thefarmista Photos & Videos

1 month ago

Go big or go home. 💪 MASSIVE tomatoes in mid-November. I enjoy experimenting with different crops, sometimes even out of season. This client can enjoy some organic 🍅🍅🍅 for Thanksgiving 🤣 #thefarmista

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Just passing out the worms to the Kinders. Do you know why you should get excited to see worms in your garden? 🤔 First off, their 💩 is ideal compost for the plants. Second, the little tunnels they create through their wiggling provide openings 🕳 for water to easily get to roots and aeration for soil. Darwin called them nature’s little tractors 🚜 Fun facts to impress your friends or date tonight. You’re welcome. 💋 #thefarmista

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Always happiest outside. It’s still in the mid -80s here in LA. After a huge and very successful move, I’m ecstatic to get back to my regular hikes and workouts. 💪 On top of my very physical job. 👩‍🌾 But not before enjoying @venturacountyfarmday tomorrow for the kickoff BBQ and Saturday for farm tours. Who’s heading out to the farm? 🙋‍♀️ #thefarmista

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Back at it in Boyle Heights! Dolores Mission School @doloresmissionschool you steal my heart over and over again! I’m thrilled to be re-doing this magical little garden. This school with a heart of gold in East LA needs help with garden donations, volunteers, folks to donate books and read to students, a uniform fund and any other school related gifts you have to give. Where are all my angels? Message me or leave a comment with what you have to give. Thank you! 💚🙏 #thefarmista

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Aside from Oaks, Olives are my favorite tree. 🌳 Anyone know a good brining method? 🤔 #thefarmista

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Spent part of the afternoon checking on a garden project I created many years ago. Time for a makeover! #thefarmista

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Where all my lumber yard ladies at?! 👷‍♀️ Oh right, I’m the only one. 😐 Every. Single. Time. Next stop: mani 💋💅 #thefarmista

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Yesterday was by far one of the happiest days of my life. It has been my number one personal goal to purchase some land up in the canyons of Topanga/Malibu. Why? Well, when my mom was pregnant with me, my parents purchased 100 acres of land up at the top of a mountain ridge in Malibu where they had panoramic ocean and mountain views. You could say it’s in my blood. It was in me before I was even on the earth. I came of age there because we’d go up every weekend, being completely free and totally in touch with nature and all of it’s power and magic. My dad was a Wild Mountain Man with his chainsaw(s), diesel generator, 1972 Chevy Blazer 4x4 and a wild beard that would put these faux lumberjacks to shame. Most of the time my dad would chainsaw trees without a shirt and in the hot 90 degree sun. What my dad could not express in words, he showed me in mountains, open air, trees, ruggedness and self sufficiency. My parents had that land until I entered college and my mission has been to get a slice of my own while my mom and pops are still on this earth and could come up and see it with their own eyes, on their own able-boded legs. I closed escrow last week on 5 acres and took them up there yesterday. My dad has parkinson’s but that did not slow him down one bit yesterday. He was just as I remembered him up there, walking the land, assessing the situation, talking about shovels and pick axes and grading the mountain. He even complemented my truck although it’s a Ford and not a Chevy. I did what I set out to do and it feels like everything from now on is gravy. 🖤

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2 months ago

No soil? No problem. Containers, pots and raised boxes can be just as effective in growing a garden as the traditional in-ground method. In fact, I find that these kinds of spaces lend themselves to a magic and creativity that is uniquely their own. Pictured here are heirloom tomatoes, grapes, turmeric and ginger in a garden in Malibu, CA. 🍅🍇 Nothing here is planted in the ground. Hope this inspires you to realize you can plant pretty much anything anywhere. 🌿 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Feeling golden with opportunity 🔑 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Building a new garden never gets old 👩🏻‍🌾 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

She’s the “This bitch will steal yo man” of insects. Relentless, unforgiving. The tomato hornworm has been present all season but we have persevered! 🖕🍅🐛 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Tomatoes are still going strong. I let the 6-foot plants twist and ramble for their last hurrah and they seem to crack out even more fruit as a thank you ❤️🍅 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Smiling on the inside. Tears of joy, orbs of light...The Farmista has come home 🙏 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

“Miss Volat my hands are dirty!!” 👩🏻‍🌾 “Yes that’s the point!” 🤗 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Pest control is fun when using sustainable methods ❤️🐞 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Sun and soil are my happy place 🌞👩🏻‍🌾 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

