Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.
“If someone asked me what I stand for…”
One of our interns turned to me in the midst of planting garlic.
“Well, I stand for me. For us. For our way of living.” He chuckled making his point, gesturing at the young apples, pears and elderberries, the cover crop sprouting out of this summer’s potato beds, the pigs at the edge of the stone wall, the deep soil into which we were plunging cloves of garlic.
“How could someone argue against this?!”
We returned to our own thoughts, mired in the 95th out of the 150 total pounds of garlic we were planting. It was a simple, methodical task of sinking a short stick into the ground, submerging a garlic clove into the newly made nest, and blanketing it with more soil. As other crops near the end of their season, garlic is just beginning.
So while consumed in this act of starting something new as the lushness of summer dies back, we were also engaged in conversation of something new.
Okay, Wall Street itself is old. The Occupation of Wall Street, however? NEW. Fresh. The beginning of a new momentum, a new season, a new solidarity. A new opportunity to say: wait, stop, no. Reality is clear — we are tied within an economic system that allows the top 1 percent to become richer and richer, with more power, protection and privacy than other individuals. What about our 99 percent? Why should we tolerate greed and corruption? What about you? What about me? What about my sister? What about your brother? What about the children? In a system so broken with fraud and so fraught with inequalities, from where is hope to spring?
From the people. From saying enough is enough.
And it’s spreading. What started on September 17 in NYC has spread to Boston, San Francisco, D.C., Philadelphia, Burlington, Baltimore, Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago and 1,528 other cities across the nation. Stand with your neighbors: There is a place for your voice. Get inspired: www.occupytogether.org.
A D Acres resident, having spent some time at the Wall Street Occupation in early October, dons the following message on the back of her sweatshirt: Sow Seeds, Not Greed.
Surely each of us will have our own reason, our own perspective, our own purpose for wanting reform. Perhaps our reasoning is not yours. Probably, ours can align with yours.
Here at D Acres we stand for an alternate economy. An economy of community, of local goods, of handshakes and of shared meals. Our work continues to build networks of local farmers, community groups and area residents, while simultaneously modeling and educating on viable subsistence farming practices. We employ a barter system when possible, and offer meals and education to the community for a nominal sliding-scale donation. Money is never required. We believe that the needs of our community must be — and can be — met within our community by our community members. The localization of our regional economy is the basis for economic justice and community empowerment. We’re doing it here at D Acres. Please join us.
Photo courtesy of Bethann Weick