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O'Shun's Orchard

O'Shun's Orchard Veteran owned Agri Eco- Tourism company. Retail, Apiary, sustainable land development, and tech development. Community, conservation, and innovation.

Check out our window into the community, Montezuma Valley Market, local hangout, chill vibes.

Operating as usual

Much much harder than it should be, for us at least. But this is progress.
05/11/2022

Much much harder than it should be, for us at least. But this is progress.

03/05/2022

Oceanside never disappoints๐Ÿ˜‚. And we have no idea whats going on here but it made us smile ๐Ÿ˜Š.

We got a very busy next couple of months. This is a major push for us to get as close as possible to the finish line
-PCT season has started๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ
-Signed up for local street fairs
-Submitting our rebuild applications and plans to Food Department
-Finishing our permit corrections to Building Department
-Clean up and upgrade to the property

We are seriously busting our asses to make this work๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ฃ. We kindly ask for your continued support and patience. We appreciate you all โคโค

I submitted our application for the @fedex small business grant. But nothing happened how I had it planned in my head. T...
03/02/2022

I submitted our application for the @fedex small business grant. But nothing happened how I had it planned in my head. To complete the application you needed an account number but for almost a week I couldn't get the page to give me one. Realizing the day before it was a pop up that was causing the issue. After that moving on to creating a video. My teen was suppose to help me with this but that didn't happen. So I had to do it on my own and it was painful. Finally got a video put together with my recording in the background. Had Mike and my teen critique. They found an issue. I said 'no doubtedly' when it should be 'undoubtedly' ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™€๏ธ. At this point I had about 1.5 hrs (thats what I thought) before grant submission closed. So I redid my recording and a few edits to the video. I only made it worse. Mike and my teen were laughing at me so I had to redo it. This was 1 hr and 5 minutes before closing. So I was reloading the video, when something in back of my mind told me to recheck the time that the grant closes. I did and it turned out I actually only had 2 minutes left ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ญ. So I signed in and just submitted the application as-is without the video. 11pm EST is 8pm PST not 9 pm *sigh*. Well the video I kinda almost completed is on our youtube channel, link below. I'll share if we make the cut ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿฝ and when to start voting

https://youtu.be/lJ8T0pXNe5g

Thank you for the interview
02/18/2022

Thank you for the interview

When Oโ€™Shunโ€™s Orchardโ€™s Montezuma Valley Market burned down last year, Kemi Pavlocak took to festivals and street fairs to sell honey, reconnect with the community, and help fund the storeโ€™s rebuild.

โ€œAs a small business owner, sometimes you wonder if maybe the world is against you and itโ€™s just not meant to be,โ€ said Pavlocak. โ€œBut the community wanted us back, and they really pulled through for us.โ€

Tap the link to learn more about how Oโ€™Shunโ€™s Orchard made the most out of an unfortunate situation and is working to bring infrastructure to rural communities ๐Ÿ bit.ly/3rOov7x

I just looked at a few of my previous posts and noticed there was alot of broccoli love ๐Ÿ˜‚. Ok, I just had to share this....
02/12/2022

I just looked at a few of my previous posts and noticed there was alot of broccoli love ๐Ÿ˜‚. Ok, I just had to share this. We've had really warm temps past few days. I've already explained how it impacts my bees. Here is an example of how it impacts veggies. The yellows is the broccoli attempting to flowers way before it reached full growth. The energy expended in almost flowering was supposed to be used for growing. Now it will be stunted. Less veggies for consumption. We are complaining about food prices. If climate change isn't slowed down or mitigated, there will be alot of loss and struggle ahead. The most vulnerable are already the first to suffer. Thank your farmers!!

The lavender surrounding the broccoli appears to be a good deterrent for those vile creatures. Known to repel mice and r...
02/06/2022

The lavender surrounding the broccoli appears to be a good deterrent for those vile creatures. Known to repel mice and rats but wasn't too sure about rabbits. Even cacti aren't safe from the rabbits here. But there is still wild food out there. Holding judgement until there is nothing readily available to them. Then we'll know how effective it is.

