It is good to give thanks, at all times and in many ways.
My long and fitful journey in understanding what it means—economically,
practically and spiritually—to be a “renewer”
rather than a “consumer” became much clearer when I
realized that gratitude was a key personal choice. It grows from
another learning: that choosing to be crazy happy with “enough”
is the primary step in living more lightly within creation so that
the “the commons” is more justly shared by everyone.
This is especially true for those of us whose basic needs are usually
Resiliency is an
under-appreciated benefit of farming systems that start with healthy
soil. This is an attribute that can’t be measured in a year,
and might not be detected even in a decade if the analysis focuses
on simple outputs. Yet resiliency will come to be much more highly
valued as growing conditions become more variable with global climate
change, even as fossil-fueled inputs that have propped up non-organic
production become more expensive and less reliable.
You can see the quest for resiliency running through this update
in the: young adults who
have persevered to establish Misty Brook Farm… research
efforts to quantify soil carbon sequestration to
incentivize better soil-building practices…
creative resistance to a mandatory livestock identification
system and to a Pennsylvania effort to prevent dairy farmers not
using synthetic hormones from saying so on their milk labels…
of a western Kansas organic grain mill… and agronomic
agility in responding to droughty fall weather through
alternate organic cropping plans.
is the time to donate. In gratitude, we give thanks to the eight
of you kicked-off our “Celebrate the Harvest” fall fund
drive in October. Seeking resiliency, we really invite the rest
of you to invest in NewFarm.org by Friday, December 7. We’re
below $7,000 on our way to the goal of $20,000 for 2007. That’s
three weeks to raise $13,000.
We need your material support to keep writers writing, photographers
photographing and editors scrambling to connect your needs with
the research, powerful stories and great ideas driving the local,
organic food systems we all know and love. So, give