Alright, so I’ve been thinking…we’ve got quite a community here and we really ought to take advantage of that.
It’s a global community, and it’s a newfangled modern model of community, but for the intents and purposes of support, encouragement and inspiration, we might as well be an off-grid, pacifist artist commune on a shaman-blessed, oxen-plowed kale farm! Okay, maybe not quite, but this IS a sizable group of dynamic, passionate folks together in one place who are committed, or at least vaguely interested in positive change through intentional living, and that is pretty exciting.
When I asked, many of you expressed a desire for tangible ways to make a difference through manageable lifestyle shifts. Truth is, I, too, need motivation in this department from time to time (and a little group effort sure doesn’t hurt my enthusiasm). So, here’s what I’m thinking:
Once a month, I’ll offer a home work project — sometimes hands-on, sometimes kid-engaging, sometimes mind-expanding and always as simple or in-depth as you care to make it. We’ll then share our experiences in one form or another — not for the sake of competition, but collaboration.
This is a first for me (and I’m guessing, for you) so let’s call this month a trial run and see how it goes! Ready?
Home Work Assignment #1: Let’s grow something.
Go ahead, unload your excuses, I’ll wait. Let me guess: No green thumb? No extra time? No yard or too many babies?
Good, now set them aside, ’cause not one of those things matters a lick.
When I say grow something, I’m not at all suggesting that we cultivate this…
…but something as simple as this…
…using materials we already have on hand like this…
I’m suggesting that we start from wherever we are in our relationship with plants and dig a little deeper.
If you’re already an avid gardener, AWESOME. By all means, take this opportunity to start your spring seeds and inspire the rest of us. If you’re looking to grow something new (worms, perhaps?), what better time than now?
If you’ve never so much as sprouted a bean between wet paper towels, why not start there? This is not about Pinable perfection. This is about a collective step in the right direction. (Ooo, I like that.)
Here’s the plan. It’s super simple.
1. THIS WEEKEND, take ten minutes or two days, whatever suits your fancy, and start something. Look through materials you already have around the house, dig around online for manageable ideas, involve the kids and get growing. Here’s my plan…
2. Over the next month, take care of your seeds, cuttings, shoots or banana tree grafts. Put your project somewhere you’ll see it every day, engage your kids in a watering routine or bust out the grow lights you’ve had stashed in the closet since college. (Uh?) It need not look pretty. Pretty is not the point.
3. In a few weeks, send me a photo of your accomplishment, however humble (I’ll remind you). If you’d like, include a few words about what you learned or how your kids reacted or what you plan to plant next. Four weeks from today (March 8th), I’ll post our results. If I have too many photos for a reasonable post, I’ll compile them on a Flickr page.
Let’s get one thing straight before we begin this little undertaking: Failure is not an option because failure doesn’t actually exist. The point of this exercise is fourfold (at least):
- to get our hands in the dirt
- to overcome obstacles to growing food
- to plant seeds within our children
- to encourage one another
That’s it! What do you think? Doable? Motivating? Intimidating? Exciting? I’m excited! Feel free to invite your friends – the more the merrier.
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.” -May Sarton