RE: 25 ways to be a good steward
Thanks Laura for sharing this with all of us. Many of us do most of the
stuff included on the list and ask out neighbors to join in.
My addition: Be registered to vote, vote in every election, know your local
elected politicians and work to elect the ones who realize that sustainable
agriculture, farmer's markets, community gardens are your "hot buttons."
Once your electeds and appointeds know your point of view cultivate their
staffers ( these are the way your issues get presented, get thrown in the
garbage) get them hooked on fresh produce - fresh air - community gardens.
Be part of the process: 2 of our gardeners are members of our local commuity
board ( myself included.) A pint of fresh tomatos from the local garden,
stunning raspberries from the farmer's market (our local NYC Couuncil on the
Environment Greenmarket) goes a long way to make friends at a zoning
meeting, dreary meeting on commercial signage.
One sentence: Be a part of the political ecology of your region: Vote in
every election, let your elected & appointed representatives ( and more
importantly their staffs) know that responsible stewardship of our resources
is a "hot button" issue.
Happy gardening and organizing,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Laura Berman [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Monday, October 02, 2000 9:26 AM
> To: ACGA listserve
> Subject: [cg] 25 ways to be a good steward
> Dear ACGA members,
> I think this list is worth sharing with as many people as you can. The
> original comes from Mary Hendrickson, of Missouri's Food Circles
> I hope no one is offended if I've changed the word "parish"in the
> to read "faith organization". I feel that this way more people will feel
> that it applies to them and their community.
> Can anyone come up with any other additions?
> Laura Berman
> 25 Ways to Be a Good Steward of all Creation
> Compiled by Mary Hendrickson
> 1. Spend $10/week on locally produced foods.
> 2. Be thankful for your food and reflect on the goodness of creation
> before eating any food.
> 3. Seek out foods processed locally.
> 4. Buy as much of your food as you can from a farmer whose face you can
> whose farm you can visit.
> 5. Become a member of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm [or
> program's like Toronto's Good Food Box ] and get wonderful local, seasonal
> produce from May through October.
> 6. Buy a CSA membership for a friendıs birthday or Christmas present.
> 7. Donate locally produced and processed meat, milk, eggs and fresh
> to local food pantries so all members of your community can havewholesome
> 8. Encourage your faith organization to subsidize CSA shares for families
> with limited resources.
> 9. Ask your supermarket manager to stock locally produced fruits and
> vegetables in season.
> 10. Lead your faith organization in organizing a garden to produce food
> fellowship meals and donate the surplus to a local food pantry.
> 11. Plant a garden and experience the wonder of growing life.
> 12. Take ³local² food to your faith organization's dinner and make sure
> everyone knows it's local!
> 13. Educate yourself about how our food system presently works so you know
> where your food comes from.
> 14. Tell all your family and friends why you eat food that is healthy for
> you, your community and creation.
> 15. Help create links between your childıs school lunch program and local
> 16. Buy only meat that you know has been produced humanely and
> 17. Ask your waitress for specials featuring locally, sustainably produced
> 18. Donate land at your faith organization to help those without space to
> grow their own food.
> 19. Help protect local water quality by using pesticide-free agriculture
> food products.
> 20. Give freely of your expertise in growing food to whoever needs it.
> 21. Learn how to freeze, can and store seasonal fruits and vegetables
> produced in your local area.
> 22. Teach others about preserving local food by organizing canning and
> preserving sessions at your faith organization or in your home.
> 23. Learn how to cook using whole or less-processed food to save on
> packaging, to be healthy and to become more self-reliant.
> 24. Educate yourself about the benefits of eating a diet that includes
> of fresh produce and whole grains.
> 25. Accept responsibility for making sure that all members of your
> have access to an adequate supply of wholesome food.
> Mary Hendrickson, Ph.D.
> Co-director, Food Circles Networking Project
> Extension Assistant Professor
> Department of Rural Sociology
> 105 Sociology
> University of Missouri
> Columbia, MO 65211
> Website: http://www.foodcircles.missouri.edu
> Tele: 573-882-7463
> Fax: 573-882-1473
> Laura Berman
> Community Garden Programme Coordinator
> FoodShare Toronto
> 238 Queen St. West
> Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z7
> Phone: (416) 392-1668
> Fax: (416) 392-6650
> email: firstname.lastname@example.org
> web: www.foodshare.net
> community_garden maillist - email@example.com
community_garden maillist - firstname.lastname@example.org