The home(stead)work for today is just to sit back and take a moment to breathe and remember that these things don't happen overnight, not to stress and put deadlines on things. In fact, I find that my hopes for homesteading this year are happening particularly quickly! Specifically, the community garden seems like it is coming together and we will actually see it through to fruition (vegetation?!). I'm so excited to be a part of a project that will result in such a beautiful change to the neighbourhood and larger municipal community as a whole.
The city councillor that I mentioned in previous posts, Cory Thomas, who is helping me push this in council, is extremely committed to convincing council to put this through. He brought it up at the last meeting (the one that I attended) in order to underline it to the media that was present and promote a possible story in our local paper. Well, he was successful, and one was published the other night:
City resident hopes to see a community organic garden grow
Granted, the typographical and grammatical errors were a bit of a disappointment, but I hear that they are lacking a managing editor at the paper and the reporter I spoke to probably was in a rush to get the story in. Some of the quotes aren't exactly right... but, I am thrilled that they took this story on and are bringing it to the attention of our city. It seems like a concrete step ahead in the right direction and, in the coming week, I am going to start working harder to build on the plans for a community garden in order to show council that I am serious about coordinating this effort. Hopefully, I can find a number of like-minded residents who would like to be on a planning committee for it.
This post concludes the first seven days of homestead planning that are introduced in Jill Winger's "Your Custom Homestead: Awakening a Fresh Vision of Homesteading". (You can find her blog here.) There are 14 more days of home(stead)work left to have a look at, but I think I'll take a break from that for next week and return to regular posts about the community garden, recipes, my children, etc. I'll return to this process in a couple of weeks. I hope you're enjoying following on this journey with me! And any time you have some information that would help, I'd definitely appreciate it.
This post is linked to the Living Well Blog Hop #31 on Common Sense Homesteading