Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cathy Harris Launches 3rd Movement in One Year "Mobile Learning Clubs"

Action Plans for 2018

January 1, 2018 - E-newsletter

Cathy Harris
3rd Movement in One Year
"Mobile Learning Clubs"
To make this NEW MOVEMENT successful,
we need everyone to join these two below groups ASAP. It doesn't matter if you do not live in the areas we are targeting at this time for this training. We will train trainers in your area by email, phone, videos
and in person, but we need to get started now.

Join our new Meetup.com group.
Join our new Facebook.com group.

"Remember you don't have to be great
to get started, but you have to get
started to become great."

Jan. 1, 2018

Hello Beautiful Black People:

Happy New Year! This is our 3rd Movement in one year. We launched "The Essential Women's Movement for African American Women" in January 2017 and Virtual Organic Garden Clubs movement in June 2017.

Welcome to our 3rd movement"Mobile Learning Clubs."Our goals are to combine all 3 movements into a force to reckon with as as we focus on health and business opportunities for the entire black family.

You need to know upfront that this is not an initiative. I am famous for launching initiatives, but many times you abolish initiatives and go on to another initiative.

And it's certainly not a Non-Profit, where all you do is end up begging for money. Also don't allow others to use these MobileLearningClubs.com in your city to recruit others for Network and Multi-Level Marketing (aka Pyramid Schemes). 

This is a movement! Movements stick around and usually don't go away until major changes takes place. So therefore, read this e-newsletter closely as I break down how you and your family can move forward in 2018, and create the type of life that you can truly love.

So that you can get a head start in your own community, all my'easy-to-read' non-fiction books (25 total, which can be read by 12 year olds and above) at AngelsPress.com, especially my 5 health books and 2 business books are now 50% off until Feb. 1, 2018. So don't miss this major opportunity to fill up your e-readers with some wonderful material that you can refer back to -- as you go through this year.

I was watching a rerun on Oprah's Master Class last weekend and it was her story. I love what she said when she made the statement​​​​​​​ "Life is about growth and change and when you are no longer doing that, it's time to move on to something else." 

That was so well said and timely for me and I am sure for many others also. If you continue to do things the SAME WAY in 2018, then you will continue to get the SAME RESULTS. Will you be happy with that?

When I lived in Atlanta, GA for 20 years, I was known as "The Female With the Email, The Internet Queen and the Black CNN." That was when I had my own black news network, monthly calendar and e-newsletter, the "National Black Agenda Online." 

The e-newsletter was a force to reckon with for over 13 years. So for over 13 years, I proved my loyalty to the black community by reporting news from around the world.

I even allowed African Americans to market their businesses in my news network, therefore, many were able to move forward and build their own empowerment networks.

But now, for instance in my area, Austin, TX, gentrificationand high taxes has forced many black families to relocate to areas, where they don't have any support systems. ​​​​​​​

Without that support system, many have become criminalized by the justice system and many, many others have fallen deep into despair and hopelessness, especially because of eating GMOs (aka "Processed Foods"), which turns the brain off.

Are You Ready to Take Bold Steps in 2018?

Not only are black people living way below their means, it's just past time that we come up with some type of alternative, to bring black families back together again. Therefore, it's time to come up with some BOLD STEPS. 

As you know I have an extremely large online audience -- since 1998, when I initially became a 'federal whistleblower.'

Since leaving Atlanta in 2013, it has been my goal to build a community "offline" or "on the ground." My first year in Austin, TX in 2014, I attended 4 or 5 meetup.com meetings EVERY WEEK, so I know that using this social media platform, meetup.com, can bring together some powerful heavy hitters.

Meetup.com offers everything from FREE CLASSES on Word Press, to Women's Empowerment Events to Holistic Conferences and other groups are THRIVING using this meetup.com platform.

Black people are always the last ones in the room to get the memo -- that they can use this same type of social media platform to not just build a new economic base for them and their families, but they can REWIRE THEIR BRAINS and build the type of life that they can truly love.

