Invitation from Prince Charles
Okay, I’ll explain… I am The Eco-Troubadour. For years I have been singing for kids and adults in the Midwest and across the US about composting, recycling, cycle of life, green stuff in general. You get the idea.
Just as I was getting ready to kick back a little and garden more, somehow HRH The Prince of Wales and his organic gardening enterprise, Highgrove Gardens, found me.
I have a personal letter from Prince Charles inviting me to speak on April 15 at his organic gardening celebration at The Royal Gardens at Highgrove in Gloucestershire UK, which is to raise money for The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, a grant-making charity which supports a wide range of projects and causes around the world. All profits from the event will be donated to the Foundation.
Do you know how much I want to go? Think of the people I’ll meet…. the chance to share stories from the heartland with an international audience, the chance to network about fertile soils and organic gardening… and how vital this all is to our future and our health?
When royalty invites you to help them raise funds for their causes we become donors, rather than compensated. We checked with our British friend and that is the way it’s done. So in order to go we will need to raise the money ourselves. Of course I want to take my wife Linda who is a partner in this business and equally excited about it. So we are asking through GoFundMe if you want to contribute something towards our airfare, lodging, travel around south-central Britain and other travel expenses.
We promise to keep you updated on this site about the progress and whatever amazing things come out of the adventure itself! Please help us say YES to HRH the Prince of Wales's invitation to share composting and organic gardening news from the Midwest at the Royal Gardens at Highgrove in Great Britain! Here is one of many links you may want to explore: HRH The Prince of Wales - Royal Gardens at Highgrove
Here is our own web site, compost-education.com And here’s a short video I made this fall, Rich Soil, Rich People.
Thank you so much for your donations of any size. Your donations will cover our airfares (for both of us), lodging in Great Britain, car rental from London and a few days extra to explore the area where both our ancestors came from in south central England. Because we need to book our flights, we need the donations asap. Any we raise over and above our goal will go to further the outreach of this work. We are SO grateful for any and all your contributions!
Stan Slaughter, Eco-Troubadour, and Linda Chubbuck
Royal Compost Adventure: Stan & Linda's Report and Celebration - at Unity Village Chapel Community Center, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065.
Open to the public:
1) Optional Potluck from 6:15 to 7:30 with live music by Victor Dougherty!
2) Earth & Spirit report about our England Adventure at Prince Charles' invitation to speak 7:30 - 8:45 pm
3) Dance or listen to live DJ Greg Hamel 8:45 - 9:30 pm
Free Admission with DONATION Jars for Unity Village Chapel and for the Acoustic Alcove event venue. RSVP APPRECIATED!
Please respond via FB if at all possible. That will help us keep count in one location.
Hope to see many of you there! Thank you for your contributions, your support and your interest! This will be an awesome evening!
This is my “recap thank you” from the trip. We have 1200 photos and videos, lots of items to help us remember the trip itself, but we have to get things straight that without your generosity we couldn’t have gone.
Because of your gift:
A. I was moved to write a speech that gave me lots of time to think about what I’m up to here - my purpose in life - and to create an hour-long nugget that fits our time and situation in the world.
B. I was challenged to realize that You and many other people deeply appreciated me and my life’s work.This is a big chance to swallow hard and soak this in. It’s not something that comes along every day but it feels really wonderful.
C. I was forced to realize that by the Prince’s invitation (and your support) I belong on a world stage - that people want my message and that I’m called to “get it out there.”
D. I was given several chances to “Grow Up” personally. After damaging a second tire while driving on rural roads/left side in the Cotswolds - and getting really upset - I had to “put that away quickly” and focus on the presentation when the temptation was to go into an emotional pit. I did not. I focused.
E. Because of the trip, there are a multitude of opportunities and ideas that I see in a new light. The view from that mountaintop was so grand that it will be a major force for change my life from now on.
I think you’re getting it that you “did a good thing,” not just for us but for the planet. Rest assured that I’ll be running with this ball for a long time.
All the best to your endeavors and THANK YOU once again.
Red Hawk Messenger
PS The photo is a little treasure I brought home from Highgrove's Garden Shop.
We had various adventures (driving in fast busy traffic on narrow rural highways with sharp curbs.. on the left side of the road!), but mostly had a great lead-up to the Highgrove event. We arrived at the Hare and Hounds hotel (about 1 mile from Highgrove) in the Tetbury area 1 day ahead of Stan's talk. We located the unmarked entrance to the estate/gardens, and went through security to get our passes - learning there that no cameras, recorders, or phone cameras were allowed on grounds or out of the car. We were bummed for an hour or more!
But I have some photos of relevant things anyway, not to worry....
The room where Stan was to speak was a black tent with tiny lights at the top - and filled to overflowing with wooden boxes of live planted flowers. No kidding! Have you ever seen a Jacquie Lawson eCard? It looked like the rooms in her cards... brimming with flowers below, all around and on the stage. Stan had a podium with a screen behind, and small area to move around in surrounded by flowers and spring plants. Lush!
He was treated very well, and overcame any nervousness in his prep time. I was sitting in the audience, and about 35 or so people gathered by start time. He got them laughing at times, covered a lot of ground, wound up in an hour, and fielded a lot of questions in just 15 minutes. A number of listeners came up and talked to him (and to me) telling us that it was "very" interesting, and wanting to know "do you have a book?!"
Which of course is the next question.
Posted below are photos of the program - notice Stan's photo in the upper right corner?; our tickets to the dinner itself; and a quick selfie taken in our hotel of our black-tie-dinner wear.
I'll have Stan post something soon from his perspective....
It was all we imagined and more. The people we had a chance to talk with were amazing and vibrant, knowledgeable and caring people.
Thank you for your support in sending us there!!