When people tell me I have the “ultimate dream job,” I couldn’t agree more! What they don’t know is that I started doing this 20 years ago on the weekends (I had a full time job working at @frederickfisherandpartners ) when @elysewalker @elysewalkerpersonal paid me $200 to re-do her garden boxes in front of her then-tiny shop in the pacific palisades. Am I living the dream. Absolutely! Is it due to “luck”? Absolutely not! My hands have been dirty on the daily for 20 years! Always work hard towards your dreams no matter how obscure they seem or how many people tell you it can’t be done. It CAN be done, but wherever it actually does GETS done is 100% up to you. 🐝 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Shot of my client’s gorgeous basil thriving inside the enclosed garden with my beloved Ford F-150 XL Triton creeping out from behind 🤣 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

New vehicle added to the Farmista fleet. Topless means we can get more trees in the back no problem 🌴 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Ever the rebellious + intuitive gardener, I planted the last of the tomato starts about five weeks ago (late August). At four feet tall, we’ve got a second go of a bumper crop for Fall 2018. This gives me all the good feels because the first lot, located elsewhere on the property, became the daily sustenance of squirrels, mice and who knows what else. When in doubt, try the plants in another location and follow your intuition about what is it is not possible. It’s about to be October and the first crop of these tomatoes plants are exploding!! 🍅 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Super long beds! 11 and 14 feet long by 3 feet wide. Getting the soil right so we can plant a gorgeous cool season garden 🌱 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks the Praying Mantis is cute? 🤷‍♀️ #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Good morning! I’m never quite sure if I’m a writer who gardens or a gardener who writes. 🤔 In any case, I’m weeding and replanting my old gardening blog to give it a fresh new look. Any requests for content? 🐝 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

I’m truly blessed to have the best clients on the planet. @bethbehrs thank you for making my work so fun, easy and fulfilling. I love that you love tending to your “plant babies”! 🌱👶 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

When you’re trying to give a professional gardening lesson but @bethbehrs just keeps cracking jokes. 😝🙈🤷‍♀️ PS how good does my purple blouse look next to that purple basil?! 💜😎 #thefarmista

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Daily digging keeps me grounded. I wake up every day at 5am excited to “go to work.” #thefarmista

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My idea of a “dream house.” Gorgeous property. Dream clients. Happy garden. 🏡🥕 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

This is the “before.” Completely re-doing the raised vegetable boxes with new soil, compost, linings, partitions and of course veggies and herbs. Thank you Alexandra Dey for entrusting me with this very special project of yours. When an eco conscious realtor hires you at her own home, I take it as a real compliment 🥕 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Gardening Day with Alexandra Dey, an eco-conscious realtor who values the importance of growing her own greens! Out with the old and in with the cool season crops 🌱 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Who else loves morning wood? 🙋‍♀️😝 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Very happy planting day today with @smarthouse26 and @carterooster. Their cuteness is rivaled only by their kindness. Amy welcomed me with a super yummy breakfast 🌯 and Carter carried the heavy compost bags (two at a time I might add) in from my truck. I asked Flora for a high five ✋ however she gave me a more reserved though polite high one ☝️ George 😹 the cat peed in the planter bed and Slim (Shady) 🐶 the bulldog drank right out of the hose, per usual. In other words, a good time was had by all. Yes we do have a cool season here in LA, so we got in some cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and lots of kale. Amy is on seed duty (carrots, radish, beet and lettuce) and I need to come back with the collards and some sprouted salad greens. This is a DIY hands on family all the way (and I can neither confirm nor deny that there’s a hammock in their living room)! 💚 #thefarmista #amysmart #carteroosterhouse

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2 months ago

Highlight of my day... planting our organic garden for the fall and winter months to come... Kale, broccoli, collard greens, cauliflower, red cabbage, snow peas, and seeds from beets, carrots, radishes and lettuces. Thank you @the.farmista for the compost, plants, guidance and getting dirty with me!! #Repost @the.farmista ・・・ When you’re smart, sexy and eco-friendly... @smarthouse26 ❤️🌱🙋‍♀️ #thefarmista #amysmart

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2 months ago

Monarch on the Mexican Marigold 🦋🌼 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Sleeping Beauties 💚 I don’t believe in fairy tales but I do believe in garden fairies. 🧚🏻‍♀️ And I’m convinced they especially love playing near the watermelon 🍉 We has a bumper crop this summer, and they are still going strong 💪 #thefarmista

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2 months ago

Making garden dreams come true ✨⚡️💫 #thefarmista

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3 months ago

From my own garden here at home 💜🐝 #thefarmista

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3 months ago

The Ballerina of Bees! 🧚🏻‍♀️ Ruth of @hivetribebees it was love at first sight! 🍯🐝🌻 Can’t wait to work some magic together on future collaborations. Your hives and my flower garden are the perfect pair! 👯‍♀️ #thefarmista #thehivetribe

