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M. Kelley Harris
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Working, running, and gardening. Aspiring to growing more fresh fruit & shoots in a Permaculture-like food forest, with extra to share. Hoping to explore the world to try exotic fruit and learn more sustainable ways of living.
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Low-fat simple. 80/10/10 since Feb 2009.
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Durianrider & Freelee started this site to bring together high carb, raw vegan and vegan lifestylists' across the Globe! 30bad is a high standard and high performance team! We're here to help you make our team! Let us know what high fruit assistance do you need?
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"Fruit Feasting" book? Would anyone be interested in a book on "Fruit Feasting", encouraging people to try eating an occasional meal of fruit, listing the macro nutrients and showing the surprising amount of carbs, protein, and fat in fruit? Not a whole diet/lifestyle recommendation. Just a simple idea with fruit photos and nutrients. Kind of a gentle intro for people not ready to jump into 811. With lots of references to the 80/10/10 book of course. Here's a rough idea of a cover:

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At 1:57pm on December 25, 2009, M. Kelley Harris said…
Back from a week of work on Coconut Chris' fruit farm(s) in Hawaii. Met Richard and DTG from 30BAD. Great adventure. Beautiful area and great fruit. Coconut is a great example of raw fruit energy and strength. And he has deep knowledge about growing food in general, and tropical fruit in particular.
At 12:56pm on November 28, 2009, ednshell said…
Much Love! :)
At 11:47am on November 28, 2009, ednshell said…
I just read your website, thank you for sharing your story, so many people will benefit, quite thought provoking when I read that she called a code red just 5 weeks before and how quickly her vitality shifted down in the last 5 days. I could not find a book list on your site. Have you read the book, 'Reclaiming Our Health' by John Robbins? There is a chapter on cancer, cuts to the chase on all the main treatments with excellent documentation and it's quite an eye opener. This is one of my top 5 favorite books. Many Blessings! :) XO
At 4:06pm on October 25, 2009, Bushbaby said…
You're welcome, Kelley :-).
I don't think that it would be harder in southern California than it is where I am. While this is a tropical region, it probably isn't what you imagine.
It's not pleasantly balmy all year round, and I'm not surrounded by lush tropical jungle. I am surrounded by red rocks and sand for as far as you can imagine, studded with scraggly termite eaten gum trees... the Australian outback :-).

We have 7 months without a drop of rain where it can get very cold, and the time right now, the build up for the wet season, is just cruel. We can have temperatures above 105 every day for two months in a row. We get violent storms, torrential rains and floods that wash everything out of the soil, then the sun comes out again and cooks everything in the 100% humidity... We spend months in a steam sauna!

It's a very extreme climate, and I always say, if I can grow it anyone can!

It's just a matter of understanding the principles behind permaculture, understanding your land, improving the soil with organic matter and minerals (rock dust and mulch, mulch, mulch) and picking the right species for your climate and soil. Well, and some trial and error and lots of time :-).

It doesn't happen over night, but it would not be harder in your climate than it is in mine.
At 12:56pm on October 25, 2009, Bushbaby said…
Hey there,
Nice meeting you!
(Is it Keley or Kelley? You signed your comment with Keley, but your handle says Kelley...)

Well, living 811 I could be fully self sufficient if I wanted to. But I do buy in a few things, like celery which just doesn't grow in this climate, or some seeds which I am too lazy to grow (or rather to harvest and clean, I grow plenty of amaranth and chia), and also because I don't really know the mineral status of my soil. I'd rather not live solely of produce off my land. Anything the soil is deficient in, I'd end up deficient in. And these are tropical, badly leached soils...

How much time spent per year... Look, I wouldn't have the slightest idea. I travel a lot. I'm away for months at a time. When I'm here I do stuff because I enjoy it, but most things look after themselves. It's a very wild and wooly garden, much bigger than I would need for just one person, so I don't have to work to squeeze every little bit out of it. I can just let it go...

I do little things here and there as I go around and pick stuff to eat... Chop a few things out of the paths here, pull off some seeds there and throw them elsewhere, pull off a few pineapple suckers to put elsewhere...
Once a month I move the chicken pen and the bed underneath will explode with fresh greens and all sorts of goodies from the scraps the girls have been fed...
When I eat passionfruit I throw the shells under a tree where I'd like to grow another vine. There's always some seeds left in the shells and they'll sprout.
The birds plant all the pawpaws around the place, basil and coriander just self seed, sweet potatoes are trying to overrun the garden every wet season (but the kangaroos luckily keep them in check) and so on and so forth.

It took many years of experimenting and learning to figure out what works in my climate and soil and to achieve this balance, but it works now :-).

As for the websites, go to www.kimberleyaustralia.com That's one of my sites. The About page explains how I ended up earning so well from them and what I use and how I go about it all (scroll down a bit to get to that part). There's a second page linked from that with updates (because I was getting so many questions from my readers).
My other sites are all linked from the home page of that site. You'll find them if you scroll right down.
Here's another one:
www.tropicalpermaculture.com (though that one is only a hobby site and has been sitting idle for years...)
At 4:00am on October 24, 2009, ♥ AimeeLovesYou said…
Well, save all your fruit pics. You never know. You might be ahead of your time & the demand will catch up to you eventually. Maybe people don't realize what they would like, or need, just yet. ;)

At 3:41pm on October 23, 2009, ♥ AimeeLovesYou said…
Hi M. Kelly Harris,

Did you write your fruit feasting book? It's a great idea. I think it would be quite helpful.

At 11:25am on October 2, 2009, DURIANRIDER said…
send me a pm message as i dont always get back to my comments page that quickly.. :)

i ran an ultra marathon on sunday. 56km up and down. the FURTHEST ive ever covered on foot before.
ALL i had was fruit and water. no cramps when i saw a handful of over runners on the side of the track in agony with calve or hamstring cramps and popping mag tablets when all they needed to do was increase the water!

so im speaking with first hand experience. same when im on the bike in 45celcius outback sun, just give me water and fruit. fruit is always enough during a race. hydration is priority in the weeks leading up to a race. pee CLEAR and at least 10times day. if we aint getting up at night to pee, we are dehydrated for sure.

aim for 1g per kg of bodyweight of carbs per hour. for me thats around 60-70g of carbs per hour. thats 3 big fat medjool dates. too easy.


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