Why You Want to Be on a Gardening Team

HabitatWithin your habitat, within the range of your ability to influence the interactions, there are living things (including humans), with unrealized potential, that could enrich your habitat. That potential is unrealized because those living things are not receiving something that is necessary to their well being . . . something necessary to their ability to contribute their gift to the habitat. All the time spent speculating about who is to blame or what other people should do to fix the world will have no effect. However, each time you provide what a living thing needs to contribute its gift, you enrich your habitat to the benefit of all the living things around you.  We don't want you to give up your job or your business or you place in the market . . . that part is working fine.  Just consider that we also need community . . . (See our blog on the Fable of Community, Market and Charity).


The role of gardening teams is to facilitate new interactions within our habitat by fulfilling the needs of living things. In fact, we define gardening as tending to the relationships among the living things around us. We make the world a better place by facilitating new interactions that enrich our habitat. The experiment in how best to do that is what we are doing at the LSI. This could be the most important task of our time. I hope you will join us.


You are (everyone is), already, a part of a community that consists of all the things around you. There really is no boundary to “around you”. Your community ultimately extends to all things. Every action, every choice, of every living thing, has repercussions throughout the system. The habitat is all the interactions that affect us.  When each of us makes a choice to interact we influence that pattern of interactions (our habitat).  The range of your power to influence the condition of the habitat is your locality.


The interactions of the things around you create the world that you experience. It is your habitat. We humans possess the power to influence these interactions. We have the power to increase the number of interactions. We have the power to decrease the number of interactions. Where there is an increase in the interactions our habitat is enriched by the contribution of the gift of the species interacting. Where there is a decrease in the number of interactions our habitat is impoverished by the lack of the contribution of the gift of those species who no longer interact.


This is a fact known to those who understand interconnectedness in the system. Yet, some continue to act without regard to its impact on the habitat. For example, if we spread poisons to control the “bad” species, our habitat is impoverished. That is because there is no such thing as a pest in the system. The insects eating your plants are not pests. Those insects are food for the creatures that want to protect your plants. You cannot have lady beetles unless you grow aphids. The same holds true for all species . . . they would not exist if they did not “fit”, if they did not serve a function, in your habitat.


Many of us are concerned about the future and want to know how to address the problems. One of the greatest impacts you can make, to enrich your habitat and address the world's problems, is to influence an increase in the interactions in the dirt under your feet. A double hand full of healthy soil holds more organisms than there are people on earth. Soil ecosystems form the basis for a healthy mix of the plants and animals that provide for human needs and make our habitat beautiful. A healthy ecosystem creating a beautiful habitat has many places for humans to fit, forming the basis for a healthy society and a healthy economy. It is within the power of individual humans to heal nature and produce abundance . . . and consciously acting to increase the interactions in the habitat is how it is done.


Every place on earth has the potential to be enriched with new interactions. Habitats are built up one interaction at a time. It is within the power of individual humans to facilitate the increase in interactions that will create healthy habitats. That is one of the reasons why you want to join a gardening team.

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