My Moral GPS

Here is what I was dreaming this morning:
I plug in my moral GPS
and put in the location I want to go
to arrive at a just and equitable world
a planet treated with respect
I don’t know how I am getting there
putting trust in my modern moral compass

We all need this GPS unit to guide us on the right path during this time of large waves being created.  I myself have been busy with the constructive program  that my friend Pancho writes about on his blog Earthling Opinion At the same time I have been neglectful in getting  out into the street and joining the Occupiers. I need to figure out  how to be helpful and how can I  integrate the work of the Free Farm Stand and the Free Farm with the Occupy movement.

While this is going on the Free Farm Stand keeps chugging along. We have been trying to keep the stand operating in a smaller space  than before, trying not to have a negative impact on the park in terms of how much space we take up and not blocking the entrance, giving park users room to walk, and not blocking the wheelchair accessible ramp. We just applied for a health permit which Recreation and Park wants us to have and that the Health Department says we don’t really need. I am expecting soon a visit by the Health Inspector who will make sure we have a bathroom which we do and being sure that the boxes of produce don’t sit directly on the cement, but are elevated 6” above the ground. We had a trial run setting our boxes on recycling crates and milk crates and it was a bit challenging doing this.

A volunteer made a connection with someone with Terra Firma farm who gave us a great donation of fresh vegetables in (4 boxes of produce). Stanford Glean brought 71 pounds of apples all from one tree and my friend Tom was in town from Santa Rosa and he brought us 130 pounds of various winter squash from Santa Rosa, half given away at the Free Farm Stand at the Free Farm on Saturday. A friend and neighbor brought some chayote squash (4lbs). I love growing that vegetable!

our clean up crew

cinderella pumpkin some of the vegan “meat” that was donated from Eco-vegan and Tofu Town

Maybe your moral GPS will lead you here:

There is an Oakland General Strike on Wednesday Nov 2
“…we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.”

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