“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
― Buckminister Fuller
“The greatest change we need to make is fr...om consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” -Bill Mollison
Our greatest teacher continues to be nature, and those who have spent their lives dedicated to the intonation we can achieve alongside such wilderness. To contemplate the polarity of water, and see within it a reflection of community, of oneself, of the entire universe. The Hermetics had a saying for this reflective ability: "As above, so below."
And so it continues. As we plant seed, watch a plant grow and fulfil it's life-cycle we are reminded of the many patterns it broadcasts along the way. There is the initial climax as the radical breaks the seed in search of nutrients, a delicate growth phase as it gathers these nutrients and breaks the surface, a branching pattern occurs as it forms it's first true leaves, and these patterns cycle themselves to produce a secondary climax, that of inflorescence when the flower buds, producing all the genetic material required to replicate it's lifeform, and thus regeneration occurs.
There are many organizations making huge strides in regenerating Lake County; in transitioning the town and sprouting resources for all to appreciate. My own start-up, Rare Earth Beauties, our primary goal is to generate gardening knowledge and healthy food choices for Lake County families. So the resources are out there, and the people are willing, our roots have grown through organizations like Thrive Lake County and TLC (Transition Lake County), and now we have grown to our inflorescence. A growing community, a new Lake County.
-by Hope Oswell of Rare Earth Beauties www.rareearthbeauties.com