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Taking Action to increase someone’s food security near me.

Today, for me, this means supporting people who are already working on an innovation and encouraging them to continue doing something they are doing well. I feel most active and empowered when I can influence the people directly around me. On this action mission, I’ll be influencing the people I see nearly every day and have the most contact with.

Many of my coworkers currently grow/harvest some of their own food. They often bring in their surplus into the office to share with others, so there is often a sampling of sage, lettuce, fresh eggs, pears, etc.

Each year Seattle has an Edible Plant sale put on by Seattle Tilth. Shoppers can choose from over 50 varieties of tomatoes and 20 varieties of peppers, rare and heirloom organic veggie varieties, an extensive selection of culinary herbs, edible flowers, and drought tolerant perennials. These plants are hand-selected by the Seattle Tilth garden experts to perform well in our Pacific Northwest climate. Guests enjoy free presentations on gardening topics by Seattle Tilth staff, ask questions about specific plants and techniques, and pick up info sheets on gardening topics.

The mission of Seattle Tilth is to inspire and educate people to garden organically, conserve natural resources and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Our vision is to transform the NW region into the organic gardening capital of the world.

For this action mission, I will be supporting those around me who actively work for food security. I will be focusing on the people who I talk to nearly every single day, my coworkers. I will be attending the Tilth’s Edible Plant sale, stocking up, planting my own garden, and then sharing my extras and seeds with my colleagues.

http://seattletilth.org/special_events/edibleplantsale2010

This action has catalyzed a point of reflection for me:

Why and how do I choose the people I choose to influence? Because it is easy? Because I’ve never worked with them before? Because I know them? Because I don’t know them?

This has inspired me to start up an Agent “Challenge of the Day”

Agent Challenge of the Day:

In your next mission, take a moment to reflect on how you are selecting the people/population you wish to influence. What is your relationship to them? What patterns do you notice in how you select? Is there something in particular that works well for you, and are there some things you’d like to change?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

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