Also, Lon was bemoaning the fact that he's not getting tons of help from
all over especially because he's "developing new plants to further sustag."
Well I can't say I have much help to offer but this is the first I've
heard of his work. Gramma always says if you want help, you've got to ask
for it...I visited his web site and now I am CERTAIN I have nothing to
offer other than saying it looks neat and I am glad he is working on it.
And that I wish I could find room for grapes in my yard (oops, off topic)!
And on the subject of actually DOING stuff, I can't speak for the other
philosophers out there but when I am not sitting on a mountaintop gazing at
my navel pondering the nature of humanity, I am running an information and
referral service for people with questions (technical, legal, financial and
others) about farming; editing and writing a newsletter on agriculture,
working on a large regional agriculture festival to connect farmers to
consumers, planning and implementing a farm stand map to be distributed to
over 40,000 residents in our area, and more.
One of the ways people put down those of us who ask the big questions is to
make us seem like we're out of touch with "real" issues. It is not only
anti-intellectual and anti-thought, but plain wrong. I have more respect
for someone who manages to ponder the big and little questions than someone
holed away in a cubby somewhere focussing only on what is their immediate
area of concern. Everyone of us needs to see what we do in the context of
the big picture. We all have to live and work in this world and we better
learn to deal with complex and interrelated issues or things'll keep going
to hell in a handbasket.
PS Anyone have any idea why the west coast garlic I planted in MA last
fall is now 3-4 inches above the 6 inches of mulch in my garden? Is this
some kind of super garlic (Georgia Fire; Kilarney Red) I'm dealing with?
It seems mighty early but I'm not complaining.
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
893 West Street
Amherst MA 01002-5001
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