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Adjusting to shifting politics and economics requires new mindsets that create better lifestyle and extra profit.

This is why we are expanding our concepts of multi dimensional opportunity.

We started to expand our agricultural interests in Florida with some Bio Wash agri tests last June.   We hope these tests will  lead to a new niche of profitability at our home.

Good multi dimensional opportunity comes when one can change utility of a product, place or service.  The opportunity is greatest when the change takes place at the root and this is exactly where we started with our bio wash tests.

The year we took over the grove there were 1,500 trees and they produced 1801 boxes of oranges.

We removed one third of the lower producing trees in a grove management plan. We sprayed the remaining 2/3rd with Bio Wash.

With 500 fewer trees, the grove produced 2,484 boxes of oranges that year!

In other words, the average was a yield of about 1.2 boxes of naval oranges a tree.

So we doubled the Bio Wash spray and the next year the average yield was 2.4 boxes a tree… double.  This increased the income of the grove 37% with 33% less trees.

This is when we decided to do some more serious tests.


See below why these agri tests.

There is more to this than just the increased yield. Bio Wash might make the crop more valuable.

Some products using Bio Wash have become known as “pesticide free” and/or “reduced fertilized”.

I believe that pesticide free” or “reduced fertilized” oranges may be worth more so I began testing in our orange grove.   Last June my grandson, Garren, and I loaded up the Cub Cadet with flagging ribbon… went out into our orange grove and set up four test zones… each at an opposite extreme from one another.


Garren helping me set up our tests.

In each zone we selected sick, healthy and new trees.


A sick tree in our grove flagged yellow.


A healthy tree and…


new orange trees.

We flagged half with yellow ribbon which will be sprayed regularly with Bio Wash Soil Amendment. The other half was sprayed flagged green and they will get equal spraying with Bio Wash 100.


We wanted to know what Bio Wash would do that could create opportunities in the farming sector.

Our assistant, Derek Hylands, has been keeping track of growth and the amount of spraying done since then and this week we went out and reviewed results.

Our goal is to produce bigger… healthier oranges in a process that requires less fertilizer and little or no pesticides.  Here are the results after six months.

We checked all four zones in the grove and reviewed each of the three types of trees…

#1: Young growing trees.

#2: Healthy mature fruit bearing trees.

#3: Very sick or appearing dead.

Plus I had three grapefruit trees that all appeared a little sick and sprayed one with bio wash, one soil amendment and did not spray one.

At the beginning of the experiment we poked holes around each tree and drenched the roots.   Each tree was drenched with 25 gallons of a solution mixed from  10 ounces of Bio Wash or Soil Amendment to 40 gallons of water.   We then sprayed each tree once a month with  about ten gallons per tree sprayed.

Here are the results.

#1: The young growing trees looked about equal to the best non sprayed young trees.

The positive I can say here is that all the young sprayed trees were at the top of the growth range.  There were some non sprayed trees. This was not so with the sprayed trees. They had all enjoyed strong growth.

#2: I could not see much difference in mature fruit bearing trees.

If anything the sprayed trees looked fuller but with less fruit.

#3: Of the three grapefruit trees the bio washed tree was definitely best.

Gary Scott bio wash

The pictures do not show this well, but the non sprayed grapefruit fruit was small, the leaves spotted and tending toward yellow.

Gary Scott bio wash

The sprayed grapefruit trees were greener, had much larger fruit and a black mold that gets on the fruit was absent.

#4: The sick and nearly dead trees showed the most profound change.

Gary Scott bio wash

Most of the sick trees looked dead like this when we began the test.

Some truly were dead and remained looking that way.

Some had a little growth.

Some had a lot of growth like this.

Gary Scott bio wash

Some even had fruit.

Gary Scott bio wash

This tree looked like a dead stump last June.

Gary Scott bio wash

This tree also looked nearly bare in June.

Gary Scott bio wash

The green ribbon indicates a Bio Washed tree and this tree looked nearly dead in June.

Gary Scott bio wash

Yellow ribbon was soil amendment.  This is a nearly dead in June 2012 Soil Amendment sprayed tree in November 2012.

The recovery of the sick trees seemed equal with both the Bio Washed and Soil Amendment trees.

We’ll continue these tests and keep spraying our entire grove with Bio Wash as we have.

Each year we have sprayed, our production has risen dramatically.

We harvest again next week… so we’ll see if this trend continues and report back to you.

We feel the goal of having pesticide free, less fertilized trees makes sense because numerous forces in the market place include:

#1: Aging population.

#2: Terrible national health due to awful national nutritional habits.

#3: Rising non natural food prices.

#4: Monoculture farming being hit by the law of diminishing returns.

#5: Rising energy costs reducing the effectiveness of early harvesting and long range distribution.

All these forces stimulate opportunity for natural, local, organic goods exactly as big business destroys the image of this arena.

Big business and organic ideals do not mesh well.  This is a niche where small businesses like ours may reap better profits.

Why we are looking for more crops to invest in.

First, farming is just darn fun… to be in nature… to have space… and quiet… as we watch the crops grow!

There is growing profit potential as well because food prices are almost sure to rise.

Over the past decades, emotional values have grown into the business process so they are often as important as economic value.

Consumers today base their buying decisions on private internal values that are a main theme in their buying process.

For example many businesses learned it is a good investment to give part of their profits to some type of charity.  Some businesses have become their values, such as the ice cream company, Ben & Jerry’s. (Of course that was the Ben & Jerry’s of the past… not necessarily the B&J of today.)

Part of business now is to expresses a value through the way of doing business.

Starbucks for example offers the concepts of fair trade, organic and green for their coffee.  Maybe this is because they believe this is good for the world or maybe they believe consumers will buy more coffee from them.

