The Story Behind EDEN Partners

The Road Not Taken

Life & each person’s journey is never straightforward. 

The first half of childhood spent in Southern California & Panama, and the second half in International Schools…before reaching adulthood I had experienced great extremes.

But…if you can take a step back, ask yourself what truly makes you happy & set yourself on a larger than life positive mission, you will ultimately find true fulfillment

Unfortunately, most never reach their full potential…but for those fortunate enough, , this is a story of the journey to committing my life to regenerating agriculture.

So here it goes…the reason for creating EDEN Partner…The Why?…and the mission to regenerate society by regenerating the foundation of all societies…agriculture.

The Road Not Taken

For years, I had been struggling as an international entrepreneur, trying to make it rich in Poland.

Since returning back from my first job working in high-frequency trading in New York…there was an underlying frustration & lack purpose.

Still it could be worse.

Instead of 80hr weeks working on market-neutral volatility arbitrage, it was cheap party weekends in Warsaw & Berlin to look forward to, while ignoring everyday life.

Not knowing where my passions lay, the first business created was Social Karma – a digital marketing agency specialized in sales funnels (& guaranteeing 300%ROAS)

Learn how to do online marketing & you can create any business you like after

However, continue lack of purpose continued to nag at me. 

 

2016 was a key moment.

During this year, Steak Club was created, an online butcher delivery of  dry-aged beef. 

Experiencing the best beef Europe has to offer (Poland is the 2nd largest exporter of beef in the EU) & organizing barbecues (people), two passions were awakened.

The love of food & people.

As luck would have it, one of the original business partner in Steak Club, was the first person to introduce the concept of  “permaculture”.

Like the majority of the population, my idea of farming was going back and forth in the seat of a combine all day.

Permaculture though…sought to work with nature, stacking functions, trees, water, animals & cropping systems…the result was nothign short of stunning.

I was immediately hooked.

For years leading up to this, magazines, newspaper articles, & the internet were awash with stories of a society destroying itself & the topsoil which all civilizations have depended on.

Farming was the main culprit.

With Permaculture however, what was not to love?

This was not the farming we all think of, monotonous monocultures…but a possible solution to the world’s problems.

However, it would still take a couple of years, still ignoring the problem’s our society faced, still ignoring the internal conflict nagging inside me..to continue in the pursuit of the American dream, obtaining wealth

Being an entrepreneur comes with risks & sure enough my attention was consumed by a second insolvency…bankrupting a wildly successful direct marketing business & nearly losing Steak Club…it was time for a reset.

As luck would have it, I was financially broke, but I have many friends.

Perhaps it’s my positivity or karma…but instead of wallowing in sorrow, my best paid for an all expenses paid trip to Peru, that would change my life.

While in Peru…it dawned on me…the purpose of life was not to chase money…but to make the world a better place.

When you die, what truly matters?

The gold you have stacked next to you?

Or friends, knowing you made a positive impact & enjoyed a fulfilling life?

So…how to fix society? 

If society is a pyramid, from top to bottom, all civilizations are stacked

  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Services 

Already owning an online butcher, I decided why not?

Let’s fix agriculture

Combined with that, were three lessons.
1. If you have one life, you might as well be positive
2. Balance is the key to a healthy life
3. Take responsibility for your actions

Coming back to Poland, it would still take 2 more years.

Continuing to chase money…only made life more miserable…

Unfortunately, not aligning my heart & mind, life served a third insolvency….

Walking Away from Rome

At the start of 2019, with no family, no kids, no employees, nor money to continue living in the city…the universe had made it’s point…it was time to embark on the journey of changing agriculture for the better.

So began a 5 year transformationnomading with little to no money, nor paying rent ….beginning to create a plan to fix our agricultural system.

First step…move to the countryside, test the waters…and learn by doing.

Having lived in the city my whole life, the move seemed daunting, but in reality it was….amazing!

It was here I found my balance.
Routine was the key…

  • 5 a.m. wake-ups, start the fire
  • 6 a.m. put coals & brisket into the smoker
  • 3 hours of computer work
  • Spend the next 9 hours outside working on projects & with nature
  • Finish the day with a brisket and a swim in a pond
  • Repeat

Top that with a keto dietintermittent fasting for increased energy, and being around nature, life never felt better!

