As we begin to come to the end of the Pre-Production time of our project, I have started to spend more and more time making the connections between our chosen topic, and the main aspect of the assignment, community. The, as I now call it, Self Sustaining Community is a bit of a paradox. For example, at a local farmers market, I was wandering around and found that everyone I talked too, be it the owner of a stall, or another person there to purchase goods, was extremely involved in what they were doing, very passionate.
I talked to one vendor, who sold a large selection of Olives that he had grown at home, and sold jars for $15 dollars. After we had been talking for a while, I mentioned that I myself was starting to try and grow my own vegetables, and he proceeded to describe the perfect way to grow olives in a small environment (which would be very handy if I enjoyed them), like he was a salesperson trying to sell me a car. But he didn’t do it to try and sell me his olives, he wasn’t trying to make a sale, he was in fact trying to sell his enthusiasm to me. The look on his face during our conversation showed that he loved the whole self sustaining community and wanted to spread the joy. And this was not confined to one man. Everyone I sparked a conversation with would go with the same gusto, and without even realising it, making me more and more excited to start my own cultivation journey.
It was with these few interactions, that I began to see exactly how the community operates. A self fulfilling pastime, that can be shared with anyone. Tips and tricks are shared, used, and passed on. A community of individuals, helping each other become even more individual.