On this 50th anniversary of The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream speech, I was blessed to hear of another speech where he declared his resistance to the Vietnam War (Riverside Church, NYC April 4, 1967). In no way do I intend to diminish the struggles to which this speech refers, but I find the following quote to be totally relevant and useful in considering our lives today.
Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict, we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.
In this past year, Garrett and I have increasingly pondered the role of our farm in creating a better society. When asked for our goals, we often state “creating an aggrading environment” to the end that each year, the ecosystems on our farm increase in resilience and functional interconnection. More than anything, this is how we select what to grow and how to grow it. Through the lens of our youth and impatience, planting perennials achieves change at an agonizingly slow pace. In this year of 2013, we are realizing a bountiful harvest from trees planted in 2010, so we recognize that in relative time this is but a speck.
However, in these times of constant conflict- you choose which- our lust for positive change is insatiable. We spend much of our time alone and much of it doing repetitive, seemingly menial tasks (think moving 1 ton of feed per week in 50 lb increments). Within those solitary moments, we find sustenance in our connection to you all, who are forming the core of our business and personal lives. We strive to realize our grand dreams of uber-productive farming systems that sustain the land, feed the people and provide right livelihood. We seek to place this act within the context of peaceful resistance to that conformist thought. When thinking of how to actually sell our food, we think of folks who already question the status quo for food production in this country. Thanks to your conscious choices and myriad support, we can sustain this business so that it might ripple out until it erodes the dam of apathy against which we strive.
So please celebrate with us on this grand day! Revel, literally or vicariously, in the first harvest off our fruit trees and share our hopes that what we offer is what is needed. We are joined in our commitment to working together to move on.