For 3 months, it was figuring out how to run an educational farm, create weekend experiences, entertaining groups of people, group physical projects (karma yoga), barbecues & parties in the forest.

Learning by doing is the new mantra…tractors, chainsaws, shoveling and working with nature…the first project was a resounding success.

Creating a Mandala Kitchen Garden, it was amazing to see what you can grow with sand for soil, 60 tons of horse manure, sunlight & water.

What was the lesson here?

When you learn to working with nature, there is abundance.

The fear & scarcity that society currently believes, is nothing but a lie…

As 3 months and the Spring time was coming to a close…with no plans & still no money, friends started to call out of nowhere.

All were inviting me to join in on the summer holidays, all expenses paid, in total 8 different countries over 6 months.

Does the universe not provide?

This opportunity was used to observe the countryside of over 10 countries, including: 

Italy

Costa Rica (twice)

Spain

France

Germany

Austria

Czech Republic

and Slovenia

This enabled me to observe a number of things:
1. The world is full of amazing people..but the disparity of wealth between countries & within countries is shocking
2. Western Agricultural practices of monocultures & chemicals are now global
3. There are little to no examples of profitable “permaculture” farms

But, the best part of the year…reconnecting with nature

Coming back from New Years in Costa Rica, as the COVID Pandemic hit & 2020 began, a solution to reform agriculture was beginning to form.

What was needed to reform agriculture?

1. Top-down Change: To work with governments & corporations (we live in an age of oligopolies), to convert land in mass to regenerative practices.

How?-> Create a small consulting company to cooperate with the above entities  -> Adam Grows EDEN

2. Bottom-up Change: Create a network of educational farms (Environmental Development Education Network), to create a new  generation of farmers & entrepreneurs, in order to decentralized agriculture back to a farm-to-table system.

How to fund this? Not yet sure. 

Beyond Permaculture

Fortunately, the pandemic was great for business. 

Having an online food business (Steak Club), the year was spent traveling freely, hosting barbecues in the countryside (lockdowns be damned!), working on gardens, traveling & continuing to grow a network of people & solutions

but there were a couple of problems with Permaculture.

What kind of problems? 

As an entrepreneur…no one was able to show me a business model with a working spreadsheet!

As the Fall of 2020 approached, it was obvious, more research was needed…permaculture was turning out to be “dogma” (SWALES EVERYWHERE), with no real answers on how to profitably regenerate land on a large scale.

Now….working on the fringe of society…means you meet other thought leaders with fringe ideas.

Thus, while looking for a farm outside of Warsaw to start an educational farm…I met the infamous Dr. Svensson, holistic doctor & quantum medicine expert.

What did I learn over the Winter?

First, was learning about holistic health…that 95% of the population have metabolic syndrome.

An overload of carbohydrates & omega-6 leads to leaky gut, to inflammation, auto-immune disease, cancer, chemo & eventual death.

Testing myself (33 at the time), showed 3 holes in my stomach lining, cadmium poisoning (artificial fertilizers), damaged adrenals, start of osteoporosis and the beginning signs of arterial sclerosis.

A specific bacteria in my stomach feeding on sugar, would have led to stomach ulcers, eventually to stomach cancer….

Health is a longer discussion (made more difficult by misinformation)…let’s just say, we are what we eat, & agriculture is inextricably linked to human health.

The second thing I learned (or found), was finally finding spreadsheets! 

Richard Perkins, excellent book The Regenerative Agriculture Book, had everything needed to start a farm (including spreadsheets), not just permaculture, but a multitude of methods, including something called keyline design.

Third…after searching for 2 years….I finally finding the missing puzzle of knowledge I had been searching for!

A farm planning course based on keyline design ie. regenerative agriculture at scale. 

A Year as a Farmer

As 2021 came around (now after 2 years of nomading), I refused to return to the city.

Steak Club could now be managed fully-remote, and now having until the Fall to start the Regrarians Course,  it was decided to move to Western Poland, the least populated county in the country.

