In Resilience Reflections we ask some of our contributors what it is that inspires their work, and what keeps them going.
Dan Allen is a high school chemistry teacher in NJ. He is also a concerned father, organic farmer, and community garden organizer. He has written a number of articles published at Resilience.org including Come on Home!: Ecological Agriculture and Sixteen Wonderful Farms that Point the Way, Growing Fruit in a Nuthouse: Designing Our Orchards for Economic Collapse and Climate-Destabilization and Resilience or death: Preparing our farms for the end of agriculture (…as we know it).
Who/what has been your greatest inspiration? And why?
I’m inspired by any living organism around me that seems to be thriving — especially those who either have a long ‘family’ history in this place or are adapting successfully to some changing circumstance.
“I somewhat slowly learned that I was more the conductor than the builder of the farm; more the gentle nudger & potential inspiration for my family and community than the task-master.”
“The persistence of life gives me hope — and my expectation that this planet will retain (and eventually increase) its beauty in geologic time.”