Whatever their reasoning, this shows how values have become of increasing importance and how consumers have increasingly followed their feelings as well as their pocket books.

These corporate values have, in the past, often became the difference between success and failure.

When the global economic slowdown hit, US consumers began to cut non essentials from their shopping lists but continued to open their wallets for natural and organic products that they believe are healthier and are good for the planet.

Organic sales have held up despite the economic slow down.

Here is where some opportunity may come in.

The branding of health products has become so diluted that phrases like “All Natural” and “Organic” are becoming meaningless.  Big business has so distort the reality of the words that no longer convey enough trust  in order to demand higher prices when offered by big business.

Plus there has been a big expansion of ALL NATURAL inventory.  If these factors and inflation push organic products beyond the masses, a niche  may expand for small agricultural businesses.

This niche may create a demand for “hybrid” products that offer healthier values than standard brands but are not called organic and cost less than organic.


Learn more about Bio Wash at

What’s Happening with Citrus Land Values in Central Florida.

Bio Wash ties together three profit generating ideas.  First… multi dimensional thinking enhances profit. Have a home that is also an income producing farm.   Second, change the utility.  In this case from an orange grove to “fertilizer reduced” grove.  Third, the spraying increases income and makes the property worth more.

Ben Gibson of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate says that Citrus Groves are selling in a range of  $6,000 to $16,000 per acre on Florida’s Central Ridge.   Residential development land is also selling for replanting to citrus at $6,000 to $7,000 per acre.

Our experiments are important because if we can turn $6,000 and acre groves into $16,000 per acre groves through inexpensive spraying with Bio Wash… the capital gains and income potential is substantial.

How about Ecuador or other countries?

One of the features about living in Ecuador are the produce markets and access to the grower of one’s food.


Good food, like this fruit at the Cotacachi, Ecuador farmers’ market are one factor why so many expats like living in Ecuador.

Many who plan on leaving the US want to live on or own a farm.

Bio Wash may be able to make multi dimensional property worth more wherever you are!


Ecuador Agricultural Real Estate Tour

For current Ecuador Agricultural Real Estate information send me a note at

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Ecuador coffee farm entrance.

The original owner spent two years searching for the perfect location to duplicate the exact terrain, altitude and growing conditions of the most successful coffee farms of Boquete, Panama and Columbia.

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Terrain and coffee plants.

After walking with an altimeter in hand and talking to reclusive indigenous farmers, this region was discovered with all the perfect conditions to cultivate exceptional Arabica coffee trees.

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Owners house with roof terrace.

This is a micro climate, blessed with abundant rainfall, in clean mountain air, bounded by a clear trout filled year around rushing river, protected from extremes of wind and large temperature fluctuations,  perfect for growing coffee.

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Open drying patio.

It has 11 hectares planted (manageable for a single owner), with approximately 50,000 Arabica, varietal Caturra (self pollinating) coffee trees which  are perfectly distributed over a hillside interspersed with a variety of fruit trees for shade.

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Oranges grown to protect coffee trees.

No problem selling this crop for top dollar due to its proven high quality.  The coffee sales last year grossed $70,000 so after $25,000 expenses, $45,000 was the net income.

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Coffee beans.

As well, an experimental 1 hectare of Geisha varietal.  Geisha is considered to be one of the finest coffees in the world and garnered the highest auction record in coffee history, fetching $170 per pound in 2010.  The first harvest of this varietal is expected in about 2 years.

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Coffee plants grown in greenhouse on farm.

This Andean  location provides an ideal environment for coffee growing without damaging the unique habitat of many species of birds.   Arabica coffee trees are a major source of oxygen production.  Each hectare produces 86 pounds of oxygen per day which is 50% of rain forest habitat.  Ecuador is a biologically diverse country with an abundance of birds, amphibians, reptiles and butterflies.  Inca Mountain Coffee Farm is ecologically in harmony with its environment.

The Arabica coffee trees are 6 years old, providing remarkable yields, allowing for continuous flowering and two annual harvests (major harvest Feb-Jun and minor harvest Oct-Nov).

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Covered drying patio.

In the yearly Golden Cup competition, coffee from this farm was a finalist in 2011.

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Seasonal worker harvesting coffee.

Owner’s house – 900 sq/ft, 2 bed, 1 bath, with lots of marble, built in cabinets in both bedrooms and upper roof porch

Caretaker’s house – divided into multiple rooms with bathroom

Land line phone installed and operational

110 and 220 volt electric lines

Equipment:  2 coffee bean pulpers with 2 water tanks, 2 weed whackers, misc. tools, scale for weighing coffee bags

1 large uncovered drying patio and 1 covered drying patio

2 full time highly experienced workers – monthly payroll is $650 (plus more during harvest for seasonal workers)

Average yearly expenses:  $25,000 (all payroll, fertilizer, harvesting expenses, utilities, taxes)

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This clean mountain river that runs year around with trout.  Also, access to mountain water for farm irrigation, though it is rarely needed.

Farm is fenced along road.

You can set the date for your own tour.

The Ecuador farm tour fee is $799 for single or  $999 couple.

Case Study #3:   This third case study shows an American who has created a   large Ecuador agri operation. This is the farming operation set up by Young Living Essential oils.


After creating a marketing system for the oils and farming in the USA, Gary and his wife…


moved to Ecuador… began a large farming operation as well as…


there own processing and a health spa.

Ecuador is a perfect place for many types of agriculture… large and small.  Find your farm in the safe and efficient way on an Ecuador Agricultural Tour.

For efficiency and logistics this tour is strictly limited to 15 people… 4 persons per four wheel drive vehicle.

You can set the date for your own tour.

The Ecuador farm tour fee is $799 for single or  $999 couple.