The goal?

To get hands on experience, and truly understand the issues farmers were facing in the countryside…

What did I  find?

The countryside is just as broken as the cities. 

Unhealthy people (I now understand the root cause of 95% of modern illnesses are Western Diets), unhappy/depressed farmers, mismanagement of forests, and extreme droughts…in Poland!

As Fall came around, and the Northern European winter set in, I geared up for the next adventure.

It was time to return to California, my home state…to get a first hand look at the problems there.

The World in Crisis

What was the goal of this trip?

1. Completing the Regrarians Course -> The missing puzzle piece of knowledge to design large farms
2. Building a network in California → putting my networking skills to the test & begin integrating the European Network with a US network

Really, there shouldn’t have been any surprises, but what I witnessed…was a civilization crumbling before my eyes.

The obesity epidemic, homeless people on streets, urban sprawl as far as the eye could see, crumbling infrastructure, droughts & ironically…floods! 

However, it was the exact same problems in one of the wealthiest places on Earth as the rest of the world:

1. The disparity of wealth between countries & within countries is shocking
2. Western Agricultural practices of monocultures & chemicals are now global
3. Practically, no examples of profitable “permaculture” farms

To top things off…Steak Club underwent another crisis, meaning before I even landed, there was passive income in one of the most expensive places on earth, Los Angeles.

Luckily, now after 3 years of nomading, my knowledge of holistic health, and moving to a farm, I managed to survive on $74 a month.

How?

By going to Latino stores, & eating beef liver, flank steak, eggs & butter.

With a strict diet, isolated but with internet, in under 2 months the health effects were profound.

12 hours days, no brain fog, tanned & an 8-pack after 6 weeks.

We only grow when put in uncomfortable environments!

Nearly finding myself nearly homeless during the Christmas of 2021-2022, only on Dec. 23, did I make it to Marquez Ranch

and in the process met a “new family.”

That winter, we went about fixing up the ranch, gaining first-hand experience, while finishing the Regrarians Course.

This trip was risky, but well worth it.

The knowledge acquired, network built, facing difficult circumstances & observing the extremes of capitalism.  

All this leading to towards the solution to change agriculture for the better.

Destination “Calabrifornia”

Returning to Europe during the Spring of 2022 (and again nearly losing Steak Club), the world would have to wait….this year was about fixing the beef business.

By this time, after 4 years of nomading, the world had been through a pandemic, demonstrating the fragility of the global supply networks, and there was now the war in Ukraine….

As the end of 2022 approached…it was time again to move to warmer spot for the winter.

This time to Calabria, Italy…and finally begin working on a solution to regenerate agriculture.

With friends, a community, a place with amazing weather, great food & friendly people…2023 is now being spent learning Italian while creating a network of:

  • LOCAL PARTNERS
  • Experts
  • SOLUTIONS Portfolio
  • Investors
  • Corporations
  • Governments
  • NGOS

Finally, after nearly 4 years of nomading…it was time to isolate myself in a house, and concentrate on work.

Talking to the network that had been created, it was quickly recognized that there was a fundamental problem in regenerative agriculture.

There are plenty of ESG Funds & Green Investments, but these investors have no way of investing their money.

Or even worse…wasting money ie. Climate Tech

What was lacking, was an expert in Regenerative Agriculture, with a holistic but systemic approach to regenerating society as a whole. 

Thus, EDEN Partners was created to fill this gap. 

By leveraging knowledge of nature-based solutions, a global network working with Local Partners, Capital & Holistic Solutions….we’re not just regenerating farming, we are regenerating society as whole. 

Change is not easy…growth is uncomfortable.

But we must face the painful changes coming. Only by moving forward & confronting the root cause of our problems, can we grow to solve the challenges within ourselves & as a global society.

Don’t live in fear or listen to the fear mongering in the news. 

NATURE IS ABUNDANCE.

All the solutions exist to solve our problems & nature provides most of these.

Only by co-operating with one another, with nature & applying these solutions with an open-mind, can we regenerate a diseased society.

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