The strength of the black family depends on what we do next. In 2018, my new network on the ground in my area, will start a series of "Mobile Learning Clubs" for black families in Austin, Killeen, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, TX and the surrounding areas.

We are especially referring to all the outlining areas where black families have relocated to because of gentrification and high taxes, such as Kyle, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Georgetown, TX, etc.

How I Turned My Own Home Into A Learning Club

Up until June 2017, I knew nothing about growing foods and look at me now. After turning my own home into a learning club - in just 6 short months, I created an entire movement around growing foods entitled "Virtual Organic Garden Clubs" (www.VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com) movement.

My next book on gardening will be released by Spring 2018 (aka the "BIG GROWING SEASON") entitled "A Beginner's Guide To Starting Your Own Gardening Journey: How I Built My First Raised Bed Garden and Grew Foods in Pots and Containers."

I believe in setting goals and planning ahead so all 
families need to prepare now for the 2018 Spring Season. Read my book "Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community" and be ready to start either a raised bed gardenor grow foods in pots and containers

I am not bragging, but I am 61 years old so if I can learn all this knowledge around growing foods in just a few short months by turning my own home and car (listening to audiobooks) into a learning club, with just one household, imagine what we can do if we come together. ​​​​​​​

We will be working with our new food growing initiative "Brothers Building Gardens"(www.BrothersBuildingGardens.com) to help boys and men (and women) become gardening coaches and consultants.

Not only will we continue to launch "The Beauty and Barber Shop (or Storefront)" initiative (www.BlackBeautyandBarberShop.com), where business owners in Beauty and Barber Shops and other storefront businesses can partner up with other businesses and bring new customers in, but l will be working with families to turn their homes or businesses into "learning clubs." 

As you noticed I got DEDICATED LINKS for these two (2) initiatives. I never do that unless I am extremely serious and know that these initiatives can change lives. So when telling others about these two (2) initiatives, give them the dedicated links.

How I Will Get Started

I will volunteer to come into your home or business or give you a FREE consultation by phone and show you how to get started educating your family and your community.

You can easily set up empowerment events (seminars, workshops, consultations/coaching sessions, etc.) right there in your own home (in-home) or business and GET PAID by using the "Meetup.com Platform." Do I have your attention NOW???

Personally, I will be offering 40% of all my profits from book sales (just like in bookstores), (I travel with 17 books sold at $10.00 each) to homeowners and business owners when I make presentations in their particular venues. This is definitely a WIN-WIN for everyone!

Many families don't enjoy other people coming into their homes, but many do, so if you live in a clean, spacious home in a safe neighborhood contact us today -- especially in the Austin, Killeen, San Antonio, Kyle, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Georgetown, Dallas or Houston, TX area -- and other outlining areas.

If you don't have a Homeowner's Association (HOA), you should not just be having home meetings and growing foods in your backyard, but also on your porch, patio, balcony, rooftop, in your kitchen and even in your front yard as well. 

If you have a HOA, don't be afraid to have these meetup.com meetings at your home, because others do this all the time and they are making money doing it. Why have a home if you can't invite guests over when you want to? 

Email cathy@cathyharrisinternational.com or call (512) 909-7365 for a FREE consultation, so you can learn this process and start setting up events in your home or business for 2018.
Other Places To Hold Training Besides 'Homes' and 'Businesses'

You can even do these types of meetup.com meetings not just in homes, but also apartments, duplexes, condos, etc. There is no one there monitoring how many people come into your home, whether it's an apartment, duplex, condo or single family home. You can get up to 30 to 60 people at one time and educate them.

