The bad, the good, and the beautiful

The Bad After a couple weeks of trainings, I got back to the village eager to see how my tree nursery must have spurted. I'm focusing on species that are good as live fencing in order to create a solid space where future tree nurseries are well protected. There are, after all, certain vulnerabilities in … Continue reading The bad, the good, and the beautiful

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​How to Aid with Food: Start Asking Better Questions to the Right People

After we finished this spur-of-the-moment interview I thanked baTaata and said that I think it's important for people to hear how someone with his perspective would answer these types of questions. I know that there are a lot of people all over the world who care very much about the idea that everyone should have enough food to eat, and that farmers shouldn't be struggling so much. But I think too much of the time we only hear ideas about how to help that come from a distance. I told him too that I think a lot of the time the problem is really the questions that we ask.

​How to Aid with Food: Start Asking Better Questions to the Right People

After we finished this spur-of-the-moment interview I thanked baTaata and said that I think it's important for people to hear how someone with his perspective would answer these types of questions. I know that there are a lot of people all over the world who care very much about the idea that everyone should have enough food to eat, and that farmers shouldn't be struggling so much. But I think too much of the time we only hear ideas about how to help that come from a distance. I told him too that I think a lot of the time the problem is really the questions that we ask.

Lucky-Once-Removed

It's a special kind of pain. Like your heart is nauseous and fevery and suffocating all at once. But mixed with moments of almost-numb pins and needles prickliness. At specific sunsets it seems not worth the toll to squash this certain sadness. And so I feel. I count myself lucky-once-removed if there are friends around … Continue reading Lucky-Once-Removed

The economic theory of dad jokes

So, world, basically I have a favor to ask: that we work on questioning our values and economic assumptions, and sorting all these messes out. It won't be easy, but could we please try to think of creative ways to support the production and exchange of all the awesome stuff people are able to supply for their communities within systems that value healthy ecosystems and ensure access to constantly-improving-quality of basic things like education and healthcare? 

Sept so far: New kids, girl power, busy bees

September has been a whirlwind so far, so this is gonna be a rough hack update rather than something nice to read. Oh well. First I went to "posting": helping the 12 new health and education volunteers in my province get oriented to the province and do all their shopping before moving into their new … Continue reading Sept so far: New kids, girl power, busy bees

When you picture a farmer

For today,  A simple question or two: When you picture a farmer  Like my baTaata A lanky, hair-turning-frosty-aged man named Stern  In rural Zambia With a sunsweat-streaked brow Making bales of feed By stomping cowpeas  Into a pit he dug, When you picture such a farmer How do you imagine  The tune he is humming? … Continue reading When you picture a farmer