I met Ryan Harb last weekend (he and I helped at John Perkins Shapeshifting Leadership workshop) and was blown away at what a light in the world he is. He is making a difference by bringing a whole community together while he transforms grass areas of UMass Amherst campus into food-growing, organic gardens. Watch this 5 minute video to see what they are up to.
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Feeding the Earth and Community
On top of this inspirational work, Ryan is a kind and beautiful soul. He is vigilantly, but not judgmentally committed to return back to simplicity and connection to the earth. Every step he takes is softer and more careful, giving much more that he takes to everyone and everything he meets along the way.
Here is what Ryan has to say…
Making a splash
Inspiring change has been my mission since I had my own personal “wake up” about 7 years ago. I always think of the analogy of a stone being thrown into water; a single action that sends a ripple effect into the world. And each day we throw thousands of stones into the vast sea around us (a variety of shapes and sizes – some actions are larger than others!) Sometimes it takes more than one person to move a single stone, because the desired ripple effect is more than one person can create. This is how I would describe the past two years of my life, working with a remarkable team of individuals called the UMass Permaculture Commitee. Our collective mission is to transform the UMass Amherst campus into more of an ecologically and socially sustainable community. This, we hope, will inspire more colleges and universities, towns and cities, and all communities to adopt permaculture and sustainable design principles into their Master Planning.
Keep planting seeds of hope, Ryan! I appreciate you making a difference!