"We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else. But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else. The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition. One reason to eat responsibly is to live free." Wendell Berry, "Bringing it to the Table, On Farming and Food" , page 229
What does this quote have to do with real estate?
I am going to write about that question. My goal is to help my readers understand that what we eat, how we eat and our habits of eating can not be separated from how we manage, use and care for real property. Real property and what we eat should be enter woven. Viewing them as separate and isolated brings us to the dangerous precipice we cling to today as a nation.
My dawdling days on the oganic farm in North Idaho overflowed with daydreams and musings about how to get the work done as quickly as possibly in order to get released to go fishing. I saw my work and play as distinct and separate. My wise parents realized however they were intricately dependent. They knew that hoeing in the garden to me was a chore and fishing a delightful recreation. But they also knew that both those valley streams and that garden were sources of harvest. They knew the garden was dependent upon the water and the stream dependent upon the healthy soil. The knew that if I learned to work and fish I would internally come to understand the value of work and that work could become as important to me as play.
Growing up learning the connection between hard work and play is just an organic process on a family farm. Without the harvest our family would have been displaced to the city or we would have maybe sought out a "better life" in Alaska. May parents began the trek to Alaska in 1945 but ran out of money.