Counting Blessings is Central to Home-Scale Resilience


Pebble Garden Pathway Through Forest

Once dense brush; this woodland garden is taking shape.
Photo by Jo deVries

Whether things are going OK or not often depends more on our perspective than the actual facts. Inner peace amidst a storm is evidence that the core of hope is, in fact, bigger than the storm that completely engulfs it — the size of the storm is no longer relevant. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, we have been forced to re-examine our priorities, analyze our surroundings through new eyes, and recognize the many non-essentials in our lives. There are always positive outcomes from a negative situation; after a storm, there is a rainbow.

Many of those living in the country feel blessed with stay-at-home orders, but the workload of living off the land has not lessened. Barns and fences still need to be built but the price of materials has skyrocketed, and common items are now harder to find. There’s a shortage of competent labourers, and people trained in the trades. In addition to the changes in our lives due to the pandemic, the usual challenges that come with gardening and farming continue.

Adapting to Water Stress

In my area of Ontario, Canada, we have now endured three years of drought. And although it hasn’t been to a devastating extent, everything needing water has been affected. The farmers and market gardeners without irrigation systems sleep less soundly; each day their work is tougher while the harvest and profits dwindle. It’s hard not to be discouraged.

We must keep in mind that there are many people in the world who deal with water shortages on a daily basis. Millions are facing serious water concerns in the near future as populations, pollution, and global temperatures increase. We are dependent on water. It would be prudent to spend our time and money on wells, water collection, irrigation, recycling and filtration systems.

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