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We are Jim and Rhenda Wilson, we are in our 60s and live on land in west central Oregon bordering the South Santiam River. We are renting our land and home long term and use about 2 acres of the 40 acres we are sitting on. We have a dozen Delaware Layers, and a second batch of layers, Rhode Island Reds will start laying in February. There are 25 Rhode Island Reds of which three are roosters and when they get old enough will be processed. We have chosen not to have fertilized eggs. We also raised Freedom Rangers for meat chickens, processing 66 of them this month for sale and our own food. Because we live near the river, we have river rocks in our land and must use the broadfork to loosen the soil and remove the rocks by hand. It is a long process. Last year we only had two 4 foot by 40 foot beds. This year we hope to have twice or three times that many. Eventually we want twelve 30 inch by 60 feet rows.

We have chosen this lifestyle so we can provide our own food through gardening and raising eggs and meat. Jim caught his first 27-inch steelhead this last summer. We have networked and found sources for grass-fed lamb, beef, and pork. We are still searching for a good source of Raw Milk but use milk from a wonderful Jersey farm near Portland. He uses the Pasteurization system where it is minimally pasteurized so the milk still has the enzymes necessary for digestion of lactate. It is also not homogenized so there is cream on the top.

Proper food and an active lifestyle and living where we can provide for ourselves gives us the opportunity to share our information and know-how along with our success stories and learning curves.

We offer twelve weeks of video classes about nutrition science, real food preparation and processing, proper exercise, homesteading, and stress management. The contents of these five facets create a balanced, sustainable even regenerative, lifestyle. Buy Now Page

Our website Heartiness Approach is an online-magazine full of information to back up our choices, help teach proper application of nutrition, exercises to follow, homestead progress, and stress reduction ideas. There is a forum to join in and share.

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Heartiness Approach leads you on a path away from Metabolic Syndrome....


To encourage a better way to eat, exercise, play, sleep and live. path2


Food is a joy in life. The reality is that food is the center of our relaxation, entertainment, business, and life. The more we eat, drink and share with our friends, family and colleagues the more we connect.


Big business is built around food because that is where the money is spent. Today we have more diabetes, heart disease and obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, the GERD than ever before. We pop a pill and pillsgo on with our lifestyle.


These diseases were not as prevalent thirty years ago. Yes we have food that is "supersized" and yes our portions are larger at restaurants, but do we really eat that much more than we used too. heart with steth

Think about it. We can blame a lot of causes. Is it a lack of self control?  Many people may lack self control but babies and children are obese and have diabetes. They are not at fault. Forty year old people are in the emergency rooms with heart attacks.


There must be something more. There is! The type of food we eat now is the big problem. The ingredients in the food we eat now cause the illness.


Heartiness Approach is taking on Metabolic Syndrome. What is it, you ask?

Step On Our Path To Heartiness

To step on the path to heartiness is to approach the path, get on and with vigor, and hearty sincerity go forward to approach a sound body, through proper diet, exercise, emotional wellness, and nutrient dense grown food. Heartiness Approach works with people of all ages because if a child could eat right from birth, they have a much greater chance of living a long healthy, well, life. We also choose to put an emphasis on working with our 50 friends because we are over 50, in fact we are over 60. No matter your age, you can decrease and prevent the illnesses that come because of lifestyle choices. It is not too late to make a difference in your life. Heartiness Approach is a lifestyle change to reduce the risk of Metabolic Syndrome, Type II Diabetes, and Heart disease, Osteoporosis, GERD, Alzheimer's Disease and many other illnesses. It also can drastically reduce childhood obesity, asthma, and childhood rashes too name a few. 

These are not age-acquired diseases. You are not destined to get them just because of getting old. These are lifestyle-acquired. Even if you are genetically predisposed to a particular disease, your lifestyle choices can help that disease pass you by. While the rest of your family has high blood pressure, or diabetes, or heart disease, you can change the way you live, eat, sleep, exercise, stress and enjoy life, and bypass those lifestyle-induced illnesses. You will have fun with this lifestyle.


The change includes how to shop, eat, move your body, manage your stress, sleep well and care for ourselves mentally and emotionally. A large part of Heartiness Approach is to realize the necessity of eating food that is grown in a nutrient dense medium in order to receive the necessary vitamins and minerals the body requires. 

Growing Older Actively

While managing an Assisted Living Facility, I had a resident move in who was 99 years old.I inquired to know what help we could give her. I asked her if we could help her dress. “No, I can do that without any difficulty.” I asked about helping her with showers. “Well, why would I need that? I am very limber and can get in and out of the shower myself.” She then kicked her leg high above her head like a Rockette, in perfect balance. I just smiled at her in amazement. I tried to convince her to let us do her laundry but often found her hauling her basket of clothes down the hall. She had taken care of her body and her body had taken care of her.  


When we managed an Independent Living Community we asked the residents what they wanted to do for activities. A few said, “We want to do White-Water Rafting”.smallerversion Others thought they were kidding. They were not. One of the residents required assistance with a walker, one was over ninety and one was blind, the others were typical retirement living residents. We found a rafting company that would provide the correct guides and accept the challenge. It was a marvelous  experience. I sat in the back with the 90 year-old because she only weighed 90 lbs. My job was to hold onto her when we hit the white water. It was a blast. They loved it. In the calm water we had water fights. There were no old people in those rafts. Everyone was willing to take their fears, face them and have fun as a young person. They followed their heart.



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