Nexus of Change

Toward Sustainable Habits and Durable Prosperity

Ready, steady, grow!

Story of the development of a new community agriculture resource after two years of painstaking regeneration of 1.2 hectares of land, and the gradual build of an infrastructure, together with a staged process of engagement with local people and organisations

via Ready, steady, grow!.

3 comments on “Ready, steady, grow!

  1. ladybirdathome
    January 27, 2012

    Hello, thanks for this. We haven’t actually started the regen yet on the third site, we have 2 up and running for the last 12 years. The new one is a real mess but is a gem of former farmland with a scrap of ancient hedgerow, amazingly it survived all the worst excesses of the industrial revolution and modern development.

    I’ll read your blogs with interest.


    • Steve Osborne
      February 1, 2012

      What you have done so far is already huge. You are already several steps beyond the beginning of a new conversation for a different future based on associational life, belonging, and accountability, which is what Nexus of Change is about. Your project is also a public declaration of what you believe your community is capable of creating without depending on the leaders we always blame because we expect change from “them”.


      • ladybirdathome
        February 2, 2012

        Well put, and thanks for the generous and supportive praise. In the day to day grind of dealing with Kafka-esque local bureaucracy, sorting out drains, supporting people to overcome a deeply ingrained sense of powerlessness and low expectations, and my own long term illness, it’s easy to lose sight of what you have said. It’s why I started the blog – it’s a free intellectual space, in which all those thoughts that get buried in the day to day struggles can find expression.

        I have had a good look at your pages, very expansive and well written. With an American bias of course. It’s interesting to be reminded of the differences in perspectives between the US and Europe. The Eurozone crisis may yet sink us all and trigger a crisis in ‘Chimerica’. I think this crisis of capitalism will run and run, with multiple shockwaves yet to come.

        Happily (or sadly, depending on your perspective) I read Marx’s Capital at the beginning of this crisis – and I will never be the same again: to me his scholarly analysis of how capitalism works, and on crisis formation, are spot on, even all these years later. I am following the unfolding of the food crisis too, something people often lose sight of while focused on the financial crises, and of course the two are inextricably intertwined.

        And thanks in particular for the comment about the ‘public declaration’. It’s true, and I will be empowered by what you have said. You cannot imagine – well, maybe you can – the struggles we have been through to get this far.

        Kind regards


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