The Power of Story

The Power of Story

While traveling with FRB volunteers in Malawi and Zambia I met volunteers from the Conrad, IA growing project. Arlyn and Marla Schipper told me about their involvement with a growing project and about their sweet corn sales. A year later while starting work with FRB in California, I had the opportunity to meet with a farmer from the Davis Community Church (Presbyterian) and I, in turn, told him the Conrad, IA story. Inspired by this idea, the church and farmer Fritz embarked on a journey to grow a quarter-acre of organic sweet corn (hidden between rows of field corn). Nearly 40 volunteers from DCC came out to plant half the rows by hand, and then they came back to weed. The corn was harvested by an even larger group of volunteers and sold to area churches and those walking off the street. They averaged about $2 per ear for corn, but invited people to pay as little or as much as they could to help support the program. They are very excited about what they will grow next year. In addition to corn they are thinking of asparagus. One of the churches that they sold corn to has asked me to speak to them about starting their own growing project next year. Who knows where one story told to another person will lead?

 

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08/17/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment