Back on Point - Who's Stepping Up To The Plate?
- Subject: [cg] Back on Point - Who's Stepping Up To The Plate?
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 18:56:48 EST
Getting back to the brilliant, though flawed (aren't we all?) Thomas
Jefferson, who favored an early American republic of farmers.
Many people in this society believe that their political class is something
separate from themselves. I believe that in this democracy, it is possible
for every voting community gardener to be able to accrue some small political
power for themselves and their community if they are willing to figuratively
hold their noses while stirring the manure into the compost.
There is a piece in the ACGA's 2003 Community Greening Review called, "The
Citizen Gardener: Politics 101 for Folks Who Would Rather Be Turning
Compost," on how nice green-thinking people have empowered themselves in my
Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, and maybe could do the same in yours. If you
send in your ACGA membership ($25 bucks and you get other goodies) <A
HREF="http://www.communitygarden.org/">American Community Gardening
Association</A> soon, you can get this article along with some remarkable
pieces on Green Infrastucture and Research in a really nifty magazine.
Not to undercut the sales of the Greening Review, but I have a version of the
article in lecture form which I'll be delighted to send to anybody who
e-mails me directly ( Adam36055@aol.)
Guaranteed, anyone who reads the article and implements the step-by-step
instructions in it, will be able to "collect markers" and, with practice,
will be able to learn how to use "smoke and mirrors" to the advantage of
their community, the confusion of their enemies, and the surprise and
delight of their friends.
But first, you have to be willing to step up to the plate.
Adam Honigman, Volunteer <A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/">
Clinton Community Garden</A> and traditional grass roots politician.
Community Gardening is 50% gardening and 100% grassroots political action.
<< Subj: Re: [cg] RE: Who's Stepping Up To The Plate?
Date: 3/31/03 6:16:15 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: jverin@Pennhort.org (John Verin)
CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Paco contributed: As it is, many/most Americans don't have values grounded
gardening...(snip)...During a Republican convention, I believe for G. Bush
Sr, they had an African American senator boast how he "... a black man,
got off the farm he grew up on to make it in this world, and isn't America
great?" (It was a vulgar racial prop if you asked me). So the farm and
being a farmer is something to reject and get away from...
Patrick counters: Not just politicians, not just right-wingers & not just
either. After all, didnt Marx promise to release peasant workers from "the
idiocy of rural life"? All of our contemporary world ideologies are
"anti-nurturer" with nurturers defined as caregivers- either childcare;
healthcare or earthcare (farmers being the latter). Thats Wendell Barry's
theory, btw, not mine.
As we speak, ex farmers in Russia & China are deserting the former
Kolkhozi & peoples communes in droves for 60% unemployment in the city
because they think they that life prospects are better there. Ditto for
campesinos in Mexico, felahin in Egypt & multitudes of small farmers in
My own home farm (a kibbutz outside of Jerusalem) is actually rented out &
my former partners are all working at off-farm puruits.
When I read my own spiritual sources like the Torah & Talmud, I see
passages like: "If you are planting a tree when the messiah comes, finish
planting the tree & then go greet the messiah". There is similar wisdom in
the holy Koran & in the works of Homer also. We have gotten far, far away
from our wisdom....
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