HAPPY NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY!
I went to an interesting event last night that focused on food. What struck me most is that the entire time I felt like we only talked about a particular side of food that only a small percentage of us get to experience. Phrases like “Farm-to-Table”, “sustainable agriculture”, and “affordable organic produce” were amongst the buzz words. And although the honorary chefs seemed to also be a bit turned off by these phrases, I noticed the audience still ate it up. The audience was also majority white people. Older, or middle-aged, established to some degree - & probably have never felt the gnaw of hunger for more than a few hours. And yes. That includes me. ✳️ after spending the past two years growing food in Wai’anae, & sharing space or touring people or groups of young students damn near DAILY, who have never actually grown any of their own food because they don’t have the money, the time, the knowledge, the access to land...(the list goes on & on) I sincerely have a lot of questions about the way we construct our conversations about agriculture.
How do we talk about food & the future of our food system - the future of our planet, and make it truly inclusive & digestible?
How does the Ag nerd keep in mind that most people have never even stepped foot on a farm, and don’t know the first thing about supporting local agriculture, or even why they should be eating less processed foods? How DO we actually feed people? In every way.
I’m going to think more on this while I enjoy my organic coffee & farm fresh eggs. 😏🙄
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"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat." 👌🏽
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CUE JAWS THEME SONG 🦈‼️⚠️ I must say though, the experience of free-diving with these intriguing, curious creatures gave me a sense of calm I would have never expected. Not at any point was I afraid for my life. I also learned from the incredible crew from @oneoceandiving who took us out, that dolphins, which I’ve also cruised with, are in fact the ones who are super sketchy & dangerous to swim with. Who woulda thought -
Get to know the things you’ve been taught to avoid. It might show you something you never knew you could see!
Also - this was the bonding experience that my latest boss decided we go on! How lucky am I? 🦈🤙🏽🐺
When you get a package from local artist & home-town hero, Jim Fives! 🙌🏽
Love this man!! He once said to me, "calligraphy is one of the most important & powerful forms of moving meditation." I think of this more & more lately, as I struggle to maintain a relationship with pen & paper. 🤔
Thank you for sharing your wisdom & talent with the world, Jim! What a special gift!
What do I say about this key?
How do I properly articulate all that it represents for me right now...as I approach 2 years of Hawai'i blessing me up & letting me claim it as my current home?
I could touch on the significance of being a part of building this stunning, cozy little space - but that would just scratch the surface. Maybe if I went a little deeper with it, & spoke to this seemingly insatiable craving I've had MY ENTIRE LIFE to COME HOME TO MYSELF, literally & figuratively - maybe then you'd understand. But I'm still not sure that does it justice -
THIS KEY - this key represents what's on the other side of "success", fear, comfort & the resistance to change. This key is the key to me. To the Rachel who is hungry for & cultivating the wisdom required to be actively building a HOME. In all the ways. This key is the key to new relationships & to the capacity to nurture the current ones that feed my spirit. This key represents my growth & my ability to set boundaries & keep to them. This key will help me to develop a new rhythm - which for me, equals new opportunities & new experiences. This key unlocks doors that I've had to keep shut because I simply haven't had enough ROOM. 💆🏻Nothing is supposed to be the same forever. I've realized I have to keep progressing. I lost a lot of time in my younger years & I am no longer willing to continue giving it away so thoughtlessly. If anyone has ever felt salty about the face-paced switch ups, know I mean it when I say I love you - & thank you, for real, for helping me to grow. I'm so incredibly grateful for the potentially weird shit I've maneuvered these past two months while I've been in this transition. To my soul mates here on this island who have let me sleep in your homes, I love you all so much. I never imagined I'd have such a large, based group of humans I can call family here. To the ones that masterminded this project, I love y'all too! Especially Allen, for being so patient & always sharing the pro tips with me. To this family & community here that has welcomed me:
so. much. love. 💓
To anyone else in massive transition right now: I see you! Stay hungry!! 🐺🤞🏽✌🏽
sorry if you haven't been able to reach me lately. i've been suuuppperr busy working to clear my brain, my schedule, my heart - & to be reminded of how unpalatable - && exceptionally nourishing - a big-ass slice of humble pie can be! 💆🏻🤷🏻♀️👌🏽🤞🏽👋🏽