Recently I was asked by a close friend, "Justin you grew up in the Bay Area. You have no training and little knowledge about farming. Now you're all about chickens and grapes and farming. Where does that come from?" My answer, "Good Question!"
Those are big dreams for this small 5-acre farm, but these are the things that I think and dream about. Now when I say sustainable, I don't mean; do it all by myself with my own strength and power. I believe that this culture of independence is a modern philosophy that has polluted America and is the reason and cause of so many ills in our society. I want to build a community that relies and helps each other succeed to build a better world and fight against the evils that try to pervert it. I want that community to not only include people, but also animals and bugs all working together to make a more bio diverse and human compatible community that is working to build a better farm and a better world.
Working in the bank everyday I get the privilege to people watch and have noticed that the holiday season brings the best and worst out of people. I love to hear stories of how people are getting blessed by strangers. Like my mom who went to the grocery store before Thanksgiving and got in line and as she approached the front, realized she had forgotten her wallet. The man behind her in line excused himself and very generously slipped the clerk his card and paid for my mom's groceries (under her repeated protests). The clerk began crying and she said, "That is what this season is all about!"
Conversely, I have observed that this time of year also brings out the crazies in people. Tis the season! Tis the season for family, love and cheer and Starbucks red cups. Also tis the season for the unfortunate things that come in life like job loss or loss of income, death of family members, having no family to celebrate with or existing family problems that are confronted this time of year. Tis the season!
My dream is to analyze every part of our life and dissect its impact and try to build better systems and processes that will lead to improving the lives of others. I wish some Wall Streeter's, Politicians, Pastors, Family and Friends would get inspired and begin to dream of a new kind of world, a better world and maybe when all this negative economic hoopla passes, we can achieve to build a better world one family at a time!
These are the things I think about and why I work so hard to make "This Vine Life" a reality for my family. Thanks to all of you who are along for the journey!
(Fall pictures taken by Beck 11/25/11)