Mission & Philosophy

“We at the River of Love Urban Farmstead intend to manifest the energy and vibration of pure, divine, unconditional love in our lives, our relationships, our gardens, our food, and our animals. In striving to manifest and embody this love to the best of our abilities – we live in harmony, balance, and abundance – and do so for the greater good of our community and our planet.” -Daniel

The reason we say our little ‘stead is an experiment in love is because we pour our hearts and souls into everything we do. We’re living this crazy life not just to find more peace in self-reliance, but because we’re passionate about every minute of it; passionate about the power of love. We intend to communicate love on a daily basis to all our animals and plants. We hold a strong belief in the power of thought, and how they carry with them powerful vibrations that effect the material world. This has been proven time and again in quantum physics. We can communicate that to all living things, and watch it thrive. There is no greater fertilizer. There is a word for this type of farmsteading, called Shashwat (Sha-Swat) which is also known as yogic farming. We posted about it here, or you can read the Times of India article.

We are influenced greatly by many figures, including Paramahansa Yogananda, a great Yogi, and Luther Burbank, botanist and scientist.

Pictured is Luther Burbank sitting in front of a cactus he developed, known as the Spineless Cactus (circa 1908). As told in “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda, the cactus previously had thorns. Burbank, being an intuitive gardener and Yogi, spent several hours communicating with the cactus, conveying that he would keep it safe, and assured it that it no longer needed the prickly spines. Being a deeply spiritual man, he did this intuitively through meditation, with love.

“While I was conducting experiments to make ‘spineless’ cacti, I often talked to the plants to create a vibration of love. You have nothing to fear, I would tell them. You don’t need your defensive thorns. I will protect you!” – Luther Burbank

Eventually, all the spines fell away, resulting in the Spineless Cactus. We have visited the plant in person, and it’s still alive to this day, without spines. Of course, he was criticized often by the scientific community because he was primarily results-oriented and intuitive in his approaches, and didn’t keep detailed records of his experiments. Through studying his more metaphysical, intuitive approaches we hope to achieve some amazing results of our own.

Another strong influence includes Masaru Emoto, the scientist known for his experiments with water molecules, and how they are altered by thoughts or words. He proves that consciousness and intent have the power to change matter, both in positive and negative ways.

The power of thought is undeniable, and we intend to use it for the greatest good imaginable on our little farmstead.