In 2011, as an active participant in Sustainable Cleveland, I had the good fortune to meet Woody Tasch, venture capitalist and author of SLOW MONEY, as he presented at the Cleveland annual summit. It set off a path that led to a group in Ohio and in Cleveland focused on SLOW MONEY, investing in the earth by supporting local food entrepreneurs. That chapter for me came to a conclusion as the Cleveland group had found investable money, created a website, and an advisory group. Their future path is no longer part of my portfolio, but it ignited a fire within me that has been dormant for almost two years.
But my evolution has continued with Empower Excellence during those years, and it continues to move ahead. In 2017 it is my intention to move to Oberlin, ironically the location that led me to really become involved in local food. Their aspirations through the Oberlin Project include more local food produced and consumed in the Oberlin area. Truly local food.
Oberlin has been my destination for a while, and my vision of me in Oberlin is a quieter but more involved version of Empower Excellence now lovingly referred to as The Empower Excellence Experience. There is much to share at a later time about that evolution. It is truly exciting and has really excited my soul!
But on September 8th, I attended a dinner cooking party. Not my usual activity, but there is always a reason for everything happening in my life. By the end of the evening, with the help of my hostess and encouragement from other guests, an idea had hatched that I fell in love with. It was something that touched my heart and soul so much that in the words of Tama Kieve this morning it caused me to “delve into a project with savage devotion, leaving no room for questions.”
Beginning in the Spring, I hope to be a part of the Oberlin Farm Market doing mini cooking shows weekly using the produce of the other vendors, truly promoting good, local produce as local as it can be short of going to farms all around the area. Yes, there is more, but that is the kernel of the idea. I am exploring my participation in the market, but today, I love the idea so fully, that I truly believe that it is being prepped by the Universe with me. You see, everyone’s experience with empowering excellence begins with health, it begins with good, healthy, local food. I can be of help to the local food producers while helping local residents who attend the weekly farm market to have fun using the local produce. I am excited, and I cannot wait to share that happiness about this idea. Food makes people happy–growing it, cooking it, and eating it for happiness comes from other people sharing life with each other, and that is a part of the Empower Excellence Experience. Stay tuned…