Short rant: Our short-sighted perspective on WHAT MUST be done NOW is causing MORE trouble now, and more to come. Imho. I heard truckers are being made an essential service?!
Let’s Start with Food
Canadian Farmers – how’re they doing?
Fewer operators and fewer farms; it’s been a trend.
Farms are getting bigger –
but the number of people on farms in 2011 was still only 2%.
Fewer farm/ers = less food. The rest of the world can’t help us;
everyone is impacted by the pandemic.
Solution: We need to adapt. Growing our own food would help –
it’s the healthiest way too.
Growing our own food TOGETHER can be how we heal our world ~
Starting with the people who sow the seeds… Give people a safe place,
free to sow and tend crops; be as involved and active as desired; with health
and other services built into the plan; and the help of others,
we can help us all.
And trucking will not be an essential service.
We COULD make this happen…
An Alternative Occupation Movement
Redeployment of Power of People (POP)
Our Heart Gardens (OH-Gs)
- Created /initiated by Government through public participation, private donations (repurposing hotels, community centres, malls, out-of-business restaurants and stores – and the streets between them, warehouses, neighbourhoods)
- Right action by government by divesting themselves of responsibilities they don’t need and can’t support, and enabling the uptake of responsibility by the people who benefit.
- Creates an abundance of food within communities; reduces shipping costs & GHGs
- Food is distributed at no cost – the gardeners take it home.
- Continued participation by governing bodies by providing health care, service outreach and guidance in self-governance and good planning to heal, maintain and grow.
- POP (Power of People) repurposes gym equipment to generate energy. Free workouts generate energy for the OH-G (… & community). Cleaning and maintaining the equipment is another task that can be done by volunteers /OH-G members.
- People become personally vested when engaged in developing community self-sustainability. Service offered and given is more abundant than that which is paid for, and healthier too.
- Development of personal food sovereignty positively influences mental health and interpersonal relationships
- Engagement of unemployed, unskilled and differently abled people (not sick, unless it’s a hospital or healers’ OH-G)
- Tasks are not age related /restricted; Elders have first choice, cooks, kids, teachers, parents, patrons… and all have a say.
- We share skills, knowledge, resources, schooling, child-care, elder-care, people-care, celebration and gardens…
- Purpose-focused locations (potters, weavers, hemp growers, recyclers, specialty foods, POP, laundry, library, museum, etc.)
- Gardening can be done alone & with or without head & hand coverings, indoors and out.
- Create large loose gathering /working places where people can see each other and play companionably while maintaining physical distance (if necessary)
- Shared access to internet and computer operators
- Shared edutainment and
- online connection with OH-Gs around the world, and next door
- Everyone has a personal tablet or phone
- On-line Sharing Circles for schedules /planning /governing /healing /connection /learning
- Shared videos /shows that highlight the uniqueness of each location – people get to know people in other OH-Gs and their products, and see what’s happening in the rest of the world
- Access to shared space can be controlled when people are greeted appropriately. A strong boundary allows freedom and safety within.
Come visit the OH-G site. Tap through to my blog when you’re done.
I’d love to hear from you!