farm today. I hope you guys enjoyed
this farm tour, learned about some of the crops you can grow here in San Diego and the
sub tropics. And hopefully wherever you live you’ve learned some practices, some natural
growing practices. And hope you guys will implement including doing the things like
the mulching with the wood chips and the composting, adding the rock dust and also the worm castings.
Some of them I’m very in to and you saw here that it totally works. Hope you guys
enjoyed this episode. Once again, my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com
. We’ll see you next time, and until then remember – keep on growing!

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