Back To The Earth

June 20, 2014

As I travel the world, I am meeting more and more people who are curious about their food supply and interested in growing their own. Many people ask, where do I start? Well, there are many exciting ways to kneel and kiss the ground. But it always starts with a seed. And that seed is you!


The Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) is a grassroots nonprofit based in Berkeley, CA. Their mission is to connect and grow the next generation of food and farming leaders in a one-of-a-kind program that bridges ancestral knowledge with sustainable innovation. The impact is both local and global!


They have helped to start 142 new farms and food justice projects in 16 countries, and their efforts to spread sustainable farming continues.


Why does sustainable agriculture matter? Whether we live in the city or country, where food comes from and who grows it is connected to all of us. Food is one of our closest relationships to the planet and to other people. As I learned from one MESA steward, it’s about nurturing life and nurturing ourselves. Sustainable agriculture allows us to grow food in abundance without damaging our health or the health of the planet.


I’m very inspired by their vision for land, food and culture and think you will be too. Help me help MESA’s awesome work to grow a new generation of farmers! I recently donated to their work and look forward to learning more from MESA’s alum!


If you have 4 minutes, check out the video, “You Are the Seed” to learn more about MESA’s awesome farm stewards, and how they are helping to enrich and restore our precious environment through the cultivation and care of our food. Thank you.


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    “I am also disheartened with the government system’s inability to care properly for its citizens, especially with the strong resistance to universal healthcare…” –Jason Mraz

    I’m guessing that you don’t really understand the point, or destination, of universal healthcare, according to one of the architects of the ACA (also a Democrat and close personal friend of Obama) or what he thinks of people exactly like you. Please take the three minutes needed to read this article in order to educate yourself to a few facts that you’re probably are not aware of. You should at least be knowledgeable about what you are promoting. An excerpt to hopefully whet your interest:

    1. “Emanuel pushes back against those attempting to lengthen their own lives, castigating them as morally deficient:
    Americans seem to be obsessed with exercising, doing mental puzzles, consuming various juice and protein concoctions, sticking to strict diets, and popping vitamins and supplements, all in a valiant effort to cheat death and prolong life as long as possible. This has become so pervasive that it now defines a cultural type: what I call the American immortal. I reject this aspiration. I think this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive.”

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    michellebelle said ...

    Mine, too :) I love those songs, too. Everywhere and Shine. They go hand in hand. Lovely, Lovely, Lovely indeed. Subatomic is what we are at the speed of light zooming in and out of all love in all life throughout all life. Shine, shine, shine. What a shine <3 <3 <3

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    normason said ...

    Good morning boy and girls!

    Said “Yes!” to “Yes!” going on three times now. Personal favorites: “Everywhere” and “Shine.”
    Purdy please don’t leave them out when you play in San Antonio!

    Also, I was fairly sure I had heard “It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday” before, and thought, “Why’s he doing covers? He’s got loads of songs he could have put on the CD.”

    But truly, what a perfect showcase for your gorgeous voice.

    See you soon in a theater near me!


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    normason said ...

    I LOVE you for putting your Grammy’s in the toilet!

    The significance of it is not lost on me…

    That line reminds me of a song I know:

    “Oh I’m in so far to know
    the measure of love ain’t lost,
    Love will never ever be lost on me”

    I’m quoting the Disney side of the double-entendre’s, not the adult side.

    See you in San Antonio!


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    AtLeastITried said ...

    I am so happy that you, Mr. Mraz, make time to sit down and write beautiful words for us to read.

    It makes you less of an entity and more of a friend.

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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    In addition to ~I am thankful~ It is necessary to add: anima Aminah mania fain tufa mina min mantua

    Perfectly appropriate, I’ll say. But WHO on Earth could agree with ME ???

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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    I’m going to give you this…so you can keep figuring this out on your own.

