This phrase doesn’t refer only to the government.  Even before I read the comment by “customtripplaning,”  I realized that many people are looking to the government to solve the problems. Politically, I’m an independent, which keeps me listening closely to both sides of the political divide, and I have to say those who say “The government is doing too much,” I have to agree. But why?  It’s not because we’re too lazy to do it ourselves. It’s because often times we don’t know how to.

One of the comments that I received yesterday said “parents should be the teachers.” Yes, they should, IF they know what they are doing. We are now several generations from the farm, from the “sew it yourself” mentality, and from the ability to actually take a whole cut of meat and know how to fix it.
Many people live by the microwave and by packaged foods, and that is how they learned to cook. They don’t know any different.

In recent years it has become a sign of prestige to be able to “hire out,” a contractor to repair a house, train your dog, even shop for your clothes.  We complain now about how many hours we spend pushing papers, God forbid we actually push soil, mend old clothes, or prepare a good soup.  And if we’re so inclined, how do we learn to do it?

North Country Sustainability Center recognizes that indeed it is up the community to help itself. That may take the government giving the region a kick in the pocket book, but it shouldn’t be the government’s job to DO the teaching, farming, guiding.  It is their responsibility to be aware if the problem exists and help others who want to address those issues, enable them to do their work.

We are the people, AND we are supposed to be the governing body, but we can’t use the government as our only avenue to solve the problems we face.  We need to look outside of the box, reward those who do, and look for solutions not by blaming, or scolding, but by recognizing weaknesses and strengths and move forward.  Blaming may feel good, but it there’s no way to change what has already happened. It is only by looking forward and breaking problems down into solvable bits that will allow us to move forward.

NCSC is not looking to be the teacher for all the avenues we are exploring. We want to create a facility that will allow those who have the skills, from young to old, rural to urban, to teach, profit from and celebrate those abilities.  By doing this, we build a stronger economy, a stronger set of communities, and a much healthier view of our communities, our families and our planet.

But it is going to have to come from “We the People,” that this structure begins. There are many wonderful places that are facilitating local food, and we want to join that work, but we are really looking at how many ways we can “Keep living here,” which means empowering, rewarding and recognizing the strengths we already have, and recognizing the problems we must deal with. The strengths include land, knowledge, desire, and organization. The deficits include finances, a larger community vision, and a sense of being “left behind.”  Please, help the people of this region know that they do matter, that you do see the value of what we’re doing, and help us kick that pocketbook, so we can save these buildings and build a sustainable model for a rural/small town region.  A donation is not a tax, but it is deductible on your taxes. We’re not the government, but we want to help. Please, help us do that. Donate to NCSC at the following sites: 

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