14 December 2012

But wait.... there IS hope

Because I hate to leave anything on a negative note, I'm posting twice in one day!

While I feel hopeless in my current job, I attended the Illinois Stewardship Alliance's annual meeting on Monday and it was quite uplifting. There are a lot of people who are making great things happen for the planet and their community. Specifically, I was excited to meet Alex Poltorak and learn of The Urban Canopy in Chicago. It's nice to know there are passionate people making innovative changes and serving as a good example and inspiration to others. I'm waiting to hear back from Alex and can't wait to meet up with him for a tour.

I'm so ready to make a career change and I kind of know what I want, but I don't really know what I want so that's tough. I know what I want to make a positive difference and do something with food and sustainability, but I'm still directionless. But I'm searching, so eventually I will find my way. I just need to keep running into progressive people who share my passions for sustainable agriculture, local food systems, local jobs, accessibility for all people to these foods, knowledge, empowerment - growing your own food IS empowering!

My garden is 43' x 7'

My current manager wants us to believe that none of these things are possible or worth the effort to work toward change. We are reprimanded for innovation and extra effort. It's a challenging work environment, to say the least.

Monday's ISA meeting had a great impact on me. There IS hope. There ARE passionate people who want to do great things for others, help people who need access to good, healthy food. People who want to make a difference. I need to connect with the right people, people who share my passions.

Today I officially joined the ISA. I believe in their mission to "promote environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just local food systems through policy development, advocacy and education." Membership is very affordable, so you should join, too.


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