My name is Jonathan Dodd. I am a husband, father, farmer, community developer (both locally and abroad), and pastor. I desire to be a sustainable farmer who builds a sustainable future in a city and world of decay. I want to provide for my family, my kids, my kids' kids, my community, the world community, while not destroying the physical world around me at the same time. I want to change the world for good, but I am still trying to figure out how I might be better and what that should look like. I know that everything is about relationship to everything. So if I want to be better in the world, I must begin with relationship to everything around me.
I think the best place to begin is right where I am.
Over the next seven days I will do my best not to be philosophical or inspirational. I hope to only blog about my experience with the world around me and the food I eat and the drinks I drink and the people as I experience them. Starting tomorrow, I will only be ingesting what comes from my land base with a few days of exception.
We have a farm and produce a lot of what we need for our sustenance, but we don't produce anywhere close to what we consume. I am still a majority consumer, buying much of what I need and want. I am curious as to what I can do without and what I can learn new to do with.
I have been spending a lot of time over the past week thinking about all that I will have to give up. I think it will be difficult. No butter, no salt or pepper, no to a lot of things. I am a person addicted, living in an addicted world. I wonder what my world would look like if I couldn't buy all that I need. Over the next week, I will be attempting to live off the land, fully, with the exception of 2 days, yet to be revealed.
However, a few caveats. First, I will do my best to reflect on my experience and not to preach about how you or I could be and live differently. Second, two of the next seven days will not be the same as the other five days, but you will have to wait and see what those two special days will look like. Thursday and Saturday will look differently, but will have their own unique twists on food and community.
I have a large reserve of food, including meat and potatoes, but there is a lot I do not have. There is a lot that I am not connected to. I hope to bring you my experience of the world, balancing the physical world with technological cyberspace.