Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cultivating connections

I havnt blogged much recently due to activism the garden and this place I go occasionally called university, oh and work has been busy lately with new projects coming up.

This is more just to point out this essay here which I think is awesome, entitled cultivating connections is explores the links that community food production creates and the importance of these links to sustainable cultures and a sustainable world.

From senior citizens in municipal community gardens, to soil-less gardening on rooftops and guerilla sunflowers in sidewalk cracks, urban agriculture is becoming increasingly recognized as a significant force of food production and activism throughout the world. The set of practices known as “urban agriculture” constitutes a social movement that is actively reclaiming control over food production and consumption by creating connections between people and the environment, people and people, and people within themselves. These practices are also part of a broader contentious politics that is reclaiming connections with the people and places that sustain us. While an understanding of urban agriculture as a social movement is useful, it is incomplete without also transcending that category to see the connections urban agriculturalists make with other social and political movements striving for similar connections that go far beyond food.

This is really the case with all the activism I am involved with, first of all connecting people to the issue, showing them how it is relevant to them and most importantly building up that connection that makes them care. Once they empathise with one issue then you explore how that issue is related to all others and the connections between different forms of exploitation and oppression. Then recconection with the land, food production, animals and each other.

This culture on the other hand spends all its time trying to tear us away from the real world and connections to each other. We are made to spend our days in windowless rooms always the same brightness and temperature, our interactions with each other are mediated by technoloogy and fucked up social customs. We are systematically trained to ignore everyone else and to only focus on ourselves.

Creating and cultivating connection is some of the the most important work we can do.

1 comment:

George Darroch said...

Great essay, thanks!