​​​​​​​If you can't hold these meetings in your home, then look at other venues:
  • ​​​​​​​Beauty Shops/Barber Shops/Storefronts (Check out our new initiative www.BlackBeautyandBarberShop.com).
  • Black Bookstores (We own very few of these. And the ones that we do have have their own networks and don't know how to expand). 
  • Coffee Shops (You can meet your clients at these venues and give personal consulting or coaching sessions and stay as long as you like. They usually have FREE Wi-Fi).
  • ​​​​​​​Black Restaurants (We do own a few restaurants. These restaurants can close down once a week and educate the community if we pay them or give them part of our profits).
  • Black Hotels (We do own a few hotels (not many) so we need to set up this training and use these hotels when we have events).
  • Recreational Centers (They have rooms for rent).
  • Buildings with Rooms for Rent (We don't own any buildings to turn into business incubators to hold these meetings and training so we need to look for these types of buildings to buy or rent -- probably buy. We need to form black business districts by buying up blocks of buildings so let's talk to black investors in our cities).
  • Churches​​​​​​​ (Only a hand-full will be opened to this idea, so move your membership to those churches)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.
  • Libraries (Libraries are state-owned, but if they are in your community, we need to utilize them for training).
How To Make Money At Libraries

Most libraries will only allow Non-Profits to hold events there, so if you are a For-Profit business, they might turn you away. However, in my city, Austin, TX, they are opened to you having events there, but many are usually filled up and I don't live in a black area.

I was at a meetup.com at a library last month and I saw the organizer of the event collect almost $300 in donations by having just 25 people in the meetup.com.

You are not supposed to ask for donations at libraries, but no one is actually monitoring you. Why so much money at a library -- people in the group were so grateful to have a reason to come outside of their homes -- other than work, church, etc., that they gave generous donations.

Many people are followers so they will not set up these meetup.com meetings on their own, so if you set up meetup.com meetings, you will be generously rewarded with donations.

However, you need to remember that libraries are owned by the state (aka "Government"), so we can't count on these venues when trying to educate black families, unless these facilities are located in black areas and they are ran by workers, who are putting the black community first.

Why Millennials Won't Stay in Workplaces

Three (3) out of four (4) Millennials are ending up back at home. Unlike Baby Boomers and Generation X's, Millennials will not remain in workplaces and just file EEOC workplace complaints like we did.

These workplace complaints don't usually go anywhere anyway -- not for most black people. They just send you on a journey into despair and hopelessness, while others that you had to train move up the career ladder.

So therefore, it's time to say no to workplaces and/or build businesses on the side, which will also bring you more happiness, while you occupy your thoughts with something good. 

Why We Must Teach Our Own Children

Black people are the most talented people on this planet! Let's use our skills and talents to teach our own people! We have to go further than homeschooling our kids. Homeschooling is a good first start, but SELF-EDUCATION will be key.

Most people don't have time to go to day or night school to learn skills, so if you set up this training in your home, business, or some other venue, many will be grateful.

Just some of the ways you can educate yourself for a new fieldinclude – 2 Year Community Colleges;  4 Year Colleges and Universities; Technical Schools; Adult Education Classes;  Online Internet Courses; Correspondence Courses; Unemployment Office; Small Business Administration (SBA.gov); Small Business Development Centers (SBDC); Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE.org) – just to name a few.

Don't forget that 80% of college students today don't even work in their majors, yet they are left paying student loans for some field they don't even work in for the next 30 years of their lives.

And if they fail to pay back student loans after 180 days - 1) Their wages can be garnished; 2) Their credit rating will suffer; 3) Their income tax returns may be seized; 4) They may be sued; and 5) They may be denied a professional license.

Now that they have taken music programsPhysical Education (P.E.) and other programs out of most schools today, we can give this training ourselves right in our own homes, businesses and venues.

Let's Utilize The Learning Tools We Already Have

In 2018, it's time to turn the table and look out for our own families. You have to admit these are good strategies andsolutions for the black family.

In April/May 2018, I plan on taking these ideas across the country in workshops in homes and businesses (Canton, OH, Columbus, OH, Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, Miami, FL-- just to name a few). If you would like to add your city to the list then reach out to us.
Meanwhile, I will be utilizing an email marketing campaign for those who like to read so sign up all your friends, family members, neighbors and colleagues for my mailing list at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.

