My take on Community

Submitted by Andrew Alford on November 28, 2012 - 6:52pm

First off, I appreciate Derek inviting me to write a lil' blog on what I believe community is. We had a great conversation and I wait for the next one...

I believe a community extends beyond our society; it encompasses the entire biophysical community. As I look outside, I see the ecological community that I am a part of. The air that I breath, the water I drink and the food that I consume and rely on. I respect that Mother Earth that has given me the opportunity to live. Plus, it is pretty fun to play tag in the trees with your friends.

This is why I strive to grow food that is healthy for the people (both socially and nutritionally) and the biophysical environment. Munching on a supersweet carrot, a carrot that I played a role in growing, is empowering and grounding. Food is a great way to garner community; it connects us on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

At the human level, the design of our public spaces is a great influence on our interactions with eachother. Spaces that are creative and accessible to the public can allow for deeper human interactions. Who doesn't want a space that makes people feel welcome? Spaces that combine human creativity, naturalized areas, and impromtu meeting areas are imperative for a strong community. This is why I continue to go back to Guelph and always find someone at the farmers' market, I am always promised a good conversation...