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3 months ago

That’s a wrap! 🎬 Fully enclosed raised bed garden up in the canyon feels like a magical oasis. A total of seven carefully positioned beds are happily nestled in this sun drenched space. 1/2-inch hardware cloth lets the bees 🐝 in and keeps the critters out 🦇🐿🐀🙅‍♀️. Team effort between the exterior designer, builder and myself as the garden designer. Client is thrilled and I am too. 💛🌻👩🏻‍🌾 #thefarmista

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Just a country girl stuck in the city 🤠🌻🐝 #thefarmista

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3 months ago

The garden is my ultimate happy place. Especially in the canyons here in LA. There’s just something so magical about the terrain, light and air up here! Brand new garden with raised beds and complete enclosure (1/2-inch hardware cloth allows bees 🐝 to come in and keeps the deer, mice, birds and bats out🙅‍♀️). Just like us, gardens come in all shapes and sizes but they all need LOVE to thrive. ❤️ #thefarmista

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Soon to be a magical edible oasis at a public school here in Los Angeles. This project was spearheaded by a maverick of a culinary arts instructor who never gave up and saw possibility where others could only see a discarded strip of land on the far edge of campus. I’m grateful to work my magic here along with a small group of dedicated parents. What volunteer work are you up to these days? #probono #schoolgardens #thefarmista

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3 months ago

I love a good still life. Just-picked garden goodness. 🍅❤️ #thefarmista

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3 months ago

Feeling that 70s vibe 🌼Anyone else spend Sunday afternoon hiking in the snake-filled brush in shorts? 🙋‍♀️ #thefarmista

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3 months ago

Take me to Church! The garden is my Temple. Taking testimony from the 🌻 + 🐝. Who else is working at 7am on Sunday?! 🙋‍♀️ #thefarmista

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3 months ago

This particular variety of 🍉 is called Fuzzy Fairy Tale 🧚🏻‍♀️ because it’s the size of a thumbnail and is covered in a fur-like texture. 🧐🧐🧐 Just kidding. Does anyone read captions? 🙋‍♀️ This is a teeny baby just after the flower stage and gearing up to be a 20-lb heavyweight!! 🏋️‍♀️ #thefarmista

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When someone asks my advice on how to start growing food with little or no experience, I always recommend growing HERBS. They can tolerate everything from direct sun to filtered light, are (somewhat) forgiving for being over or under watered, can grow in the ground or in a pot on a balcony and make you feel like a PRO because you can harvest a little bit every day and add to your food. 🍽 Things like basil, parsley, cilantro, chives and sage really boost the flavors of your food without needing a big commitment on time or space to grow. 🌿 That said, when you are ready to level up your garden game, I highly suggest growing SPICES like turmeric and ginger (pictured). These are tubers (grow underground) and can be a super fun way to experiment with new things in the garden. Plus, freshly grated turmeric or ginger in your food is world’s apart from the powdered stuff you buy in a jar in the supermarket. What are some of your favorite ways to use herbs and spices? 🌱 . . . . . . #thefarmista

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3 months ago

Thank you @modfarm @adrenalynnepalazzi and #noemontesphotography for featuring my work in #meetthemodernfarmer. I believe wholeheartedly in what I do and that life’s circumstances are stepping stones, not blockades, to realizing one’s purpose and living one’s dream. The link to the online article about how I created my nonprofit @theedibleapartment may be found here: https://modernfarmer.com/2018/07/meet-the-modern-farmer-jill-volat/ 👩‍🌾 . . . . . . . #thefarmista #theedibleapartment #nonprofit #foodnotlawns #modernfarmer #womeninbusiness #entrepreneur

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5 months ago

Summer is definitely the Sexy Season for gardening. No offense to winter’s broccoli or cabbage, but there is just something ✨magic✨ about the fruits and veggies of this season. Persian cucumbers will soon make their way into juices, salads, tzakziki, panzanella and chilled gazpacho topped with basil growing nearby in the garden. I love working till 7pm as the day cools off and I sometimes indulge in an ocean dip after an entire day spent in the soil 🌊🌈🌞 #thefarmista #gardening #organicgardening #ediblegardens #growyourown #urbanfarming #gardendesign #landscapedesign #womanowned #flowers #local #organic #plantbased #vegan #healthylife #summer #soltice #cheflife #cucumbers #panzanella #gazpacho #surfers #girlboss #iamamodernfarmer #fitspo #veganathlete #womenwhofarm #humanswhogrowfood