Its been really windy where we are, sometimes gusts up to 70mph. Had some young manzanita trees that lost their protecti...
01/29/2022

Its been really windy where we are, sometimes gusts up to 70mph. Had some young manzanita trees that lost their protective cages. Before I could get to them, those vile creatures ate them to stumps. I was pretty upset, really hate rabbits and gophers. But then perspective washed over me. Recently read about one of the challenges African farmers face. Imagine if your farm pest was an elephant. How do you recover from that?!
The solution is quite creative. Bees are awesome...I love elephants too. This helps keep them alive โค.

article from
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/living-bee-fences-protect-farmers-from-elephants-and-vice-versa/

Thinking about when we first started. We had all these plans to get to a goal. Not sure how we're progressing towards ou...
01/15/2022

Thinking about when we first started. We had all these plans to get to a goal. Not sure how we're progressing towards our goal without following any of our plans. #goals

Plans and permit application have been submitted to the county for the market rebuild. Hoping for permit approval by Jan...
12/23/2021

Plans and permit application have been submitted to the county for the market rebuild. Hoping for permit approval by Jan 2022.

While we wait, made some progress in clean up and development of the commercial property. Hired local arborist to remove invasive trees of heaven from the property. They had to be removed due proximity to structures and damages caused by the roots.

Campaign continues to raise funds to rebuild our store. We are still in design phase but will soon transition to enginee...
08/07/2021

Campaign continues to raise funds to rebuild our store. We are still in design phase but will soon transition to engineering phase. Our business did start as some form of land development but we were taking our time. Feeling things out. Life has a way of forcing you to learn things much quicker than you would have wished or prepared for. Real estate development with all its inter mingling of trades and required skills is a beast. And for us there is alot on the line. The community is waiting on their store. We will get there and are grateful for all the support โคโค. Link in bio ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

We have a few events/projects coming up that will help raise funds.

#savagebeeches will be in Julian for this year's apple harvest. This was all Mike partnering with a local honey company to sell some seriously delicious and fancy honey varieties. This year was just too rough for us. Didnt have the volume, time or labor to be able to only offer our honey. Mike is putting together quite a spread and presentation. All he asked of me was permission to use my honey trademark. How could I say no? Savage bee-ches always sponsor the good stuff ๐Ÿ˜Š. Mike is a salesman to the bone even without a store. Good way to keep his skills sharp.

#deliciousdesert food tourism project to host events to connect people and farmers in a more jazzed up way. Also help with food access challenges in our area. Still in development and waiting on approvals. This is a pretty big deal, can be huge for the community. Can't wait to tell ya'll more.

See, we're not just sitting on our arses waiting on gofundme ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ. We've made it this far for a reason. We have a purpose. Till next time, stay safe.

4.7 acres commercial mixed use lot added to our portfolio. Lots of work ahead to develop this property into a community ...
08/01/2021

4.7 acres commercial mixed use lot added to our portfolio. Lots of work ahead to develop this property into a community resource. Rehabilitation, revitilization, and construction. Wish us luck ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ

07/21/2021

Hi everybody ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ. We are starting to collects contacts for licensed subcontractors (foundation, plumbing, electrician) to work on rebuilding the market. Hope to start this fall. Please comment below or dm trade and contact info.

Please share to pages and people that would be interested. Thank you!

I wish I can just be out here. Just to absorb it all. Everytime I'm out here I fill like there is this invisible cup wit...
06/12/2021

I wish I can just be out here. Just to absorb it all. Everytime I'm out here I fill like there is this invisible cup within that has become depleted. As soon as my vehicle makes that turn and all I see are hills, valleys, mountains, never ending sky then that cup starts to refill. Even when I'm busy with my ladies there is still this calm. Gawd I love it.
Our business did take a huge blow but we're still here. Working on two big projects to help the community. Really excited about it. Will reveal when ready ๐Ÿ˜. Till then, make sure to refill that invisible cup, its good for you.

