Garden's for a Future


Canoing and Cleaning the Brazos
April 3, 2011, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Life Outside

It was a wonderful Saturday morning floating down the calm shallow waters on the Brazos. The locals told us about the lack of rain, and at certain parts the canoes got stuck in shallow areas forcing us to push ahead in our cleaning endeavors.

The cleanup took me by surprise. The first sand barĀ  was less than a hundred feet from the starting point and it filled up several trash bags. On a little five mile stretch, the first few crews that finished their journey dropped off over a hundred tires and a trailer full of trash with plenty more to pick up. All the canoes were fully loaded and had to pass up the opportunity to pick up more trash so that their boats would not tip over.

Although the sight of the trash was disheartening, the cleanup efforts give hope and shed light on how we can come together to save our rivers. Local canoe businesses gave out free rentals, another business opened up their RV park for volunteers to park at, a scrumptious BBQ joint fed everybody with piping hot brisket, hot dogs, iced tea, and cold beer. The locals understood the precious value of the river.

In the end, it comes down to one simple understanding; water feeds life.

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Gambling Workshops: My Time for Our Well Being
December 24, 2010, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Life Outside

With every workshop I hold, I plan on having it where people have to give something of equal value.

Here’s how I plan on having it work.

The first workshop for new comers is free while they learn all the inner workings of this unnamed grassroots organization.

I will hold workshops at the farmers markets where we will learn and potentially build a self sustainable future together. With every workshop people will put in a dollar for each workshop, but they can get it back. In exchange for teaching and devoting my time, energy and resources, people will have to show that they are moving towards self sufficiency. In other words, I help them to help themselves, and they get their dollar back. That’s all I want.

If they don’t volunteer or show that they are moving towards self sufficency after a certain time frame, I keep their dollar. With each workshop that they don’t prove themselves the ante goes up. If they can’t prove themselves or pay up, they end up ousted for a certain amount of time or until they can prove themselves again.

This way, over time people, who don’t want to change or help themselves or others, weed themselves out. It also may be a way to finance the projects we I’ll be working on and we get to create a more self sustainable future by making people be active in order to learn.



Living Life with Zero Expectations
December 16, 2010, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Life Outside

My good friend posted this recently:

“Wenn ich wusste, dass die Welt morgen untergeht, wurde ich dennoch heute einen Apfelbaum pflanzen.” (Translation: “Even if I should learn that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant this apple tree today.”)

– Martin Luther

With each new project or attempt to create a change in the world, you never know if it will truly create any change at all. This has been a tough one for me, but the realization now is to have no expectations. You do it because it is the right thing to do.

Some days at the Farmer’s Market, there are only a few people that walk by my little booth. At first, it was heart wrenching to see that nobody was coming to our local market. Over time, it began to dawn on me that even if I only talk to one person it was worth it.

With a little bit of time, passion, action, and resilience, things are bound to move.

One thing that took me time to discover is that the pattern for change requires action. Theorizing and talking gets you with a hypothesis. To discover if it is viable requires unrelenting testing leaving you with the taste of zero satisfaction. There’s always another way to do it better.

If left to just thinking and talking, you are left in the sand with no movement at all, a static journey.

In the end, it draws down to the idea that at least we tried. With all the things you may have done in a lifetime, your legacy will be left for future generations to pick up where you left off, building upon it or picking up after it.



Life Outside: Bike Power + Music
December 14, 2010, 9:35 pm
Filed under: Life Outside

I have an idea for next Spring at the market and like all ideas I need to share it.

I’ve always talked about creating social change in the community and producing an alternative way of life here.

How do I plan on doing that now?

Easy.

Now that the resources have become available to do this, we muster the community at the Farmer’s Market to create an event in the Spring as the weather begins to become more tolerable for Texans.

I’m thinking of a bicycle powered concert. The initial phase will begin with educating ourselves about electricity and how to construct a bicycle powered generator. Once we gain enough info we move onto gathering resources and materials for the generator, the stage, local musicians, community involvement, and begin to construct what will be Life Outside.

The communal effort to create this should encourage people to work together, support each other, and the planet. It encompasses social interaction, education, sustainability, exercise, art, and more.

To put it simply, it is LIFE.

but this is just one idea out of many.