For those who are visual, I will be using Facebook LiveTwitter.com, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope, Vimeo and other social media platforms, especially meetup.com groups -- to educate the black community.​​​​​

Events I Will Be Holding:

Just some of the events we will be setting up in homes or businesses include:
  • Vision Board Workshops
  • Health/Non-GMO Workshops and Health Retreats
  • Business Workshops for Youth and Adults
  • Writing Workshops & Writing Retreats (Book, freelance and blogger writings, e-newsletters, newsletters, flyer distribution, etc.)
  • Speaker's Workshops
  • Political Workshops
  • Police Interactions 101 Workshops
  • Marketing/Public Relations (PR) Workshops
  • Facebook Marketing Workshops
  • ​​​​​​​YouTube Marketing Workshops
  • Natural Hair Workshops
  • Credit Repair
  • Car Buying Workshops
  • ​​​​​​​Singles/Relationship Workshops
  • Parenting Workshops
  • Tutoring Programs/Community Learning Centers
  • ​​​​​​​Etiquette/Grooming Workshops (We are bringing back charm schools)
  • Sewing Workshops
  • Crocheting Workshops
  • Sexual Harassment, Sexism, Sex and Race Discrimination and Whistleblower Workshops
  • Organic Herbs & Gardening Workshops (also Food Co-ops, Food Coalitions, etc. with new initiative (www.BrothersBuildingGardens.com)
  • GMO Movie Screenings and Discussions - 90 Minutes 
  • Mandatory Vaccination Movie Screening and Discussions - 90 Minutes 
  • Train the Trainer Workshops

I am prepared to teach all of the above myself, but we need other Speakers and Trainers to give the following 'easy-to-set up' workshops and training or get trained in our "Train the Trainer" Workshops so that you can offer your OWN LINE of training/workshops -- especially Millennials and Generation X's.

Seeking Speakers and Trainers
You can contact us today, if you can give the following training: 
  • Natural Cooking Classes
  • Jewelry Workshops 
  • Stylist/Correct Bra Demonstration (Find out your correct bra size and order new bras)
  • Samsung/Iphone Workshops
  • Computer Tutoring
  • Website Designers
  • Instagram Marketing
  • Twitter Marketing
  • T-Shirt Workshops
  • Business Plan Consulting​​​​​​​
  • Home Buying Workshops​​​​​​​
  • Musical Instruction Workshops (Piano, Trumpet, etc.)
  • Financial Speakers and Trainers
  • Building Apps/Financial Literacy Apps
  • Building Educational Board Games
  • Putting on Plays on Radio Shows including Internet Radio
  • Monthly Non-fiction Bookclub Meetup.com Discussions​​​​​​​

Email cathy@cathyharrisinternational.com or call (512) 909-7365 for more info or FREE consultation.

Cathy Harris, Speaker, Author, Coach
Angels Press, CEO, President, Publisher
National Non-GMO Health Movement
http://www. nongmohealthmovement.blogspot. com
P.O. Box 19282
Austin, TX 78760
(512) 909-7365
www.CathyHarrisInternational. com
(Seminars, Workshops, Coaching)
(Empowerment & Publishing Company)
(Advice Columnist) 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

How To Grow Foods From Seeds Inside Your Home

How To Grow Foods 
From Seeds 
Inside Your Home
Cathy Harris, CathyHarrisGardenClub.com

Aug. 10, 2017

If you plant seeds in your home, give them 6 to 8 weeks to grow into seedlings before planting outside. Most diseases are on transplants - not seeds - so it's important to grow foods from seeds, and you will also save money by planting seeds. 

