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Mindful Living : Singh Farms

Hello everyone, welcome to Monday here on The Inner Interior. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and in case it wasn’t all milk and honey, I hope you learned something that will move you towards where you would like to be. I have had a refreshing break from blogging and I am back and ready to share more of my experience with you. During my time away from the computer I allowed myself to become attuned to what truly resonates with me and where I want to invest my energy. One thing I know for sure is that social media is not where I will be spending a lot of my time or energy and I am beyond at peace with this. As I stepped away from the constant self promotion and “me-me-me” world I stepped into a world of nature, enthusiasm and sharing that extends way beyond “normal” standards.

For years I had heard of Singh Farms, I even had my compost delivered from them at my old house yet never knew where the hand tilled goodness came from or the story behind it. When I realized this I suddenly became very aware at how much I had changed. Today, I am more interested in the person who had the vision for their dream and how they cultivated it as opposed to getting the product of their dream. Can you feel the difference? For me, it is foolish to think the material item carries more significance than the meaning behind it and this principle was imbedded deep with my interior this weekend. My parents love to see new things when they come to Arizona so I asked my friends where we should go and someone suggested Singh Farms. I immediately looked up the opening hours and was so pleased to see they were open on Saturday mornings from 9-1. When we arrived at 10, there were already over 200 cars in the parking lot and the place was buzzing yet so quiet at the same time, there was a sense of solitude there and everyone had a smile on their face as they walked through the lush landscape.

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The owners, Ken and Lee Singh operate their handmade farm on Indian land and allow the residents of the reservation to pick whatever they need, at any time. I was touched when I learned the Singh’s had such beautiful hearts and giving souls. I mean, how many people do things like that anymore? Singh Farms has an entire compost farm where restaurants in the valley will bring their vegetables and fruits to add to the compost, making it a community project as such.

ParsleySinghs-Farms-_-AZ-The-Inner-Interior-_-Singhs-FarmThe juice bar was a popular attraction, with just 5 juices the menu was not overwhelming or confusing which makes enjoying the juice even better! I loved how everything was hand-made, no machines or loud generators distracting your ears and eyes from the natural surroundings. Everything about Singh Farms was magical and the fact it is only open on Saturday’s from 9-1 in the winter, spring and fall months is even more delightful. This farm is about giving, not getting more and more and more.

Juice-Bar-_-Singh-Farms-JUICE-BAR_Singh-Farms-YoGa-0R9B3364Hollyhocks surrounded the property and seemed to spring up around every corner. I love this beautiful flower, it happens to be the name of the retreat center I am involved in just outside Chicago. Along with three other women and a top -notch team, we  provide a place where people can come to discover who they are, add meaning to their life and fulfill their purpose, whatever that may be. Whenever I see hollyhocks I am reminded of what they symbolize; fruitfulness and ambition. This is what we do at Hollyhock, we strive to do what it takes to help those realize and experience the fruitage that comes with knowing ones self from the inside.

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I must say, the orange juice was the tastiest O.J. I had ever tasted and the mason jar was a perfect way to present it. Are you thirsty for some orange juice now?

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Since we visited Singh Farms on Mother’s Day they had various arrangements all around the center for everyone to enjoy. I loved that they took a little extra time to create these sweet bouquets to celebrate the day.

Floral-Arrangements-_-Singhs-Farms-Flower-Power-_-Singhs-Farms-All the vegetables are grown on the farm and hand picked the morning of the market so there is no doubt all the carrots, beets, collard greens and tomatoes are fresher than fresh. The smell walking into the little log cabin hut where they display all the fresh harvest is organic and alive. I found myself wanting to eat everything even with dirt on it! But I didn’t!

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The bread is all made in house and was absolutely divine! All the fresh loaves lined up in their baskets reminded me of Germany.

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I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of Singh Farms! I learned so much this day but the one the lesson that stands out the most for me is when you do something you love and it becomes a success it isn’t necessarily what you do…but why. Oh, and by the way, Mr. Singh doesn’t advertise….his farm is a word of mouth kind of place and his attraction rather than promotion way of living has made a profound impact on my life.

Wishing you and everyone in your day a long string of moments with meaning and love,

Jocelyn xx

  • May 13, 2014 - 2:29 am

    Mel - What a really beautiful looking farm. I know exactly that feeling you get when you step into nature, there’s an enormous satisfaction you feel. I wonder if the Singh farm helped you realise that you don’t want to self promote on social media? Interesting. I think some of the channels like IG don’t necessarily have to be self promotion, it can be an artistic expression, sharing real moments or a mixture of all. I’d be interested to know what you think? Beautiful photos Jocelyn! M xxReplyCancel

    • May 13, 2014 - 1:55 pm

      admin - Hi Mel, self promotion is something I have struggled with for a really long time. For me, self promotion is leading with my ego and when that happens I feel unauthentic. There are some people who are brilliant at this, I am simply not one of those. I agree with you, IG is different in the way that being more creative with images as opposed to words. I had to adjust a few accounts I was following to “shape” up my feed. I love how you phrase it as “sharing moments”, that is such a wonderful way to sum up IG. However, when it becomes about “ME” I run, and that is what I have to work on. Thank you for asking me the question, it really helps me hone in on what it really means to me! Have a wonderful day with all those persimmons! Fruitage! YAY! JxxReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    @carolspinalima - very nice Jocelyn, this is what I consider to be my greates dream..live in a farm and produce nice and natural products. also painting of course. I like the way you see things.
    thanks for sharing, very inspiring!ReplyCancel

    • May 14, 2014 - 5:10 pm

      admin - Hello there sweetheart, thank you for stopping by! It is lovely to have you hear. I totally agree with you and this is the way I was raised, on a harvest farm as well as raising cattle. I would love to have a tiny version of this in my garden one day so I will dream with you! Much love, Jocelyn xxReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2014 - 1:21 am

    moe ross - Wow… I so want to go with you to this beautiful farm… you captured it beautifully. Wow a million times. Thank you for always expressing what matters….. moeReplyCancel

    • May 22, 2014 - 8:24 am

      admin - Thank you, Moe for seeing for me when I couldn’t and for being my ears when I wasn’t able to hear what truly matters. You led me to the point where what truly matters is revealed over and over again….I am so blessed to be a part of Hollyhock and your life. I am eternally grateful. JocelynReplyCancel

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