I just spent every inch of my energy for two months helping put on a wedding for 100 people at our house. It happened and turned out great and now back to Permaculture and the Art of Living.
My partner and I are now back on track to get our mushroom business started. I’m working on a narrative about why this business is such a good investment. In my research, I came across this reprinted article on Carolyn Baker’s blog: http://carolynbaker.net/2011/04/20/20-reasons-you-need-to-prepare-and-store-food I am also by the way reading her new book, “Navigating the Coming Chaos,” which is extremely helpful. Here’s a fun video of her telling a story with her drum.
The statistics on food are abysmal. Costs, radiation contamination, pesticides and GMO contamination, as well as the huge cost of transportation with the cost of Petroleum soaring and food products being used to produce ethanol. Secondly lack of water and soil make growing food a deeper challenge. Permaculture addresses many of those issues, but an even deeper need is spiritual and communal. We are in dire need of a place of communion for sharing our grief and our passion to make it better. Community is also one of the only possible venues for survival as things disintegrate, unless you are one of the very top per cent whose wealth may help you survive the coming transition to a post-industrial society.
I’m not talking about on-line communities although I am part of quite a few. The community of which I speak is the old kind I grew up with, but in a newly created contemporary way. We are attempting that creation here in the San Fernando Valley through a world wide movement known as Transition. There are many obstacles now when things are only beginning to fall apart, but I believe that developing extended family and friends as well as extended neighborhood communities will be extremely valuable in the near future. How? Any way that works for you. Have neighbors over. Make amends with your family and friends and begin to share resources in some way. Growing food that can be shared is a good way to start. How about lending a hand to the guy that comes by to pick the cans and bottles out of your recycle. Recently I began a conversation with a local landscaper about how to get certified in Permaculture and why. Potlucks are great gatherings if there is something to initiate and guide the time. Any kind of alternative currency or time exchange barter group or co-op.
I’d love to hear some new ideas. It’s helping me to not feel so much grief at some in our country who are rejoicing over the death of another human being. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with grief, but if I turn that energy into doing something for the community of life, I feel better. Peace out and in.