week 10 state of the state


If you know me in real life you know I’ve been basically breathless.

I’ve started using ‘shenanigans’ as a serious word to describe the nonsense (again, it’s hard/tiring to verbalize more specifically) process that’s going on here locally right now.

ugh agaiinnnnn

It’s bringing up so much from 8 years ago when I first moved to Detroit.

The spaces & conversations seem so similar.

Is this a time of returns? I think it must be.

We’ve been ‘content’ creating’ so vigorously in the last decade.

That 8 years coincided with the rise of smart phones. I got my first one about 6 months after I first moved here.

Open Farm FAQs

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Open Farm FAQs

Updated Feb 2019

What is Open Farm?

Where is Open Farm?

When is Open Farm? Does it go all year?

Can I buy flowers at Open Farm?

Can I pick my own flowers?

Can I take & post photos?

Can I throw my trash out here?

Can I order ahead flowers for pick-up?

Can I take a tour of the farm?

Can I use the bathroom?

Is there food & drink?

Where else should I go locally, on a Thursday evening?

How can I pay?

Are there animals there?

Can I bring kids?

Can I bring dogs?

I’m getting married, can I have a quick consult during Open Farm?

I’m getting married, can I come pick out the flowers I want for my wedding?

What is the mobility accessibility like?

Hablas espanol?

T’t’kelem ‘arabiyya?

How do I get there, by car?

How do I get there, by bus?

How do I get there, by foot?

Who can I call with questions?

I want to start my own garden.

I want to learn how to farm.

I want to get connected with farming & gardening resources locally.

I want to get connected internationally.

I want to learn about the UN Year of Moderation.

How does farming relate to the UN?

What is the real state of climate change?

What do farmers expect to happen in the changing climate?

How can we stop property speculation in our community?

How can we transfer equity to historically oppressed peoples?

How can I identify and work to dismantle my internalized systems of oppression, as perpetrator?

Why am I being asked to understand white supremacy, when I don’t think I’m racist?

Is this OK as a coop meeting agenda... might be a bit too heavy I think ;)

(5 min) Welcoming & grounding

  1. “...I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider.” - letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963.

  2. From wiki: Tu BiShvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט‬) is a Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat (in the current year, Tu BiShvat begins at sunset on January 20 and ends in the evening of January 21). It is also called "Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot" (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות‬), literally "New Year of the Trees." In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.

    1. And I’ve learned of trees planted by Israelis as weapons - trees that ruin farmland belonging to Palestinians who’ve been caring for the groves for long long long cycles of their human pasts & presents.

    2. God forbid we allow this interpretation to drive us forward on this path. I don’t know how the holiday came to be, but if it’s here to stay in my community, as it seems to be, thank goodness we can oppose this approach towards destruction, and build our path towards mutuality, respect, and equal rights.

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