Seed Starting Basics

The reasons to start seeds include:
  • To start growing on your schedule.
  • To have varieties that aren't available locally.
  • To avoid bringing in pests and diseases.
  • To have big, healthy starts.
  • To save money.
  • To continue the chain of saving seeds.
  • To have the satisfaction of doing it yourself and being self-reliant.
  • For the fun of it.
Different Types of Seeds
  • Hybrid - In agriculture and gardening, hybrid seeds are seeds produced by cross-pollinated plants. Hybrid seeds production are predominant in modern agriculture and home gardening. An important factor is the heterosis (the increase in growth, size, function, yield, or other characters in hybrids over those of the parents).                                              
  • GMO - GMO seed varieties are created in a lab using high-tech and sophisticated techniques like gene-splicing. The goal was to create a pest-resistant plant, but many of these seeds are growing toxic foods that causes diseases, sicknesses and death. The foods have no nutritional value. Read more on GMOs.                                                                                   
  • Open-Pollinated - "Open pollinated" generally refers to seeds that will "breed true". When the plants of an open-pollinated variety self-pollinate, or are pollinated by another representative of the same variety, the resulting seeds will produce plants roughly identical to their parents.                                                          
  • Heirloom - Heirloom vegetables are old-time varieties, open-pollinated instead of hybrid, and saved and handed down through multiple generations of families. Usually, they cost less than hybrid seeds. But there are more reasons than just seed prices to choose heirlooms. You need to become a heirloom nerd and keep saving and growing these seeds.
Just Some of the Must-Haves of Growing Seeds Inside
  • containers to start the seeds in
  • "soil" (anything light that doesn't form a crust on top)
  • small watering can/jug/bottle
  • misting bottle
  • labels
  • marking pencils
  • mild fertilizer (many like fish emulsion mixed with seaweed or John's Recipe but use half strength) 
  • seeds  
Some of the Nice-To-Haves
  • Lights - you can do this in a window if you have a bright enough one (most aren't), so lights might be a must-have
  • Bottom heat is nice, too, especially for sprouting, but not really imperative if your house is warm enough. Many do place trays and other containers on the top of refrigerators because it is warm. If you put trays close to vents, plants can dry out. 
  • cover for the tray to keep it moist (saran plastic wrap works great and it's cheap).
  • Timer for the lights (Use light timers to automatically turn your grow lights on and off each day).
  • Cold frame outside for hardening off.

Growing Containers For Inside of Home

To grow seeds inside your home, you can use empty yogurt cups,party cups, tomatoe sauce cans (but be careful of heavy metals), trays from garden centers, etc. Fill up the holes half way. 

With biodegradable cups keep plants watered while they wait to be planted. Don't let them dry out. For best results, drench the pots thoroughly just before planting. Thenlet them drain for a few minutes before putting them into the ground. The pots turn a dark brown when they are wet.

Remove the label from the pot. 
Cutting it with scissors is the easiest way. Peel off the bottom of the pot before placing the plant in its hole. This exposes the roots to ensure that they make direct contact with the soil. If the pot falls away from the root ball, this will not affect the plant. 

You can compost any pieces of the pot or turn them into the ground, where they will break down, adding a little organic matter to the soil. Bury the pot so the top of the root ball is even with the ground and the rim is no longer visible. If the pot dries out, it can rob moisture from the roots. Exceptions to this depth are tomatoes and cabbages, which are planted deeper.

Windows and Grow Lights

Your seeds or seedlings
need to receive at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Most windows don't provide enough light. Large, south-facing ones might. If you start to see legginess (elongated (long and thin) stems between each set of leaves), that's a sign they're not getting enough light.  

In that case, use cool white fluorescents with the most lumens you can find at the hardware store. Hang the lights an inch above the seedlings' leaves and raise in small increments as they grow.

You'll want to make sure you purchase lights that will illuminate your entire plantings area. You may need more than one bulb or light source to fully cover your growing area. 

Different types of plants need different amounts of light. As a general rule of thumb, most vegetables and flowering plants need 12 to 16 hours of light per day, with flowering plants at the top end of that range. 

Plan on giving most plants at least 8 hours of darkness per day. Check your seed packaging or plant tags, or ask at the nursery for specific suggestions. And make sure you turn your grow lights off every once in a while. No one likes to work 24 hours a day - even plants!

Two Rules To Go By
  1. Don't plant the seeds too deep. Deep enough is twice as deep as the seed is big.                                                            
  2. Don't let the seeds dry out. After germination do let the top of the soil dry out, then let the dryness go progressively deeper as the seedlings get taller.