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#Repost @humanswhogrowfood ・・・ Meet Jill Volat @theedibleapartment from Los Angeles, United States 🇺🇸 “When I was around eight years old my dad killed a zucchini plant we had growing in our back yard here in Los Angeles. He has OCD and decided that all those leaves looked “untidy” - so he cut them all off. Needless to say it soon died because, well, photosynthesis is kind of hard to do without leaves. Though unlikely, this experience is what got me to look deeper into how we grow food - I’ve never looked back. Our growing space is 2,000 square feet which was previously a front lawn at an apartment building. For soil, the key is lots of compost, worm castings (and worms) and coffee grounds. I drink lots of coffee for the benefit of my soil. That’s just the kind of gardener I am. For pest management, the key is good quality soil to produce strong plants that resist bugs just like humans having a strong immune system to ward off colds. I spray off aphids and hand pick loopers. That’s why I keep my teenager around: to squash loopers and rolly polly bugs. Growing food is health, history, fitness, politics, empowerment, self expression, community, economics and fun all in one. Teaching and inspiring others; sharing the harvest and being a part of an ancient practice are some of the biggest rewards of gardening. Showing what’s possible, especially here in the middle of a bustling city like Los Angeles that is not known as a “farming town.” We bring about health awareness and inspire people to grow food at home through the nonprofit I founded called The Edible Apartment TEA and through my eight years as an urban farming educator and lecturer. We are an entirely VOLUNTEER 501c3 organization. We convert multi-family sites (particularly at apartment buildings where grow space is scarce) into thriving organic urban farms. I also founded the garden-based skincare line Earthling Beauty, to fund the nonprofit. If you want to grow food, don’t overthink it. Just start. Remember to enjoy the process. Expect to kill a few plants along the way as you learn what works and what doesn’t for your particular site. Just throw them in the compost or green bin. It’s not a big deal.

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He’s getting older and I feel like I’m getting younger. Maybe we’ll meet in the middle one day. I take my son with me everywhere. Especially to work. He’s been with me to LA City Hall, lumber yards, countless Home Depot runs, job sites and client meetings. In the early days I felt somewhat unsure about this practice. Then a colleague whom I respect very much said: “Jill, you’re a working single mom, it’s just the way your life is that he’d need to be with you sometimes, and besides, it’s actually really good for him to see you doing your thing, learning how business works and what hard work looks like.” After he said that, I never looked back. I like to think of Farmista as a family business and maybe (just maybe) he will keep working with me when he no longer “has” to but instead chooses to. It will of course be his choice, but either way I think he’s getting exposed to some pretty cool stuff that most little kids are usually sheltered from. Now, at 13, he’s practiced at navigating stores, speaking politely to clients and helping me fit 20 bags of soil into my Fiat 500. Does anyone else bring their kid to work? Do you find that it bonds you even stronger while also teaching them valuable life skills? . . . . . #thefarmista #familybusiness #womanowned #entrepreneurship #girlboss #landscapedesign #urbanfarming #gardening #organicgardening #growyourown #permaculture #biodynamic #soil #compost #love #momandson

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7 months ago

Happy Earth Day 2018 y’all! Thank you @modfarm for including my work with @theedibleapartment in your current issue. Thank you @adrenalynnepalazzi for the write up and @noemontesla for the photo. 🐝 Jr. and I are spending the day relaxing, cooking and planting 66 tomato plants 🍅 #meetthemodernfarmer #modernfarmer #thefarmista #urbanfarming #organicgardening #urbanagriculture #healthylifestyle #bluezones #nonprofit #dogood #youarewhatyoueat #earthday #tomatoes #permaculture #biodynamic #compost #actionsspeaklouderthanwords

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8 months ago

I have a freezer full of organic meat (sadly it’s just from the store, not from a handsome hunter), a pantry full of healthy organic grains and all THIS = BLISS! How do you nurture and take care of yourself? How do you stay healthy and on track? My garden is my respite, joy, fitness and food. It brings me and so many others so much happiness. So simple, so abundant. 🌱💚🍅✨ #thefarmista #organicfarming #urbanfarming #organicgardens #healthylifestyle #paleo #fitspo #plantbased #womenwholift #crossfit #macros #gains #gardengoddess

