As the weather gets colder, and the dusk comes earlier, it’s easy to hurry home and “cocoon,” until spring.  But in a farmer’s life this is the time when planning, adjustments and changes are developed.  We get so used to doing the “Same old, same old,” when we are in the throes of action breaking old habits is hard to do.  But, now as the buckets freeze and the layers of clothing get deeper with the snow, we see ways to make life more efficient and easier.

The same goes for sustainability.  Maybe that’s why our calendar starts in the middle of the winter, so we can make “resolutions,” and then measure our steps toward those changes and build a new momentum in a healthier direction. In recent months we have seen hope grow here and those with an interest in changing their lives in a more sustainable direction, they now see a chance to make that happen. But we must break the inertia that has set in if we are to proceed.

It has been a long hard slog getting through this change in our economy, and many people are tired. I know I am, but I have learned through my half century that change doesn’t come with sitting still. If that time is spent thinking only, the ideas grow moldy.  Moving forward without thinking things through is not wise either, this is a great time to work with others to bring ideas to a state of motion.

We are at a point where we need to really move forward on purchasing our permanent home, repair the temporary home so that it reflects our goals of sustainability,and empower our residents to follow their dreams and goals.   But this is a community project, not just one of two town, but everyone in Central New England that wants to see this happen.

I do see this is a model for the nation.  It’ snot only the format that can be instructive, but it’s also the fact that we show people can take responsibility for making their community and their own economic status, better.  Our government is not functioning as it should, but that doesn’t mean that we have to wait until it gets better. I don’t want to use my last half century that way.  We can show that people who all share a piece of the puzzle can work together to build the image we want the world to see – a region where people can find healthy, local food that is prepared healthily. They have the skills and knowledge to make wise consumer choices, and make some items themselves. That sense of self-reliance gives confidence to other aspects of life, and pride in their communities.

But how do we move that action? Inertia has settled in.  Between the weather, melancholy and just our “plugged in,” life, we need to move ourselves from the couch or the gym and move it toward making these programs come to life. While we face an “energy crisis,” through rising gas prices and shortages in cheap oil, we also have an energy crisis in breaking the inertia of  “someone else do it,” into the momentum of “Let me help.”  That’s how we built this nation, isn’t it? It’s certainly how we’ll build a sustainable future.