The other day a friend of mine, a farmer, activist and organizer said "farming is community development." I've been trying to approach Oak Lane Maple as I did as a community organizer for many years in the Fenway in Boston and since while in Philly. Connecting community members to something, to each other. Connecting the dots from something specific like affordable housing to urban planning to democracy seems similar to connecting people to trees, making our own food, democracy. Okay, i all comes down to democracy. Are we going to live the principle that my father raised me with "that no one's interests and talents can be wasted in a democracy". In the principle of tapping, do everything we can to not waste one drop that the tree has provided. There's sweetness in there, it just needs to be organized.
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