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While doing some research for ACT 7: Urban Resilience, I discovered that my town is a Transition Town with a thriving community focused on resilience. My neighbors know a lot!

My ACT plan for this topic is to gently ease into it, since this is an area where I tend to feel very uncomfortable. I might start by visting the town's community garden and seeing what I can learn.

I'll also tell my family and friends about the Transition Town information.

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Comment by ninmah on May 12, 2010 at 5:56pm
I chose the Courage power for this one because there is something about this topic that really wigs me out. Not that I think people shouldn't work on urban resilience, because I think they should; but I have so little experience with it that I find it difficult to relate to. And although I love gardens and plants, I'm terrible at keeping them. So I'm looking at this as an opportunity to learn more and maybe push the boundaries of my comfort zone.
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 12, 2010 at 6:03pm
Ninmah, try thinking about plants that don't need, or even want, human "help" to grow. :-) Many "weeds" are actually far more nutritious than the stuff people plant in their food gardens. So maybe your version of "gardening" is to do the opposite of what most gardeners do, to not plant anything, and not "manage" anything, and see what food pops up!
Comment by ninmah on May 12, 2010 at 6:07pm
Ooh, I like that idea! Thanks for the tip, Turil :-)
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on May 12, 2010 at 6:16pm
Thanks, Ninmah -- not only for the very interesting information (I didn't know about transition towns and all the work and thought that has gone into creating these) but for your perspective on it. I've given you a courage point, since admitting to fear -- and acting in the face of it-- is the most courageous thing anyone can do. It's also one of the most useful things-- because by admitting to your own fear you get the rest of us to reflect on our own ill-defined fears-- and to think about whether we might be ready to try to face them down as well. So many of our fears spring from a time before we were able to understand their cause-- in fact many of them are simply inherited fears with no current basis in reality at all. And nothing gets done, or changed, or mended until we all start to challenge them and test which boundaries are real and which are of our own making.
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 12, 2010 at 6:20pm
Amusingly, just below the email about Sarah's comment on this post, I got an email from my Transition Somerville group, which I have been following for a while now. :-) They aren't doing much yet, but someday I presume they will become an active force for positive change. Right now most of what they do is help out with other groups, and promote awareness with doc**entary movie showings at the library.
Comment by ob1 on May 13, 2010 at 4:03pm
Otherwise... Ninmah, you can start a Natural Farming corner in the main garden!
Natural Farming needs:
1. No cultivation – no plowing
2. No fertilizers
3. No weeding
4. No pesticides

We let Nature decide what she wants to grow. This is Masanobu F**uoka's teaching.
Comment by ob1 on May 13, 2010 at 4:05pm
+1 Courage for you to feel less uncomfortable and more happy to Act. =)
Comment by ninmah on May 13, 2010 at 4:06pm
Thank you for the suggestion, the information, and the courage, ob1!
Comment by ob1 on May 13, 2010 at 4:13pm
My girlfriend is starting a small natural farming project with friends here in North Italy, if you want to know more please just ask, it will be a great pleasure to give you information.
Farming is our future more than any other activity. Thank you for sharing! =)
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 13, 2010 at 4:44pm
ob1, Thanks so much for the link and idea of Natural Farming. I love all this discovery! I'm discovering so much about the kinds of things that people are doing all over the world and it's really amazing.


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