    It has become harder and harder to get through the “shit” we’ve piled UP on this planET; WordPlay is the ONLY way to cut through it…so, SO…:)

    ~I am thankful~
    think thank fan fail mail aim tam ankh lank link mink ink fink flunk lat mat mint flint flaunt tan man main fam. tank flank flit lit alit flan flat fault human hum tum fun nut tun ta Ta TA AMA ALA nail animal milt Mu muni fat at it unit haul hank hunk haunt aunt tail ail halt alt malt Mali kit fit hit hi MIA fiat in fin hat hint hilt talk funk aft ah ha aha alum Al lift lain ma anti ant math Au AU au tankful nil faint link milk mil if I film filth AKA maul hunt thin than Nuit lint knit nit final anal thunk natal fatal ham am faun fauna

    mobile blade laid ma made maid aid aide ad lad lie lied lid dial mile build amid dame dime me EM aim aimed idol dome mode Od mid amid dim IM amble ambled dam old mold mole dole duel bud bide abide bled maul mauled I do aloud loud bid bed limb Eid ID IDE loam loamed med mod lube bold beam male lame ale dale bail ail ailed mail Mali dib bi bad mad deal lead led Om balm o lo doe dum um double bum lib lobe ode model bile mead blue blued medal dial adieu dub mud lubed bade EU due Abel able Mu boil oil oiled boiled bod laud lamb am abode bead beau blame lamed lime imbued imbue alum Al bam blamed mule baud IOU bode lode elm El del lab dab bald idea ideal idle meal Aum dumb mould odium Lodi daub diem

    & that’s just how the Truth comes OUT…as we choose to cut through the shit we’ve stored and the mess we’ve made.

    I need to ask you:

    What would it feel like to come face to face with another human being with whom you have 100 PERCENT communication? Would it be more than you can bear? So far, it has seemed to be so. Yet, I continue to strive toward that encounter…for GOD’s sake. Sometimes, regardless of “outer” appearances, you just KNOW. Regardless of what “others” may think…Regardless of the criticism and cynicism…&&& DOUBTS.

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    sailucie said ...

    I myself have a community garden and planted mostly with seeds. Just finished removing all the weeds and worked the ground, it looks fresh and ready for water. All my radishes are gone so proud of myself. Thanks for the hummous idea i see it in every bag. Mesa will help shape the futur we all are a chain in unity. Thank you Jason for being the eyes to us all. Love Lucie

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    morgenmond said ...

    To grow my own food is one of the most important experiences i made in my life. I started five years ago with a very small garden. Now i have three of this gardens and gardening has become an every day’s joy and “burden”. I feel connected with the earth and the weather and i am grateful for tomatoes in different colours and shapes, berries, chillies, salads and all the other stuff i’m harvesting.
    Thanks for giving me so much inspiration – to do my own things and to never give up. LOVE

  • Funny how when you talk about your penis and dreaming you receive tons of comments. Yet when you are talking about one of the most important things there is…I’m lucky. Jason, I do not know you. I do not know what you look like. I do not know what you smell like. I do not know what you feel like. I have been told and it makes me jealous. I would give anything to know, for myself. I do know what I feel like. When I see you, sometimes I have to look away (even think away) but that’s ok. I will never give up. You are the toughest most brilliant soul ever created. Wrapped up in a body of perfection,(yes perfection! oh my) protection, hope and desire. Yes, I desire you! In the most natural loving way imaginable. I’m sad sometimes when I cant look at you. I am frustrated during others and even entertained at times. Then there are those times when I stare so deeply into your eyes my mind begins to look right through. I wish I knew what to do. I am here and I cant wait to see you, and smell your neck! EVERYTHING!
    it would be awesome
    it will be awesome
    Thanks for everything <3<3<3

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    Lucy D said ...
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    Luca said ...

    Feliz Aniversário! Muito sucesso. Adoro você e acompanho sempre seu sucesso!!! beijos

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    normason said ...

    Dear past and present Babies,

    Happy birthday, you beautiful things!


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    nevergraceful said ...

    What will you do for your birthday tomorrow being so busy with the new amazing album?

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    land0thecat said ...

    Mr. Mraz, thank you for bringing awareness to such an important issue and to such a great organization!