This week Awesome Stories brings you joy, Metropolis Farms, storytelling, and garden lessons.
Philidelphia, PA is home to one of the most energy-efficient, cost-effective, and highest producing indoor vertical farming operation in the country called Metropolis Farms. Their goal is to change the way we farm and help spread their technology around the country. Their system uses only 2% of the water and 12% of the energy compared to traditional farming. Plus they can grow almost any crop, organically, in a profitable and sustainable way. Metropolis has four divisions to help drive innovation, teach farmers, and spread the use of indoor vertical farming to grow food locally around the country. This approach provides the best quality food with better economics and lower environmental impact. I like this idea, but am concerned about removing the connections to the soil. The health of our land is critical to the health of both our food and planet.
Storytelling as Service
This is a touching story of Kristin Pedemonti and how she uses storytelling and listening to touch the humanity in people around her. It started with Kristin being a child who loved to read as an escape. Then she tried acting, fell into being a children’s librarian, and found her home as a professional storyteller. While traveling in Belize, Kristin realized how many people have stories they need to tell and be heard. So in addition to telling stories, Kristin focused on listening and asking questions like what do you need and how can I help. And Kristin reminds us there is great power in the words we tell ourselves and others. Let’s use our words to uplift and empower others. She also crusades for joy and Free Hugs realizing how desperately we need to connect. Thank you Kristin! 🙂
Learning from Nature
I see the value of daily reflection – to look back on the actions of the day and assess their effectiveness. This is not done in self-flagellation, but to bring more care and consideration into what I do, and more subtle awareness as a result. ~ Alanda Greene
Alanda Greene writes eloquently about her lessons from the garden. In focusing only on removing the weeds and debris from her garden, she accidentally created more rodents and loss of strawberries. The snakes helped keep the rodents that eat her garden in check. Upon reflection, she realized she was the cause of the loss of snakes by removing their habitat. Ultimately, Alanda learned how she is part of a larger ecosystem and each choice creates new consequences and ultimately some kind of balance. Now, she considers herself a steward and aims to take action for the good of the whole. Sounds like good life lessons to me.
May more of us embrace our roles as earth stewards. Peace out!