Blessing The Hands that Feed Us is…
o A funny, informative, inspiring story about my effort to eat within 10 miles of my home in September 2010
o A brief education on relocalization, transition, and the global crises
o An introduction to “relational eating” – eating in the context of community (which is the way it is, we just forgot)
o A personal story of hope lost and found in my life as an activist
o A call to participate in re-regionalization of our food systems
o A spiritual story of redemption through community, of finding a true home
o Profiles of farmers and a community becoming stronger through food and feeding one another
o A topography of Whidbey’s local food territory that others can use in their lives and communities
Just in – this video of myself, Stephanie Mills and Caroline Woolard on Communities of Trust at the New Economics Conference at Bard in June 2012. A wonderful discussion of the edge between living in a money economy and living in a community of reciprocity and mutuality – the how it works, joys, challenges, wisdom and innovations.
This is a must see, and not just because I’m in it. It’s the clearest, most even handed description of the money system and also how people are digging for new solutions. Very worth the time to watch. http://moneyandlifemovie.com/watch-now
A friend recently told me that her building in lower Manhattan flooded when Hurricane Sandy hit. We tsk-tsked about Climate Change, but when I asked her if she’d move, she shrugged. Apparently not.
So many of us shrug. We worry. We write letters. We march. But our daily lives pretty much remain the same. This reminded me of a story we quoted in Your Money or Your Life about a man, a doctor and a pain in the butt. Here’s an excerpt – and do ask, “What tacks am I sitting on?”:
“Suppose that I, a family doctor, make a house call to see a patient with a pain in the gluteus maximus — the buttock. In the course of my physical examination I find that the patient is sitting on a tack. (more…)
Just in time for the Holiday consumer gorge – a video antidote. Man tells the story of, well, man – but through the somewhat jaded but nevertheless keen and penetrative gaze of London based animator and illustrator Steve Cutts. We get to see half a million years of human history in just a few minutes.
December 8, 2012: If you live on Vashon Island, Amy Morrison and I are hoping to gather foodies and farmers and food activists that evening for a conversation about strengthening regional food systems. Contact her if you want an invite.
December 11, 2012: If you live anywhere you can join the Transition US free webinar – Hyper-Locavoring – when I will share my discoveries from my 10-mile diet which led me to the idea of “relational eating” (eating closer to home) and a passion for “complementary food systems” – revitalizing regional agriculture so we might have far more of our daily fare locally grown. Through it all, I restored my hope and deepened my sense of belonging. It’s going to be rich. Please join me.
December 14, 2012: If you live in Puget Sound join me for an inspiring event at the Whidbey Geodome housed in the Earth Portal Exhibit Hall at the Seattle Center.
Reception 6:30 pm, Talk – 7:30 pm. Tickets: $15. The Whidbey GeoDome show Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It is included. Space is limited. RSVP to reserve tickets: email@example.com.
What would it take for us to shift from anywhere eating to local eating? Resilient communities and resourceful people are transforming the way food is sourced, cooked and eaten so we can assure safe, fresh, fair, plentiful and nourishing food for all – however the political, energy and climate winds blow. This shift from industrial to relational eating, though, will rattle many structures: our preferences and habits, our disconnection from community, our social agreements about money and property and more. In her forthcoming book, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us Vicki shares her adventures in hyper local eating and explores how “local food” can scale up to make a difference in the big question of “How do we feed 9 billion people”?
January 29, 2013: I’ll speak at the monthly Transition Fidalgo Seventh Generation Feast in Anacortes, Washington. Contact them for more details.
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Blessings to you as we swing into the dark months of the year here in the far north. May this season of intimacy, family, reflection and gifting from the heart really nourish you body and soul,
Rob vanEeden and Hanneke vanVeen translated and adapted Your Money or Your Life into Dutch and then German after years of their own fame as “tightwads” in the Netherlands. Here’s their lovely message about their journey with the book, program and way of life.