In keeping with 'I see you', there is another idea that Ghandi popularized. "Be the change". We are always looking for some one to change in order to suit our needs, instead of being that change which we wish to find. We sit in judgement and instead of seeing the person's soul. Sometimes seeing into the soul shows us aspects of the person we are not ready to accept, though, and changing our own thoughts will not fix that. The person, also, has to be the change they seek.
So, how does this affect The Fat Ewe Farm? Here I am in the middle of nowhere, not knowing anyone, being the change I wish to see in this area. I am bringing organic permaculture and an organic lifestyle to the area. The farm is more popular this year than ever. Today a young mom and her son came to purchase duck eggs for hatching and were hankering to see the animals and the farm. I would have loved that as a child too. Today, though, I had to go to the hygienist's for a teeth cleaning session, so could not take the time to show them around. I am proud of my little farm, the gentle appraoch to raising the animals in the way they like to be and the fact that others want to come and learn and see. The Cold Lake 4H sheep division is a good example of that. They heard via the grapefine that shearing was taking place this Saturday, and asked if they could come and observe and learn. I said they could and they are thrilled. There are also two young couples coming to help and they too, want to learn and observe.
This teach/learn situation is an excellent path to demonstrate a different method of farming. Animals are treated with respect and honoured here, and they are loved. Although they do feed me, the primary purpose is not that. Rather, it is for fibre, milk and eggs, and breeding stock. The rare breeds perform exceptionally well in a permaculture, grass based operation and are chosen for their hardiness, pest resistance and interesting attributes. Handspinners are becoming aware of the farm's existence, even though I have yet to find a decent method of keeping the vegetative matter out of the wool, short of putting coats on the sheep and Angora goats. Goats in coats! Novel!
I hope people can "see" me. I hope they can see my soul and what my goal is, my dream. I hope they somehow are inspired to take a little of what I do and do it themselves, their own way. Last year, several hundred chicks were sold to the locals. Some have reported back to me that they are well pleased. That is how it starts, just a little at a time. I was asked what I am doing here at all. Well, I said, I came to change the world. Do you see?