Synchronicity (German: Synchronizität) is a concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that events are "meaningful coincidences" if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. Another term for it might be: “an idea whose time has arrived.”
I thought of Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity when a friend passed along an article from the Dallas Morning News this morning titled “Big Tex Urban Farms is the backbone of a budding southern Dallas food system”. This article describes a fabulous plan for people in south Dallas.
“Coincidentally”, this email came just behind an email I received from a representative at Garland’s Harmony School informing me that we have all the necessary permissions and are ready to plan and schedule a kickoff party for what promises to be the establishment of one of the most unique local urban food systems in the USA—right here in Garland, Texas. We plan to create an urban demonstration garden and a small (2-4 acre) truck farm in each of our eight districts—beginning in the beautiful space behind Harmony school.
Successful urban farms are now dotting the landscapes of urban America—from New York to Seattle, from Minneapolis to Dallas. None are the same. Like the individual Americans who steward them, each is different. However, they all have similar qualities: whether we are talking about Will Allen’s urban farm in Milwaukee or the Paul Quinn College urban farm right here in the DFW area. A few years ago that school plowed under their football field into a huge urban garden.
Stewards of these urban farms and gardens consistently demonstrate a commitment to grow organically produced food; to provide food and jobs for local residents: and a commitment to promote sustainable change in our food system. Urban farms also provide opportunities for people to learn, share knowledge and grow their community.
Attend the Kickoff Event for Creating Urban Gardens and Truck Farms in Garland Texas. Have fun and Learn more about how you can be part of this important community initiative and what’s in it for you.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will send you the details when they become available to me.
Speaking of Community and Gardens . . .
Have you stopped by the Garland Community Garden at 4022 Naaman School Road and made your Monarch Postcard to send to Mayor Athas? Ana Marie DeYoung did today. Ana Marie is President of Flamingo Neighbors, a local neighborhood group here in Garland. They installed a Little Free Library underneath our largest pecan tree—a great place to sit in the shade and read. Charlie and I have already done that several times. It’s fun! Leave your cell phone at home and try it.
Ana Maria DeYoung, President of Garland’s Flamingo Neighbors and Steward of the Little Free Library at the Garland Community Garden – August 9, 2017
David and Laurie at the Garland Community Garden August 9, 2017
Also when I was down at the garden today doing battle with the spider mites on our beans and tomatoes, David and Laurie stopped by. I just met them a few days ago. They live nearby the garden.
Today they came bearing gifts to donate to the garden—several potted vegetables, tomato cages, soil, and fertilizer.