Building community in the Garden
Building Community is an important element in moving beyond surviving into thriving. Connecting with others who share similar passions is something I cherish deeply. I have talked about this concept many times, its something that fills up my cup, allows me to keeping moving forward when challenges arise.
This blog post is a result of some reflection time I've had about this past week. As some of you might know I often have long distance cyclists stay overnight or multiple days (such as my guests this week). They rolled into town late Saturday night and stayed until this past Saturday. We had a lot of fun all week, but the most remarkable connections for me happened in the garden. They both came to help me out with various gardening tasks throughout the week. I am always amazed at the depth conversations tend to go while working at a common task. My cup was topped up and overflowed through the many connective conversations we had.
I was reminded of my amazing community (tribe) first thing this morning as Sara, who many of you know, came beaming through my front door.. She is, for lack of a better word, Amazing. She is full of positive light, ready to tackle any task i throw at her and is constantly working on her own evolution. She inspires others on a daily basis and goes way beyond what most of us would expect from an 'employee'. I feel she is a Green Sister through and through. She gives a shit and wants it to succeed. She doesn't treat her work like a job, its clearly her passion as well. I feel incredible blessed to have her on my team this year.
In addition to the wonderful peeps that work along side me, I also have meaningful connections with the landowners, who own the spaces we garden on, as well as their neighbors. I feel just as close with these neighbors as I do with the ones who live on my own street (some even more so). Spending the majority of my time outside allows me to meet people easier. Their natural curiosity often brings them by to see what we are doing and ask questions. I love talking about gardening and feel so lucky to have a job that I enjoy talking about all the time.
I often have people stop by on Fridays as we are prepping veggies for the farmer's market. There is something magical that happens as we wash and bag up the bounty for the weekly market. The tasks are fairly simple which gives us the opportunity to get to know one another and talk about issues that really matter to us, while we work. I have had some fairly significant Ah Ha moments, during these times, about my own journey as well as witnessing this process in others.
So If, by chance you have some free time on a Friday, stop by. We'd love to chat with you.. You'll be sure to enjoy the magic and we'll give you some free veggies for helping out :)
Connections, community, my tribe. Loving life in the garden. So utterly grateful for this life!