It has been very dry with alot of fires already in the season. I've also become hypersensitive to the thought of fire, i...
05/28/2021

It has been very dry with alot of fires already in the season. I've also become hypersensitive to the thought of fire, its so destructive. So I decided to try using sugar water instead of smoke to keep my ladies calm while I intrude into their home. I've read about this a while back but it was described as less effective to smoke. Back then I was more fearful of bee stings than unplanned fire. Not the case anymore. I had a few chores planned. I had to treat for mites and split Daria. I started with Jenna and it did not go well. I think the sugar water actually pi**ed them off even more. Jenna is usually my mellow hive....they were livid. My next hive was Daria, she is a beast. There was no way I was going to split her using sugar water seeing how it affected Jenna. So I have to postpone her split. I checked on my newer hives without using anything. They were cool. Dusted them with powdered sugar, less chemical way to treat more mites. Forces the bees to groom themselves and weighs down the mites to fall to hive bottom then to ground. It was funny how one hive behaved. I opened the top and then they all started crawling out the front to show force but didnt fly at my face. Think I'm going to name her Mimi ๐Ÿ˜โคโค

Baby lady bug, no spots yet. Nature continues.Have you been to our store page? Montezuma Valley Market please check it o...
05/09/2021

Baby lady bug, no spots yet. Nature continues.

Have you been to our store page? Montezuma Valley Market please check it out and help us rebuild after a fire. The market is a major part of our project in the high desert of San Diego. Our connection to the community.

Some posts back I posted about SANDAG approach to eliminate the digital divide. I was pretty testy about it because I di...
02/20/2021

Some posts back I posted about SANDAG approach to eliminate the digital divide. I was pretty testy about it because I didnt quite understand it. Well I did some research and I understand a little more. I'm still not quite sold on it but I appreciate the effort. I realized its hard to impact change from the outside, so I reached out. Offered to help anyway I can in an effort to make sure or area isnt forgotten or misunderstood. I was accepted to join the task force. So the taskforce is all volunteer besides the few (like 3) SANDAG employees. The pics are screen shots of publicly available documents detailing the taskforce and their agenda. This can be found by visiting SANDAG website and searching digital divide. There should be monthly meeting minutes posted. I highly recommend checking these out once in a while. Ill also do my best to keep ya'll informed of the progress. Its fine to have an opinion and even criticize but then what are you going to do to improve the system?

Must be some kind of training going on.
02/13/2021

Must be some kind of training going on.

SANDAG digital divide resolution. It took me a couple of days to digest how I felt about this. Some of you all might not...
01/30/2021
SANDAG Adopts Resolution to Bridge 'Digital Divide' in County with Broadband - Times of San Diego

SANDAG digital divide resolution. It took me a couple of days to digest how I felt about this. Some of you all might not have been following the effort myself and other locals put forth to find a solution that would work for our area quickly as possible and most cost effective. Here's a recap.

Early last year basically soon after schools were closed due to COVID, I hijacked district 5 community revitalization meeting to stress the importance of solving the digital divide because our school kids were being left behind. I did the research and came back with a viable solution. The best solution was Starlink. No infrastructure buildup, just user hardware and an account as soon as the satellite constellation is ready.

Available grants for broadband companies just isnt incentive enough. Population density doesnt warrant the investment. So the pros and cons along with community survey was delivered end of last year. If the district started the contract people should start getting signed up this spring. Cost to tax payer, $0. Now to this article. They are really patting themselves on the back here, almost a year later. It will take a 'taskforce' almost a year to produce a report. And of course no estimate on how much the report is going to cost.

I need to learn more about this resolution and what it means for the area and the Starlink signup. I've learned how important networking is to connecting people to resources and information. I might need hijack this as well. Make sure our area isn't forgotten or ignored.

The San Diego Association of Governments' Board of Directors adopted a resolution Friday to support increased broadband access throughout the region to help bridge the digital divide.

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