Planting Procedures

1. Fill containers with slightly moistened seed starting mixIf you put seeds in a regular container, you can use potting soil, then put seed starter mix on top.

2. Plant seeds twice as deep as the seed is big. This means some seeds will be practically sitting on top of the seed starting mix with only a light dusting of mix sifted on top of them.

3. Label them. Do this immediately after sowing each type of seed or you will get them mixed up. You also need to buy labels, markers, wax pencils or china markers from Office Depot (red, blue, black and other colors).  Some people use popsicle sticks to label seeds.

4. Bottom water if using trays until all seed starting mix is wet. If this doesn't happen after 24 hours, mist the top of the seed starting mix with your spray bottle until saturated or use your watering can.
5. Keep warm and well-watered and wait.

6. When germination has begun, place under lights if theyaren't there already.
7. Once seedlings have their first set of true leaves, let top of soil dry out, but only the top. You can begin watering with fertilizer but only use a half-strength solution of fish emulsion and seaweed once a week.
8. Raise lights as needed, but only to one inch away from top of seedlings.
  1. If starting seedlings individually, wait until they are well-rooted in their current pots, then lift the root ball out with a fork and pot up into containers about ¼ bigger than their current container, watering in with seaweed fertilizer.                           
  2. If starting seedlings in a communal pot, wait until the seedlings have at least one set of true leaves, lightly grasp by a leaf and lightly pull while pricking under the roots with a pointed object (small fork, tweezers, point of a knife, etc.). Transplant into an appropriately sized pot (small is better), and water in with half-strength seaweed fertilizer. When well-rooted, pot up again according to the instructions above for individually grown seedlings.
Fertilizing Seedlings

Until the seedlings are a good size (a few inches tall and a few weeks old), only feed with half-strength fertilizer to avoid burning the seedlings.

Try not to leave fertilizer in sun. Test the fertilizer on a couple of plants to see how they do in two days. Lady Bug is better than FishEmulsion because it already has seaweed in it. 

Buy extra seaweed, liquid seaweed. 
You can mix Fish Emulsion with Liquid Seaweed. Use half strength until plants gets 3 inches tall. When they get 3 inches, don't let seeds dry out. They start getting diseases at this stage. When you plant seedlings in the ground, use seaweed fertilizer (follow directions on label). 

Watering Seeds

Water as soon as you plant seeds. Don't use fertilizer to start.
Buy small watering cans for trays and other containers and buy bottle tops for bottled water, which you can also use for fertilizing. Buy handy spray bottles also.  

Hardening Off 

Gradually get the seedlings use to outdoor conditions. This takes a week or so.

1. Put outside in morning sun for a couple of hours every day, gradually leaving them out longer each day, until they can stay out all day and night.

2. Putting seedlingsoutside in morning sun is always better than fake lights. If you can't bring them in and out every so often, build a cold frame or use a 
floating row cover. Floating row covers allows the sun to come in. You can use light weight or heavy row covers. 

Put the seedlings in the cold frame or under the row cover in the morning, then bring them in at night. Over the course of the week, gradually lift the row cover or cold frame lid a few inches higher each day until they're practically uncovered. The seedlings will get use to different breezes, winds, etc.

Other Things To Remember:
  • Remember that if you start early, you will get a bigger harvest sooner. 
  • A greenhouse is like a hospital. It has pests and diseases on transplants. It's a risk of gardening. 
  • You can't store potting soil in sheds or garages. It's too hot! Store inside house or other air conditioned areas. Add water if it is dry. It should be damp when you use it.  
  • The enemy of seeds are "moisture"and "temperature." Leave extra seeds in seed packets after use and close with paperclip. Place packets in canning jar with rice at the bottom, then store in freezer/refrigerator for long term seed storage. Label the contents clearly and date it as well. 
  • Seeds can be started in or outdoors. Basil don't like to beinside.
  • Put 1 label for every kind of seeds. Cauliflower and cabbage look identical as seedlings so you need to label. Put label in then plant or plant them then add label.
  • Plant tomatoe seeds around X-mas inside.Plant peppers New Years day. Beans and squash is "stupid easy" so you can plant in the ground. Spinach won't start when it is 80 degrees. 
  • When you plant outside, you can put 2 or 3 seedlings in same spot and remove the ones that are not doing well.

