Greenbank: Farm's on the right path
July 3, 2008 · Updated 9:15 PM
Thank you, Greenbank Farm Board of Directors, for sticking your necks out
and making a decision that is not universally very popular. I wish I could
say I was on the board when that decision was made. Early on, when we first
acquired the farm, my vision was to have a farm occupied by masses of
island volunteers, stepping forward to make this farm a success.
What a disappointment when many of the early duties were filled by paid
employees. I felt like I was in the way when I tried to help.
What a disappointment when, instead of local merchandise, much of the
"memorabilia" sold at the farm came from China or Indonesia.
It's about time to get back to some of the original dreams . . . where the
farm with the addition of a coffee shop becomes a gathering place for
islanders, north and south . . . where the farm is a showcase for island
artists and island products . . . where the farm with its organic
certification becomes a demonstration and experimental site for different
types of farm-grown products.
It's about time for all of us locals to volunteer a small amount of time
(two or four hours a day, week or month) to make Greenbank Farm what we
had envisioned five years ago. I'll do my hours. How about you?
I know it's easy to find fault with just about anything, but now's the time
to become doers . . . not undoers or just be'ers. If we want to see
success, then We have to get in there and make things happen. Don't blame
anyone else. It's our farm.
Recently I read a resolution which fits the farm: "Resolve to stay
I hope to see all you optimists at the farm!!