I saw the picture directly below connected to an article in the NYTimes about a community in Germany that functions with no cars, and I couldn't help but think about the picture above from a village we visited in Thailand in January with shoes piled up at the doorstep of a home. In America of course we pile up cars on our doorsteps. No comment other than to say that what we pile up on doorsteps tells you alot about the ways we choose to shape our community life.
The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at email@example.com