Food from co-op & recent garden harvest

With the recent bulk order from the co-op, we are set for a few months with the necessary staples and with the unseasonably warm temps the garden is still going strong.

Butterfly comes to town

Tuesday, we spent the evening at LA City College with concerned people from the community and Julia Butterfly Hill and her We The Planet Tour. Unfortunately, their bus, which runs on biodiesel and has its own greywater reclamation system, was in the shop for transmission repair and so we weren’t able to check it out.

Julia was a very passionate and charismatic speaker and it was such a great opportunity to finally meet her in person (however brief, since everyone wanted to meet her). She talked for over 1 1/2 hours about her life, the earth, a higher power and how we have it within each ourselves to make a difference.

Points from her lecture:

Active listening: our life depends on it. She described how our lives are filled with constant noise and talking (and discussion) and that it takes courage just to listen.   Julia went on to say that she only learned true active listening while living 2 years in Luna.

Often we listen to lectures and sit in workshops, shaking our heads, “uh-huh, uh-huh,” then regurgitate what we just learned.

She went on to say that our just showing up at this event was a step in the right direction; but, it was up to us not just to get an ear full but to go home and change our daily lives with “everyday sustainability.”

Another point was that we have no connections – connection with ourselves, or the past and the future. This is a symptom of a disease, the disease of disconnect.   Americans have “selective amnesia” and we need to pay respect to the “unseen ones.” We should be humble and show our gratitude toward a divine source, honoring it by a becoming a life in service to that being.

She went on to articulate that we should honor our ancestors before us. They sacrificed for us to live in this present time and that we, now, are the legacy
— we are the future ancestors and what will our legacy be for our children and
their children.

We live in a problem based society, feeding off our own disconnect. If you are not happy, “go shopping”  Don’t like where you live? Then move– and so forth.

We live in a “fear-based world.” Fear of change, fear of what we can accomplish in ourselves and others. Julia went on to say that “one shouldn’t speak unless you are living the solution.” Too many times there are experts who write books or give lectures on a problem. But, if you are not, yourself, living the solution, then you might as well shut up.

Forget the “us vs them” mentality which is creating an enemy.

Each of us has 1. the power 2. the responsibility 3. the love needed to be the change.

Julia also called on the students there in attendance to volunteer their services in New Orleans during their vacation/break.

People to whom we have spoken have asked us if we had seen any “green developments/building” happening in New Orleans.   Honestly, as it stands, people aren’t concerned with “green.” They are just struggling for survival. All standards that you once had go out the window when everything is stripped from you. Seeing and experiencing this firsthand definitely changes your outlook. We are so fortunate even to have had this option of living a sustainable lifestyle. For the experts who want to know what would happen in such scenarios as peak oil and the likes — go to New Orleans. We can talk/write about all the sorts of scenarios; but to try to live in such an environment is something that is both emotionally and physically challenging.

One of the lesson we learned is that you can’t be picky. Choices and pickiness is a luxury of those who haven’t had to face any types of disasters.    We are definitely blessed to be able to choose to buy and eat organic foods or live a selective way of life when others aren’t so fortunate to have such a luxury as choice.

Cob cook out

Yesterday we cooked up a tasty fare in the cob oven: chili, cornbread, herb bread and squash.

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  1. gerry medland says:

    thanx so much for this post Anais,it has made me sit up and think about my path and where I am headed,I will use the key points you noted to make necessary changes in how I act esp on issues so dear to my heart.PTF ‘shows’ the way once more!Too many books over here,too few ‘doers’Somebody once said,the first rule of construction is destruction!I am constantly tearing down concepts that are no longer viable in the age we live in!Well done for all your hardwork in bringing us such valuable info!

  2. Anais says:

    Hi Gerry

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. We certainly have to continue to think (and do) things outside the box — now even more since “green, eco, organic & sustainable” are becoming chic. There are certainly many challenges ahead that we/you will face and the only way we will aquire the knowledge needed to be survivors is to “learn by doing.”

    Too many we know, for instance, are taking the permaculture certification courses and yet the don’t have gardens themselves. Even permaculture is becoming disconnect. Instead of taking a 6 week course, the students should grow a garden for a year — learning first hand about the cycles and patterns of nature.

    Too much learning with our heads and not with our hearts and hands.

    I could go on about the disconnect of the green movement and we, too, have to be wary ourselves not getting caught up in this now crowded path.

    Wishing you all the best in your path.


  3. lauren says:

    Hi there. I’m a longtime reader, but first time commenter. I was happy to read your summary of Julia Butterfly Hill’s talk as I’ve wanted to hear her speak for some time now. There are a few good clips of her speaking at We need to stay connected and support one another along the way. I’ve long gotten inspiration from your site and have now started my own blog to explore issues of sustainability and interconnection. Thanks again!

    PS – beautiful photos!

  4. Anais says:

    Hi Lauren

    Thank you for your positive comments and being a long-time reader of PTF. Also, like to hear what our readers have to say.

    Wishing you all the best in your journey.