Cathy Harris, Speaker, Author, Coach
Angels Press, CEO, President, Publisher
National Non-GMO Health Movement 
Austin, TX 78760 
(512) 909-7365www.CathyHarrisInternational. com
(Seminars, Workshops, Coaching) 
(Empowerment & Publishing Company) 
(Advice Columnist) 

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How To Use Pots and Containers 
To Grow Foods

What You Need To Know About 
Roadside Vendors Today

  “The Beauty and Barber Shop (or Storefront) Initiative”

Friday, July 14, 2017

What You Need To Know About Roadside Vendors Today

What You Need To Know About Roadside Vendors Today

July 13, 2017

by Cathy Harris,  National Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert


July 13, 2017

I don't think any of us, especially if you are a baby boomer, will ever forget roadside vendors from back in the day. These farmers had fresh, organic pickings from their gardens and fields in their trucks and other vehicles and sold these alongside of their family members and neighbors -- on the sides of roads

This is how they made money to feed their families.  They did not have to buy groceries because everything they ate came from their gardens and fields -- from the land. Legal and health paperwork weren't required because even local government and law enforcement officials felt like everyone else, that they could go to these roadside vendors and buy some good, organic foods for their family members.

During the month of July 2017, right before July 4, 2017, my mate and I were riding around looking at the countryside. We then decided to drive all the way up to Houston, which is two (2) hours away from Austin, basically to visit some of the black roadside vendors on the side of the road. 

Everyone in the area know that these vendors hang out on this stretch of highway so we wanted to see what they had good to eat.  For some reason up until now, we thought that these vendors had fresh, home-grown foods right out of their gardens and fields, or out of their family members or neighbors gardens and fields, but our perception on how we see these vendors have forever changed. 

We bought some tomatoes, peaches and watermelons from one vendor. They had forgotten to remove a sticker off one of the peaches, so we were able to figure out right away that they had went out to some grocery store or another food vendor and bought these foods to sell at a higher price on the side of the roads.

Others had stopped by but because the prices were so high, they kept driving, however, my mate and I wanted something to snack on as we drove around the countryside, so we went ahead and paid the higher prices. 

However, if we knew the foods were not organically grown in gardens and fields, and they were just more GMO fruits and vegetables from grocery stores or some other GMO food vendor, we would have stopped by one of the 10 to 15 grocery stores that we passed along the way, and searched for a better quality of food

Before we found the sticker, I had washed off a peach and bit into it. As soon I bit into the peach, I felt sick to my stomach. Not only did it not have a taste, it barely had a smell to it. My mind went back to the peaches that we used to grow right in our own front yard, when I was a little girl, and how juicy it was and how I would give anything for a chance to eat like we did when I grew up. 

We kept driving and passed several other black vendors on both sides of the road and wondered if they too were using thesedeceitful tactics to make money - probably so. Black people can do better! First of all they have to start by being honest with other black folks then joining in and working with them in business alliances, strategic partnerships and co-ops, for thebetterment of the community

We have to do the right thing by each other and when we lay our heads on our pillows at night, we need to be able to sleep with a clear mind that we did not go out of our way to hurt or be deceitful to others, especially other black folks. That include telling the truth in EVERY AREA of our lives.

I know that black folks are desperate today to make money, but as long as they remain deceitful and don't share information with each other and continue to seek out unethical avenues to make money, they will continue on a downward spiral of deceit and dishonesty.

There are many other ways to make legitimate funds and fed, clothe and shelter our own families. These roadside vendors are the exact group of individuals that we are trying to get involved with in our new movement "Virtual Organic Garden Clubs"www.VirtualOrganicGardenClubs.com, but we need everyone to get involved and help us spread the word on our new national food project.

"Remember we are the ones we've been waiting on."
-Cathy Harris

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