It can be hard to find a reason to be optimistic these days. The news is full of Triple E, scientific ignorance, name calling, and self-obsession, while we face a climate that’s changing, losing precious species diversity every minute.  We are more worried about how someone else will make a personal decision than we are about our own choices.  Decisions are made based upon what is expeditious instead of what is right, or no decision is made at all, because politicians think it’s more important to win than to do what is right.

But in the middle of little towns in New England we have a group of people who are looking at ways to share one piece of land with as many people as possible. How can different groups, from farmers to autistic children, from bakers to artists, share one piece of property, and work together?  It’s a little too good to be true, but with a little effort, it’s working.  We have crafters in one area, artists in another, teachers sharing their talents, and people are looking at an empty building as more than a hulk with a history. It’s now a reason to be excited, to save, and to move forward with.

In creating our policies of how to move forward with NCSC, we have two basic premises at heart:
to do the most good for people as we can, and that decisions are made with the “greater good,” in mind, to be “as fair as possible to as many people as possible.”  That means looking ahead in creating policies so that every guideline is clearly stated, and considered from a variety of different directions. It’s not easy, but to try and “retrofit” the rules afterward will be much more difficult than planning wisely.

It is with that same care that we need to look at our political choices, and at our personal decisions in adjusting to our new and changing climate.  If we “super cool,” our houses with air conditioning, do we stay cool in our houses at the expense of air quality and atmospheric cooling?  If we raise our food with “the 1%”  in mind, how do we keep the 99% healthy enough to work and prosper? Our policymakers try to paint their policies in a “one size fits all,” kind of manner. I’d rather see that they state, as NCSC has, what is the intent of the rule, and that decisions are made with that intent in mind.  It doesn’t make sense to create a law that is meant to inspire and empower small producers, yet make regulations that are so prohibitively expensive that only a large corporation can meet them.

At NCSC we are not suggesting that we don’t have important regulations, but we are trying to make it easier for people to meet those regs, and for the inspectors to find the producers and put their efforts to most good. It is about looking at both sides of the equation, and keeping all factors in mind when making decisions. It’s not rocket science. It’s common sense.  NCSC wants to promote that “endangered species” right along with small business, sustainability and a sense of optimism and community. Want to help nurture that crop?  Visit our indiegogo site. Thanks,

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