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8 months ago

Good Morning and Happy Monday! I got my first basil plants of the season in the soil yesterday. That always makes me so happy! Signs of warm weather and extra long evenings to come. The garden is a beacon of optimism as well as a time capsule for the future. It’s also our most basic human right to grow your own food yet 95% of the people I meet are completely intimidated and baffled by the process, though they 100% want to grow their own food. I’m a landscape designer here in Los Angeles so feel free to ask me questions in the comments or DM me for a consultation at your home or restaurant. I would like to normalize the process of growing your own food, whether it’s on a balcony or an estate. It’s the same process: putting a seed in the soil, giving it love and watching it grow. Then eating and enjoying! Have a great day! 🌱❤️🍅💚 #thefarmista #gardendesigner urbanfarming #organicgardening #growyourownfood #homegardening #veggiegarden #cheflife #womenwholift #fitspo #crossfit #vegan #paleo #healthylifestyle #greensmoothie #greenjuice #plantbased #redhair

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8 months ago

Will trade produce for boxing lessons! The garden truly is my happy place and by the look on @laejandro ’s face I can see I’m not the only one who loves it here. I’ve created a magical little paradise right in the middle of LA. What are your #gardengoals ? I want to help you achieve them! 🥒🍅🌽🍓🍋 #thefarmista #gardendesigner #organicgardening #urbanfarmer #vegan #paleo #greenjuice #greensmoothie #kale #chard #fitspo #womenwholift #boxing #mealprep #mealprepsunday

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8 months ago

I can honestly say that I have never had a celebrity crush. But I DO have many entrepreneurial crushes. Husband and wife duo @andyfrisella and @emilyfrisella are at the top of this list. I first heard about the MFCEO podcast last year through @lewishowes. I was hooked from day one to Andy’s REALISTIC approach to building a business, patience, hard work and providing VALUE for those you serve. He talks candidly about how he didn’t make more than $700/month for almost the first decade he was in business (and for the first few years he made nothing). Rather than let this deter him, he cultivated patience and grit - two things that are missing in so many people these days, entrepreneurs or not. One of my goals for 2018 was to meet Andy and Emily in person. Half of this goal was realized on Sunday night here in Hollywood at the Fitness Mastermind and Meetup, where Andy gave the keynote. As intense and outspoken as he is on his podcast, in person he could not have been kinder, more approachable or more genuinely interested in what I had to say, even though there was a room full of people and he was about to go on stage. . . Andy started with “nothing” but always “knew” he would make his vision into a reality, even when there were no physical signs that he would become the success he is today (by is account he’s still just getting started - and I know exactly what he means). He talks about how you need to do the work even when you don’t “feel” like it and what you need to do consistently over time to see success, whether it’s in your personal life, fitness or business. So Andy, here’s to you. And Emily, I’m coming for you and @thedailyotis next! ❤️ #thefarmista #andyfrisella #mfceo #100to0 #entrepreneur #mindset #fitness #fitspo #crossfit #womenwholift #bodybuilding

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8 months ago

What’s up garden peeps! 😘 The doctor is in. 👩‍⚕️ Ask me your garden questions or share with me what you’re growing. I get lots of emails with inquiries but this way we can all learn together. 🕺🏻 PS shout out to my friend Renee of @dailyorganics who taught me that I should always wear pearls, even in (especially in!) the garden. It took me 5 years to get here but this video is dedicated to you RG! 🍀🌸❤️ #thefarmista #urbanfarming #gardendesigner #organicgardening #fitspo #womenwholift #vegan #paleo #keto #cheflife #redheadsofinstagram #beyourselfeveryoneelseistaken

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9 months ago

#Repost @theedibleapartment ・・・ Happy March Earthlings! 🌎🌍🌏 ・・・ Rise and shine! 🌞🌻 Good Morning from the garden! If you’re looking for some healthy inspiration this weekend listen to this EarthtoUs 🌎 podcast hosted by @happyvegann and @hannah_mcneely where I share the story of how I gave the 🖕🏼 to convention and did things my own way. 👏 Here’s the link: http://www.earthtous.com/podcast/2017/5/13/023-get-your-greens-urban-gardening-with-jill-volat 🌱 Also, the first 20 or so minutes are all about eating your GREENS (of which I’m a huge fan) then the interview begins about how I started this unconventional garden and founded @theedibleapartment and @theearthlingbeauty to support the garden magic we’ve got going on over here. We’re having a garden day this Sunday at 4PM so DM me if you want to get your hands dirty. #thefarmista #podcast #earthtouspodcast #urbanfarming #organicgardening #inspiration #entrepreneur #girlboss #nonprofit #communitygarden #bluezones #greenbeauty #plantbased #vegan #fitspo #womenwholift #womenempowerment #redheadsdoitbetter #losangeles #greenjuice #greensmoothie #noexcuses

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