Peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and cabbage, the indoor starts for our garden, which will ultimately replace much of the back yard, along with carrots, beans, squash, and more, hopefully bounty for several families to enjoy through next spring!
There's a lot of work to do over the next couple months, so everything else is pretty much on hold for now. I'm finding a new normal.
Local goods decrease our dependence on national resource laundering, and they don't have to be expensive. Many local goods people are free to make for themselves. For example, I have the resources for a garden and, now that I'm waking up, I'll damn sure make it a good one.
Now, to see if I have a neighbor who ran out of people to make furniture for and is dying to give some of it away! (These people exist, and you don't find them on the internet. You find them though good, old-fashioned human interaction. This will be a story of its own, but down the road a bit.)
Go ahead and try it, yourself. Grow something, make something, tell a story, paint a picture, write a song, offer a service, whatever it is, don't just do it. Do as much of it as makes you happy. If you like, more than enough to share. Let it be the thing you don't do for money.
And spread the word, by letting me know when you see me in line at the store, "By the way, I make socks for people now, it's kind of a thing." Let me tell you, if I were to receive a gift of socks from a friend, and they were made here locally, my mind would already be blown. Remember word of mouth? Local connections happen outside of social media, so talk to anyone in your local area who is not distracted by a smart phone and is willing to talk, and share your ideas.
How many people are in your city? Imagine if thousands of families became givers of something they each can easily make. How much would this impact your community? What would you make?
And when do we start, now?
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