It's exciting and inspiring to log on to EVOKE after being away for a day and a 1/2 and see how busy everyone is thinking, reading, writing, sharing, and --- best of all -- ACTING.
However, I want to remind us all: our resources are FINITE. Time, energy, money -- none of us have access to unlimited supplies.
We must be strategic and cunning in how we spend these resources to maximize the impact each of our efforts has -- because each effort consumes these resources and each effort has an opportunity cost.
One kind of effort that I see people excited about that I wish people would reconsider:
- creating NEW guides for EVOKE.
All the discussion about food security has "sparked" many of us to want to roll up our sleeves and go dig in the dirt. And many of us want to help each other do it. I have read numerous calls to create gardening "how-to" manuals here on EVOKE -- numerous requests that we collaborate on writing one.
Friends, this is a perfect example of a great idea that is not necessary. The internet, new book stores, used book stores, schools and university libraries, government offices, are all CHOCK FULL of this knowledge. Many countries, states, provinces, etc... have agricultural agencies and departments which already produce and publish this info -- and it is usually available free to the public. This is especially true in developed nations.
No one on EVOKE needs to spend time drafting a "how to urban garden" or "how to homestead" manual for folks in North America, Europe, etc... These already exist and are readily available. Indeed there are current EVOKE agents
that work for non-profits that already specialize in this kind of education.
Let's not spend our time -- especially if we are amateur gardeners or farmers' -- writing new advice guides for one another.
If you feel like creating a compilation post with specific links to specific gardening resources where people can find this information already written by experts, that might be helpful.
anyway, this is my opinion.
By the way-
I do feel that ideas like Crystal Bellar's
for the creation of simple, easily replicable, guides and processes to spread gardening in very impoverished areas are extremely worthwhile and don't count as the kind of duplication of effort I am hoping we will avoid.